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Since the first year we were together, my now-husband and I have brainstormed couples costume ideas every Halloween, only to end up slapping together something substandard at the last minute, or not dressing up at all. As the years have passed, we’ve gotten married and expanded our family—our baby has grown into a toddler and there’s another little one on the way—and we’ve moved from the city to the suburbs. These days we live on the kind of block that attracts trick-or-treaters galore, so I'm planning ahead this year in order to execute a great costume.
I asked my mom friends to share their best family halloween costume ideas. We came up with 10 seriously cool, easy and not-too-expensive costume ideas that invite the whole family to get in on the fun!
‘Tis is the season to be spooky. While there are lots of scary characters to choose from, what’s easier than wrapping the whole gang up in our favorite toilet paper and becoming a family of mummies? Cotton gauze would better withstand the elements, or you can take the easy way out and invest in actual mummy costumes.
If you ain’t afraid of no ghosts, why not go as characters from the classic movie, Ghostbusters? A baby is the perfect stand-in for the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and all you have to do is toss on a pair of comfortable tan coveralls—proton pack optional.
This classic family costume idea is perfect for a foursome—and if you’re short a second parent, you can involve your furry family member. Turn the family pet into the Cowardly Lion with a dog costume that comes complete with a mane and tail-tip. Your little ones will look adorable as the Scarecrow and Tin Man, and mom will feel magical dressed as Glinda the Good Witch.
If your child is anything like my toddler, he or she is obsessed with animals. Why not show off your wild side and dress like you’ve all just escaped from the zoo? You can purchase a set of zoo-themed costumes, or opt for a more budget-friendly option and get animal-inspired fleece onesies that will keep you warm long after the trick-or-treating is over.
Just as soon as baby number two makes her appearance and is big enough, you better believe we’ll be yaba-daba-doo-ing The Flintstones. Mom and dad make the perfect Fred and Wilma Flintstone, and who can resist a baby Bam Bam or Pebbles? Satisfy your child’s desire to wear a tutu dress—while still staying true to the Flintstones theme—with Tutu Dreams’ Pebbles costume. It comes in sizes 1 to 12, and it’s so colorful and cute that your child will likely wear it all year ‘round.
My son is still too young to have much of a say in what he’s dressing as for Halloween, but if I gave him a vote, I know exactly what we’d do (do do-do-do-do). A DIY Baby Shark themed family ensemble starts with your basic gray hoodie, accentuated with felt teeth. Not feeling crafty? Order colorful shark hoodies for the adults in the family and an adorable onesie for your kid—it even plays the Baby Shark song.
This costume idea calls serious attention to an upcoming arrival. Put on a tool belt and a hard hat, throw on an orange vest, and add an “under construction” sign to your baby bump to bring some humor to the last few (uncomfortable) weeks of pregnancy. Kit the rest of the family out in hard hats, vests, and toy tools, and you'll have your own demolition crew in a snap. It’s a low-effort costume perfect for tired moms who don’t have the energy to deal with complicated costumes.
Here's another family costume that's fun for expectant mamas: Accentuate your baby bump by painting it like the Earth, and cast the rest of your family as space explorers. Turn your toddler into a rocket ship and your other half into an astronaut and get ready to explore the outer reaches of the galaxy—or your neighborhood, as the case may be. If you’re going to do this or any costume that requires painting a pregnant belly, choose a set that’s baby safe, non-toxic, water based, and FDA approved—and that's easy to apply and remove.
Star Wars costumes are always popular at Halloween, especially now that there are so many new characters to choose from. Turn your toddler into the most adorable droid in the galaxy in a BB-8 costume, and suit yourselves up as Rey and Finn. You’ll have to purchase your lightsabers and blasters separately, but this costume is just right for a family of three.
Turn yourselves into a page from the beloved children’s book by Maurice Sendak. Where the Wild Things Are stars the mischievous Max, and features a cast of “wild things” for the rest of the family to choose from. Suit your baby up as Max in a onesie costume that comes complete with a tail and a crown. The rest of the family can craft their own costumes with fabric glue, plenty of fake fur, and some creativity.
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