Costumes for the Whole Family or a Large Group
We love Halloween in our family, and I love to dress our girls up in great costumes. My mother-in-law is an amazing seamstress and has created some of the best costumes that I have seen from Little Bo Peep and her sheep to a peacock with real peacock feathers! Since we have three girls we have done a few Halloweens where they all matched. Now that our oldest is in third grade, we have to be more creative. She is a lot pickier about her costume and this year she wants to be scary. Hopefully, we can figure something out to make it work; I'm thinking the Addams family might be the best option. Here are a few other ideas of great costumes for families or a large group of friends.
Our Three Angels
Angels and Devil
A few Halloweens ago we dressed up as angels. This was a very easy costume to make. My mother-in-law created the girls dresses and halos and I bought the wings from a costume store. For my costume I just wore a white skirt and top. You can easily dress the kids in a white dress with white stockings and shoes; buy a halo and wings and you have angels. When we all dressed up we had my husband be the devil. I bought him horns and a tail and he wore red. It was the easiest costume and really cute.
The Incredibles and Other Super Heroes
Incredibles Family Costume: This is a great family idea especially if you have three kids - two boys and a girl. My best friend did this a few Halloweens ago and bought the costumes. They probably wouldn't be that difficult to make though.
Super Hero Group Costumes: Dressing up as super heroes is a great idea for a family especially if you have boys. All of these costumes would be great for a small or large family: Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, incredible Hulk, The Flash, Captain America, Super Girl, Thor, Iron Man, Green Lantern.
Alice in Wonderland and Three Little Pigs and Big Bad Wolf
Alice in Wonderland Family Costume: This is another costume that would be great for a large family because there are plenty of characters to choose from. Alice and the White Rabbit are the two most important costumes, but you could also have the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the March Hare and Mouse, the King, the Cards, The Catepillar, and of course, the Cheshire Cat!
Three Little Pigs and Big Bad Wolf Family Costume: This is a great costume for a family or group of four. Three of the members can be the pigs and one the wolf. Usually the dad would be the big bad wolf, but you could put a spin on the costume and make the pigs evil and the wolf sweet and kind like the book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs; one of our favorite books!
A Hamburger/Sandwich or Wizard of Oz
Hamburger Family Costume: I love the idea of a hamburger or sandwich for a costume for the family! Each family member can be an ingredient, meat, cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, etc and the parents can be the buns! You put them all together to make the hamburger. This could be a simple costume to make, too. As a funny twist, one of the family member can wear the Burger King mask. If you don't want to be a hamburger, you could try being a sandwich with the same idea!
Wizard of Oz Family Costume for a large family: This is a classic family costume and works great if you have a big family or group; Grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles all could join in making it a big family affair! Dorothy, Glenda the Good Witch, The Wicked Witch of the West, Scarecrow, TinMan, Wizard, Lion, and if you have Munchkins even better!
The Addams Family and Munsters
If your group would like to a bit scary this Halloween, how about dressing up as the Addams Family or the Munsters. The Addams family is one of my favorite costume ideas. Addams family character costumes: Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Cousin It, and Pugsley. The Munsters character costumes: Herman Munster (Frankenstein), Lily Munster (vampire), Grandpa (vampire), Eddie Munster (werewolf), and Marilyn (normal girl).
Dressing up as a family can be a lot of fun and not that expensive if you can make the costumes yourself. I've included a bunch of links to websites that give instructions on making your own homemade costumes inexpensively. Happy Halloween!
Links to Homemade Halloween Costumes for Groups
- Homemade Angel Costume
- Easy Homemade Incredibles Group Costume
- Homemade Superhero Costume
- Homemade Wizard of Oz Costumes
- Easy Homemade Alice In Wonderland Group Costume
- Homemade Addams Family Halloween Costume Ideas
Have any other Family Halloween Costume Ideas? Please share!!
Koralee Phillips from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on October 24, 2011:
Great ideas,this is a fun article, Halloween is the best time of year,for people to get creative and dress up, its fun for kids as well as the adults.
firstname.lastname@example.org on October 24, 2011:
these are fantastic ideas.but unfortunately in our country there isn't such holiday.if we had such holiday in our country l would chose angles and devil.
heather on October 22, 2011:
Thanks for the new ideas! I have 6 kids and we have always dressed in coordination. My favorite year was 3 princesses, a knight, and a dragon. One year we did Clifford the Dog show and each was a dog from the show. One year we also did care bears. So much fun!!!
Nina06 on October 18, 2011:
This is an awesome hub!
Christine S from Australia on October 17, 2011:
I can't sew for nuts, how I wish I had a mother-in-law, or anyone for that matter who could. I think your costume ideas are great to.
Zoey from South England on October 17, 2011:
Great Hub, all three of my boys were dressed up as devils for their first halloween. Like you said its the easiest costume, we just dressed them in red and put little horns on their head, so adorable too. Voted up :)
Robin Edmondson (author) from San Francisco on October 13, 2011:
Thanks, Peggy! My mother-in-law is amazing! I'm very lucky! Thanks for the comment. ;)
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2011:
That peacock costume is amazing! Your mother-in-law must have fun making these costumes for your kids. She is obviously talented. Your kids look so cute in those Halloween angel costumes. You have certainly given people some great ideas. That time will soon be upon us! Up and useful votes!
Robin Edmondson (author) from San Francisco on October 10, 2011:
Em, the peacock feathers were attached to the belt/skirt in the back. It really was an amazing design my mother in law did. Thanks!
Em on October 08, 2011:
How did you get the peacock feathers put on for the tail?
Mark from Alabama,USA on October 07, 2011:
Cool Hub - Voted up and interesting
SammyDrago from London, UK on October 06, 2011:
This hub just reminded me of the Munsters, I used to LOVE this! Always remember the theme tune when it came on I'd rush in to watch it! :-)
Brenda on October 04, 2011:
I need help with Bret and ernie costumes for size 4t
Ikeji Chinweuba from Nigeria on October 03, 2011:
really love costumes..my best.
Robin Edmondson (author) from San Francisco on October 01, 2011:
I love that you made her costume, ktrapp! All that matters is that she was happy. The best costumes are homemade. My mom use to make all of our costumes, too. I always loved having something original.
Thanks for the comments, Stephen and htodd!
htodd from United States on October 01, 2011:
Thanks Robin ..great hub
StephenSMcmillan on September 30, 2011:
Cute costumes. Kids are really lovely wearing them.
Kristin Trapp from Illinois on September 29, 2011:
Oh how I wish I had your mother-in-law's help about 11 years ago when my daughter was in first grade. We watched a show on the discovery channel about an octopus, she became obsessed with them, and then wanted to be one for Halloween. I did actually make an octopus costume somehow. I'm not sure if anyone even knew what she was, but she was really happy! Have fun with your kids trick-or-treating this year. It does go too quickly.
Robin Edmondson (author) from San Francisco on September 27, 2011:
Thanks Simone and Randomcreative for the comments! It's always fun to dress as a theme!
Wavegirl, I'm sure you can just see Paul dressed as the devil. ;) How fun that your daughter's birthday is on Halloween! I bet that was interesting for you being in the hospital on Halloween having her! Cheers!
Shari from New York, NY on September 25, 2011:
So many great ideas here! I must admit that Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays and it is an extra special day for me as it is my daughters birthday! Which only adds to the reasons that I am loving the family theme idea. The pics of the girls as Angels have to be one of the cutest I have ever seen. I can only imagine how perfect a Halloween it was with your hubby as the Devil!
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 22, 2011:
Great ideas! Maybe when we have kids I'll be able to convince my husband to do something like this. :)
Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on September 22, 2011:
These are such fun ideas! I think I like the angels and devil costume idea the best... though perhaps it's because your photo is so adorable, everything else just pales in comparison!
Robin Edmondson (author) from San Francisco on September 22, 2011:
Thanks, Happyboomernurse! Paul was a great sport being the devil. ;)
Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on September 21, 2011:
Wonderful ideas for themed costumes and I loved the family photos that you shared. I thought it was really cool that your husband dressed up as the devil when the kids were angels. Voted up across the board except for funny.
Robin Edmondson (author) from San Francisco on September 21, 2011:
Cardelean, I love the idea of a flower and bee! I agree on them having their own agenda; it really puts a wrinkle in things! ;) We'll see how we all do this year. Have your kids decided on costumes yet this year?
cardelean from Michigan on September 21, 2011:
Great costume ideas and super cute pictures! My daughter was a flower one year and my son was a bee. He was just an infant then so it was perfect. I've tried to do complimentary costumes since then but they just don't want to do it anymore! Ahhh, it's so tough when they can make decisions on their own! :)
Andrew from Rep Boston MA on September 21, 2011:
Good ideas for family fun!