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7 Unforgettable Things You Must Do for Baby’s First Halloween

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What can you do on Halloween with a baby?

It’s that time of year when we start pulling out our warm sweaters and getting ready for all things pumpkin spice.

And if you have a new little one in your home, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to do for your baby’s first Halloween.

Each holiday is such a fun time for you and your new little bundle who is just experiencing everything for the first time. And it’s such a perfect way to start incorporating new traditions into your family.

The holidays can be stressful, and it all gets started around September when you start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas shopping.

I don’t want to add any extra stress during your baby’s first Halloween, so here’s an easy list of memorable things for your baby’s first Halloween.

Just remember to have fun and enjoy the memories!

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What should I do for baby’s first Halloween?

Select a Costume

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The first thing you think about when you start planning baby’s first Halloween is getting your little one a Halloween costume.

Whether your baby’s first Halloween is when he is one month old or if he’s closing in on his first birthday, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a Halloween costume.

But how do you choose that first Halloween costume?

You have years ahead of you when your little pumpkin will want to be a superhero or a princess, and nothing else will do. So, for your baby’s first Halloween, choose the costume you love best.

I picked my son’s mouse costume because I was once a mouse for Halloween, so the side-by-side pictures of the two of us dressed as mice was too cute to pass up.

Choose a costume that means something to you and your spouse, or even put your creative mind to work, and make your own costume.

Plan a Photoshoot

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Whether you hire a professional photographer or decide to do it yourself, you don’t want to miss out on those first Halloween photos.

While a professional photographer will be able to capture some beautiful photos, using good lighting and proper techniques, it is possible to create wonderful Halloween photos on your own.

And taking photos on your own allows for more options: you could take them in your own home or backyard with leaves and pumpkins, you could go to a park, or you could go to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard.

While you’re taking photos, think about choosing a fall outfit, as well as a Halloween costume, to get some cute fall photos.

Attend a Live Parade or Fall Festival

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Start a new tradition, and find a local parade to watch or participate in.

While your baby will be too young to remember the parade, he is sure to enjoy watching the lights and hearing the music. It’s a great tradition that doesn’t involve anything but your time.

It’s also a great way to showcase your baby’s first Halloween costume without going trick-or-treating and a wonderful way to get ideas for all the Halloweens to come.

If your town doesn’t hold an annual Halloween parade, check your local zoo or theme park to see if they have any fall festivities planned.

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Give a Basket of Gifts

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So, on your baby’s first Halloween, it’s unlikely that you’ll be toting that little one out for trick-or-treating fun. And even if that is something you plan on doing, he’s probably not going to be eating too many of those goodies.

Instead, give your little one a basket of Halloween treats.

You can either give the gift on October 1, so your baby can enjoy those goodies for the entire month (such as a cute Halloween outfit or pajamas), or you can choose to wait until October 31 (and include some of your little one’s favorite snacks).

Either way, a basket of Halloween gifts is something you can easily make into a fun Halloween tradition each year.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

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Visiting a pumpkin patch (or an apple orchard) is my favorite fall activity and is a great way to celebrate your baby’s first Halloween and many more to come.

While it’s a great place to go and pick a pumpkin, you can also get some wonderful photos of your little one sitting among the pumpkins.

If you can, find a local pumpkin patch that has more than a field of pumpkins. Some offer hayrides, farm animals, bounce houses, and face paintings.

It’s a tradition that grows with your family or you can even invite friends or other relatives along.

Related: Perfect Pumpkin Patch Outfit for Mom

Carve or Paint Pumpkins

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During your visit to the pumpkin patch, make sure you pick up some pumpkins to carve or paint.

Throw a blanket down outside and carve those pumpkins with this pumpkin carving kit. Or put a tarp down, put on some play clothes, bust out some pumpkin paints and start another family tradition.

Eventually your little one will want to get in on the fun, but for your baby’s first Halloween, just take some photos of your baby watching others do the work.

And don’t forget to get those pictures of your little one with the final product.

Related: How to Have a Fun Halloween at Home

Play in Fall Leaves

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Fall leaves are a great tool for sensory development and cost nothing.

If your baby’s first Halloween is closer to his first birthday, he’ll love to be able to stand and crunch the leaves with his feet.

If he’s just sitting up, put a blanket down and let your little one crunch the leaves under the blanket.

And if your baby’s first Halloween is much closer to the newborn stage, you could put down a blanket and practice tummy time outside.

There are so many sights, sounds and smells during fall, your baby is sure to love being outside every chance he gets.

Related: Best Tummy Time Ideas for Your Baby


There you have it: the 7 unforgettable things you must do for baby’s first Halloween. Whatever you have planned for your baby’s first Halloween, make sure to soak up all the memories. They are only this little once, and the time truly does fly. Enjoy every moment and every holiday!

How did you celebrate your baby’s first Halloween? Let us know in the comments.

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