Bloody Bonnets: Worst Infant Costume, or Coolest Hardcore Baby Gore?

Photo of a child's doll wearing a white blood-stained cotton cap with a fake bloody hatchet embedded in the hat, and also a second hat that has a green grub climbing out of the cap.

What you’re looking at is a child’s doll wearing a cotton baby hat with an attached bloody latex hatchet. It is a real Halloween accessory that fits kids newborn to 6-months-old. We can only wonder why a real baby was not used to model the hat.

Bloody Bonnets are a series of grotesque clothing accessories made by Specter Studios, furnisher of realistic Halloween masks, costumes and props. Haunted houses appear to be one of the company’s key customer segments, but remember that these hats aren’t merely props, but actual clothing sized to fit a baby.

According to the marketing pitch, the hats are "hilarious" and
"in the fine tradition of the arrow through the head."

I was surprised, maybe shocked, when I found the hatchet hat. But, I love a good costume, so I fall on both sides of potential reaction.

The hatchet implies the heinous intentional murder of a child, yes, very bad. But a grub bursting through a head implies an alien invasion or maybe a radioactive mutation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It’s shocking, but in a very science fiction gory sort of way, like laughing while relishing the ridiculous level of gore in Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness or Peter Jackson’s alien-zombie brain-eating onslaught of Bad Taste (yes, that Peter Jackson).

The dad side of me is repulsed by some of these hats; they are likely the worst violent baby costume accessories in existence. At the same time, the last vestiges of my college student soul likes some of the gore in a non-serious sort of way. But I suppose the clincher is whether I would have my baby seen in public wearing the grub hat, and I think the answer is no.

Oh, but here are some sales links anyway.

Photo of three white caps covered with fake blood. One shows an exposed brain, another has a green octopus-like monster on top and the third has a rat on top.

See also:

  1. Demented infant costumes: Octobaby and Carriage Critter
  2. Bloody Bonnets: worst infant costume, or coolest hardcore baby gore?
  3. Twelve unfortunate toddler Halloween costumes
  4. Three maternity costumes to buy (or make at home)
  5. Twelve embarrassing Halloween baby costumes


4 Responses to “Bloody Bonnets: Worst Infant Costume, or Coolest Hardcore Baby Gore?”

  1. greg from dt says:

    yeah that gnawing rat one will go over real well with that family whose kid got her toes gnawed off by the dad’s pet ferret.

    October 11th, 2007 at 5:01 am

  2. John says:

    OK, that’s just sick.

    October 15th, 2007 at 7:00 am

  3. tripletsnthree says:

    hmmmm. I have a pretty warped sence of humor, and even I think this is a bit over the top. Its not something I could in good conciense put on one of my children and smile about. This makes me think two bored teenagers got together on a dorky giggle fest and were aloud into the shop to make what ever came to mind..

    October 3rd, 2008 at 7:21 pm

  4. jennifer says:

    I think it is a funny idea. At the same time they are noy very well put together though.

    October 27th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

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