Halloween takes on a whole new meaning as soon as you have your own little monsters — er, kids — running amok.
At one point in time, the haunted holiday was merely an afterthought (unless you've been obsessed with Halloween forever, of course). But now, as a parent, you're busy all October long getting your kids ready for the candy-filled day. There's pumpkins to paint, crafts to make and movies to watch, not to mention all of the other parties and social commitments filling up your calendar.
Even in the midst of the Halloween madness, carve out some time to browse through these family Halloween costume ideas. While it may be hard to get everyone to get agree on a group costume, we're confident that these costumes will please all parties — babies, toddlers, kids, teenagers and adults.
Below, find a bunch of easy-to-DIY costume ideas for families of three, four, five and beyond. Some are classic looks that have been around since you were child, while others are inspired by trending book, movie and TV characters.
Not sure if you have the time or skills to go homemade this year? We've included tons of no-sew costumes that can thrown together at the last minute with items you already have at home, aka they're incredibly cheap to make.
Just because they're easy to make doesn't mean you have to take on the work yourself. Have your kids pitch in, so they can be a part of the Halloween fun (and, let's face it, be entertained for a few minutes at least).
Whatever you choose, be prepared to be showered with compliments on Halloween — and all the weeks to follow, especially if you post a picture of your handiwork on Instagram.
Now, this might just be the cutest Starbucks menu we've ever seen! Kids can choose between their favorite drinks — caffeinated or otherwise — while toddlers and babies can go as cake pops.
Sun, flower, rainbow and cloud costume
Because after the rain comes sun ... and rainbows ... and flowers. And if you're a family of five or more, round out your weather report with a lightning bolt, snowflake, moon and more.
'Jurassic Park' costume
Wear costumes that match the characters on the big screen or keep it more general with outdoorsy, island-friendly ensembles. On the plus side, at least this dinosaur looks way friendlier than the ones in the movie franchise.
Fast food family costume
Each family member can tailor their costume to their tastebuds. So, for example, if they think McDonald's fries are superior, they can dress as the chain's mascot.
Cotton candy costume
Who needs Halloween candy when you’ve got a costume as sweet as this? Poly-Fil and spray paint combine for a sugary-sweet concoction.
Movie night costume
Upcycle old cardboard boxes and transform your family into a box of popcorn, movie projector and marquee.
'Wheel of Fortune' costume
Take your family game night to the next level. Give "Vanna" pretty dress, then craft a wheel and puzzle board out of cardboard for a winning costume.
Angel and devil costume
Halloween is a great excuse to repurpose your kid’s dance recital costume. Here, a light-colored tutu with a halo headband and a red tutu with a black top and devil’s horns headband becomes the cutest good versus evil battle you’ve ever seen.
Care Bears costume
If October is chilly where you live, opt for a family costume that is as cozy as it is cute. Once you track down enough matching sweatsuits for the whole family, iron on Care Bear symbols for the given colors.
Bumblebee and ladybug costume
Add black spots to a red tutu and a yellow top to a black-and-yellow tutu for a lucky lady bug and a bumble bee you won’t mind buzzing around.
'Baby Shark' costume
Light gray hoodies are anything but ordinary when you add some teeth to them. The song’s likely stuck on a loop in your head anyway, so you might as well turn it into a fun family costume that’s easy to do-do-do….
'Peter Pan' costume
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell sure are cute, but it’s Peter’s shadow that steals the show here.
'Lilo and Stitch' costume
Can you really DIY Disney characters? You can when you whip up some “grass” skirts, pull on some bright floral shirts, and toss on a lei or two.
These colorful kids are inspired by the book “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywait. Everyone gets to pick their favorite color, but the hardest part will be convincing them to keep their hat —er, tip — on.
Super Mario Bros costume
DIY meets a few power-ups (ready-made costumes) for an awesome family costume based on Super Mario Bros.
'Jurassic Park' costume
With a bit of effort, a wheelchair can be transformed into a getaway Jeep from the “scary” dinosaurs at Jurassic Park.
Avocado toast costume
Start the day off right with a good breakfast costume, courtesy of paint and foam rolls.
Family circus costume
The circus is a spectacle, but you can make a spectacular family costume with some gear you might already have in your closet.
"Ice Ice Baby" costume
Here's one way to get your family to “stop, collaborate and listen.” Grab some sunglasses and a couple of large clear plastic bags, and you’re halfway there.
Rocker family costume
Make your family look like the real deal with a few vintage finds from the 80s.
If your kids are obsessed with LEGOS, then this costume is a no-brainer. Keep it simple by painting all the pieces in the same hue, or let everyone choose their own color.
'Crocodile Rock' costume
Talk about a fun play on words: A crocodile onesie, keyboard cut-out, white suit and lots of feathers come together in honor of “Crocodile Rock.” Elton would be proud.
'Squid Game' costume
Fans of "Squid Game" will be thrilled to know that they won’t have to go into debt to create the unique mask worn by the workers.
Rag dolls costume
Red yarn and colorful dresses are key in this adorable mother-daughter costume.
'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' costume
The classic children’s book gets the DIY treatment here with some store-bought items (like a blow-up suit!), some simple sewing patterns and a few household items.
Sweet treats costume
If you think DIY means lots of sewing, think again. Your family could look like this happy group of cookies and donuts without even having to thread a needle.
Stick figures costume
Who knew that electrical tape and white clothing could pair up for such a creative costume? Life With Fingerprints, that's who.
Birds of a feather flock together — your family included. Draw some feathers on old white sheets or tablecloths, throw on a beak and fly!