My Halloween Costume Secret

I am no veteran mama. But I am no rookie either.

I have dressed at least one kid for 3 Trick-or-Treating Halloweens.

I have a Halloween costume secret to share.


Yep. I dress my kids in pajamas for Halloween and I have no plans of doing anything different. Hear me out —

We are major Kickee Pants fans. I think that “major” is probably the understatement of the century, but we will just leave it with that.

For my first Halloween as a mama, my baby was less than a week old. He wore pumpkins in the hospital and that was as spirited as it got.

But the next year, we dressed his little one-year-old self up as a Pineapple. Pineapples were a thing for us — that is probably a whole ‘nother blog post. But regardless, the costume was fitting.

He had worn Kickee Pants for 99.9% of his first year of life, so it seemed like a no-brainer to use Kickee Pants to make his costume.

The next year, again, we used Kickee Pants pajamas to make his costume — he was the cookie to our Cookie Monster.

The following year, we again had a one week old baby. So we plopped some pjs on our kiddos and it became a family costume — a zookeeper and his cheetahs.

This year will be the first year that Kickee Pants do not make an appearance in our costume, but only because we have a Toy Story fan in the house. So, Woody and Buzz are a must.

But again, pajamas are my secret.

Each kiddo has a pair of both Woody and Buzz pajamas. They will alternate between the two for school dress up and neighborhood Trick-or-Treating.

And the best part? They can wear their “costumes” over and over again — week after week. There are no itchy or cumbersome parts of the costume. We do not have to worry about it being either a 90 degree Halloween or a 50 degree Halloween here in Louisiana. The pajamas work for either occasion.

And this year, I guess I was feeling especially spirited and bought an extra pair of fireman pajamas from Old Navy for a backup costume.

That is that. Pajamas as Halloween costumes. Ta-da.

Rebecca Autin
Rebecca is an attorney by day and a toddler wrangler by night. She is a product of divorced parents and grew up in both Thibodaux and Franklin, Louisiana. Rebecca attended Loyola University of New Orleans and Southern University Law Center. Rebecca married her high school bestie in 2012. Quinton and Rebecca went through months of infertility before giving birth to Maxwell Lincoln in 2015. In 2016, they were surprised by a baby boy due in June 2017. But, in February 2017, they suffered with incompetent cervix and delivered sweet Theodore Paul too soon. In October 2018, after an incredibly difficult pregnancy, a cerclage, and a whole bunch of bedrest, Fitzgerald Joseph was born -- a happy, healthy, and perfect rainbow. If you can't find Rebecca, you can summon her with pot of freshly brewed coffee or look for her in Target or behind the kitchen island where she is hiding from her kids with a very generous pour of red.


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