Be honest. You’re a bit jealous when you see your kids all dressed up and excited as heck about it on Halloween each year. So, this October 31, why not make dressing up a family affair?
We’re not just talking about costumes in general, either. If you want to stand out during this year’s festivities, themed costumes that involve the whole family are the way to go. Here are 14 coordinated costume ideas that will make kids and parents the talk of the town this Halloween.
1. WIZARD OF OZ
Lots of characters to work with for this classic theme. Think one adult as Dorothy, another as the Tin Man and a generic lion costume for baby as the perfect wee addition to the theme. More kids? Add the Scarecrow, the Wicked Witch or the Wizard of Oz himself.
2. STAR WARS
Thanks to its born-again popularity, Star Wars is a theme that the whole family can get behind. Dress the kiddos as Kylo Ren, Finn or Rey while parents keep it classic with Princess Leia, Han Solo or the classic Darth Vader.
Incredibly simple to prepare, even for those who aren’t typically on top of the whole DIY thing. Create graham cracker costumes out of cardboard for the parents (bonus: cardboard is already the right colour) and paint a smaller box as a chocolate bar for one of the kids. For the other child, affix white pillows to his/her back and front to create the marshmallow. Voila!
Mom as Colonel Sanders is pretty comical. Throw an apron and a hairnet on dad and you’ve got a super simple KFC employee costume. But baby as a piece of fried chicken in a KFC bucket? Yep. That wins Halloween.
5. KRISPY KREME
Okay, so we like the food costumes. But how cute are these Krispy Kreme doughnuts (made from blow-up pool floaties) and doughnut makers?
So, you’ve been throwing out a ton of ideas but the only thing your kid wants to be for Halloween is Elsa. Again. This time, get the whole family involved. Between Anna, Kristoff and even Sven, there are options for everyone.
7. MILK AND COOKIES
Again, all about DIY simplicity with this one. Make one parent the box of milk (you can get wildly creative with the decorating or literally just write “MILK” on a huge box) and everyone else the cookies. Paint chocolate chips on round cardboard cutouts to create the cookies, and affix to the front and back of each child. Easy peasy!
8. AUSTIN POWERS
A hilarious option for parents who plan to trick-or-treat with a little one in the baby carrier. One parent is Dr. Evil, baby is Mini Me in the carrier and break out that fun ’70s hippie costume from the back of the closet for a groovy Felicity Shagwell. Older kids can be Scott Evil or Austin Powers. Groovy, baby!
The concept might be lost on the kids, but these costumes will surely be appreciated by the other adults in your neighbourhood. Parents can be part of the game system – old school NES game and controller – while the kids can choose which classic characters they want to be. Keep it cutesy with characters like Super Mario, Luigi or Princess Peach. Game on!
10. BLT SANDWICH
Who doesn’t love a BLT? Impress your neighbours (and make them hungry) with this super fun family get-up that is ideal for families of five. Parents are each a slice of bread, while the kids dress up as bacon, lettuce and tomato. (It might just be us, but the smallest child as the plump tomato seems pretty perfect.)
11. HARRY POTTER
Harry Potter might not be entirely current, but we’re pretty confident that an adorable fake lightning scar on your baby or toddler’s head isn’t going to get old anytime soon. So, get the whole family on board! Three kids? Harry, Hermione and Ron. BAM. Parents can crush it as Hagrid (think baggy brown rags and a scraggly, dark wig), Dumbledore (fake beard, majestic robe and wizard hat) or even Professor McGonagall (witch costume and cat accessory).
12. ICE, ICE, BABY
As straight-forward as it sounds. This very literal interpretation of the classic song requires two adults dressed as bags of ice and one adorable baby wearing anything he damn well pleases. We’ll call this the “cop-out costume” because it’s that easy – but your neighbours will most certainly find it hilarious. It’s a win, win, baby.
13. SPORTS FAM
A winning option for a family of sports fanatics. Parents can be the referees, one of the kids can be a player (decked out in your favourite team’s gear, of course) while the littlest one can be the ball. Get your game faces on – literally.
14. INSIDE OUT
The only thing more fun than watching this bittersweet movie is dressing up as the different emotions for Halloween! Assign Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger to family members and let everyone have a blast acting out their namesakes. (Check out this family that totally nailed it.)