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I just love Halloween! Any excuse to get dressed up and party sounds like a good idea to me!
If you’re shopping for Halloween child gangster costumes for your little one, I know you have two things in mind: price and durability. No parent wants to pay an arm and a leg for a Halloween outfit that is completely trashed by the end of the night.
While your little ones will grow, most Halloween costumes can be reused for at least two or three years before kids outgrow them.
The hottest Halloween costumes for toddlers and little ones this year has to be the gangster or mini-Al Capone look. Is there anything cuter than a 1920s gangster costume? Are there girls gangster costumes as well?
I’ve done the research for you! Check out my list of the cutest and best gangster costumes for children!
How Do You Dress Like a Gangster for Halloween?
Gangster costumes from the Roaring 20s are easily recognizable and fairly easy to put together.
Start with a classic suit. Most gangsters wore a three-piece suit with suspenders, but if that seems like too much clothing, you can remove the jacket or remove the vest.
If this all sounds too complicated, you can go with one of these accessory kits that make it easy to pull together the perfect gangster costume for kids.
Or check out this set.
A hat is a must! You can pick from a variety of hats that were popular at the time, including:
1. The classic Panama hat
2. The pinstripe Fedora
3. The Newsboy hat, sometimes called the Peaky Blinders hat
4. The Homburg. This hat was favored by very wealthy gangsters, such as Al Capone.
5. The Boater hat. You rarely saw a gangster using a straw hat, but a wool boater was common.
6. The Derby. While these are technically from the 1900-1920 era, these hats are so recognizable that no one will question the time frame.
A pocket watch is a good touch and shoes can simply be black tennis shoes or black dress shoes with spats.
A kid’s gangster outfit is a great choice for a Halloween costume, a school play, or any other event where your child wants to dress up in a stylish and unique way.
Cutest Gangster Halloween Costumes for Little Boys
The gangster costume is a classic outfit since at least the 1940s, and it is a Halloween costume that everyone will recognize.
Depending on the age of your boy, chances are that they know what a gangster is from their Saturday morning cartoons and will relish the chance to be a “bad guy”.
I know that some parents don’t like the idea of their toddler carrying even a fake gun, and if that’s true for you, take heart- they can still wear the traditional gangster suit, but have them carry money bags instead of a gun!
I would stuff some fake bills in their pockets as well.
I’ve seen plenty of kids in gangster costumes that didn’t use a gun or money- the clothing alone told you who they were!
If your baby boy is still an infant, don’t worry, there are infant gangster costumes too!
This is absolutely adorable, don’t you think?
Slightly older boys can go for the Clyde Barrow look. This would work really well if you have a girl who wants to play the part of Bonnie.
I’ll post the link to Bonnie’s outfit in the girl’s gangster costumes section.
If a gangster isn’t your style, you could try this outfit
and put a name tag that says “Jay Gatsby”.
Any Peaky Blinders fans out there? Check out this adorable Thomas Shelby gangster suit.
If your boy is more teenager than a little one, I found this gangster costume that looks very authentic.
Should I mention that this would be the perfect time for a history lesson about gangsters like Al Capone, Clyde Barrow, or Pretty Boy Floyd?
If you think little boys are the only ones who can pull off the gangster look from the 1920s and 1930s, think again!
Cutest Gangster Halloween Costumes for Little Girls
There are so many adorable gangster or Moll outfits for little girls and young ladies. A Moll is what they called the girlfriend or wife of a gangster, but sometimes women acted alone.
Young ladies may find that playing the part of a bad A$$ is more fun than the princess route in a fancy dress.
I find that many young girls today want to try on different characters than the traditional princess, Snow White, or other helpless female type.
Young teens or siblings might enjoy going as Bonnie and Clyde.
You don’t need to include any guns, carrying bags of fake cash will get the idea across.
This is a great costume for young ladies who want to be bad girls.
Add a fake gun
or bags of cash
and your sugar-and-spice girl can become a 1920s Moll doll!
Other Roaring 20s Halloween Costumes for Kids
If you like the idea of the 1920s or Great Gatsby costume but don’t want to go the route of gangster or moll, there are plenty of other ideas for your little one.
- The Strongman or Weightlifter – These were common during the 1920s in circuses or in places like Venice Beach in California.
- The Paperboy – How adorable is this?
- The Pro Baseball Player – For your little sports fan!
- The Flapper – This is a classic costume that is so much fun!
- The Chimney Sweep – Get your Mary Poppins on!
- The Suffragette – Your daughter may not know about this costume. What a wonderful teaching opportunity this can be!
- The Pro Golfer
- For the girl who dares to be different- Amelia Earhart! – The pants have an elastic waistband to make sure that it will be a nice fit for your darling aviator.
If I had little ones, I would be so hard-pressed to pick just one outfit!
Toddlers and Infants Roaring 20s Outfits
Is there anything more adorable than an infant or toddler dressed up as something from the 1920s?
Look at all the great outfits I discovered:
- A toddler’s flapper outfit – This is beyond adorable!
- A toddler gangster costume – This comes with everything but the gun.
You can order the gun separately
or go with the money bag option
Speaking of money, you could dress your little one as Cash to go along with a gangster outfit
- An infant Tuxedo – Tuxedos are always good, but you could add a small hat or pin some cash to the shirt or even add a name tag like Jay Gatsby or Tom Buchanan.
- How about a policeman? Someone’s got to go after those gangsters, right?
I would change the hat to this.
Dressing up as a gangster, Amelia Earhart, or other characters can be a great way to teach your child about history. You can talk to them about the Roaring Twenties, the Prohibition Era, and the rise of organized crime. It’s a great way to spark their interest in history and learn about a fascinating period of time.
Of course, toddlers and infants won’t care about history, but they might ask questions later on about the photos you take this year!
Here are some additional tips for choosing a 1920s gangster costume for your little one:
- Consider your child’s size and age. Make sure to choose a costume that is the right size for your child. You don’t want it to be too big or too small. If you have to choose, I would go with slightly big rather than too small.
- Think about your child’s personality. Some kids might prefer a more traditional gangster costume, while others might like something more unique. Consider your child’s interests and personality when making your decision.
- Don’t forget the accessories. A 1920s gangster costume is not complete without the right accessories. You can find a variety of hats, guns, and other accessories to complete your child’s look.
With a little planning, you can find the perfect 1920s gangster costume for your child. They are sure to have a fun time dressing up and pretending to be a tough guy or Moll Doll from the Roaring Twenties.
Written by Kerry Wisby – GatsbyFlapperGirl.com
Owner & Founder of GatsbyFlapperGirl.com
Kerry Wisby, a former teacher with a BA in English, is the founder of GatsbyFlapperGirl.com. With a passion for all things 1920s, including The Great Gatsby novel, her website is the ultimate source for Roaring Twenties fashion, history, and party ideas. Read more about Kerry here.