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              Halloween

              Best Halloween Costumes for Kids According to Their Zodiac

              Halloween, as you’ve probably noticed, is almost upon us. Hooray for funky gourds and ginormous bags of candy! Less of a hooray for the kid costume situation. If you’re like us, you might be struggling to think of a Halloween costumes for your child, struggling to get your child to decide, or struggling to talk your child out of a decision (“maybe you can be a ninja dragon that breathes real fire next year”).

              Fear not! You can save yourself a headache and a hassle by shopping for costumes based on your child’s Zodiac sign. Read on for our suggestions—you might even gain some insight into why your Taurus is crazy about glamping or why your three-year-old Capricorn already has a five-year plan.
              Written By
              Jessica Allen
              Illustration
              Lucia Vinti

              ARIES (March 21–April 19)
              An Aries child is an energetic child, an enthusiastic child, a child that leaves you zonked at the end of the day. In keeping with this sign’s nonstop pep, the ideal Aries costume should allow for plenty of movement—whether that’s somersaulting to the neighbor’s house for Skittles or leaping off the furniture to block a sibling from raiding their trick-or-treat haul. Complete with capes and tights, superhero costumes like Batman and Wonder Woman are perfect. The Flash works too, and has the added benefit of being red, a signature Aries color.

              TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

              Earthy Taurus is in touch with all five senses. No matter what, skip scratchy costumes in favor of plushness and comfort. An animal costume will speak to this sign’s snuggly, homebody side while the fur will satisfy Taurus’s tactile nature. Alternatively, an extravagant tuxedo or sparkly dress will let the Taurus child tap into their love of finery and feel as fancy on the outside as they do on the inside. No doubt they probably already have such items in their closet. Heighten the regal effect by topping off the outfit with some jewelry, preferably Harry Winston. Long live lux!

              GEMINI (May 21–June 20)

              Perhaps no costume better suits bubbly Gemini than a butterfly. Unless it’s a fairy. Fairies work really well, too, with shimmery wings and joyful natures. Then again, so does being a ladybug. Or maybe a dragon? . . . Effervescent Gemini has the reputation of being hard to pin down. But the truth is that this sign has a wide-ranging, agile mind, and being wonderfully social helps Gemini appease its curiosity. Just watch your talkative, extroverted Gemini charm the pants, and the full-size Snickers, off your neighbors.

              CANCER (June 21–July 22)
              Even-tempered and eager-to-please, Cancer children are among the most fun to dress for Halloween. They’re likely willing to go with whatever you had in mind in order to keep the peace. This laidback attitude makes kids born under this sign particularly well-suited for paired or family costumes, such as Grogu, Cara Dune, and Boba Fett from The Mandalorian, or matching Top Gun outfits. (You can call dibs on Maverick, since your Cancer definitely won’t.) There’ll be no complaints about participating in a “Monster Mash” singalong or posing in identical everything for the holiday card, either.

              LEO (July 23–August 22)

              Basically, the Leo child will gravitate toward any costume that puts them squarely in the spotlight. Consider picking a costume that’s effortlessly—and adorably—recognizable in a pint-size version, such as Winifred Sanderson or Thor. An older Leo might be into Barbiecore, complete with a neon visor and knotted sweater. This self-assured sign bursts with confidence and expects to be treated like the lion they are. If they don’t feel celebrated, beware the roar. Ensure plenty of purrs by allowing time for primping, posing, and posting. #LeoLife

              VIRGO (August 23–September 22)
              With a tendency toward perfectionism, Virgos like things to be just so. You probably knew that already, if you, say, tried to fold their sweaters or allowed their peas to touch their fish sticks at dinner. They also enjoy performing acts of service, so don’t be surprised if your Virgo offers to decorate your house ahead of Halloween. Go ahead and let them—the result will be 100% Pinterest worthy, for sure. As for costumes, the Virgo child will revel in an outfit that speaks to this innate desire to help, such as a doctor or wish-granting good wizard.

              LIBRA (September 23–October 22)

              Libras are often the life of any party. Such sociability not only means that you might be spending your weekends schlepping your Libra from playdate to playdate, but also that your child will love a costume that gets people talking—or that allows for a marquee entrance. After all, this is a sign with a strong association with beauty and fashion. The best Libra costumes facilitate a good twirl, so Mirabel Madrigal or Snow White could work. For kids who’d rather make a decidedly louder entrance, stomping rather than twirling, try a dinosaur.

              SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

              Of all the signs, a Scorpio kid most appreciates spooky Halloween garb—probably because Halloween takes place during Scorpio season. You can’t go wrong with a ghost, that old standby, which has the added allure of giving your Scorpio a chance to maintain this sign’s mysteriousness and love of secrecy. So would any costume that comes with a mask. An older Scorpio might wish to push the proverbial envelope and go even eerier, such as that creepy clown from It or a halfbie from All of Us Are Dead.

              SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21)

              Whatever your Sagittarius child settles on for Halloween, buckle up for a lecture. The only thing this sign loves more than knowledge is sharing that knowledge with others. A tiny mad professor, complete with pocket protector, would be super-adorbs and in keeping with their brainiacness (not technically a word, which any Sagittarius will tell you). Also adorable? A costume that evokes this sign’s love of travel, like a walking suitcase, Indiana Jones, or Carmen Sandiego. Then impress your Sagittarius by trotting out a few fun facts of your own. For example did you know that candy corn was originally sold under the (decidedly less appealing) name “chicken feed”?
               

              CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19)

              Let’s face it: if you have a Capricorn kid in your life, then you’ve likely known all about this year’s costume since November 1 of last year. There was probably a PowerPoint and/or a supremely well-organized mood board with detailed annotations. The Zodiac’s primo planners, Capricorns also dig tradition, so consider going old-school for their Halloween get-up. Zombie, Harry Potter, and Frida Kahlo are classics that have the additional advantage of requiring lots of planning to pull off. Expect a few tries to get that scar or unibrow to precisely mimic your Capricorn’s vision.

              AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18)
              Above all, the Aquarius child needs a totally unique look, in keeping with this sign’s totally individual personality. Anticipate that whatever you suggest will ultimately be bedazzled, bejeweled, and bedecked to guarantee that the costume looks like no one else’s within a 50-mile radius (at least). Start by channeling Harry Styles, that prototypical Aquarius, or Optimus Prime, in keeping with this sign’s futuristic focus. A boa here, a dangly earring there, maybe a bouffant of pink hair haloed in aluminum foil, with Grandpa’s varsity letter jacket from high school slung over a shoulder. Hey, it’s a start.

              PISCES (February 19–March 20)

              The Zodiac’s final sign always seems to have one foot in la-la land. Creative, caring Pisces is all about the feels, all about the vibes. Go with a costume that taps into this sign’s flowy nature. Anything relating to water would work, such as an octopus or a mermaid. But not a shark! Definitely not a shark! You might also suggest a costume that reflects Pisces’s inherent spirituality like a tiny psychic, complete with a crystal ball. Be warned, though, that your Pisces might look into the future and see an increase in their allowance.

              Jessica Allen

              Jessica Allen writes about food, culture, travel, parenting, and New York, where she lives. She’s the author of several books, including The Great American Read: The Book of Books, The Magic of Astrology, and The Little Book of Axolotl Wisdom, coming in December. Read more of her work at jessallenica.com. writes about food, culture, travel, parenting, and New York, where she lives. She’s the author of several books, including The Great American Read: The Book of Books, The Magic of Astrology, and The Little Book of Axolotl Wisdom, coming in December. Read more of her work at jessallenica.com.