The 15 Best Halloween Costumes for Families
Halloween costumes are so much more fun when the whole family gets involved! Here’s what you need to put together our favorite family Halloween costumes.
Bee something buzz-worthy
If you have a family with lots of little kids, or even a pup, buzzing about, the idea of worker bees and diligent beekeepers is definitely one of the best family Halloween costumes for your brood. Dress your busy little bees in an adorable bee costume, and put yourself on beekeeping duty with this beekeeper hat. If you or your older kids want to bee in the hive as well, accessorize with bee wings and black-and-yellow striped tights. And if you want to get your pooch involved like this family on Pink Pistachio did, this bee costume for dogs finishes off the ensemble perfectly! Here are some more adorable and funny Halloween costumes for dogs.
Family game night
This family went all out to dress up like everyone’s favorite games! For the “claw machine” costume, cut holes in a cardboard box and cover it with checkered duct tape. Blow up images of stuffed animals and toys, and attach them to the back of the box, to make the “prizes.” To play “Operation,” make the “body parts” out of red-and-white felt and attach them to plain beige or yellow clothes. Have your “Cavity Sam” hold stainless steel kitchen tongs to represent giant tweezers. And don’t forget the light-up red nose! For Scrabble and Twister, simply start with plain white dresses (or shirts and pants) and cut out pieces of felt to make the different components of the game. And finish off the Twister getup with this miniature Twister spinner! If you’re *game* to try these fun family Halloween costumes, check out the full tutorial on izzaroo.com.
Little pig, little pig, let me come in!
Retell the classic story of the Three Little Pigs with these super-simple family Halloween costumes. Start with a child-size pig costume, or plain pink shirts and jeans if you want to take the DIY approach, for each pig. Make sure your little pigs have noses and ears. If you really want to embrace the fairy tale, equip the little pigs with mini tool belts, making sure that one of them has these bricklayer accessories! To become the Big Bad Wolf, drape this wolf hood, complete with fake paws, over gray or brown clothes. Check out the full tutorial at From Chapel Hill to Chickenville. Speaking of stories, has your family read the 15 best Halloween books for kids?
Halloween in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland makes a great choice for your family Halloween because each costume is different enough, but the entire ensemble is totally recognizable. Start with the heroine herself with Alice’s trademark blue-and-white dress. Make sure your Mad Hatter has a teakettle and the largest, goofiest hat possible. A simple bunny costume and a toy pocket watch is all you need for your less-than-punctual white rabbit. Finally, to become the villainous Queen of Hearts, wear a red-and-black dress—preferably one that’s decked out with hearts—and a crown, of course! If you need even more denizens of Wonderland, check out this Cheshire cat tail and ear set and Tweedle Dee hat. Get a closer look at this costume at The Gray Ruby Diaries.
Your family will love dressing as everyone’s favorite elusive puzzle book hero—and the costumes are simple as can be! All you need is a red-and-white striped shirt, red-and-white hat, and big round glasses for every member of your Waldo squad. If you want to go all-out, add some of Waldo’s travel accessories: Binoculars, walking sticks, cameras, and anything you can think of. Get creative, and have your kids choose what they want Waldo to carry around, too! Check out this family’s adorable take on the costume at Our Everyday Art. Here are some more of the best DIY Halloween costumes for kids.
The family circus
“Ladies and gentlemen, boys, and girls”…are all sure to love this circus-themed family costume! The Ringmaster needs a red suit jacket and top hat. Become the death-defying tightrope acrobat with a frilly dress and matching parasol. Make this adorable “strong-man” costume with this child’s muscle shirt costume and inflatable barbells. Turn the littlest member of your family (or your furry friend!) into the King of the Jungle with this lion costume. And if you just can’t imagine a circus without a clown, finish off the ensemble with this colorful clown outfit! Get a look at more photos of the Greatest Costume on Earth at Tell Love and Party.
Fun on a bun
Food-themed costumes are always a big hit, and this adorable barbecue bunch from My Friend Betty Says has a costume idea that’s good enough to eat! First, dress the little ones in these super-cute hot dog and burger costumes. If your spouse is a good sport, go full-out with these ketchup and mustard costumes; if you’d rather your cute kiddos get all the attention, these “Ketchup” and “Mustard” shirts will do, too. Here are some more ingenious Halloween costumes you can put together last-minute.
The Royal Family
What family wouldn’t want to be royal for a day?! With the royal family making the news quite a bit this past year, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding and the arrival of the third royal baby, this costume idea from Say Yes is perfect for this Halloween. Channel Prince William’s iconic wedding look with this velvet jacket and black slacks. To become Kate Middleton, any elegant, sophisticated dress that channels the stylish Duchess will do. And don’t forget the hat! For your little princes and princesses, knee socks, pea coats, and miniature crowns are encouraged.
Ice Ice Baby
If you have a new little one in your family, this costume is a hilariously punny way to introduce him or her to Halloween—and you don’t even have to dress Baby up! All you have to do is cut arm-holes in two empty ten-pound ice bags and stuff them with tissue paper or other clear trash bags to make it look like they’re filled with ice. Just make sure the word “Ice” is visible on both bags! Wear some shades, too, if you so desire (bonus points for putting tiny shades on Baby!). And if you really want to spruce it up and ensure everyone is in on the joke, add some lyrics from the Vanilla Ice tune here and there, like this family on The Thinking Closet did. Or just keep it simple and let the costume speak for itself. Here are some more of the best punny Halloween costumes to try this year.
Off to see the Wizard
Kids and kids-at-heart of all ages love The Wizard of Oz, so take your family somewhere over the rainbow this Halloween. Dorothy is a must—make sure you have a blue-and-white dress and, of course, a pair of ruby slippers. Use a stuffed dog as her faithful companion Toto—or get your pooch in on the costume and have a real Toto! Jeans, a plaid shirt, a hat, and tufts of straw are all you need for a simple scarecrow costume, though some fake foam crows will embellish the look. Add a lovable “King of the Forest” with this cute lion costume. Round out the yellow-brick-road-traveling crew with this Tin Man costume (heart and all)! For more on this “Oz-some” Halloween costume idea, check out Me and My Insanity.
This charming costume will be especially effective if you have two or more young children who are all different heights! The simplest approach might be to DIY the costume, picking out a patterned shawl or apron and getting enough identical ones for each participant. Tie red bandannas around everyone’s head and paint on rosy cheeks and eyelashes. And if you don’t have a human baby to dress up, don’t let that stop you—let a baby doll be the smallest nesting doll, like this family on That’s Quite Nice did. Of course, your kids don’t have to have all the fun; you can join in as well! Make sure to take a photo lined up in descending height order for maximum effect. Check out the fascinating history behind your favorite Halloween symbols and traditions.
If your kid wants to dress up as a superhero (and really, what kid doesn’t these days?!), turn the world-saving into a family affair. Have your Earth’s Mightiest Heroes choose their favorite Avenger, like Iron Man, Captain America, or the Hulk. Hawkeye represents here too, with a toy bow and arrow and a fully DIY super-suit—check out the tutorial on Mom Endeavors. And finally, becoming Scarlet Witch couldn’t be simpler—wear all black under a long red jacket. We also love the way this crafty mom showcased Scarlet Witch’s “powers” with red tulle! These DIYers have three boys, but if your super-crew needs some girl power, check out these Black Widow and Gamora getups.
Cops & robbers
Or maybe your family thinks dressing up as heroes is so last year—maybe you’d rather masquerade as the bad guys! To put together simple bandit family Halloween costumes, just get a black-and-white striped shirt for every member of your crew. Throw on black gloves, a black hat, and an eye mask and clutch a big bag with a dollar sign on it. And if you’ve gotta have at least one law-enforcer in the bunch, check out this kid-sized cop costume. Get a look at the full tutorial at Sugar Bee Crafts.
This has to be one of the best family Halloween costumes for families that have just gotten a little bigger. This family on This Place is Now a Home incorporated their newborn into their popcorn vendor costume perfectly. To make your own rendition, have Mom or “Pop” wear a front-of-body baby carrier. Wear old-timey red-and-white striped aprons, making sure one is big enough to go around Baby as well. Complete the look by gluing some faux popcorn garland onto a hat just the perfect size for your little one’s head. Get a look at some more of our favorite mommy-baby Halloween costume ideas.
Never grow up
The classic tale of Peter Pan is a great source of inspiration for Halloween costumes since it has so many distinctive characters that all make great disguises. Get a red pirate costume (don’t forget the hook, of course!) to become the swaggering pirate captain. All you need is a blue-and-white striped shirt and a red bandanna to become his faithful first mate, Smee. Dress your little Tinker Bell in this green fairy costume, and make sure Peter Pan himself (or herself!) wears all green with a red feather cap (this ensemble has everything you need). If you have even more participants, get a blue nightgown to become Wendy, a crocodile costume to be Hook’s nemesis, or a coonskin cap to be a Lost Boy. Get a closer look at this family’s take on the costume at Bombshell Bling. Next, get a look at our favorite DIY costume ideas for grown-ups.
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