October 5, 2022
Halloween is not just a kid’s holiday. Adults never forget spending months planning their costumes then going from house to house to collect their candy. Maybe that is why family costumes for All Hallows’ Eve are booming. You can dress the whole family up in a theme and have an epic Halloween this year.
With inflation on the rise, DIY costumes can save you money, too. Save even more with supplies from Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley. Consider some recommendations for top family costume ideas everyone will love.
Probably one of the easiest costumes to doo, doo, doo, especially for a family with a toddler or two, is Baby Shark. The video that has toddlers doing the Baby Shark dance across living rooms is still going strong this Halloween, and it is the perfect choice for families.
All you need to do is get gray hoodies for each family member. Be sure to check Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley before buying new ones. You will also need some red fabric or felt, white felt, and some iron-on letters.
Sew or glue the red fabric inside the hoods of the hoodies. Cut the white felt into triangles to look like shark teeth, then glue or sew them around the hood. Now all you need do is decorate the front of the hoodies to match the video. So maybe you cover them with Doo, Doo, Doo. You could also have a daddy, mommy, sister, brother, and baby shark.
The DIY baby shark costumes are a practical choice if you are going trick-or-treating or to a haunted outdoor party. The hoodies will keep you warm in the fall weather, and you can wear comfortable clothes underneath them. The whole family can enjoy doing the Baby Shark dance together.
Peter Pan themes make great group costumes for a family of four or more. Choose one person to be Peter Pan, and then the rest of the family can dress up as characters from this classic tale. Families with a baby can have a tiny Tinkerbell, for example, and the rest of the bunch can be lost boys.
Families of four might have the parents be Peter and his shadow, with the kids being Captain Hook and Wendy. Whatever characters you choose, finding costumes shouldn’t be difficult. The Lost Boys will need pirate-like accessories and distressed clothes. You can use any ballerina or princess costume for Tinkerbell. Look through the clothes at Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley to see what you can find that will make your personal Neverland a hit this Halloween.
Toy Story is a movie kids of all ages love and a fun choice for a family Halloween theme because there are so many characters. Start by having everyone pick their character from one of the Toy Story movies. For instance, Toy Story 4 featured Bo Peep.
Once you have the character, you can build a DIY Toy Story costume around it. Shop for western clothes and play Sheriff Woody or Jess. You’ll want an astronaut costume for Buzz Lightyear. Pick up some leg warmers if you want to be Toy Story Barbie. There is a character right for everyone when you choose Toy Story as your theme.
You can choose your favorite Disney movie and let everyone in the family pick a character. If you can’t decide on just one movie, stick with an overall Disney theme. For example, you can have a Mickey and Minnie trick-or-treating with the Little Mermaid or Goofy.
There is so much to pick from with Disney. You might even find some ready-made Disney costumes at Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley, so you don’t have to worry about piecing one together.
Turn Halloween into an educational experience by learning a little about history. The Roaring Twenties was full of bright costumes, feathers, and fun things kids love. You can buy ready-made costumes and accessorize them with costume jewelry from Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley.
If you are a DIY kind of family, piece together your outfit with some fringe and feathers. Then, add some jazzy makeup.
You can choose any decade to celebrate. Pick a new one each year. If you did the Roaring 20s one year, do the 1930s the next. Work a little family history in as you are putting together your costumes. Use old family photos as guides to see what the clothing looked like in that decade.
Probably some of the most inventive costume themes for this Halloween take just some white clothing, white poster board, and electrical tape. First, design some faces for your stick figures on white poster board. You can draw them with black markers or use tape to make the features. If you are good with computers, use a program like Photoshop or Illustrator to create the faces, then print them out at a local print shop on poster board.
Next, dress everyone in white. It could be white hoodies and leggings or sweatpants. Use the tape to make the stick figure’s body. You can make stick figure characters like football players, ninjas, or doctors. Get creative and have some fun with it as a family.
It’s one of your favorite places to go as a family, so why not make it your Halloween theme, too? For large groups like a family of 5, the parents can be the zookeepers and the kids can be the animals. If your family is smaller, you can do it the other way around and put the kids in charge.
You can work together to pick your favorite zoo animals and learn more about them. What do they look like? What is unique about each one? Then, use that information to piece together a fun costume. Look through the clothing in all sizes at Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley to see if any animal prints will fit nicely into your ensemble. You might also be able to find a gently used costume of your favorite animal. Use Halloween face paints to finish your outfit, and then take the zoo on tour through your neighborhood as you trick or treat.
Whatever theme you choose for your family Halloween costumes this year, look for gently used clothes, ready-made costumes, and accessories at Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley. We have new merchandise come in regularly, so if you don’t find it the first time, check back. You can shop in person at one of our many stores or online.