DIY Family Halloween Costumes

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DIY Family Halloween Costumes Made Easy!

Is it just me, or are holidays extra exciting once you have your own children? Halloween can be a great opportunity to get involved and just plain have fun with your kids (and be a kid again!) Visits to Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch and Boo at the Zoo are sure to be on your list, but have you considered family-themed Halloween costumes? Oh come on, you know you want to! Here are some easy ideas you still have time to throw together yourself.

With our obvious twin situation, we went with “Thing 1 and Thing 2” for my sons’ first Halloween. I’m not sure how the idea to dress up with them came about; it was more like I never considered NOT dressing up and joining in the fun, too! So the obvious companion costume was Cat in the Hat for me. After a little convincing that it was for the cause of creating family memories, my husband agreed to dress as Dr. Seuss. This was a super easy, inexpensive bunch of costumes to throw together. Even without twins, siblings would still make adorable Thing 1 and 2 (and 3, 4, 5…!)

Cat in the Hat: Black t-shirt and sweatpants; a piece of white felt cut into an oval and hot glued on the shirt (that’s right- no sewing, people!), and a Christmas bow (ya’ll know Hobby Lobby has Christmas supplies out nearly year-round); “Cat in the Hat” hat from a party store

Thing 1 and Thing 2 baby costume idea Dr. Seuss: Store bought doctor costume, Dr. Seuss images printed off of a computer and glued on, and hat from party store

Things 1 and 2: blue feather boa from craft store hot glued onto hats, red shirt/onesie with a felt circle hot glued on, black acrylic paint writing. Leg warmers (purchased online) aren’t needed, but they sure are cute on babies!

The next year I was just obsessed with the idea of toddler Oompa Loompas after a friend pinned one on Pinterest. Even though it wasn’t twin themed, two Oompa Loompas are better than one, right? So I had to. My husband would be the obvious Willy Wonka. I went back and forth with the idea of being Violet Beauregard (blueberry girl), but a Wonka Bar costume seemed a little easier.

Willy Wonka Family Costume idea Willy Wonka: Search ebay or Craigslist for purple jacket, top hat, and eccentric scarf. Pair with white shirt and khakis or pants your husband already owns.

Wonka Bar: It looks harder to make than it is! Red pillow case with arm and head holes cut out. Get brown, yellow, and white felt at the craft store. Print an enlarged image of a Wonka Bar and use that as a template to trace backwards on the back of your felt. Cut felt out and hot glue to pillow case.

Oompa Loompas: Brown shirts, white overalls, and some striped leg warmers found online. Green temporary hair-color spray from party store or Walmart, orange circles on the cheeks, and a lollipop as an accessory, of course!

Oompa Loompa Kid costume idea Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This year we’re planning to be Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Alice in Wonderland, and the Mad Hatter! Other family costume ideas could include:

S’mores: Parents as cardboard graham crackers, children as marshmallow and chocolate bar

-If you’re a Star Wars fan, there is plenty to choose from! Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, a storm trooper, Yoda…..

-How about the Flintstones? Fred and Wilma, Pebbles, and Bam-Bam!

Wizard of Oz is another great family theme option: Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow. Bring your dog along to be Toto!

What are you all planning to be for Halloween this year? Is dressing up with your kids out of your comfort zone, or will you go for it this year? Try out one of these diy family halloween costumes this Halloween!

Beth is a mommy of identical twin boys, Asher and Eli (2), and wife to her high-school sweetheart, Dan. She lives in her hometown of Zachary, a suburb north of Baton Rouge. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, and has chosen to stay home with her children, which she describes as the most challenging, important, and rewarding commitment of her life. A crafter at heart, Beth dabbles in sewing, embroidery, cake decorating, scrapbooking, event planning, home decorating, and DIY anything. In all of her creative endeavors, Beth hopes to foster a cheerful, inspired, loving, and faith-filled home for her family.


  1. I love family themes and have done quite a few over the
    past years. We have done Pink Lady and T-Bird for the kids, Wizard
    of Oz as a family and this year we are all some sort of superhero.
    I usually find things around the house to make some of the
    costumes. T-Bird- white undershirt and jean jacket with embroidered
    black satin square w/ “T-Birds” Tin Man-silver spray painted grey
    shirt and grey sweatpants.

  2. We’ve done Hercules & Pegasus for the boys first Halloween together. One year, Ernie & Trace did Superman & SuperDad! And last year Fisher & I did Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head. So we’ve never gotten the whole family in on it at once, we usually have a dynamic duo in the mix! 🙂


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