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10 Halloween Costumes Inspired by Children's Books

There are so many wonderful options for toddler Halloween costumes. From traditional favorites like witches and skeletons to more creative designs, it’s so much fun deciding how to dress up my little girl each year.

One thing I’m considering is using our favorite story books as an inspiration. My daughter and I love reading together— snuggling on the couch on a rainy fall day with a great book is our idea of a wonderful afternoon.

It’s almost as if the familiar characters are part of our family. Why not use Halloween as an excuse to bring one of our favorite characters to life? Here are 10 great toddler costumes that do just that.

Which one should we pick?


  • The Lorax 1 of 10
    The Lorax
    He may speak for the trees, but he also loves candy! This simple costume would be so much fun for trick or treat, especially with a little Barbaloot sibling tagging along!
    Purchase for $48 at Boo Bah Blue
  • Little Red Riding Hood 2 of 10
    Little Red Riding Hood
    My toddler would have fun dressing up as Little Red Riding Hood not only for Halloween, but year round! This would make another great family costume theme, with Mom and Dad playing the Grandmother and the Wolf.
    Purchase for $44 at Loverdovers Clothing
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar 3 of 10
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    This book by Eric Carle is one of the most beloved toddler books and the caterpillar who becomes a beautiful butterfly is one of the most beloved characters. It makes such a great costume!
    Purchase this costume for $57.99 at The Holiday Shoppe
  • Corduroy 4 of 10
    Corduroy
    Toddler Times' own Ilana whipped up this Corduroy costume last year since it is one of Mazzy's favorite books. Didn't she do a great job?
    Visit Mommyshorts for more adorable photos and instructions.
  • Dorothy 5 of 10
    Dorothy
    When it comes to classic costumes, Dorothy is high on the list. I love this toddler version.
    Purchase for $38 at MackAboo LLC
  • Peter Pan 6 of 10
    Peter Pan
    My 5-year-old dressed as Peter Pan for Halloween 2 years ago and it was a hit. It's a great outfit for playtime, too.
    Purchase for $37.50 at Ava Belle's Closet
  • Little Miss Muffet 7 of 10
    Little Miss Muffet
    How adorable is this Little Miss Muffet costume? My daughter would have so much fun wearing this!
    Purchase for $65 at Miss Em's Costumes
  • Raggedy Ann 8 of 10
    Raggedy Ann
    We love Raggedy Ann and Andy in our house, and the brother and sister pair is one of my favorite sibling costumes ever.
    Purchase for $18.99 at HalloweenCostumes.com
  • And Andy! 9 of 10
    And Andy!
    Who could resist giving this little guy an extra handful of trick or treat candy? Not me!
    Purchase for $18.99 at HalloweenCostumes.com
  • Madeline 10 of 10
    Madeline
    I loved the Madeline books as a child and I love reading them with my daughter now. I know she'd love dressing up as Madeline for Halloween.
    Purchase for $23.90 at Kids Halloween Costumes

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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