Halloween is a day to dress up and have fun as a family. Many families choose to dress up together in coordinating costumes. There are several different theme possibilities from TV, movies, and books that a family can choose from that are popular from year to year and Halloween costumes are always available.
There are several characters from Star Wars to choose from. Dad could be Darth Vader, Mom could be Padme Amadala, and the kids could be Luke, Leia, Han Solo, R2D2, C3PO and so on. They even sell dog costumes for Yoda.
Star Trek has had a resurgence of popularity after the successful 2009 remake. Characters could include Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Scotty. These costumes can easily be made by taking black pants and a red, blue, or gold colored sweatshirt and then putting the Star Trek symbol on the upper left side.
Wizzard of OZ / Wicked
Popular every year, Wizard of Oz costumes could include Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Glinda, or the Wicked Witch. Even the family dog can join in as Toto. Young children could even be a lions, and tigers, and bears oh my. Take a picnic basket like Dorothy’s to go trick or treating to collect the goodies.
Pirate costumes have always been a Halloween favorite but they became even more popular after the success of the three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They don’t necessarily have to be costumes from the movie. Any pirate costumes will do. Find fun accessories like a fake parrot, eye patches, plastic swords, and pirate hats.
Be a family of superheros for Halloween. Think about dressing up as X-Men or the characters from the popular 2004 Disney/Pixar move The Incredibles. Other superheros could be Wonderwoman, Super Man, Super Girl, Batman, Batgirl, Robin, The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Flash Gordon, Catwoman, and Captain America.
The Twilight books and movies are very popular right now. If the family has a lot of teenagers, think about dressing as the Cullens for Halloween. All of them are described as being bone pale with dark shadows under their eyes.
These effects can be created by putting white Halloween make up on the face and smudging a purplish eyeshadow under the eyes. They also have gold eyes which can be accomplished by using Halloween contact lenses. They dress in very stylish clothing that covers most exposed areas of the skin.
Harry Potter outfits are easy to find every year. A Halloween family costume idea could be to have children dress as students from Hogwarts and the parents dress as teachers such as Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Snape. Any conservative adult witch or wizard costume could pass as being one of the teachers.
The Simpsons is one of the longest running television series ever. Think about dressing the family as Homor, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie for Halloween. Even the family dog could chip in as Santa’s Little Helper. These costumes could even be made at home.
Homer wears blue pants and a white polo shirt. Marge wears a green strapless dress, red pearl necklace and a blue beehive hairdo. Bart has a red shirt, blue shorts and is often seen on his skateboard. Lisa wears a red strapless dress, white pearls and plays the saxophone. Maggie always has her pacifier and is usually seen in a blue, full body onsie.
A Royal Family
Consider dressing mom and dad as a king and queen for Halloween and the children as little a prince or princess. Another cute idea for a family Halloween costumes would be to dress one of the children or dad as a dragon and another as the brave knight coming to rescue the princess or queen from the dragon.
Blast From the Past
Dress the family in fun costumes from decades past. Think sock hop for the 1950s, hippies for the 1960’s and 1970’s or punk rockers for the 1980’s. All mom and dad would have to do is bring out some of their old clothes from their closets. Check out Halloween costume stores for outfits for these.
Have Fun and be Safe
The whole point in dressing up as a family for Halloween is to have fun and be creative. Make sure that all family members have a say in deciding on a family Halloween costume so that everyone will be happy with the choice. Don’t forget to bring flashlights and have some part of the costume that is reflective so that passing cars can easily see all family members. Test out any face paint on a small part of the face before putting it on the whole face to make sure there is no allergic reaction. Be safe, have fun, and enjoy this fun night together.