Sunday, September 4, 2011

Family Halloween Group Costume Ideas

Halloween is one of the most fun and exciting times of the year for most children. There's no need for parents to miss out on the joy that comes with planning the perfect Halloween costume and getting all dressed up. In fact, a themed group costume that you can each play a roll in is a great activity for the whole family.

Themed Costume Ideas:

Dress everyone in black and be the Addams Family. Bald babies or little boys with crew cuts make adorable Uncle Fester's! Fill a rubber glove with air, water, sand or rice. Tie it shut and then stick it in the slit of a tissue box to be Thing.

Be a family of performers! Mom, dad and kids can all dress as a musician from their favorite type of music. Dad may dress as an 80's head banger, while mom grabs a flowing skirt and guitar for a folk rock look. Kids may dress as pop stars or hip hop artists.

Go as a picnic! Decorate the baby's stroller as a basket and add a red and white plaid "blanket" to represent the tablecloth. Family members can dress as hot dogs, ketchup, mustard, corn on the cob and watermelon. Dress the baby or your pooch as an ant.

Another costume theme involving dogs, is "The Wizard of Oz". Your dog (or a stuffed stand in) can be Toto. Other family members can be Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and the witch. Small children or babies can be Munchkins. If you don't have enough family members for all the roles, chose your favorite characters.

Where to Buy Your Costumes:

Most department stores carry Halloween costumes for both adults and children, but the selection is often limited, particularly in adult sizes. Finding coordinating costumes at your average big box type store will be a challenge. Stores that specialize in Halloween costumes usually begin popping up in September. These stores frequently lease space in empty storefronts for the Halloween season. You will have better luck finding theme costumes for your family at one of these specialty costume stores, but they are often very expensive.

You will probably find the most variety and best value on Halloween costumes by searching online. There are many discount costume shops to chose from online. You can even try Ebay to see if you can score gently used costumes for a great deal. Many websites offer coupon codes, discounts and free shipping. A simple web search using a term such as "Halloween costume coupon codes" will provide you with some options. Websites like will notify you of deals and may even provide you with cash back on your purchases.

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