25 DIY Costumes for a Family Themed Halloween

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    Themed Costumes for the Whole Family

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    Do you want to enjoy Halloween as a family unit? These ideas will inspire you, whether you're a duo, trio, or a whole tribe including grandparents.

    The Incredibles

    Your family will be the most incredible of the neighborhood. These superhero costumes are easy to put together, even if you don't have great craft skills. Start with red shirts, pants, or tights, and then add the details with black, yellow, white, and orange felt.

    Incredibles from Freshly Completed

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    Where the Wild Things Are


    Costumes from the book "Where the Wild Things Are" can be fashioned from wigs with the addition of horns. Your little one can go as the adventurous Max.

    Where the Wild Things Are from Tried and True

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    Care Bears

    Dress up as a Care Bear family, complete with hearts on your bums. These are easily made with matching sweatpants and hoodies with the addition of ears and appliques. As a bonus, these costumes will be comfortable for any setting or outdoor trick-or-treating. Dressing up a wagon with a cloud completes the family group.

    Care Bears from See Vanessa Craft

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    Raggedy Ann

    Raggedy Ann and Andy are classics. These make easy duos for mom, dad, and daughter or son. You can find appropriate clothes at thrift shops and then make the red wigs from yarn.

    Raggedy Ann from A Beautiful Mess

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    Minions Hats

    It's easy to craft minions hats to wear on Halloween. You need a yellow stocking cap (which you can knit yourself if you are crafty), pipe cleaners, black elastic, and a cardboard tube to cut and paint for the goggles. Dress in blue overalls with black boots and you've got the look. It works for families of any size.

    Minions Hats from Make and Takes

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    Harry Potter

    For the Hogwarts look, you will need black robes and school ties. You can fashion both of these from black, yellow, and red fleece fabric. Wear a white shirt with collar and black pants. Add glasses for Harry Potter and wands and you are ready to make magic happen. Your kids can choose their favorite character to further emulate, such a red-headed Ron and curly-locked Hermione. Parents can check the professors for ideas to complete the set, such as robes for Dumbledore or Snape.

    Harry Potter from At Home in the Northwest

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    Scooby Doo

    Your whole family can transform into characters from "Scooby Doo." Shaggy, Freddy, Daphne, and Velma can be dressed as their characters with thrift shop clothes and perhaps the right wig and glasses. Then make a dog costume for Scooby Doo and even a little ghost costume for any wee ones.

    Scooby Doo from Yellow Pear Photography

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    Channel your inner troglodyte and get some animal print fabric to make easy caveman costumes. Add some papier mache clubs, wigs, and a few bones to use in your hairdo and necklaces and you'll have returned to your ancient roots. You can check "The Croods" or old "Flintstones" episodes for further inspiration.

    Cavemen from In a Little Red House

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    Willy Wonka

    You can start with Willy Wonka himself with a top hat and formal suit. Then turn a little one into an Oompa Loompa. There are other characters you can easily dress for the part with thrift shop clothes, such as Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Augustus Gloop, and Charlie Bucket. Even the grandparents can get involved as Grandpa Joe and Charlie's other relatives.

    Willy Wonka from More Than Words Can Describe

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    Alice in Wonderland

    Transform your family into Wonderland characters with wigs, face paint, and costumes. You have many to choose from, including the Alice, the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat, and Caterpillar.

    Alice in Wonderland from Nikkikkin

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    Shark Attack

    Dress the kids as cute little sharks who seem very harmless, yet dress up Dad as a surfer who has had a run-in with them. Craft a surfboard that has a bite taken out of it. You can make this as edgy or as fun as you wish.

    Shark Attack from The Fickle Pickle

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    Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Bring the book characters from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" to life with simple printable masks, white shirts, and black pants. You probably have everything you need in the closet already, so you can put this together quickly.

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid from Living Locurto

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    Toy Story

    Have fun dressing up the whole family in the characters from the movie "Toy Story." Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Andy, Mr. Potato Head, Mrs. Potato Head, Little Bo Peep, Slinky Dog, Rex, Hamm the Piggy Bank, and other characters provide lots of choices.

    Toy Story from Welcome to the Krazy Kingdom

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    Star Wars

    Dress up as these classic characters or those from the newer "Star Wars" films. It's easy to use bathrobes and store-bought lightsabers and blasters to get the classic looks. For extra fun, you can get a gorilla suit for Chewbacca or Ewoks and make robot costumes for R2D2 and C-3PO. Be warned, your family may fight over who gets to be Darth Vader.

    Star Wars from Ashley Ann Photography

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    Peter Pan

    "Peter Pan" can inspire costumes for the whole family. Peter himself, Wendy Darling, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, Smee, the Lost Boys (and even the Nana the dog) are choices.

    Peter Pan from Bombshell Bling

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    City Skyline

    Match the city skyline from your own area to show off your city pride. Craft headpieces to represent the most iconic buildings. Or, make it a world tour with the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Empire State Building, Sears Tower, etc.

    City Skyline from Martha Stewart

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    Corn Farm Family

    Play down on the farm by costuming your family as farmers, ears of corn, cows, pigs, and other animals and crops. This is a fun way to involve family members of all ages, as the grandparents can be Old MacDonald and the Mrs.

    Corn Farm Family from Larking

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    Angry Birds

    Put your crafting skills to good use to make costumes that represent the Angry Birds from the game. These birds are too cute to be too angry.

    Angry Birds from Sugar Bee Crafts

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    Family of Bees

    Dress the kids as bees and put the adults into beekeeper suits or even costumed as a hive. You'll get plenty of buzz for this idea.

    Family of Bees from Do It Yourself Divas

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    Where's Waldo

    Break out the red and white stripes, beanie hat, and glasses to turn your family into a group of Waldos. Just don't lose any Waldo on Halloween night. These costumes are good for mobility when trick-or-treating and you should be able to put them together easily without the need for craft skills.

    Where's Waldo from The Homes I Have Made

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    Krispy Kreme

    Turn your kids into doughnuts and craft aprons and paper hats to represent the doughnut-makers. These costumes are almost good enough to eat.

    Krispy Kreme from Pink Pistachio

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    You only need some cardboard, paint, and pillows to put this fun idea together. Make the parents the graham crackers, one kid the chocolate bar, and one the marshmallow. If you have more family members, one could be the campfire and another could be the stick with a toasted marshmallow on top.

    S'mores from Cheerios and Lattes

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    Mary Poppins

    "Mary Poppins" provides classic characters, and the newer release is a further inspiration. From candy-striped suit to chimney-sweep makeup, you can have fun with these costumes.

    Mary Poppins from Make it and Love it

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    Nom nom, Pacman is going to love to eat his Halloween candy. The adults can dress in cardboard Pacman costumes and the little ones can dress up as the ghosts.

    Pacman from Watch Out for the Woestmans

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    Outer Space

    Get spacy and planetary with costumes that are out of this world. You can craft each as masks or headpieces, or make them appliques on a black sweatshirt. You have 8 planets (and poor demoted Pluto), the sun, moon, stars, galaxies, comets, meteors, nebulae, and more to choose from.

    Outer Space from Martha Stewart