It is October again, and the spooky season countdown has begun. Though most kids are worried about trick or treating, parents may be in the dilemma of the tricky business of costume selection this season.
Instead of the usual individual costumes, a shared theme where the whole family can participate makes for great costume ideas (and adorable photos!).
Drawing inspiration from pop culture, books, and food, we have plenty of costume ideas suitable for everyone this season, whether you are old or young, big or small.
How to Get Started
After you have selected the costume you want, you might be confused on how to get started. Many of these outfits can be made from used clothes already in your closet, or you can buy spare clothes from thrift stores or online.
With a few adjustments, you can have a striking costume ready for Halloween. Also, take out your mother’s sewing machine from the storeroom or choose from one of these amazing sewing machines Black Friday Deals to help you sew up the costumes.
You may not have received the invitation to Hogwarts, but you can dress up any of the multiple characters from the Harry Potter universe to relive the magic.
Dress up as your favorite Hogwarts house, and if you have a small baby, a mandrake baby is a great costume. For larger families, the kids can dress up as our cherished troublesome trio, and parents as Arthur and Molly Weasley.
Dress up your family as the beloved Marvel superheroes for a memorable Halloween. Avengers, Assemble!
The Little Mermaid
Classic Disney movies always have a nostalgic feeling to them, so it is a crowd favorite costume idea. Parents can choose to be King Triton and Ursula, and the kids can go as Ariel, Scuttle, Flounder, or everyone’s favorite crab, Sebastian.
Be sure to take some pictures in the pool or in a water setting. Life is truly better under the sea.
Beauty and The Beast
The story of love and friendship has won the hearts of parents and kids alike. Besides Belle and Prince Henry, the lovable supporting cast of enchanted castle characters are great Halloween picks.
Get your lightsabers ready this Halloween. This is a perfect opportunity for dads and sons to dress up as Darth Vader and Luke and say the iconic lines from the movie. May the Force be with your family.
Popeye and Olive
This is the perfect costume idea for a family of three. The best thing about this outfit is that it can be made from outfits already in your closet with a few adjustments to mimic the characters.
Dress up your child as Sweet Pea, and don’t forget the canned spinach!
Experience the magic of Neverland by modeling your costumes after the timeless characters of Captain Hook, Wendy, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and the Lost Boys.
The Addams family
We can’t think of a better costume to represent the spirit of Halloween than the Addams Family. The spook, the mischief, and the family bond is perfect for a family-themed Halloween.
This is an ingenious idea for a family costume this season. We recommend that you also include your dog in this project to play the role of the much-loved mystery-solving dog, Scooby.
Let this favorite toy of both children and adults be the inspiration behind your costumes this season. Since there are so many LEGO characters, the possibilities to choose from are endless.
Game of Thrones
We totally understand the obsession with the hit series and are equally disappointed by the ending. However, this season, your family can dress up Daenerys and Khal Drogo (and the kids as little dragons) to give her the happy ending she deserves.
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
This classic literary character who deeply understood the importance of sweets is appropriate for the season of treats. Willy Wonka, Veruca Salt, and the Oompa Loompas are sure to win you the golden ticket on Halloween night.
Take a break from the usual zombies, ghouls, and witches to try something different this season. Dress up as a medieval princess, your partner as the knight, and your little one as a fearsome fire-breathing dragon.
Do you need any excuse when it comes to tacos? Thought not. Your little one will make an adorable sriracha, and the avocado costume is a brilliant idea for expecting moms.
Pizza for Life
How horrific would life be without pizza in it? So, bless yourselves this Halloween with a very simple costume with a mini slice version for the toddlers and order in your favorite pizzas.
There’s something for the DC fans as well this season. Rescue this holiday season as a super family. Whether Superman or Supergirl, there is a costume for everyone.
Let the most popular chain around the world for their daily dose of caffeine help you stay up this Halloween. Buy a barista apron online and dress the little ones as Frappuccinos.
A unique idea for this Halloween is the stick figure family. Wear all white outfits and outline the limbs with black duct tape and make the masks with white cardboard with eye holes to be able to see.
Choose and dress up as your favorite characters, then select your squad and kart the young ones around and make your own Mushroom Kingdom.
This is the perfect superhero family to dress up as this holiday season. They are easily available in most Halloween costume shops.
Sweeten trick or treating with dessert outfits like cupcakes, muffins, and donuts. These outfits can be made simply with hot glue and safety pins without any sewing.
For a family costume for many brothers or cousins, try an inspired rock band look 80’s Halloween Costumes. Choose outfits like graphic tees, striped shirts, hoodies, dark jeans. and sneakers.
Add some toy instruments and top it off with a rocking hairdo with some gel. Your little boys will be sure to capture hearts everywhere with their adorable singing.
This is not an original idea, but it can be adjusted according to one’s own imagination giving the costume a unique style. You can do a skeletal face paint and accessorize with chokers, top hats, or tutus for flair.
Kids and Parents Role Reversal
A fun Halloween idea to try this year would be to dress up as your kids and your kids to dress up you. Ask your kids to mimic you as best as possible and take lots of pictures as they will surely be a source of a good laugh in the future.
The most favorite animated dad and part-time villain, Gru, is a great costume idea for dads this Halloween. Dress your daughters as the minions or the daughters and head out for a fun father-daughter trick or treating.
Costumes are only an excuse to help the whole family bond over holidays. Involve everyone in the family to make costume-making a fun and enjoyable project.
With these ideas, you will hopefully have a costume idea in mind that can involve your family and bring back filled-to-the-brim treat baskets.
So, enjoy this spooky season with trick or treating, and Happy Halloween!