Ultimate List of 50 Family Costume Ideas

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The invite is on your fridge or in your Facebook account and now there’s a Halloween, church or costume party in your near future. You’re super excited of course, but then there is the stress of what to wear! But have no fear, the perfect costume is out there and it may be closer than you think.  It’s not always easy to pull of couples & family costume ideas but I’m hoping this post gives you some great inspiration!  Here are some suggestions for getting that cute, creative costume that is perfectly you all while not (I hope) breaking the bank.  Plus a mega list of ideas!!!

Family Costume Ideas Inspiration  1- Can you use anything you already own?

Go into your closet thinking “Costume”   Does anything stand out?

Decade costumes are usually easy to do here.  Think…

    • Egyptian
    • Ancient Greek/Roman
    • Medieval/Renaissance
    • Western- Cowboy/Saloon girl/Annie Olkly
    • 20’s- Flapper/Gangster,
    • 50’s- “I love Lucy” ish
    • 70’s- Hippie or Disco days
    • 80’s- Big hair rockers/dancers
    • 90’s- Goth/Grunge

Family Costume Ideas Famous Actors, Artists, Movies Cartoons and Musicians

Some have very distinct styles that can be copied easily.  The links below will show you the costumes for those characters on Amazon!

  • The Jetsons
  • PJ Masks
  • Crayons
  • Minions

  • Moana Movie Characters
  • Suicide Squad
  • Inside Out Characters

  • Pirate Family
  • Charlie Brown Characters
  • Winnie the Pooh Characters
  • Peter Pan Characters
  • Alice in Wonderland

  • Mary Poppins Characters


  • Monsters Inc. Characters
  • Farmers

Family Costume Ideas Inspiration 2- Draw upon your own life; what makes you—YOU???

  • Family/friends- Do a costuming of each other Last year a friend of mine did a costuming of me! She bought a wig, had it styled, dressed similarly, borrowed my favorite jewelry, and of course said all my favorite quotes. It was a big hit. (insert “Kendra” pic)
  • Work– Zombie or dark side your work self.
  • Fun– Have a favorite TV show, movie, hobbies, commercial, or even clothing designer? All can be used to put together that perfect creative costume.
  • Occupation- I’m a housewife and feel very 50’s sometimes in my role, so I created a costume for it. 50’s housewife & husband. We had the clothes and just bought little accessories. (little apron for me, and for him a cigar) cheap!


Another example was the year my husband tried his hand at brewing beer…so it was a natural choice to be a tavern maid & beer guy.

Family Costume Idea Inspiration 3- Literary Characters

This one might be my favorite. SO many to choose from that are super recognizable.  You can make practically anything have a connection if you are trying to couple match or group match.


  • Fairy Tales-ex. Little Red Ridinghood/Big Bad Wolf
  • Nursery Rhymes- ex. Little Miss Muffet and her Spider
  • Shakespeare- This year we are doing characters from  “Macbeth”  Shh! 🙂
  • Children’s Book Characters (See our family pic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
  • Tall Tales- ex. Paul Bounyon and Babe the Blue Ox
  • Greek Myths- See our Mythical family (Ares, Aphrodite, and baby Cupid!)
  • The Wizard of OZ
  • Harry Potter
  • Hunger Games

Family Costume Idea Inspiration 4- Hit up your local Goodwill or local thrift store

  • The older and tackier the better!!!  Walk and around and see what speaks to you.
  • Our Chocolate Factory clothing came from Goodwill as did my golden Greek gown.
  • If you prefer to go the DIY route, check out my post on How to Make Your Own Family Costumes! 
  • Don’t forget you can always find creative ways to use your costumes all year long!  Check out how we reuse our costumes each year.

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