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The best Halloween costumes for a family of 5

Wow the neighborhood with these family costumes

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There is never any reason to be sad about the end of summer because the fall season comes with its own set of excitement. There’s pumpkin picking, mums, fall festivals, hayrides, and of course, Halloween. Kids absolutely love Halloween which has something to do with all the candy from trick or treating, but a lot of the thrill comes from dressing up. Halloween isn’t just for the kiddos either. Adults adore donning costumes too.

Thanks to social media, and well, just plain fun, coordinating the family’s Halloween costumes has become a big thing in recent years. Parents don’t just walk around the neighborhood supervising the kids. They wear costumes that complement what the kids are wearing. Now, don’t worry if you’re not the best at coming up with a super cool theme for this year’s Halloween costumes for your family of five. We’ve got family of five Halloween costumes that scare, are adorable, creative, and funny. So, if you’re looking for inspiration for October 31st, you don’t need the Sanderson Sisters to cast a spell over the neighborhood.

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Family of five Halloween costumes

Whether you want to give people a fright, go traditional, cute, or save tall buildings in a single bound, there are a lot of fun family of five Halloween costume ideas. You don’t have to be super creative to come up with amazing ideas, either, because our caldron is bubbling over with themes.

Hocus Pocus

This 90s film about three Salem witches who are unwittingly brought back to life by a teenager new to Halloween hubbub in the historic Massachusetts town is a cult classic. It may not have been a box office smash when it hit theaters, but the movie has grown with audiences over the years. Now, it’s a mainstay of the Halloween season. Dressing up as the Sanderson sisters is a popular Halloween costume, but the movie can also be a great theme for a family of five. Max and Dani Dennison are a perfect fit for the kids in the house. Dads may enjoy dressing up as zombie Billy Butcherson and how about Thaxery Binx as a kitty or his teenage alter ego?

Nature

Nature-inspired Halloween costumes can be cute, creepy, or crazy. The options are limited only to your imagination, but in case you need a little inspiration, here are some nature-inspired costume ideas for your family of five:

  • Become a family of your favorite animals, like deer, sheep, goats, or bears.
  • Keep it aquatic with ocean costumes like fish, coral, scuba diver, surfer, or sea mammals.
  • Channel the weather with outfits like sunshine, clouds, lightning, rain, or tornadoes.
  • Make it safari-themed and dress up as your favorite safari animals like zebras, giraffes, and tigers.

Superheroes

Favorite superheroes or arch villains have always been popular Halloween costumes. Now, that Marvel and DC movies have become box-office blockbusters, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and of course Spiderman are walking the streets every October 31st along with the Joker and more. A superhero theme is an easy one to do for a family of five because there are quite a few to choose from including Wonder Woman, Black Widow, Loki, and Pepper Pots.

Movie characters

Running along the movie theme is any film your family loves. If there’s a movie that really grabs your family, think about how to turn it into a Halloween costume theme. If you need inspiration, try these on for size.

  • Scooby-Doo – Characters include Velma, Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, Daphney, and Fred.
  • Toy Story – Characters to choose from include Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Aliens, Little Bo-Peep, Rex, Slinky Dog, and Hamm.
  • The Wizard of Oz – Characters to choose from include Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Toto, and the Wicked Witch of the West.The

Celebrities or reality TV stars

If you have a favorite celebrity or reality TV show that you absolutely love, this can be the perfect opportunity to show your support. To ensure this costume is as successful as possible, it can be helpful to choose a celebrity or group of celebrities who have distinct characteristics for easy identification. Explaining your family of five Halloween costume theme always brings down the holiday. If you’re in the hunt for a celeb or reality TV theme, think:

  • The Kardashians – Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie, and Kendall
  • The Spice Girls – Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Baby Spice, Ginger Spice, and Posh Spice
  • NSYNC – Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass, and J.C. Chasez
  • The Backstreet Boys – Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean, and Howie Dorough
  • The Royal Family – Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, Kate, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte

For families that are huge Taylor Swift fans, get out those friendship bracelets and a bunch of sparkle and go as Swifties.

Monsters

Since this is Halloween, after all, why not turn your cute family into a group of horrifying monsters? This idea is customizable to your own family of five, allowing you to find the perfect outfit for each member. You can either make your whole family the same monster or mix up different monsters to create a truly terrifying group. Some monsters to keep in mind include:

  • Witches
  • Skeletons
  • Zombies
  • Mummies
  • Dragons
  • Ghosts or spirits
  • Werewolves
  • Frankensteins
  • Vampires

Dress up as a play on words

If your family loves a good wordplay puzzle, then this costume idea is perfect. The key to this creative Halloween costume theme is finding a phrase, name, or sentence that can be replicated with five costumes. How about these fun themes?

  • Shark Week – Each family member can dress up in a shark costume. Each costume is labeled Monday through Friday to create a costume wordplay on the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week bonanza.
  • Domino’s Pizza – Have four out of the five family members dress up as dominoes. The final family member can dress up as a slice of pizza to represent the beloved food chain the kiddos love.

Become a family of foodies

You can never go wrong with food-inspired Halloween costumes. There are many delightful family of five Halloween costume ideas that are simply delish.

  • Favorite candy
  • Candy canes
  • Thanksgiving dinner sides
  • Desserts
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • M&Ms
  • Cookies and milk
  • S’mores
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More family of five Halloween costume ideas

Not inspired by these thrilling Halloween costume themes for your family of five. Don’t fret. We’ve got some more spooky and cooky ideas to make this Halloween one to remember. Try these wicked Halloween costume themes on to see if one fits.

  • Star Wars
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • The Incredibles
  • The Simpsons
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Disney princesses and princes
  • Ghostbusters
  • Willy Wonka
  • The Flintstones
  • The Adams Family
  • Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Fence
  • Peanuts gang
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Mice
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Family fun

Putting together a family of five Halloween costume theme is a wonderful way to bond with the kiddos while having a blast. These ideas will make you the center of attention at any Halloween party, parade, or along the trick-or-treat route. They are an adorable, creative, and perfect pick for spending quality time together as family and enjoying Halloween. The great thing about all Halloween costumes is the ability to make them yourself. You don’t need to be a master seamstress to create some stunning outfits. It can be as simple as finding the right clothing, accessories, and props to create the perfect family of five Halloween costume theme.

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