We at The Everymom LOVE Halloween! Maybe it’s because the holiday sparks a little creativity in all of us—from pulling together the perfect fall recipe roundup to adding a little festive fall home decor. Plus, we love planning out costumes for our babies and kids—some of our editors have been brainstorming their baby costumes since their little ones were in utero.
Others of us with older kids were just lamenting about how our youngest children now insist on picking out who or what they are going to be for Halloween. While it’s fun to see what they come up with, we’re secretly still hoping a coordinated family costume isn’t off the table, and this roundup is a great place to start for some inspiration.
We pulled together 15 creative family costume ideas that include throwback movie references, timely pop culture ideas, and some staple classics. We also included some easy homespun ways to get in the spooky spirit (i.e. black shirt plus black leggings plus a cat ear headband, and voilà, you’re a spooky Halloween kitty). Plus, we did the legwork to find affordable options and ways to create certain looks without shelling out the money for the full store-bought costume. With Trick-or-Treating in limbo this year, much of the spooky celebrating may be with our own families. We hope this list sparks some fun ideas for your crew.
1. Under the Sea
The ocean opens up so many possibilities for family costumes from mythical mermaids to brightly-colored fish or crustaceans. Parents can DIY an easy costume by wearing all black to mimic a wetsuit, adding a snorkel mask, and for the crafty ones, make an oxygen tank out of 2-liter bottles.
2. The Greatest Showman
The circus theme gives so many costume options for your family. You’ll need a ringleader, but the bearded lady, trapeze artist, strongest man (or woman), performing elephants, lions (perfect pet costume?), and more are all other fun ideas for the rest of the family.
Whether Stranger Things Season 2 or the hilarious Ghostbusters movie remake with funny comics Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig helped bring this costume back, Ghostbusters are an easy-to-find family group costume.
4. Harry Potter
It’s been 20 plus years since the original books came out, and Harry Potter costumes are still going strong, especially now that some of the original fans are having kids of their own.
5. A League of Their Own
This is on my family Halloween costume bucket list if only I can get my girls to dress up as the Rockford Peaches with me one day. I’d love to make my husband be Stillwell Angel or borrow my little nephew (and give him a chocolate bar) to make the costume complete.
6. Mario Kart
Like A League of Their Own, Mario Kart also came out in 1992, making it a fun throwback yet still a timely costume for a video game still going strong today on Nintendo Switch.
7. The Wizard of Oz
This movie classic has so many fun options for the family—from the classic trio of the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man to the star of the show, Dorothy, and the witches. Let your kid chose their favorite and fill in from there!
8. Chefs & Lobster in a Pot
This is an easy-to-execute and Instagram-worthy option for parents with babies who can sit propped happily in a pot.
9. Taco Tuesday
Staying within the food theme, this taco-themed costume idea is sure to get lots of laughs. And who can resist a baby burrito?
10. From the Garden
This costume can be easy and homespun or super creative, depending on your crafting ability. Plus, the garden has tons of inspiration beyond those pictured here—think mother nature, toadstools, flowers, or other insects.
11. Out of This World
Outer space costumes are fun to craft if you’ve got the time (think rocket-ship made of Amazon boxes), but they also come ready-made for the whole family—even the dog!
12. “Baby Shark”
Is the song in your head already? We’re sorry. But if your kid loves “Baby Shark,” they’re sure to love this family costume.
13. Race Car Driver & Pit Crew
This costume works well with kid-sized accessories you may already have like push or ride-on cars. Make it branded for your child’s favorite show or movie; add a pair of Mickey Ears for Mickey and the Roadster Racers or call yourselves Lightning McQueen’s crew from Cars.
14. Game of Thrones
If you’ve been missing the drama from Westeros, consider a Game of Thrones-themed family costume. While it’s likely your kids haven’t seen the show (unless they snuck out after bedtime), other parents and GoT fans will love this costume’s homage to the show.
15. Classic Halloween
One Halloween, I was nine months pregnant and went as The Great Pumpkin by taping a black-construction-paper-crafted-jack-o-lantern face to an orange T-shirt. It wasn’t perfect, but it was quick and easy, just like many other classic Halloween options.
This article was originally published on October 2, 2019 but has been updated for timelines.