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The 30 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.

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The Cat in the Hat

Dress up as the characters from this classic children’s series—your mother will not mind at all if you do. In fact, she’s probably the one coordinating this family affair. For an instantly adorable group idea, get the kids matching Thing One and Thing Two costumes. Then, dress up Dad as the mischievous Cat in the Hat himself. All Mom needs is a smart work dress to play the role of the unsuspecting mother who was out for the day. If it’s your first Halloween as a parent, you’ll go gaga over these sweet mommy-and-baby Halloween costume ideas.

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Monsters, Inc.

This nearly 20-year-old Pixar film provides great inspiration for one of the cutest, most colorful family Halloween costumes. As Casa Jackson demonstrates, you can put this costume together pretty easily with a Sulley hoodie and Mike Wazowski costume. Top Mike off with a blue hard hat (or Monsters U hat). To be Boo, all you need is some pink clothing and pigtails! Your family will be the cutest gang on the scare floor. Here are some more great Disney Halloween costumes to try this year.

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Hotel Transylvania’s monster mash

When monsters and humans mesh, you’ve got a great Halloween theme for your family. This Hotel Transylvania family costume comes together easily with ready-made costumes for Count Dracula and Frankenstein. To re-create the father-son duo of Johnny and Dennis, you just need to layer plain yellow and green tees and don red wigs. For Mavis, a simple black dress and red-and-black striped stockings will do the trick. To get everyone ready for the big day, make sure you educate your little monsters properly with the best kids’ Halloween movies ever made.

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The wizarding world of Harry Potter

Expecto patronum! Practice your spells and show your Gryffindor pride with these Harry Potter costumes that can accommodate large families and a wide range of ages. Whether you want to go as Hermione, Dumbledore, Hagrid, Professor McGonagall, or the Chosen One himself, there’s an option for you…and even your hardest-to-please little wizard. Bonus: You can also find costumes for Luna, Malfoy, and Dobby the House Toddler—er, Elf.

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Grease is the word

Are you hopelessly devoted to Sandy, Danny, Rizzo, and the rest of the Rydell High gang? Get your crew decked out in picture-perfect ’50s style with these ready-to-go Grease costumes. If you’ve got a particularly big family, this is a perfect choice: Just add more Pink Ladies and T-birds as needed. Complete the look with high ponytails for the girls and extra pomade for the boys. And don’t forget your shades! To trick out your home for the big day, add these 30 inexpensive DIY Halloween decorations for the spookiest holiday ever.

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The Day of the Dead in living color

These Day of the Dead costumes are just the right mix of gorgeous and spooky. They’re also shockingly easy to put together. If you don’t have the time or skill to paint the intricate sugar-skull designs on your faces, easy-to-apply temporary Day of the Dead tattoos will have you looking the part in no time. For the outfit portion of your costume, find a bohemian-style dress or a blouse and skirt in dark colors, and finish the look with a pre-made floral headpiece. If you’re going to wear costumes inspired by this holiday, make sure you know these facts and history about the Day of the Dead.

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Jazzercize like it’s the ’80s

Whether you’re channeling Flashdance, Jane Fonda, or Olivia Newton-John, you’ve got a lot of ’80s inspiration for this Halloween costume. Perfect for moms and daughters, these matching workout ensembles feature off-the-shoulder neon sweatshirts, leotards, colorful teal tights, and—of course—leg warmers. They’re available in both women’s and children’s sizes, or you could always go searching in your own closet for some, um, vintage items. And don’t leave out Dad: He can join in the ’80s fun with a simple tank, neon shorts, and a headband.

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Mail carriers and delivery workers

Now this is a timely costume for 2020! Show your love for Postal Service workers by trying out Ann L.‘s family Halloween costumes. There are plenty of postal worker costumes available for kids and adults alike. This family made the miniature trucks themselves, but you can simplify with a UPS delivery driver costume or FedEx t-shirt. This can also double as a hilarious and cheeky Halloween costume for dogs.

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The little mermaid and family

Your little mermaid may be the star of the show in this underwater costume odyssey (and always), but she’s got a great supporting cast. Dad can dress as Poseidon, the god of the sea, while Mom plays the role of an enchanting sea siren. While this family costume certainly won’t offend anyone, these 10 Halloween costumes have been banned from schools.

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A herd of unique unicorns

Mythical, magical, and just plain amazing, unicorns are America’s latest obsession. For a surefire Halloween hit, dress as a herd of these horned horses…but let each family member choose his or her own unicorn style. You can opt for an inflatable unicorn costume for boys and a sparkly jumpsuit for girls and adults. (Both men‘s and women’s versions are available.) Accessorize with colorful ombré wigs to complete the look.

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Bun in the oven

Got a new addition to the family? Take a cue from l_phree with this adorable way of letting the world know. Mom can wear this distinctive oven costume, and Dad can match with a funny apron. And, of course, your little bun can dress as a loaf of bread. (This mom admitted that she couldn’t find a bread costume in her son’s size—hence the lobster! We think that makes the costume all the more charming and quirky.) BONUS: This can also be a great pregnancy costume, if the “bun” hasn’t arrived yet! Here are some more funny costumes that are sure to get a laugh.

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The Back to the Future cast

Travel back to the ’80s with these Back to the Future costumes that are instantly identifiable and oh-so-nostalgic. Dress up as Marty, Jennifer, and Doc Brown—with your littlest family member taking on the role of the eccentric scientist. Seriously, is there anything cuter than a pint-sized Doc with wild hair? You can even DIY your own costume for Marty. All you need are jeans, a denim shirt, an orange puffer vest, and a skateboard. Time-traveling DeLorean not required. For more DIY options, check out these 23 inexpensive Halloween costumes for kids basically anyone can make.

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The right stuff

Blast off to Halloween fun with these astronaut costumes that work perfectly for a variety of ages. Your NASA ensemble requires the one-piece jumpsuit, and from there, you can add to the authenticity with a space helmet, backpack, gloves, and boots. After all, you want to be prepared for your spacewalk…even if it’s just through your neighborhood. Bonus: This is particularly great for young kids who don’t like a lot of fuss. The jumpsuit is comfy and ready to go with a single zip!

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The Flintstones

Go prehistoric this year and dress up as the Flintstones with your family! Blogger Kelsey and Co. and her family absolutely nail family Halloween costumes. This one’s sure to be unique since it’s a throwback—but still recognizable! Kelsey used a mix of DIY and buying costumes to get together these getups, but there’s no short of Flintstone costumes online. You can find Fred and Wilma for grown-ups and adorable Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles costumes for the kiddos. And don’t forget about Dino! For some more retro options, check out the most popular Halloween costume the year you were born.

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The newest Ghostbusters in town

Who ya gonna call? Forget Egon, Ray, and Venkman. Your family members are the ones who are ready to battle ghosts, ghouls, and other paranormal presences this Halloween. Get the telltale Ghostbusters jumpsuit, then add the proton packs and other accessories to complete the look. If you’ve got some little demons who want to deviate from the good-guy group, they can even dress up as Slimer or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

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All wrapped up with somewhere to go

You won’t want to keep these cleverly coordinated family costumes under wraps, though you might not want to tell anyone quite how easy they were to put together. Just order some ready-made mummy costumes for the whole family, or DIY your own with strips of white sheets or gauze. Complete the ghastly look by applying white makeup to your face and dark circles around your eyes. Here are some more Halloween makeup ideas almost anyone can master.

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Baby Shark

Ready to get this tune stuck in everyone’s heads?! As a song that revolves entirely around different family member names, “Baby Shark” is just asking to inspire family Halloween costumes! Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus kept it really simple with full-body shark costumes with the words to the song on them. You can go that route—or just buy shark costumes and write/attach the words to them—or shop the plethora of shirts with the words on them: Mommy, Daddy, Baby! Shark fin hats optional too.

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Skeleton crew

Make no bones about it: This family of creepy skeletons will definitely spook the neighbors! Mix and match the skeleton costumes to keep things interesting and unsettling. And if you choose costumes without masks—or your little ones don’t like wearing them—don’t forget the ghoulish skeleton makeup to complete the look. If you’re on a budget, here are some great costumes you can get on Amazon for under $25.

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Your very own family fairy tale

If you’ve got a little princess who wishes that her favorite fairy tale could become a reality, this is the Halloween theme for you. Spin a magical tale complete with a fairy godmother and her princesses. To add boys to the mix, dress them up as handsome Prince Charmings or knights in shining armor. If Halloween’s creeping up on you and you still haven’t made a decision about what to wear, check out these 17 genius ideas for last-minute Halloween costumes.


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


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. Find out some great money-saving ideas for Halloween.


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. Plus, check out some fun Halloween costumes for kids anyone can DIY.


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 (or sneakers!). 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)!


Nesting dolls

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.


Avengers assemble

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. Here are some more good ideas for group Halloween costumes.

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Party animals

Go wild this Halloween with these family Halloween costumes that are easy and fun to put your own spin on. All you need are costumes for your favorite jungle animal—lions, bears, giraffes, foxes, and the like—and lots and lots of party favors! Grab some noisemakers, party hats, feather boas, giant sunglasses…whatever you want as long as you’re ready to party! Play these fun Halloween party games at your spooky bash.

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Popcorn vendors

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. Next, check out the most popular Halloween costumes on Amazon.

For more fun facts, costume ideas, traditions, candy inspiration, spooky entertainment, and updates on how October 31 will look different this year, check out our Halloween Guide.

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