Costume ideas for your toddler and other child care tips

October is here, and with it the official start of the holiday season. First up is the spooktacular Halloween, filled with haunted houses, pumpkin carving, and of course tons of candy and other sweet treats. For many, deciding what to be for Halloween can be quite the task, especially when you’re trying to decide for a rambunctious toddler. Should you match your toddler’s costume? Should you have them do their own thing? What do you even dress a toddler up as? If you haven’t been able to answer these questions then Smart Start Child Child Care in Bowling Green has just the blog for you. We’ll go over a few toddler Halloween costumes that are sure to help make you and your family the best dressed at every Halloween party.

A PumpkinChildren Holding Firecrackers Outdoors

The classic pumpkin is so easy to pull off. You have so many options on how to dress up your toddler that we won’t even be able to go through all of the options. If you’re an artsy type, making your toddler’s costume can be a breeze. Stop by your favorite arts and crafts store and pick up some orange, green, and black fabric, then go to town. You can use an old orange shirt, or pick up a new one from the store, and draw on some jack o’lantern features. For an even more modern look, paint an unused cardboard box and cut out some holes for your toddler’s head and arms. The only limit is your imagination when it comes to a pumpkin costume for toddlers.

Pumpkins are also super easy to match. Everyone in the family can have their own unique jack o’lantern face, color, or style. You can add features like fake stems, leaves, or anything else that you think would make a pumpkin look great. You can even dress your pets up as pumpkins to make them look as stylish as the rest of the family.


Does your toddler have a favorite animal? Are they constantly acting like a cat, an elephant, or a dinosaur? Well, what better time to let them become that animal than Halloween? Buying a premade costume at the store is as easy as getting in your car and driving there. But if you don’t have the time or drive to pay that much for a one-time use costume, then you can always make your own. You can use clothes and objects you already have laying around the house from Halloweens past, or you can pick up new ones. Make your costumes out of anything and everything you think works. Just remember the basics for each animal, such as ears and whiskers for a cat, a trunk and ears for an elephant, and claws and a tail for dinosaurs.

Want to match your family’s animal costumes? Do a theme. Everyone can be a certain kind of cat like a lion, tiger, or leopard. Every family member can be a different kind of farm animal or get inspiration from the Chinese Zodiac signs. If no one can agree on a theme, then just go as the whole zoo so everyone can pick their favorite animal.


Whether it’s Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, or Black Widow, superheroes are some of the most popular Halloween costumes around. Not only are they super cool, but they’re easy to buy as all you have to do is go to the supermarket and pick up your favorite superhero’s super suit. Toddlers who watch superhero shows will surely want to dress up as their favorite high-flying do-gooder. But again, buying a cheaply made overpriced toddler costume that will only be used once is probably something you’d like to avoid. Make your toddler’s costume out of everyday clothes, or make a costume from scratch. Not only will it look great, but you’ll feel great knowing you made something so super that your toddler loves.

Looking to have your family match this Halloween? It’s easy with so many superheroes to choose from. Recreate the Avengers or Justice League, having everyone pick out their favorite hero. Go for the lesser known characters, or let your comic book nerd flag fly and make up your own superheroes.

Other costume ideas:

  • Food
  • Athletes/sport teams
  • Celebrities
  • Movie characters
  • Inanimate objects

We hope you’ve found this blog helpful. If you’re looking for toddler programs in Bowling Green, then Smart Start Child Care is the perfect daycare center for you. Learn more about Smart Start Child Care, view some of our curricula to see what your toddler can learn here, or contact Smart Start in Bowling Green to answer any questions.