Who says only the kids can have all the fun dressing up for Halloween? Make it a family affair! Here are some group Halloween costume ideas to get you started.
Every year, in the months leading up to Halloween, my daughter leads a campaign to get me to dress up for the holiday. She goes through a long list of Halloween costumes—cat, cheerleader, baby, angel, and so on—and lists the zillions of reasons I should pick one. Every year, I say no. There are tons of fun costumes out there, but dressing up for Halloween just isn't my thing.
This year, she took a different tack. She said our entire family should dress up as characters from the animated show "Adventure Time." This was savvy. My daughter knew I wouldn't say no to dressing up if it meant letting the whole family down.
So this year, I'll be tossing my issues out and dressing up. I'll be Princess Bubblegum; my daughter is Lumpy Space Princess; my husband is Finn the Human; and our son will round out the group as BMO, the video game robot. The ultimate Halloween costumes, right? It worked for the family over at Tales of a Shoebox Princess, shown here.
In the spirit of family togetherness, here are 10 costumes for your whole family, because families who dress up together, stay together—or, at the very least, have more fun.
For more ideas, check out our "35+ Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids."
Pippi Longstocking Characters
Have you read the "Pippi Longstocking" book series? It was a favorite of mine as a child. I introduced my kids to the books a few years ago, and they love the antics of Pippi and her friends. For Halloween, one child could be Pippi; another could be her trusted monkey, Mr. Nilsson; and the parents can each be one end of her unnamed horse.
The Scooby-Doo Gang
Everything old is new again, which means the Scooby-Doo of your childhood is fun and exciting for your kids, too. What's great about the Scooby Doo gang is that it provids a lot of options: Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne. Plus, someone could even be a ghost, since the gang usually stumbled upon a ghost or two in their adventures. The family over at the Small Things blog show off their version here.
Can you ever go wrong as a family of superheroes? You can each pick your favorite character—be it, Spiderman, Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, the Incredible Hulk or someone else. Or you can go as a group, like the Justice League, the Fantastic Four or the Avengers.
A PB&J Sandwich
I'll be the bread, and you can be the jelly—at least for Halloween, right? How cute would it be if Mom and Dad were each a piece of bread, and the kiddos were jars of peanut butter and jelly?
A '50s Family
Poodle skirts and ponytails for the girls. Greased-back hair and white T-shirts for the boys. Super easy, and super cute—like the family of the 4 Little Fergusons blog proved here. If the '50s aren't your thing, you could always pick another decade and be a flower-power family of the '60s; a disco-dancing clan of the '70s; or a neon-loving '80s group.
A Sushi Dinner
Are you crazy about sushi? Then dressing up your family as a sushi dinner would be right up your alley. You could have a couple of sushi rolls, a bottle of soy sauce and maybe a set of chopsticks. And then you could complete your family's Halloween costume set with a little edamame pod. The family at Bits and Bytes blog show off their creations here.
A Bunch of Veggies
Are you an organic-eating sort of family? Take your devotion to all things natural to the next level with a healthy Halloween costume idea: a bunch of veggies, like a carrot, a head of broccoli, a stalk of celery … you get the idea. The folks at Save the Kales show off their veggie costumes here.
If you've watched any TV, then you've probably seen these characters selling insurance: Flo from Progressive Insurance, the Geico Gecko (or Cavemen), the Aflac Duck, and Nationwide spokesman Peyton Manning. How clever it would be if your family dressed up like some of the most popular insurance pitchmen out there?
Pretty much everyone knows the Oompa-Loompas, the knee-high beings who come from Loompaland and help out in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. This year, let dad be Willie Wonka, and everyone else in the family can be his army of Oompa-Loompas. Or you can do a similar version to the family over at the Mia Bella Vida blog shown here.
"Guardians of the Galaxy"
Seriously, if we hadn't already decided on an "Adventure Time" theme, I would totally support dressing us all up like the cast from "Guardians of the Galaxy." We all loved this movie, and the idea of dressing up as our favorite characters is fun. My husband would make a hilarious Groot, and my little boy would be the coolest Star-Lord ever. The Nerdy-at-Home Dad blog shows how they transformed one of their tots here.