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The Best Family Halloween Costumes for 2023 (And How Much They Cost)

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Whether you’re into scary, silly, or downright hilarious family Halloween costumes, we’ve got the best Pinterest-worthy ideas out there. Perfect for small or large families. And there are great DIY Halloween costumes for crafters with enough time for planning, so you don’t have to purchase everything

Some factors to consider when deciding on your family costumes — number of participants, favorite movie or show, and the cheapest route to get it done. Plan early and use what you have first before shelling out your cash.

Speaking of cash, family Halloween costumes are expensive. Whether you have a family of two, four, or more, we’ve got some tips on how to save on these big annual purchases:

Rule #1: Buy on sale

We’ve already seen some Halloween costume sales, including 30% off Target Halloween costumes during Target Circle Week and $5 Walmart Halloween costumes. Follow our Halloween deals page so you’re always dialed in for when the sales are happening.

Rule #2: Use coupons

Look for mailers, sign-up promos, and text alerts from your favorite retailers. Spirit Halloween often sends coupons in email and text for 20% off one item, and we also immediately share any new Spirit Halloween coupons!

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Know where to shop and when

  • If you can, shop the year prior and buy a bigger size (works best for kids).
  • Retailers typically start releasing Halloween items at the end of July and early August (we’ve seen Halloween discounts in August!).

Oh, and make sure you check out our Halloween deals and family tips pages before you head to the store.

1. The Little Mermaid family costumes

images of a family halloween costume of the little mermaid

The Little Mermaid had a major comeback in 2023. With so many characters to choose from, there’s room for Prince Eric ($59.99), baby Flounder ($39.99), and of course, Ariel ($21.99).

 

2. Barbie movie family costumes

images of a family halloween costume of cowboy barbie

As if Barbie needed a comeback, the blockbuster release of the Barbie movie reminded everyone that it hasn’t gone anywhere. Join in the fun with Barbie Halloween costumes: adult Ken costume ($70), adult cowgirl Barbie ($43), and kids Barbie-themed cowgirl costume ($34.99).

 

3. Trolls family costumes

images of a family halloween costume of trolls the movie

Trolls movies are still a family favorite in my house. With a new movie release coming in November 2023, get a jump on the bandwagon with the adult Poppy costume ($43), adult Branch costume ($77), and kids Trolls costume ($14).

 

4. The Super Mario Brothers Movie family costumes

a family halloween costume of mario and lugi

Super Mario Brothers was another hot movie this year. Walmart has adult unisex Super Mario Brothers costume for under $30 each, along with Super Mario Brothers costumes for kids ($19.97).

 

5. The Addams Family costumes

images of a family halloween costume of the addams family

With a name like Addams Family, it makes for an easy Halloween costume idea for families. Head to Amazon for Puglsey Addams, Wednesday Addams ($23), Gomez Addams ($59), and Morticia Addams ($27.99).

 

6. Rock, Paper, Scissors family Halloween costumes

a family in a rock paper scissor costume in front of house door

In my house, the game Rock, Paper, Scissors comes in handy as a quick decision maker and as a free game for kids. Now adult family members can enjoy it as a Halloween costume. For just $36 on Amazon, you’ll get three tunics. This also could be a great one to DIY!

 

7. Vending Machine Snacks Halloween costumes

images of a family halloween costume of a vending machine and snacks

If you’re looking for a new spin on family Halloween costumes, try vending machine snack outfits. For about $65, you’ll get the following tunics: chips, hot crunchy ones, and the vending machine.

 

8. Utensil 3-Pack costumes

images of a family halloween costume of a fork knife and spoon

For more group and/or family Halloween costume ideas, Amazon has a 3-pack utensil costume kit that has one Knife, one Fork and one Spoon. The three, over-the-head-tunics are $80, which breaks down to about $26 each.

 

9. Inflatable Dancers

images of a family halloween costume of inflatable dancers

With nine colors to choose from, you and your family members can become inflatable dancers for Halloween. The inflatable tube man costumes ($39.95) are height adjustable for most adults 5’0″ to 6″4. Included are an integrated blower and a battery pack that lasts 3-5 hours.

 

10. Game Show Contestants costumes

images of a family halloween costume of a game show

For about $30 each, this game show contestant costumes are great for four people. The mix-and-match outfits are inspired by The Price is Right and come with four different podiums with attached microphone, shirt sticker, and a name tag. You’ll need to supply the T-shirt.

 

11. Baby Shark family costumes

images of a family halloween costume of baby shark

If you just can’t get the Baby Shark theme song out of your head, why not make it a fun family costume. Head to Amazon to pick up Daddy Shark ($43), (Mommy Shark ($30), and Baby Shark ($27) costumes in different colors.

 

12. Scooby Doo family Halloween costumes

images of a family halloween costume of scooby do

If you’re an old school Scooby-Doo cartoon lover, your crew will appreciate this family Halloween costume idea. Amazon has three costumes available: Scooby-Doo ($44), Velma ($40), and the Mystery Machine (as a costume with adjustable straps, but costly at $98). Idea: Go to Krispy Kreme dressed in costume on Oct. 31 and get a free Krispy Kreme Halloween Scooby Doo donut.

 

13. Fruit Salad costumes

images of a family halloween costume of fruit

As one of the most interesting options for a group, the fruit salad costumes are actually pretty cool. For about $20 each, you’ll get tunics for a strawberry, pineapple, and watermelon.

 

14. Progressive and State Farm family Halloween costume.

Mother and son dressed as Flo from Progressive and Jake from State Farm costumes

Here’s your chance to become Flo from Progressive and Jake from State Farm without that high premium cost. You could pull off these options even easier if you actually worked for the company. Dress up with an embroidered State Farm shirt with the Progressive white apron to save yourself from the headache of a DIY project. Liberty Mutual’s Doug and Emu is another funny idea. Make it simple with a yellow Oxford shirt, police costume, and emu stuffed animal.

 

15. Minions family Halloween costumes

family dressed in Minions Halloween costumes

Who doesn’t love the Minions? DIY it with denim overalls (or dress), black shoes, and yellow long-sleeved shirts turn this idea into a doable (and affordable) Halloween costume. Finish the outfit with the signature $15 Minions goggles (if it’s not included in the basic costume).

 

16. Paw Patrol family Halloween costumes

kids dressed in Paw Patrol Halloween costumes

Paw Patrol is an easily recognizable TV show, and if you’re a family of five, you could pull off all of the characters. It’s all about the colored bubble vests and floppy ears. Don’t worry, you don’t have to tackle this costume alone. A DIY tutorial here will help. Not interested in DIY? Amazon has plenty of Paw Patrol costumes starting at $30 each.

 

17. S’mores family Halloween costumes

adults dressed as chocolate marshmallow and graham cracker s'mores Halloween costumes

Buying a family s’mores costume would be the quickest solution, but making it yourself isn’t as hard as you think. Use cardboard to make DIY graham crackers (along with a brown permanent marker), some cotton batting, a white shirt for the marshmallow, and pick up a Hershey’s Bar costume on Amazon ($24). Decorate a wagon to look like the campfire and you’ll have one of the best family Halloween costumes on the block.

 

18. Coffee and Donut Halloween costumes

man and woman dressed in coffee and donut Halloween costumes

Coffee and donuts make for a great everyday snack, but it’s also an eye-catching Halloween costume for a partner, BFF, or sibling. We think this coffee and donut costume ($29) also comes in handy if you don’t feel like dressing up.

 

 

19. Trophy shelf family Halloween costumes

man posing with gold bodysuit near crate, gold spray paint, basketball, and jersey

Talk about living your life until it’s golden! Get the entire family in the Halloween spirit by wearing gold outfits and using gold face paint while holding gold trophies. Yes, lots of gold. As a DIY option, use gold spray paint on your clothes and old sports equipment. Cover a milk crate with black trash bags (add DIY signs), and use the gold face paint to cover your exposed skin.

 

20. Glow-in-the-dark skeleton family costumes

family dressed up in skeleton Halloween costumes

How comfy and warm are skeleton jumpsuits on a cold Halloween night? You can easily make this a DIY project by using reflective tape on black outfits. Black hoodies and black sweatpants are super cheap at Walmart. Not only is this a cute costume idea, but you’ll easily be seen during your after-dark trick-or-treating.

 

21. Taco night family Halloween costumes

man and woman dressed in chips and salsa Halloween costumes

Who doesn’t love taco night? Adults can wear the chips and salsa costume ($42), while kids’ Sriracha costumes ($26) complete your “meal.” Moms-to-be can still enjoy the Halloween fun and will appreciate the avocado costume ($44) cutout for their growing belly.

 

22. Willy Wonka family Halloween costumes

men dressed in DIY Mad Hatter and Willy Wonka costumes

You could certainly buy a Willy Wonka costume ($33) or assemble similar items from thrift stores or from your own closet. A green wig and some orange face paint make an Oompa Loompa one of the best Halloween costumes for kids. Amazon has the inflatable Violet Violet Beauregard chub suit. Don’t forget your golden ticket!

 

23. Superhero family Halloween costumes

family dressed in Black Panther Halloween costumes

Choose your favorite superhero, or make up your own. Incredibles costumes ($30 range) are easy to locate and are great for larger families. Other superheroes like Superman, Batman, Black Panther, and Spiderman are great options as well.

TIP: Superhero costumes never go out of style, so consider buying end-of-season clearance at a place like Spirit Halloween. In fact, we have a bunch of tips on how to save cash at Spirit Halloween stores!

 

 

24. Ninja Turtle family Halloween costumes

woman and man dressed in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Halloween costumes

Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes! To make this costume happen as a group, get everyone a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirt ($22), black pants, and a SuperHero eye mask ($9.99).

 

25. Beetlejuice family Halloween costumes

woman and man dressed in Beetlejuice Halloween costumes

You can never go wrong dressing as a classic. Beetlejuice costumes ($35 price range) are plentiful online, so you can pick just a mask or a full outfit to complete the look. And if you get too much candy, then we have all the ways to use Halloween candy leftovers.

 

26. Star Wars family Halloween costumes

family dressed in Star Wars Halloween costumes

Hearing your husband say, “Luke … I am your father,” will never get old, making these super fun family Halloween costumes. Like so many Star Wars costume options, this could be a solely kid-themed idea, or your entire family could dive right in to cover all of the popular characters.

 

27. Ghostbusters family Halloween costumes

family dressed in Ghostbusters Halloween costumes

Is there anything cuter than a baby Slimer? Yes, this is an older movie, but it’s easily recognizable. If you can’t locate an official Ghostbusters costume ($37), a beige coverall will work along with a printout of the Ghostbusters logo.

 

28. Lego family Halloween costumes

family dressed in DIY LEGO Halloween costumes

Legos never go out of style during Halloween. You could buy some Lego movie costumes ($50 and up), or you could easily DIY with some cardboard boxes, spray paint, and plastic cups. Just have fun and let able-bodied kiddos join in to help assemble or paint.

 

 

29. Toy soldier family Halloween costumes

boy dressed in toy soldier Halloween costume

We see toy soldier costumes on Amazon for around $40 – $60, depending on the price. You also could DIY it with green trash bags and green face paint.

 

30. The Smurfs family Halloween costumes

man and woman dressed in Smurfs Halloween costumes

Girls’ and ladies’ Smurfs costumes ($39) come equipped with the iconic white dress, long blue sleeves, hat, and matching tights. For the male characters, the costume includes a blue shirt, red pants, beard, and hat. Designate each family member a Smurf personality (i.e., sleepy, grumpy) and make signs with an applicable face.

 

31. Circus family Halloween costumes

mother and son dressed in clown Halloween costumes

Greatest Showman vibe, anyone? These would win my vote for best family Halloween costume. Other than a few custom items like a wig, kids’ mustache, top hat (or maybe a ringmaster costume ($37)), a barbell, and leotard, your family could really make it your own. Aren’t most families a circus of characters, anyway?

 

32. Family of tacky tourists costumes

woman and man dressed in tacky tourist Halloween costumes

You won’t have to worry about the Hawaiian shirt for this tourist costume ($51) look — it’s included. To customize it, get more mileage out of those Disney hats and T-shirts and add them to your Halloween costume, along with binoculars, funny socks, and drink cups.

 

33. Where the Wild Things Are family Halloween costumes

boy dressed in Where the Wild Things Are Max Halloween costume

The only question is, who gets to be Max? There are some limitations for this family idea given the selection of characters, but it’s a classic story. Bring the characters to life by making your own costumes or snagging an official Where the Wild Things Are costume ($25).

 

34. Shark attack family Halloween costumes

men and dog dressed in shark attack Halloween costumes

This is one of the best family Halloween costumes if you can’t seem to get “Baby Shark” out of your head. It’s even fun for the parents if you fake a shark attack with bloodied gauze. Better yet, Amazon has shark bite T-shirts starting at $15.

 

35. Care Bears family Halloween costumes

family dressed in Care Bears Halloween costumes

There are Care Bears Halloween costumes ($40 – $50, depending on size)., but if you get a few different sweatsuits, just add ears.

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