What you are for Halloween is what you make of it; but it is even better when the whole family plays dress-up. Read along and perhaps get inspired with the costumes of these featured families, most of which are homemade. Gone are the days where you have to get your costume at Party City. This year, consider making your own costumes, using these examples as inspiration.
Here are some costume themes that can work for any family:
Mix it up
The Ferrin family improvised three different characters that blend together so perfectly. Their baby (lobster) is featured as the “catch of the day”, while momma is the chef, and daddy the fisherman. So, how can you imitate this look? Pick up or make a sailorman’s hat for dad, and combine it with a blue and white striped shirt. Mom’s signature look is a chef hat, while the finishing touches to the baby’s lobster suit are the two eyeballs sticking up from the top of the head (hoodie). Simple, yet creative!
Wizard of Oz
The Stubbs family are bringing the Wizard of Oz to life with the Wicked Witch, Tin Man, and of course-Dorothy. Their costumes are not store bought, they are made. What puts the icing on the cake is Dorothy’s look-the iconic red, sparkly shoes and braided hair with bows. This is one way to make your baby girl the star of your Halloween party. If you are not a family of three, there are still more characters you can dress up as, such as the Scarecrow or the Cowardly Lion. Can you replicate their look?
Super Mario Brothers
The Rands family dived into the most nostalgic game in Nintendo history this Halloween. Dad sported the Mario look, Mom dressed up as his best buddy (Yoshi), and their baby boy is Toad. This family will sure earn stars for their creativity and cuteness. Keep in mind that there are more Super Mario Brothers characters that can be added on if you have a larger family.
Alice in Wonderland
The Wilson family brought out their vibrant colors with Mad Hatter… and company. Dad plays the role of the Mad Hatter himself-scary look, but not enough to spook the kiddos in the neighborhood. (Or will he?) Of course, their baby girl is Alice; and mom is the Queen of Hearts. View the slideshow and look for the Wilson family. Perhaps you can also pull off this look.
The Castillo family went for a simple, yet complimentary superhero theme. Their two little girls wore it best: one with a superman shirt and a red tutu, and the other with a Spiderman suit and a blue tutu-Oh, and let’s not forget the homemade mask. The parents tagged along, representing Captain America and Wonder Woman. What a power house!
The Hansen family brought Neverland home. When you look at their picture, there is no question who Tinkerbell is. She wore her headband, tutu-like dress, and matching slippers with a smile. Mom dressed up as Wendy, and Dad as Peter Pan. Robert Hansen, or should I say, Peter Pan, posted their family picture and captioned it as follows: “Never gonna grow up.”
The Disner family of five definitely knows how to play dress-up. (You cannot skip over this picture, or you will miss out!) Can you guess which character each member of the family is portraying? Disners, you get two thumbs up for not only getting everyone involved, but also getting the perfect picture with everyone playing their part.
As you can see, dressing up does not need to be limited to just children. This Halloween, get the whole family involved! The possibilities are endless, the themes you can go for are numerous, and the memories you’ll capture will last forever. The families featured above pushed the limits of their imagination and creativity, and transformed into the characters they wanted to be. The best part is that their ideas and presentation are affordable and doable. Now, make it a new tradition each October to play dress-up as a family.
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