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9 Exciting Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Halloween

As Halloween approaches, many parents eagerly await the opportunity to dress their kids in cute and creative costumes. But for new parents, celebrating their baby’s first Halloween can be especially exciting, as it marks a delightful milestone in their child’s life. 

Are you a new parent? Don’t think you can’t still have fun on Halloween just because you have a new baby. From Halloween-themed crafts and activities to adorable little costumes, there are various fun and festive ways to celebrate baby’s first Halloween. 

So, in this article, we’ll explore some of the best ways to celebrate baby’s first Halloween, plus some tried and true tips for baby’s first Halloween. These creative ideas help make this spooky season extra special for your little one!

Let’s get started!

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Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Halloween:

While your Halloween will look slightly different this year than in previous years, there are still plenty of ways to make it memorable! Here are the top nine ways to celebrate Halloween with your new baby:

1. Host a Baby Halloween Party

Recommended Age: 3 to 12-Months-Old

Hosting a baby Halloween party can be a fun way to celebrate your baby’s first Halloween. Call up some mom friends or family members who also have babies and invite them over for a festive playdate. 

Since this ‘party’ is for the babies, you won’t need much. Even just putting up some cute Halloween decorations and setting up a little spot to take adorable photos can be enough for a memorable day!

2. Make a Festive Keepsake

Recommended Age: 0 to 12-Months-Old

Baby keepsakes are something that you will cherish forever. Making a keepsake is something that I have always looked forward to doing with my babies for every holiday!

One thing I love about keepsakes is that you can make it as simple or extravagant as you want! I like to do handprint crafts with babies because they are pretty simple to put together, and they always turn out so cute.

Need a quick idea for a Halloween keepsake for your baby? Check out these handprint craft templates in our shop! Simply print out the template, use some non-toxic finger paint (be sure to wash their hands thoroughly afterward), and put your baby’s handprint on the picture. You’ll have the sweetest keepsake that you’ll love displaying each year.

3. Pass Out Candy at Home

Recommended Age: 3 Months+

It’s always a good idea to keep it low-key when celebrating your baby’s first Halloween. After all, babies can get overstimulated/overtired pretty quickly! One simple way to celebrate the holiday is to pass out candy at home. 

If you choose to dress your baby up, passing out candy can be a simple way to still partake in the usual festivities while also showing off your little one’s cute outfit.

4. Get a Cute Outfit

Recommended Age: 0 to 12-Months-Old

Ways to celebrate baby's first Halloween - Cute onesie outfit

Whether you dress your little one up or not, getting an adorable first Halloween outfit is always fun! I tend to take so many pictures of my babies during any first holiday, and Halloween is no exception.

To get you started with ideas, I love this outfit for baby girls and this one for boys!

5. Read Halloween Books

Recommended Age: 0 to 12-Months-Old

It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! Halloween Board Book

Reading books is a fun way to celebrate all holidays and a great activity for babies of any age! Here are our top five Halloween books for babies:

  1. It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! – ‘If You Give A…’ books have been a favorite of mine.
  2. Little Blue Truck’s Halloween – Little Blue Truck books are always fun!
  3. Hoot Howl Halloween – Babies love interactive sound books.
  4. Boo Halloween Peek-a-Flap Book – Lift-the-flap books are great for holding baby’s attention.
  5. Spooky Pooky – Sandra Boynton’s books are another family favorite.

6. Decorate Pumpkins 

Recommended Age: 6 Months+

Carving pumpkins is out of the question for your new baby, but that doesn’t mean they can’t decorate one! As long as your baby is around six months old, they can have a lot of fun decorating a pumpkin.

One thing to keep in mind when doing this activity with your baby is that you want to have taste-safe paint. (This article has so many options to get you started!)

Then, you can grab a small pumpkin, put the pumpkin and taste-safe finger paint on your baby’s high chair or the floor, and let your baby go for it!

7. Pumpkin Sensory Bin

Recommended Age: 6 Months+

If you do carve pumpkins with your family, throw some of the pumpkin insides (without the seeds) in a shallow tub. The pumpkin goo makes a wonderful sensory experience for your little one!

Start by sitting with your baby and showing them how to squish the pumpkin in their hands. I’m sure you’ll love watching them explore this weird new texture!

As always, supervise your baby for this activity and make sure they don’t eat the pumpkin.

8. Check Out Local Events 

Recommended Age: 3 Months+

One great thing about the holidays is that there are typically some fun, local events that you can attend. Places like museums, zoos, the library, or pumpkin patches often host family-friendly events that you can go to.

If you choose to attend an event with your baby, ensure you bring a stroller or baby carrier so you don’t wear yourself out. Also, make sure you pack a diaper bag with everything you need so you don’t run into a problem! 

9. Trick or Treat at Grandparents’ Houses

Recommended Age: 0 to 12-Months-Old

Even though your baby is too young for traditional trick or treating, it’s still fun to take them to their grandparents’ houses to ‘trick or treat.’ 

Simply dress your baby up in their Halloween costume or a cute outfit, and surprise their grandparents. It will be a memory that the grandparents will love!

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Tips for Celebrating Baby’s First Halloween

Celebrating baby’s first Halloween can be fun, but preparing yourself beforehand is always beneficial. Here are some of the best tips for celebrating baby’s first Halloween:

1. Trick or Treat the Smart Way

If this is your first Halloween with a baby, you will want to skip trick or treating this year. But, if you have older children, there are some things you can do to make the night go smoothly. 

First, you’ll want to ensure you dress your baby warmly, assuming the weather is warm enough. Second, use a stroller!

Not only will using a stroller prevent your arms from getting tired, but depending on your stroller, you will have space to store anything you don’t want to carry.

2. Stay Flexible

Our next tip for celebrating baby’s first Halloween is to stay flexible and go with the flow. You might make plans to do something, but when the time comes, your baby isn’t having it. 

Instead of going anyway and having a screaming, upset baby, respectfully cancel your plans and stay home. It will always be better the next year!

3. Keep it Cute-Spooky

Many people like to go all out on Halloween, especially with the scary or loud decorations. When celebrating the holiday with a baby, staying away from the noisy, super bright, and scary things is best. 

So when decorating your own house, try to keep it cute-spooky. Stay away from the scary imagery and go with cute ghosts and black cats for a while. And when going out, avoid the loud or flashing decor, as it can quickly make your baby overstimulated.

4. Choose a Simple Costume

Like dressing your baby in everyday clothing, choosing a simple costume will be better for you and your baby in the long run. Why? Because you won’t have to worry about the costume being uncomfortable or adjusting it all day.

Need some adorable, simple Halloween costume ideas for babies? Here are our top five ideas (that will also keep baby warm):

1. Adorable Astronaut

Baby Astronaut Costume

2. Jack-O-Lantern

Baby Pumpkin Costume - Ways to celebrate babys first Halloween

3. Cute Cow

Cow Baby Costume

4. Adorable Giraffe

Baby Giraffe Costume - Ways to celebrate babys first Halloween

5. Baby Duckling

Baby Duckling Costume

5. Don’t Stress!

Our last tip for celebrating baby’s first Halloween is not to stress. It’s easy to get swept up in the holiday, and want to make everything perfect for your baby. But in the end, they won’t remember their first Halloween! 

At the end of the day, make sure you have made some special memories for your family to reflect on, and remember that even choosing just one way to celebrate from the list above will be enough!


Where can I take my newborn for Halloween?

While you can take your newborn wherever you need to go (if appropriate), you won’t need to take them anywhere special. 

Newborns typically want to take naps often, so if you don’t have plans, it might be best to celebrate at home. 

What can I give my baby besides candy?

If your baby is old enough, you can give them cereal puffs, or yogurt melts as a little treat!

How old does a baby need to be to go trick-or-treating?

It might be a while before your baby realizes what trick or treating is. With that being said, I would hold off on taking your baby trick or treating until they are two, at the earliest. 

No matter what age you choose to go trick or treating, set an appropriate time limit to prevent them from getting overtired. Also, remove any candy that can be a choking hazard once you get home. 

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And there you have it: the best ways to celebrate baby’s first Halloween! From dressing up in adorable outfits to capturing those precious moments in photos, this milestone is special for parents and babies alike. 

While this Halloween may have looked different than in previous years, the joy of celebrating your baby’s first Halloween is one you will cherish for a lifetime.

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What is one of your favorite ways to celebrate baby’s first Halloween? I would love to know in the comments below!

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