15 Clever Kid Halloween Costumes Inspired By 2017

Ad failed to load

Want to up your game for Halloween costumes this year? If you've got some time and creative thinking, you're in luck. Trends this year have been a little ... well, out there. 2017 has been quite the rollercoaster and because of that, the trends are perfect fodder for clever kid Halloween costumes.

You'll really be able to get creative, whether you're looking for obvious easy DIY options or some more out there ideas — there really is something for everyone. From virtual reality spin offs to fidget spinners, from unicorn frappuccinos to sushirritos, it's all about thinking of ways to execute the idea that will make it obvious to other trick-or-treaters what your kid is going as. Use this as inspiration to make your own costume based off of your favorite trend from this year, or use some helpful DIY tips to transform your VR headset into a kid-friendly costume that everyone will envy.

You can even use these ideas as inspiration for your own getup. Whatever you decide, it's always fun to think outside the typical cat costume and Superman. They're great defaults, but these ones go the extra mile and have an extra bit of commitment that will make them that much more worthwhile. Here are 15 clever Halloween costumes inspired by 2017 for your little ones.

Ad failed to load

1Fidget Spinner


Why these things exist (or the point of them) is still beyond me, but they make a pretty good costume. You can get a fidget spinner costume ($25, Target) so you don't even have to try and make it.

2VR Master


VR really had a moment this year, and it's a clever costume if you have a headset and some DIY spirit. Make your kid into a virtual reality by dressing them in something else (think Superman or The Matrix), and all you really need is a VR headset or something that looks like one. They'll be the stars in an alternate reality this Halloween.

3The Hi-5 Emoji

KinoCheck International on YouTube

Whether you liked it or not The Emoji Movie happened, and Hi-5 is one of those costumes that is a handful if you want to make it yourself. So just pick up a pre-made Hi-5 costume ($30, Party City).

Ad failed to load

4Ferdinand The Bull

20th Century Fox on YouTube

The movie doesn't come out until December, but it's a pretty great costume for kids. You can get a bull costume ($35, Amazon) and play with makeup to get the Ferdinand look. It's bullish, but as gentle as Ferdinand.

5Paddington Bear

StudiocanalUK on YouTube

I honestly can't wait for the sequel of this movie to come out. Paddington bear is adorable, and it's an easy enough costume to pull off. You'll need a red bucket hat ($10, Amazon), a blue peacoat or duffle coat ($95, Boden), a vintage brown leather suitcase ($40, Etsy), a brown paper lunch bag, some eyeliner for the nose ($1, Ulta), and brown mittens for paws ($26, Alexandalexa). Cut out a rectangle from the lunch bag and use permanent marker to write out PB (for Paddington Bear). Use invisible tape or Scotch tape to adhere it to the suitcase. With the eyeliner, draw a triangle on your child's nose, and there you have it: Paddington Bear. The best part about it is that you'll be able to reuse the coat and mittens for the winter.

6A Rube Goldberg Machine


DIY has been on trend for a while, but this year it seemed to make simple things complicated (case and point: Food Network's peanut butter hack that turned into a fail). Inspired by doing things yourself, make your child into a Rube Goldberg machine by arranging toys on a onesie to look like a maze and use fabric glue to make them stick.

Ad failed to load

73D Printer


You can 3D print your own costume now! You'll need a cardboard box, suspender straps, paint, and square colored stickers. With a black permanent marker, outline the four sides of the box to look like an at-home 3D printer. Use the square stickers as buttons for the top, and use the suspenders so the box stays on your child's shoulders.

8The New Ms. Frizzle

Netflix on YouTube

Ms. Fiona Felicity Frizzle, to be more precise. Netflix relaunched the popular children's show most 90s babies grew up on. You'll need a wavy red head wig ($25, Party City), a purple flower pendant necklace ($14, Etsy), a purple three-quarter sleeve blouse ($14, Old Navy), a solid colored maxi skirt ($20, Target), colorful felt, a pair of red flats ($15, Gap), a toy bus ($14, Amazon), and stickers of all shapes and sizes — think stars, magnets, planets ($2.75, Redbubble). Curl the wig for a wavy pattern. Cut out shapes from the felt and attach them into the pattern you want on the maxi skirt, put the stickers on the bus, and pull the look together with the pendant.

9Eleven From 'Stranger Things'

Say Yes

Season two is just around the corner, and dressing your child up like Eleven means they can eat Eggo Waffles all day (or night). Get the dress ($40, Etsy), and look for an oversized navy bomber jacket ($19, Amazon). You can find the tube socks easily online ($10, Ebay), and pair them with some white velcro sneakers or lace up Converse high-tops ($15, Payless).

Ad failed to load

10A Super Food


Oh superfoods, the trend that keeps on coming. From acai berries to turmeric, pick one that works for you and spend some time at the sewing machine making some healthy options. Here is some inspiration for you to look at, from pea pods to pumpkins. If you want an accompanying costume, you can go as Kaptain Kale (KK for short) and Quinoa woman.

11Glow Stick Figure

Visual Burrito on YouTube

This is simply the cutest thing. You can get it pretty cheaply too ($22, Wholesale Halloween Costumes). It's a great costume for dark trick-or-treat nights, and there's no flashlight required.



This was a major food trend that swept San Francisco and New York. Try this tutorial to make it your own.

Ad failed to load

13Women of 'GLOW'


Glow, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, exploded on Netflix this year, and it was actually a real television show in the 1980s. The best part about this costume is that it's just all 80s athletic wear. You'll basically need leg warmers ($6, Discount Dance Supply), sneakers, classic tube socks ($7,Walmart) , a high cut leotard ($26, Walmart), and scrunchies to style the hair ($12, Urban Outfitters). Play with it to create something colorful and cute. Want even more perks? Twin with your little one by making an adult version of the costume for yourself.

14Babies As Grandmas

Wish Flowers

Aren't these biddies adorable? They're not so much inspired by a trend, but more a need for cuteness in your life. Use the tutorial from Brett Bara to do it yourself. You'll need a printed dress and cardigan ($44, Amazon), those Mardi Gras party beads ($6, Party City), cotton balls, a children's sized beanie hat ($8, The Land of Nod), a hot glue gun ($10, Michael's), and fake baby glasses ($5, EyeBuy Direct) or sunglasses with the lenses popped out.

15Charlie Chaplin


Here, it's all about going back to the classic to make it trendy. Comedy and comedians are having a moment, so why not celebrate that with an OG? Charlie Chaplin is easy and clever enough to replicate. Use this tutorial from Babble for ideas. Basically, you'll need a top hat, fake mustache, a jacket, vest, shirt, pinstripe pants, black shoes, and a bowtie.

Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:

Check out the entire Romper's Doula Diaries series and other videos on Facebook and the Bustle app across Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

10 Reasons Why I Won't Apologize For Giving My Toddler A Pacifier

My first child had no interest in a pacifier. I tried a couple times to get him to take one, but he always spat them out and gave me an incredulous, judgmental look. But my second? It was love at first suckle. And after a while, the incredulous, judg…
By Jamie Kenney

Being A Dog Parent Prepared Me For Having A Baby, Really

I’ve always wanted kids; I was never as sure about raising a puppy. Then I spent six months living with someone who brought home an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy, and I see no way to make it out of that experience claiming not to love dogs. I…
By Heather Caplan

20 Of The Most Popular Unisex Names Of All Time, That You'll Be Hearing More Of For Sure

You might think of unisex names as a fairly recent trend, but the truth is these versatile monikers have been commonly used throughout history (well, some more commonly than others). That's why the team over at Names.org recently compiled a list of t…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How To Have A Date Night With No Babysitter, Because It's Easier Than You Think

After having children, many couples feel that their love lives immediately go out the window, but it's so important to make your romantic life a priority so both you and your partner can be the best versions of yourselves you can be. As we all know, …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Stereotypes About New Dads That Are *Totally* True

Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are …
By Priscilla Blossom

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Share Remedies For Their Most Intense Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but…
By Candace Ganger

Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid Doesn't Have To Be A Fight — Here's How To Do It

I am almost translucent, so me and sunscreen are basically besties at this point. Even though my children are beautifully deep brown thanks to my husband's genetics, I still slather them like biscuits being buttered because I refuse to take risks wit…
By Cat Bowen

7 Things A Mom Really Means When She Says She Doesn't Want Anything On Mother's Day

Every year my family asks me what I want for Mother's Day, and every single year I tell them the same thing: Nothing. So, by now, they know that when I say "nothing" I absolutely do not mean "nothing." In fact, there are more than a few things a mom …
By Candace Ganger

19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort food…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Fascinating Facts About Babies Born In May, The Luckiest Month Of All

The height of all things fresh and springy, May is an excellent month to have a baby. It's a time of growth, graduations, and outdoor celebrations. And these fascinating facts about May babies will give you more reasons than ever to appreciate childr…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 White Lies It’s Necessary To Tell To Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Telling lots of lies typically isn't associated with a healthy, strong, lasting relationship, and that's still certainly true, but not all lies are exactly the same. Though you've probably heard from someone at least once or twice that the lie they t…
By Lauren Schumacker

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say They Feel Safe

In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, y…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Babies' Poop, According To Science

Most family dogs seem to understand babies, and they're more than happy to make friends with the newest member of the pack. It's adorable... for the most part and until you go to change your little one's diaper. Suddenly, you're wondering why dogs ar…
By Lindsay E. Mack

6 Signs You're Meant To Have A Big Age Gap Between Kids

There's a five year age difference between my two children, to the day. Their age gap wasn't planned but, for a variety of reasons, works well for our family. And since I was so focused on having a second baby, I totally overlooked the signs that wou…
By Candace Ganger

Here's How To Introduce Your Pet To Your Baby & Make Everything As Calm As Possible

Our home, which we lovingly refer to as “the funny farm,” is filled with four-legged family members. We have two crazy beagles and two cat jerks, and boy are they loved and spoiled. (As they should be.) But we are now finally having a baby of our own…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's The Right Birth Method For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

If you're pregnant, you've probably given childbirth some serious thought. Some moms-to-be prepare a meticulous birth plan, while others are comfortable just going with the flow. And me? Well, I made a plan... but that plan was useless when faced wit…
By Steph Montgomery

My Dog Knew I Was Pregnant Before My Family Did

Growing up, I was 100 percent sure I'd be a mom one day. To a dog, that is. My baby plans came later. And once my husband and I were sure we wanted both a dog and a baby, we'd add to our joint dog-and-baby name list over Sunday brunch or on date nigh…
By Melissa Mills