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40+ DIY Halloween Costume Ideas For Kids/Families

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Halloween is just around the corner. Are you still looking for the perfect costume for the whole family?

Here are 40 ideas to get you started.

Looking for more ready-made costumes. Make sure to check out our Halloween Costume list on Amazon.com

 

 

1. Baby Shark

The song “Baby Shark” played non-stop in some households a few years ago, but this song is the perfect family Halloween costume. Get their grandparents to tag along, too, and dress up as a shark family.

2. Ghostbusters

Whether your kids loved the 1984 or the 2016 version, Ghostbusters has some interesting costume choices. From the main characters and their uniforms, to the ghosts, to Slimer, and the Stay Puft monster—there’s plenty for everyone.

 

3. Rubie’s Baby Star Wars The Mandalorian The Child Costume

The Star Wars franchise has fans from all generations. Parents can dress up as older characters while the younger ones can dress up as the newer characters like The Mandalorian and Kylo Ren.

 

 

4. “The Addams Family”

Image via Shyvonne Watson/Instagram

5. Harry Potter

The magic of Harry Potter never ends. You could dress up as the iconic characters or as regular wizarding students.

 

6. Raya and the Last Dragon

Anyone who’s seen the movie will agree that Raya’s costume is cool. Does your kid agree? You can make simple Raya costumes at home.

7. Mary Poppins

Choose from Mary Poppins’ daily suit and tie or her pink frock. Everyone in the family can join as Bert, the Banks, the chimney sweepers, or even the penguins!

8. The Wizard of Oz

The whole ensemble of The Wizard of Oz is fun to dress up as. Go as Dorothy, Lion, Tin Man, the tornado, a munchkin, Glinda the Good Witch of the North, and even Toto if you have a dog.

9. Ghosts

Go as satirical, and throw on a blanket with holes for eyes, or as realistic ghosts, with scary makeup—either way is fun.

 

 

 

10. Stick Figures

Dress up as your kids’ drawings—stick figures. These are funny but easy to do. All you need are white clothes, white posterboard, and black permanent marker.

11. The Incredibles

If you have a toddler, The Incredibles is a great costume for you. This costume is simpler than it seems.

12. Men In Black

The latest installation of the Men In Black franchise makes for simple but iconic costumes. All you need are suits and a pair of sunglasses. The best part? It works for girls and guys.

13. The Flintstones

The Flintstones family has some simple frocks. The key is getting the right color and accessories.

14. Cruella Deville

Buy a black-and-white wig and a faux fur coat to complete your Cruella Deville ensemble.

15. Skeleton Costume

If you need a last-minute costume, skeletons are always the way to go. You can make these skeleton costumes in one day.

16. Penny

This penny costume is bound to get some chuckle from passersby. Though, you will need to invest in copper make-up.

17. Scuba Diver

If your kids love swimming, dress them up as scuba divers. This fun costume comes with a bunch of accessories, like very cool air tanks and flippers.

18. Toy Story

There are a multitude of iconic characters in the Toy Story franchise. You could DIY your costumes or buy ready-made ones.

19. Shadow Costume

Go to the creepy side—dress your kids in all black and a black morphsuit. Make fun silhouettes with the clothes. Just make sure to accompany them at night.

 

 

 

 

20. Essential workers family costume 

Image via Jasmine Hylton/Instagram

With masks still in play, this could be an easy costume to put together as a family in 2021.

 

 

 

21. Peter Pan and His Shadow

Kids will surely get a cackle at the idea of going as Peter Pan and his shadow. If there are more than two kids, suit them up as the other characters from the movie.

 

 

 

22. Starbucks Barista

 

If you want a simpler costume, go as baristas. Spray paint or print the logo on green aprons and dress in khaki pants and black shirts.

23. Angel Statues

Another scary costume are the Weeping Angels in the TV series Doctor Who. This costume could scare a few adults!

24. Giant Alice In Wonderland

Recreate one of the scenes from Alice in Wonderland when she grew too big for the house. Create a mini house your kid can slip into while donning an Alice costume.

25. Avatar The Last Airbender

You could go as Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph or as Korra, Bolin, Makko, or Asami. These characters each have interesting outfits.

26. Colonel Sanders and Bucket of Chicken

Everyone will know and love a kid version of Colonel Sanders with a bucket of chicken. Or you could dress up Grampa as the Colonel while your kids go as the chickens!

27. Lego

Cardboard boxes make great Lego costumes. Go as a brick or as one of the Legomen.

28. Toy Soldiers

Another monochrome costume! Get your kids’ friends to dress up in all green, plasticky fatigue.

29. Space Jam

If you have the budget, get a set of Tune Squad jerseys for the whole family. Buy extra bunny ears or beak if your kids want to be Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck.

30. Victorian Ghost Costumes

The Victorian era has some interesting outfits that, with a few modifications, could become creepy.

31. Pokemon

Which one is your kids’ (and your) favorite pokemon or pokemon character?

32. Minecraft

Crafty parents may be able to pull off a Minecraft-themed costume.

33. Frankenstein’s Monster’s Family

Frankenstein is an iconic horror novel that everyone, even kids, know about. Get creative with your makeup to make the undead feel real.

34. Adventure Time

Adventure Time has some colorful characters. There are so many possibilities.

35. Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands is a classic. It will be a challenge in terms of craft and make-up. Give it a try.

36. Royal Family

If you want to be a bit more fashionable this Hallowee, recreate some iconic looks from the royal family.

37. Rocker Band

80’s rockers have a distinct look that you can recreate with the family. Take your pick from Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, or if you’re feeling risky, Kiss.

38. Steven Universe

Steven Universe costumes can be simple (shirt and jeans) or complex (morph suits and weapons).

39. The Cells In Cells At Work

Dress up the kids as red blood cells, younger kids as platelets, while the adults can dress up as white blood cells or macrophage. These costumes are quite simple.

40. Scooby Doo

The Scooby Doo gang is an appropriate costume for Halloween. Bring along your furry friend for extra fun!

 

 

41. Avengers

The Avengers’ costumes are more complicated because they have a lot of details. But it’s guaranteed to be worth the effort.

 

 

 

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