Love to dress up for Halloween? We've got cute ideas for the whole family to get involved. Check out our family Halloween costume ideas.
Sometimes I can be somewhat of a Halloween fanatic, especially when it comes to the COSTUMES!! Step into the archives of our family Halloween costumes from the last five years, and it will be apparent just how true that statement is. What do you expect from a girl who grew up with musical theater, worked in a costume shop, and spends her free time with her sewing machine? Here are just a few Halloween costume ideas, and some tips on how to put them together.
Family Halloween Costume Ideas
First off, if you're a couple without children yet, I say go all out. Definitely go for a couples costume, and as glam as you want because you don't have babies pulling on your accessories or spitting up on your gown. You probably also won't be trick-or-treating, so wear heels while you can! Our first year married, we were a "Queen Bee" and "Prom King". This one worked great for us that year because we were hosts of a large party, and so the crowns worked in our favor when we were rockin' the mic.
For the Queen Bee costume, you can find a simple black dress and sew on yellow ruffles as stripes all the way down. The ruffles at the bottom are actually a black petticoat that I gathered up make it shorter and attached it to the bottom of the dress. For the Prom King ensemble, gather what tuxedo pieces you own, then hit up a theater costume shop for rentals. It'll be much cheaper than renting from an actual suit store.
There ain't no way I'd be able to get my husband to wear anything puffy, weird, or over-the-top creative, so I try to make his costume masculine/sporty/reasonable. I doubt you'd have any trouble getting your husband to wear a football jersey. The baby football costume is handmade--I found soft brown fabric and lined it with heavy interfacing, then made it like you would for a beach ball pattern, with a face hole and a zipper up the back. Or, you could buy a themed baby football costume too. I got my referee shirt on eBay for a few dollars (or you can buy one on Amazon), and the whistle at the dollar store.
The next year, with our wiggly 1-year-old, we chose a Burgler/Cop/Money Bag theme, and the burlap sack idea couldn't have been a better choice for this boy. He wouldn't have worn anything on his head, and with this diy costume, all you have to do is slide his arms and legs inside and tie up the top. You can make this like you would a regular burlap sack (but line it with something softer!), and sew on a black $ sign from black felt. I used a regular black shirt with dollar store badges, and the stripe turtle neck was an eBay find.
Every family has to try the Wizard of Oz at least once! There are so many classic characters to choose from, and almost all of them work great for parents and kids, with plenty of male and female choices. From here, we could add the Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch, the Wizard and even Toto. I sewed the gingham dress for myself for a few dollars worth of fabric, along with a basic tunic for the scarecrow with a sort of infinity-scarf out of burlap for around his neck. The tin man suit is also homemade from a simple pant and jacket toddler pattern and costume satin, but the lion costume was bought online. You can find this very Cuddly Lion Infant Costume at Pure Costumes for $17.95.
Going Western is always an easy one to do! Round up your plaid shirts and cowboy boots, and let the kids be the cute animals (or cowboys). My boy's play horse was perfect for him, and it has been used literally every day since as a dress-up costume. The cow costume was also bought online, and would be cute for a boy or girl. With this ensemble, its easy to add more animals, the more children you have! And there are so many cute ones to choose from: piggies, sheep, little chickens, etc.
The Peter Pan family is done often, but there are just SO many fun characters to choose from, its hard to avoid doing it at least once! My husband's Peter Pan outfit was actually a "Robin Hood" costume, but we added the hat. Only my Wendy costume is handsewn (but you can find a similar one here if you aren't into sewing), and I'm thinking it would make a great Mrs. Banks dress if we ever do Mary Poppins in the future. You know this ensemble is just screaming for a Smee and a Tinkerbell! You can find the kids alligator costume and a similar Captain Hook costume at the links here.
THESE costumes are going to be hard to beat in my book! I may never have a more favorite year than these "occupations". The additions to this group are practically endless, so it doesn't matter your family size! The police man's costume was just an assortment of props with black clothes, and the nurse dress could have been any white or solid colored dress with an added red cross. My husband's WWII outfit was just a matching set of workman's uniform clothes from Walmart with an added homemade hat and tie. The baby's skates were made from a thrift store pair of tennis shoes and wooden balls painted white. Add an Indian headdress and you know you've got entirely something else awesome!
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