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Halloween with its mystical ambiance builds a lot of lasting childhood memories. Sometimes just hearing the name of this spooky holiday in passing will bring up the image of a flickering jack-o'-lantern or the sound of autumn leaves crunching under your feet as you roam through the neighborhood with friends.

But arguably the biggest contributors to the haunting atmosphere are the costumes. They allow us to step into the shoes of our favorite characters and make the experience even more worthwhile. So, continuing the tradition we set in 2021 and 2022, Bored Panda wants to give a shout-out to those who take it seriously and present the best Halloween costumes for kids.

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"There's A Storm Front Blowing In" Halloween Costume

"There's A Storm Front Blowing In" Halloween Costume

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These pictures remind us that when people celebrate, they bring different ideas about everything, and sometimes it can be hard to answer the questions that arise from it. Such as, at what age should the kids stop trick-or-treating.

It can leave parents — and other people contributing to their costumes — feeling a bit torn.

"There's the side where you want your kids to have this wonderful ritual-like festival," Colleen Harmeling, an associate professor in the school of business at Florida State University, told NPR. "But then you're balancing it with these other demands — and those other demands are where morality kind of comes into play."

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I Crocheted My Daughter Her First Halloween Costume. I Present You A Baby Gnome

I Crocheted My Daughter Her First Halloween Costume. I Present You A Baby Gnome

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is so cute and it keeps her little face warm if it's cold when you take her trick or treating.

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My Daughter Wanted To Be A Snail For Halloween

My Daughter Wanted To Be A Snail For Halloween

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This Incredible Halloween Baby Costume

This Incredible Halloween Baby Costume

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now THIS is funny! You're going to have some explaining to do when your child grows up, though.

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Harmeling believes Halloween for kids is much more than a sack of candy. "I think it is this visibility to the community that they're embedded in. It's a night of fantasy when they see all of these other kids pretending along with them."

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It's like a real-life role-playing game. For millions of kids, it can perform one of the most important functions of play: easing the pressure and stress they're under.

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My Daughter Wanted To Be A Sheepdog For Halloween

My Daughter Wanted To Be A Sheepdog For Halloween

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The Cutest Turtle I Ever Seen

The Cutest Turtle I Ever Seen

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My Daughter Wanted To Be Astrid From How To Train Your Dragon This Year For Halloween. It Took Me A Month, But I Did It

My Daughter Wanted To Be Astrid From How To Train Your Dragon This Year For Halloween. It Took Me A Month, But I Did It

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"It's also a moment where they can in some ways break the rules where it's safe," Harmeling explained. "You know, they're wandering in the street. They're among all of these strangers, they're not wearing proper clothes, you know?

So in a sense, it gives them the freedom to be wild.

"That's why it has become such a core rite of passage in our culture because it isn't just candy."

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My Son Dressed As The Pillsbury Doughboy For Halloween, And The Pictures Makes Me Smile

My Son Dressed As The Pillsbury Doughboy For Halloween, And The Pictures Makes Me Smile

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She's Been Growing Out Her Hair For Nearly Two Years With The Express Purpose Of Being Dumbledore For Halloween. She's Five

She's Been Growing Out Her Hair For Nearly Two Years With The Express Purpose Of Being Dumbledore For Halloween. She's Five

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My Nephews Dressed As Yoda And Luke For Halloween

My Nephews Dressed As Yoda And Luke For Halloween

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aaaand here's the comment you've all been waiting for....'The Force is strong with this one.'

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Our Daughter's Costume Is Perfect For The Covid-19 Era

Our Daughter's Costume Is Perfect For The Covid-19 Era

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Um, cool costume, but can you tell me where you put the cheesy poofs?? Asking for a hungry friend…

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But the benefits don't stop there. The professor thinks that these trick-or-treaters who dress up to celebrate Halloween are doing a service to adults, too.

"They're signaling their appropriate membership in the community," she said. "Like if you are in a high trick-or-treating zone, it's kind of your moral duty to participate, you know, to keep your light on."

As we take part in what is basically a massive candy redistribution scheme, we also get to cultivate our own sense of altruism and feel the warm glow that comes from contributing to our community.

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My Wife Made Our Son A Baby Groot Costume For This Halloween

My Wife Made Our Son A Baby Groot Costume For This Halloween

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For Halloween My Daughter Insisted On Dressing Up As Her Dungeons And Dragons Character, Ashera - The Moon Elf Druid

For Halloween My Daughter Insisted On Dressing Up As Her Dungeons And Dragons Character, Ashera - The Moon Elf Druid

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! Celebrating another generation of RPG nerddom! Enjoy the lack of THAC0 in current versions, young elf.

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La Llorona Ghost Costume. If She Sees You, She Won't Know If It's You Or Her Own Child, And You Will Never Be Seen Again

La Llorona Ghost Costume. If She Sees You, She Won't Know If It's You Or Her Own Child, And You Will Never Be Seen Again

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Plus, there's the basic entertainment factor.

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"You're witnessing the enjoyment and the emotional contagion of a collective group [of ecstatic children in costumes]," Harmeling said. So there's this shared emotion through all of this."

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My 11-Year-Old Cousin's The Dude Costume From The Big Lebowski

My 11-Year-Old Cousin's The Dude Costume From The Big Lebowski

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I Made An Alien Abduction Costume For My Son

I Made An Alien Abduction Costume For My Son

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My 5-Year-Old Wanted Nothing More Than To Be Flo For Halloween. My Wife Put This Together For Her

My 5-Year-Old Wanted Nothing More Than To Be Flo For Halloween. My Wife Put This Together For Her

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And if you've ever taken an active part in it, chances are you may have done a double-take at seemingly adult-sized trick-or-treaters. Some towns even ban older kids from it altogether.

According to Harmeling, such actions can be interpreted as both good and bad behavior.

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My Twin Daughter's Halloween Costumes Paying Homage To The 90s Classic "Clueless"

My Twin Daughter's Halloween Costumes Paying Homage To The 90s Classic "Clueless"

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My Little Dude Seems Ready To Be Shot Into Space For Halloween

My Little Dude Seems Ready To Be Shot Into Space For Halloween

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8 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a great photo all together. One of those that your mother gives you, when you look at your old childhood photos.

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All The Boys In My Nephew's Class Dressed As Chickens For Halloween. He Surprised Them And Showed Up As Colonel Sanders With A Real Bucket Of Kentucky Fried Chicken

All The Boys In My Nephew's Class Dressed As Chickens For Halloween. He Surprised Them And Showed Up As Colonel Sanders With A Real Bucket Of Kentucky Fried Chicken

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"There's a biological reason behind why you're likely to grab your hand into your bag of candy and throw pounds of it to a three-year-old who's coming to your door, and then offer a single piece to that 13-year-old who's coming to your door," she said.

"It's because they are the more innocent, they're the more vulnerable."

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Happy Halloween. Here's Our Spaghetti And Meatballs. All Credit For The Costume Goes To His Momma

Happy Halloween. Here's Our Spaghetti And Meatballs. All Credit For The Costume Goes To His Momma

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My Super Simple Costume Idea For Halloween

My Super Simple Costume Idea For Halloween

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8 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Deja vu moment, thank you❤️, @OP: I did that one on the left side with my (then hip long medium blonde very straight) hair and glasses when I was bored to death at school in grades 5-8 🤣👻 (and I've never watched the Addams Family and still don't know who this character is supposed to be 🤷🏼‍♀️)

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But Harmeling believes teenagers shouldn't feel vilified if they go out to trick-or-treat, and if a child is wavering on whether to go, parents should try to find a way to support them — and make sure Halloween is safe and fun. At the end of the day, they're trying to raise a good person, and it's a great occasion for bonding. So if you believe that some of the kids in this list are too old to be on it, maybe just look away!

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For Clarity, I Added LEDs To A Costume You Can Get Online. I Didn't Make This From Scratch

For Clarity, I Added LEDs To A Costume You Can Get Online. I Didn't Make This From Scratch

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A Little Burrito

A Little Burrito

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Homemade Piranha Plant Costume

Homemade Piranha Plant Costume

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When Your Kid Wants To Be Both A Hot Dog And Michael Myers For Halloween. Oscar Myers Is Born

When Your Kid Wants To Be Both A Hot Dog And Michael Myers For Halloween. Oscar Myers Is Born

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DIY "Mega Man" Halloween Costume

DIY "Mega Man" Halloween Costume

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My 8-Year-Old Son As A Stanley Ipkiss From The Mask At His School's Halloween Contest

My 8-Year-Old Son As A Stanley Ipkiss From The Mask At His School's Halloween Contest

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They call me Cuban Pete. I'm the king of the rumba beat. When I play the maracas I go chick-chicky-boom, chick-chicky boom.

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Hocus Pocus-Inspired Costume For Halloween

Hocus Pocus-Inspired Costume For Halloween

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That Is So Great, But How Does She Carry Her Treat Bag?

That Is So Great, But How Does She Carry Her Treat Bag?

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#36

I Finished My Son's Mike Wazowski Costume

I Finished My Son's Mike Wazowski Costume

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I Imagine This Kid Going To Each House Asking For A Specific Candy, Then Passing Out On The Steps When They Don't Have It

I Imagine This Kid Going To Each House Asking For A Specific Candy, Then Passing Out On The Steps When They Don't Have It

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The Headless Waiter Costume That I Made For My Son

The Headless Waiter Costume That I Made For My Son

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#40

My Son Is Skull Kid From Majora's Mask For Halloween

My Son Is Skull Kid From Majora's Mask For Halloween

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My Daughter Chose To Wear This Halloween Costume During Her Gymnastics Practice

My Daughter Chose To Wear This Halloween Costume During Her Gymnastics Practice

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8 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cool, the referees won't notice slightly bent knees and elbows! 👍🏻😎 (source: I've been a referee for female gymnastics competitions for 16 years)

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My Son Asked To Be Bulbasaur For Halloween

My Son Asked To Be Bulbasaur For Halloween

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Halloween With Cherry Twins

Halloween With Cherry Twins

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Do they have to stand beside each other for hours at a time, or do the cherry stems ever separate?

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My 6-Year-Old Nephew Wanted To Be The Mario Piranha Plant For Halloween

My 6-Year-Old Nephew Wanted To Be The Mario Piranha Plant For Halloween

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really like that parents just roll with it and go along with the kiddies ideas

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My Son's Halloween Costume

My Son's Halloween Costume

He hasn't seen "Pan's Labyrinth", but he's seen stills and decided to be the scariest kid on the block.

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My Son Asked To Be Hellboy For Halloween. Utter Fun To Put It Together With My Wife And Mother-In-Law

My Son Asked To Be Hellboy For Halloween. Utter Fun To Put It Together With My Wife And Mother-In-Law

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Our Son's Halloween Costume That We Made For Him

Our Son's Halloween Costume That We Made For Him

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What Time Is It? Halloween Time

What Time Is It? Halloween Time

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