5 Quick Tips for Family Halloween Costumes

Even though fall is my favorite season, Halloween is far from my favorite holiday.  However, after my daughter was born, I began to enjoy it a little more when we decided to make it more of a family affair.  

How?

We started doing family themed Halloween costumes.  

Once we started, we couldn’t stop and we have no intention to!  It has become a tradition and we all enjoy it. One may think putting together costumes for a family would be tedious, expensive, and stressful, but I’ve learned some tips and tricks over the past 5 years to keep it cost effective, low stress, and even enjoyable.  

Tip #1 Give yourself time.

This is the best advice to keep it low stress. Trust me.  Whether you have three, four, or eight people in your family, you’re going to want to give yourself time to prep each person’s costume. I recommend coming up with your family theme in September so you have the entire month of October to get everything ready to go.

Tip #2: Borrow.

This is the best way to keep your costumes within your budget. You’d be surprised at what items (or even costumes) people have lying around the house they are happy to let you use.  

Tip #3: Use social media.

This goes along with borrowing things and is a very quick way to get the word out about what you’re looking for.  You never know when a friend, of friend, of a friend may have EXACTLY what you’re looking for!

Tip #4: Pinterest can be your best friend.

Etsy can too! You may need to get crafty and creative to put together a costume or two and it’s easily done with the help of websites like Pinterest and Etsy as well as stores like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Joann’s Fabric. This is another great way to keep the cost low. Instead of buying a brand new costume you’ll only wear once, you can make it at half the price (or less!)

Tip #5:  When all else fails – check Amazon.

I mean when has Amazon Prime ever let you down?!  

For the past 5 years, our family themed Halloween I’ve used each and every one of these tips to put our costumes together:

Year 1: Clark Kent & Lois Lane (and an adorable Strawberry).

All we had to buy for these costumes was a goofy pair of glasses and a Superman shirt for my husband to wear.  Our daughter was only 6 months old at the time and I mean, how cute was she in a $10.00 strawberry costume from Amazon? 

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Year 2: The Flintstones.

We borrowed the adult costumes from a friend and I found the Pebble’s costume on Etsy for $15.00.

Year 3: The Little Mermaid.

Ariel’s entire costume was on Amazon for under $20.00, Prince Eric’s wig was from Michaels for $4.00 and then he wore black slacks, a white button up shirt, and a red silk sash we got a JoAnn’s Fabric for $1.50. I made my Flounder shirt using blue felt and adhesive iron on strips that I found at Michael’s. It was an over-sized yellow shirt a got at Walmart for $5.00 and I wore it with blue leggings I already owned. The mask was printed for free from Pinterest!

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Year 4: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, Bert, and the housemaid).  

This has been my favorite so far! Mary & Bert’s costumes were was once again from Amazon for under $25 total and the pink shoes were from Target.  We made the chimney sweep by using a broken broom stick, a styrofoam ball, toothpicks and black spray paint. My apron and hat were borrowed from a friend of a friend  by using social media! Winning!

Year 5: Superheroes

I was very pregnant this year so my motivation was at a low…Amazon to the rescue.  I got all of our costumes for under $30.00.

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Now that you’re ready to make Halloween a family affair in your house, here are some more great ideas for costumes the whole family can take part in:

  • The Incredibles
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Inside Out Characters (Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fury, and Fear)
  • Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
  • Where’s Waldo
  • Alice in Wonderland Characters
  • A Box of Crayons
  • Winnie the Pooh Characters
  • Toy Story Characters
  • Cruella Deville and the Dalmation Puppies
  • Harry Potter Characters
  • Minions
  • Care Bears
  • Dr. Seuss Characters

Check out this post on easy DIY costumes for more help! Now go put together the perfect costumes for your family themed Halloween!  I’m almost finished with ours for this year. Here’s a hint. We are going to put on a great “show.”  Any guesses?

Good Luck!

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Ashley is a ‘small town’ girl who moved to the ‘big city’ of Cedar Rapids after high school. A graduate of Coe College, Ashley is currently a kindergarten teacher and a true lover of yoga pants, cozy sweatshirts, chai tea lattes and cookie dough. Ashley and her husband, Mitch, first met each other back in middle school, dated when they were freshmen in high school, then reconnected one final time via Facebook back in 2006 shortly after Mitch returned from his first deployment. They've stood by their vows of ‘for better or worse,’ and as they approach their 10 year wedding anniversary, they aren’t afraid to admit that marriage isn’t easy. They welcomed their first child, Stella Grace Bass, in May of 2013 and their second child, Archer Mitchell Bass, in December of 2017!