Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only am I thrilled to create scary Halloween decorations and party foods, I love making my own costumes. In recent years, I’ve tried to stick to a themed costume for my entire family. It’s so much fun to dress everyone in a theme and I’ve found some wonderful DIY Halloween costume ideas to help me along. No matter how many people are in your family, there is a Halloween costume that you can make for each of them that will perfectly match your theme.
I’ve collected 35 wonderfully themed DIY Halloween costumes for families that you can use to really impress your neighborhood. From Disney movie characters to fun costumes like a family of bank robbers or football players, you’re going to find the perfect theme for your family and these are all super easy costumes to make. Some of them can be made on the fly so if you spend too much time with your DIY Halloween decorations, you can still pull these off. You should also check out these 21 adorable DIY Halloween costumes for babies.
Some of these costumes can be customized for your family. If you have several members for instance, you can simply add a costume or two, like a family of M&Ms or even Harry Potter characters. Just add as many as you need. This is also a great opportunity to revisit some favorite childhood movies. Plan a movie night so that your little ones can really get into their costume characters. There are even costumes that will let you add your dog to the fun. And, there are also some great ideas for doggie in these 24 homemade pet Halloween costumes.
If you plan to do a family themed costume this Halloween, there are some wonderful ideas in here for you. You can make these in no time and everyone in the family will adore dressing up together and acting out the characters from your favorite movie, television show or childhood book. I hope these thrill you as much as they have me and I hope you will share which theme your family chose for their DIY Halloween costumes.
1. Family 101 Dalmatians Costumes
Every kid – and most adults – loves 101 Dalmatians. If you’re looking for a great family themed costume idea, this is a great one. The adults dress up like Cruella and her henchman while the little ones are the Dalmatians. You can easily make these costumes from old clothing. Hit up a yard sale or a thrift store to see what you can find and then just add the necessary elements.
2. The Incredibles Family Costume
The Incredibles are a family of five that fight crime. If you happen to have three little ones, you have the perfect beginning for a themed costume. You’ll need some face paint to make your masks and some red clothing that you’ll turn into superhero costumes in a jiffy. These are so easy to put together and your little ones are going to love going as a superhero family for Halloween.
3. Easy DIY Alice In Wonderland Costumes
I love Alice In Wonderland and these family costumes make me love it even more. You can dress up as characters from the favorite children’s tale and it doesn’t matter how many are in your family, there’s room for everyone. The costumes are super easy to do, too and you can get a lot of what you need at thrift stores or cheap costume stores. Just choose who each person is going to be and maybe watch the movie with your family again to get an idea of what each one should wear.
4. Family Of Angry Birds Costumes
Whether you play the game or not, you have to admit that Angry Birds is quite popular. There’s even a kids’ cartoon out now! So, if your family loves Angry Birds, you can create these pretty easy DIY Angry Birds costumes so that you all match for your trick-or-treating or Halloween party. The costumes strap on so they’re perfectly comfortable and the faces are made by just hot gluing felt onto fabric.
5. Bank Robber Family Costumes
I love this family of bank robbers costumes that are perfect if you have a tiny one that you’re taking along on Halloween. The parents dress up as bank robbers and the wee little one is the bag of loot. How adorable is that? These are super easy to make from things that you probably already have at home. Your bank robbers can wear black sweats and the money bag could be made from an old sheet.
6. DIY Family Batman Villains
You can turn your family into Batman’s most infamous villains with clothing that you have on hand or cheap pieces that you can get at a thrift store. For a real fun twist, let someone be Batman and then the rest of the family can dress up like his army of nemesis. If your family loves superheroes, and more specifically Batman, this is the perfect family themed costume.
7. DIY Beetlejuice Costumes
I love Beetlejuice. It’s one of my favorite movies, so this family of Beetlejuice character costume ideas is one of my favorites. You can designate anyone in the family to play Beetlejuice himself and then build your other costumes based on other characters from the movie – and there are a lot of options. The costumes are super easy to make and look so adorable when they’re finished.
8. No Sew Care Bears Family Costumes
Not only are these Care Bears family costumes adorable, there is no sewing involved in making them. These are great if you’re pressed for time. You can throw them together in no time and have a great theme going on with your family. The costumes themselves are made of sweats in various colors and you add the Care Bears embellishments with felt and hot glue.
9. Family Of Cavemen Costumes
These cavemen costumes are super easy to make and they’re really cute. You’ll need faux fur fabric, which you can pick up at most craft stores or you can check your local thrift store. You basically just craft the costumes from the faux fur and then add sweats, leggings or other clothing underneath to keep you warm – just in case it’s cold on Halloween. Let the kids get dirty before you dress them. It will just add to the caveman authenticity!
10. DIY Repurposed Corn On The Cob Family Costumes
Not only is this costume idea a DIY project, it’s an upcycle and repurpose project, too, which makes it even better. The “corn” is made from bubble wrap that’s been painted yellow. The “leaves” are made from felt and the rest of the costumes are just repurposed clothing. This is such a fun and creative idea and sure to turn a few heads at your community trick-or-treat event.
11. DIY Despicable Me Costumes
These little minions costumes are super easy to make and may not cost you anything if you have some overalls and yellow sweatshirts on hand. You can make an entire little family of minions and have Dad play Felonius Gru. It helps if he’s bald but you can work around that if he’s not. Or, you could just have an entire family of little minions.
12. Family Of Bees Costumes
I love this family of bees costume, especially for expectant mothers. The mom’s costume includes a little bee’s hive that houses here soon to be baby. How adorable is that? The other family members are dressed as busy little bees and there is even a beekeeper. This is a great DIY costume idea if you want something relatively simple and not at all time consuming.
13. DIY Fast Food And Condiment Costumes
How cute is this costume that has mom and dad as condiments and babies as fast food? These could easily be replicated with just about any fabric. You can cut the embellishments out of felt and glue them on and the costumes themselves could be made from sheets or other fabric. You could do this with just two or three family members or as many as you want – just keep adding food or condiments.
14. DIY Flintstones Family Costumes
I love these Flintstones costumes. You can make these really cheap, too. You just need the fabric and then just cut it out to make the shapes of Wilma’s dress and Fred’s suit. You can also add Pebbles and Bam Bam or one or the other. If you have a dog that you want to dress up too, make him Dino! How cute is your family going to be dressed up as America’s favorite caveman family?
15. Family Of Football Players Costumes
If your family is really in to football, these football player costumes are the perfect Halloween costume choice. You can make one a football – this works really well if you have an infant. Mom and little girls could be cheerleaders and Dad could even dress up like a coach. The pads and actual costumes are really easy to DIY and you can find loads of football themed clothing at your local Goodwill or other thrift store.
16. Cheap DIY Ghostbusters Costumes
Ghostbusters are a great choice for themed Halloween costumes and these particular ones are really cheap to make. If you have a little one, you can dress him or her up as a ghost. Mom and Dad can wear Ghostbuster outfits that you can make for less than $10 each. You could also dress a little one in green and let them go as Slimer. The possibilities with this one are endless and none of them are going to cost much to make.
17. Homemade Krispy Kreme Donut Family
I love Krispy Kreme donuts and I love this family themed costume idea almost as much as those luscious chocolate covered cream filled goodies. The adult costumes are a cinch with just an apron and a Krispy Kreme hat. The little ones are actual donuts or if you’re really craft, you could make one of them a tall latte. Even the dog can get in on the homemade fun with this family donut costume idea.
18. DIY Little Red Riding Hood Costumes
Whether you’ve got two or three little ones, or just one, you can go as the story characters from Little Red Riding Hood. There’s the wolf of course, and then Red herself and the granny. If you run out of characters, you can always improvise. Maybe go as the book or take a few characters from Hoodwinked – it’s a movie that revolves around Little Red Riding Hood. These costumes are easy to sew and so cheap to make!
19. Mario Kart Family Fun Costumes
Not only do these Mario Kart costumes look fun and easy to make, they help to keep the little ones from getting too tired during trick-or-treating because they get to ride instead of walking. Mom and Dad dress up as players in the game and the two little ones are Mario and his brother Luigi, who are in their karts and ready for the game. This is the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen and such an easy costume theme to make.
20. Easy DIY 1920’s Family Costume
Flapper costumes are so very easy to make. You basically just need a nice dress that resembles that great 20’s style and some long beads and a headband. For men, the costumes are even easier. Just a suit with a hat and maybe an old fashioned mustache and you’re all done. This 1920’s themed family costume is so easy and inexpensive to make and your kids are going to have a blast dressing like flappers!
21. 50’s Sock Hop Costumes
Everyone loved the 50’s and that era leaves the perfect opportunity for a family themed costume idea. Just dress like you’re all headed to the sock hop! For guys, leather or denim jackets with jeans, white t-shirts and slicked back hair works perfectly. For girls, poodle skirts – which are a cinch to make – ponytails, saddle shoes and a light sweater gets the look down pat.
22. Homemade Gilligan’s Island Family Costumes
You don’t have to be shipwrecked on a desert island to look like you are. These Gilligan’s Island themed costumes are really easy to make and they’re so much fun. These are perfect for larger families. There are after all, seven original castaways so you have plenty of characters for everyone. You won’t even have to sew these costumes. Just find clothing that matches the show and you’re all set.
23. DIY Harry Potter Costumes
You can use these Harry Potter costume ideas for even the largest of groups or families. These are all really easy to make so all you have to do is choose your characters. Harry Potter and his friends are easy costumes to make and you can even add the Death Eater and Hedwig the owl if you want. This one offers many possibilities and a costume for everyone in the family.
24. Homemade Rocker Family Costumes
Imagine your family going to Halloween as KISS, the greatest rockers of all time! These costumes are super easy to make and this is the perfect themed costume idea for families of four. The biggest thing is the makeup so you’ll want to practice getting that famous KISS makeup down pat. Other than that, these are a cinch to put together and are sure to grab you some attention when your family sports them for Halloween.
25. Simple DIY Ninja Turtle Family Costumes
These Ninja Turtle costumes may just be the easiest thing ever. You just have to dress everyone in green shirts and black pants and add a “shell” that you make by spray painting green paint onto an aluminum roasting pan. Add your colored masks and you’re all set. Just grab a sword or two – plastic of course – and maybe a slice of pizza because we know how much those Ninja Turtles love their pizza.
26. DIY Family Of Sock Monkeys
These little sock monkeys – or big sock monkeys for adults – are just too adorable and they’re really easy to make. Everyone loves sock monkeys and you can do these in various different colors so that they’re not just alike. They can be made in any size so they’re perfect for your family no matter how old (or young) your little ones are. Just buy clothing in the sizes that you need and follow the instructions for decorating each one.
27. M&Ms Family Costumes
These felt M&Ms are really quick and easy to put together and they make the perfect family themed Halloween costume idea. Just create M&Ms in the colors that you need – one for each little member of your family. For Mom and Dad, maybe make the candy bag with black felt and lettering. You could also go as a bowl if you really wanted to be creative. Overall, this is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to dress your whole family together for Halloween.
28. Homemade PacMan Family Costumes
This homemade PacMan family costume idea includes PacMan, Mrs. PacMan, and a few ghosts so it’s great for larger families. The ghosts are made from oversized t-shirts cut at the bottom to give them a flowing look and with eyes glued on. The PacMan costumes are made from cardboard boxes, so this is also an upcycle project. Overall, the look is adorable and you can bet that you won’t see multiple other children wearing the same costume.
29. DIY Peter Pan And The Lost Boys Costumes
Peter Pan and the Lost Boys are a great choice for a family themed costume. Not only do you have plenty of room for all of your boys (or girls) to be Lost Boys, you can add Tinkerbelle and even Wendy, John, and Michael. The costumes themselves are super easy to make and can be done with things that you have on hand or cheap pieces that you can pick up at a thrift store.
30. Fun Phineas And Ferb Family Costumes
If your kids love Phineas and Ferb from the Disney Channel, this themed costume idea is perfect. You have plenty of characters to choose from and there are even options for Mom, Dad and older siblings if needed. You can even make Perry the Platypus for one of the kids, or the dog if he or she wants to be included in the costume fun.
31. DIY S’mores Family Costume
These S’mores may just be the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. You and your entire family can make this favorite outdoor treat – only in costume form. The graham crackers are just cardboard with holes cut into them. You can tie two of them together sandwich board style and just slip them over your clothing. The Hershey bar is a bit more complicated but not terribly difficult and the marshmallow is just two white pillows tied together. These are so easy and so adorable!
32. DIY Star Wars Family Costumes
We do a lot of Star Wars here in my house, which makes me really adore these DIY family Star Wars costumes. No matter which character is your favorite, there’s a DIY costume for it! Your kids can choose from any number of characters from any of the movies and you could even do a Star Wars theme for each movie sequel and prequel – just change up your costumes every year to match the new movie.
33. Cute Where’s Waldo Family Costumes
These Where’s Waldo costumes are super easy. You just need red and white striped sweats – which you could totally make from white sweats and red paint – and a red hat and scarf, which you make yourself. Since you use sweats for the actual costume, you can make these in any size that you need, so the entire family can be a collection of different Waldos.
34. DIY Wizard Of Oz Costumes
Okay, so the Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies. My daughter dressed like Dorothy for Halloween several years ago but it never dawned on me for the entire family to join her. This family themed costume is super easy to put together and there’s a roll for everyone in the family. You need Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Lion. Now, if you have more than four people in your family, you could also make munchkins, witches and any number of other characters to keep everyone in the same theme.
35. Family Sushi Roll Costume
I love sushi and I really adore this sushi roll costume idea. If you’ve ever eaten sushi, you know that you have to have more than one flavor at a time, right? That’s where this makes the perfect family costume. You can create as many little sushis as you need for every member of the family and the costumes themselves are not at all difficult to make. Or have Mom and Dad dress as chefs or soy sauce.