When your kids are young, Halloween is one of the most fun holidays of the year. It offers something for everyone because really, who doesn’t like dressing up in a nifty costume and eating treats? Halloween is a time when families can indulge in their kids’ fantasies and let imaginations run wild.
Dressing in family Halloween costumes is a great way to work together as a family to create a unified look. If you have older children, family Halloween costumes can help your family stay together on Halloween night, which is a safety concern for many families. After all, the costume only makes sense when you travel as a group.
Here are some fabulous ideas for your family Halloween costumes:
Classic TV Families
You’re a family so why not dress like a classic television family this Halloween? There are many possibilities from cartoon families like The Flintstones, Popeye and The Simpsons, to live action families like The Adams Family and The Brady Bunch. And, although they are not a true family, the gang from Scooby Doo also makes a great group Halloween costume.
Movies offer countless family Halloween costume possibilities including the characters from The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmatians, Despicable Me, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (or as many dwarfs as you have), Star Wars, Toy Story and Peter Pan. Movie-themed costumes offer something for everyone in your family.
The Muppets, Sesame Street, Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse and his friends make excellent, familiar costumes for families with younger kids. These may be the characters your kids want to be anyways and finding befitting costumes for mom and dad isn’t too difficult. Or, if your child selects a train conductor or firefighter costume, parents can dress as the train or fire truck as an easy accessory. If your kids are into video games, the classic Mario Brothers characters make nice family Halloween costumes in addition to Mr. & Mrs. Pac-man with a few ghosts.
If your family includes avid readers, encourage your kids to pick literary characters for your family Halloween costumes. The Bernstein Bears, Curious George or The Cat in the Hat are examples of fun family-favorite literary costumes.
The Incredibles are a natural fit for a family Halloween costume if your family is into superheroes. The Avengers, The Fantastic Four, Power Rangers and Paw Patrol are additional examples of group superhero costumes. Alternatively your family can each dress as their favorite superhero that reflects their own personal ambitions.
You can get super creative with your family Halloween costumes by inventing your own combo food costumes. How about a BBQ theme with your little ones dressed as hot dogs and hamburgers while mom and dad are the mustard and ketchup. Smores is an adorable costume with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow costumes. M&Ms, cookies & milk, and a BLT sandwich are additional food family Halloween costume ideas.
Other Fun Ideas
There are so many choices for family Halloween costumes, the list seems endless. If you are stuck, keep it simple and go for something familiar like dressing as the rainbow, crayons or legos. These are quick, do-it-yourself costumes that are easy to identify. Or you can pick a theme – say, the wild west, vegetables or the farm – and let your family select costumes within the genre.
Remember, the family that dresses together, stays together. Have fun, stay safe and Happy Halloween!