Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I can still remember the first time my mom let me throw a Halloween party. I was in sixth grade and completely clueless that tween girls didn’t really do costumes, let alone “gory” ones. But, there I was, welcoming my bewildered guests with glass sticking out of my face. While that experience was a little traumatizing for thirteen year old me, somehow it only increased my fondness for the holiday. I mean, there is just something so magical about a holiday where you can be anything you want to be. Seriously, if there’s the least bit of creative energy in your body, this is the time of year to harness it and release it on the world! Not only that, but the ways to do Halloween, from costumes to decorating, are endless. Trust me. (And, stay tuned for more Halloween blogs!)
When we had our first son I was little nervous that having kids would inhibit my All Hallows’ Eve innovation. It turns out, though, that kids just give you more inventive options! The only new problem I faced was time and energy. I had ideas, but I needed to figure out a way to do them fast, easy, and as cheap as possible. So, here are some of my family’s favorite effortless Halloween costumes, and some of my favorites from other families.
The Vintage Circus
Last year was our first Trunk-or-Treat experience. And, it was amazing! A little mini-party that only requires you to decorate a space the size of your trunk? Yes, please! I had always wanted to do a vintage circus theme, and this was the perfect opportunity.
The costumes for this theme are so simple! I was a tight rope walker. The set up for this could involve any kind of dress with tights and flats. My head piece and dress both came from Amazon. Add some ballet flats and a parasol and voila’! My husband was a lion tamer. Most of his costume we already had. All we needed were the suspenders and a whip. Our oldest was the strong man. This was my favorite costume! The pants I found at Target and his shirt was just an old tee that I cut the sleeves off of. Finally, our little guy. He was the lion. I topped some khakis and a long sleeve tee with a homemade head band covered with felt strips and two pieces of faux-fur. Easy-peasy!
If you are interested in how I made the curtain valence for the back of the minivan or any of the other props, just shoot me an email! I didn’t do a tutorial at the time, but I assure you, it’s all SUPER easy! I will walk you thru it!
Fun fact: my husband won that popcorn machine on The Price is Right!
The Family that Rocks Out Together . . .
Once I realized that our oldest son was up for just about anything I could dream up, I knew one Halloween he had to be Slash. A toddler in a wig and top hat. Come on! It’s just too awesome not to do. So, for our second borns first Halloween we went straight 80’s hair band.
The boys were Slash and Axel and my husband and I were their super fans. We had so much fun with this costume, and it was a huge hit with our fellow trick-or-treaters.
Other Fun Ideas
There are so many creative, fun, and easy family Halloween ideas. Here are just a few that I love, because of their adorableness and simplicity.
With a house full of boys, Star Wars is a family favorite. And, thanks to its popularity, putting together a family Star Wars costumes is really easy. Not to mention, there are countless possibilities for the characters your family can portray. I just adore how fierce and cool this family looks in their costumes.
Alice in Wonderland
Okay, can we say cuteness overload?! I can’t get over how perfectly this family did their costumes using everyday clothing. And, again, this is a theme with so many characters and possibilities!
Nothing says Halloween quite like The Great Pumpkin. I love that this family got their dog in on the fun too! Really, any of these themes could incorporate a pet!
So, these aren’t family pictures, but I just couldn’t resist adding some more inspiration from my biggest little. He is my favorite Halloween accomplice!
This 70’s themed running costume is my all-time favorite. My husband and I wore similarly inspired outfits for Halloween, which included a thrift store vintage tennis racket for my husband and me in roller skates. But, unfortunately, somehow we ended the night without ever taking a family picture!
A little Risky Business at a My Gym Halloween Party.
Utterly adorable. Right?!
Nacho average toddler. : ) I hope this little dude never loses his sense of Halloween adventure!
We’d love to see your family Halloween costumes! Share your favorite themes in the comments below, and…Happy Halloweening!