Ideas for Family Halloween Costumes
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Ideas for Family Halloween Costumes

Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Will your entire family be dressing in costume this Halloween? Here are some cute, frugal ideas for family Halloween costumes.Halloween isn’t just for kids. It’s also for families to enjoy together! It is no longer unusual for families to all dress in costume for trick-or-treating. Instead of choosing random costumes, it might be more fun to coordinate them so the whole family has costumes that go together. Here are a few ideas for family Halloween costumes.

Figuring out what to dress up as for Halloween can be difficult. Things get more complex if you are trying to do an entire set of family costumes. It doesn’t have to be hard, though. It also doesn’t have to involve purchasing brand new costumes from the store. Use some creativity and a little imagination, and you could end up with awesome family costumes for Halloween!

3 Family Halloween Costume Ideas

Farmers and Animals
Babble has photos of 25 family Halloween costumes. Number 19 is called “Family Farm”. This one doesn’t require the adults to actually purchase costumes. Parents will dress as farmers by wearing jeans or bibbed overalls, flannel shirts, straw hats, and boots.

The children will dress up as a farm animal (pigs, cows, chickens). For the kids costumes, you could start with a headband or hat that has animal ears on it. Dress the child in clothing that matches the animal. Pigs could be pink, cows could be brown or white with black spots. Or, you could buy a brand new animal costume from a store.

Does your family like to eat M&M’s? You can easily put together some family costumes of those colorful candies. First, assign everyone in your family an M&M color: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, or Brown.

Next, find a shirt and pants that are in the assigned color. Grab some paper and a letter m stencil and create one letter m for each family member. Tape the letter m onto everyone’s shirt. Together, you are now a package of M&Ms!

You might not think so at first, but zombie costumes can be really easy to make. First, gather up some old clothing. Make the old clothes look like they have been worn by the undead by getting them dirty and adding rips and tears.

Use a little Halloween makeup on every family member’s face to give them darkly shaded eyes. Older kids might enjoy using the latex makeup pieces that look like wounds or scars. Red paint can be used to make fake blood on the old clothing. For further inspiration, visit Flickr and type “zombie walk”. Warning: some of the photos it brings up may be too scary for young children.

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