Group and Family Halloween Costumes

Make Halloween a family affair with incredible costumes that are fit for a crowd.

  • Ronnie Andren

    Halloween Heroes

    With these outfits, your family will gain the power to collect a ridiculous amount of candy in a single night. No-sew capes team up with felt-and-duct-tape masks, belts, and badges personalized with the initial of your family's last name.

  • Ronnie Andren

    Garden Duo

    Your child is the fruit (and flower) of your labors. Play up your role in her cultivation with this cute pair of costumes. The felt seed packet uses store-bought letters, and the flower's petals are stapled to a simple headband. Other family members can dress up as farmers (in overalls and straw hats) or more flowers.

  • Ronnie Andren

    Skeleton Soiree

    Your undead brood is invited to a party that's going to rock the graveyard, so you'd better dress the part. Cutting out the bones is made easy by first laying strips of duct tape on a parchment paper backing. Accessorize with formal-yet-funky touches, such as a choker, top hat, tutu, and vest.

  • Ronnie Andren

    Race Car Team

    A parental pit crew supports a speedy young upstart who's on track to blow away the competition. The crew is outfitted in disposable coveralls from the hardware store, detailed with duct tape. The trophy and wrench get their shiny silver coat from aluminum foil. You can customize the car to fit over a variety of chassis (wheelchair, stroller) or even be worn by a driver who's on foot.

  • Jim Franco

    Classic B.L.T.

    Ingredients for a sweet sandwich -- Mom, Dad, and three adorably edible kids!

    For each piece: Cut a 20-x-30-inch piece of foam core to resemble toast. Make belt with face-to-face duct tape. Attach adhesive-backed Velcro to each end; use as closure. Tape belt to foam core at waist level. Cut light brown felt into toast shape (about 25-x-35 inches), and hot-glue a 1-1/2-inch-wide dark brown felt border. Attach to foam core with duct tape.

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    Bacon Strips

    Cut two 6-x-40-inch wavy strips of off-white felt and four 2-x-36-inch wavy strips of red felt. Arrange red strips on off-white felt. Place chenille stems in between layers; adhere using iron-on fusible bonding. Bend bacon in several places to give curled look. Attach to sweatsuit with adhesive-backed Velcro.

  • Jim Franco


    Poncho: Cut one 26-inch and one 20-inch square from dark green organza and cut a 23-inch and a 17-inch square from light green organza. Trim wavy edges around each square. Stack and center the pieces, largest at bottom, and cut a wavy slit from one corner to center. Cut a round neck hole, 4 inches wide. Cut a 4-foot piece of thin ribbon and sew through all layers around neck hole, for tying.

    Headpiece: Trim light green organza with rickrack and hot-glue to a headband.

    Shoe clips: Cut two 4-inch circles of dark green organza and two 3-inch circles of light green organza. Stack small circle on top of large, gather across diameter and tie with green ribbon. Hot-glue to shoe clips or clip-on earrings.

  • Jim Franco


    Body: Use hand towels or batting to pad the outside of two large plastic colanders. Cover in red stretchy fabric and hot-glue to inside edge. Poke two holes through the fabric on opposite sides and two additional holes at top, about 7 inches apart. Cut four 12-inch pieces of red ribbon and thread through holes of one colander to corresponding holes of the other; tie to secure over shoulders and at sides.

    Collar: On green felt, draw an 8-point star, 18 inches from point to point, and a 6-inch hole in the center for head. Cut out and repeat. Place chenille stems, from neckline to tip, on each "leaf" of one layer and hot-glue other layer on top. Cut to center between two points, as shown, and attach green ribbon to each side; tie to close.

    Hat: Cut three small leaves from green felt and hot-glue to top of hat.

  • Jim Franco

    Flower Fairies

    Floral headbands, wings, and tutus help a trio of pixies take flight.

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    Ahoy, Matey!

    A pirate is nothing without his colorful parrot sidekick.

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    Poncho: Cut a 20-inch square of red felt. Cut a 5-inch slit in the middle of each side and a hole in the center for head, about 6 inches in diameter.

    Wings/feathers: Cut seven strips of colored felt, 4 inches wide, of varying lengths; cut each into a zigzag shape, as shown. Starting at corner, hot-glue overlapping rows of "feathers" and trim to fit. Repeat for opposite corner.

    Tail: Cut a 12-inch equilateral triangle from red felt and seven more strips of "feathers" from colored felt. Then, with one tip of triangle pointing toward you, hot-glue overlapping zigzag felt strips and trim to fit. Hot-glue red ribbon along top of triangle for belt.

    Hat/beak: Cut a triangle from orange felt and hot-glue to front of hat.

  • Jim Franco

    Come and Get 'Em!

    Your stroller becomes an all-American snack cart, complete with the cutest hot dog on the block.

  • Jim Franco

    Hot Dog

    Braid red yarn into a thick strand about 18 inches long, and knot at the ends. Repeat with yellow yarn. Sew or hot-glue braids to orange sleep sack, as shown.

  • Jim Franco

    Band Together

    The neighborhood boys rock out in gelled-up hair and hip shades.

  • Jim Franco

    Family Farm

    The farmer and his wife show off their favorite barnyard animals.

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    Ears: Cut two outer-ear shapes from dark pink felt. Cut two slightly smaller inner-ear shapes from light pink sticky-back felt and attach. Cinch ears at base and hot-glue to hat.

    Tail: Cut two 6-inch circles from light pink sticky-back felt. Arrange chenille stems in a spiral on sticky side of one circle. Stick other circle on top and cut in between chenille stems into spiral shape. Pull spiral from center to create tail and hot-glue to back of pants.

  • Jim Franco


    Body: Cut spot shapes from black sticky-back felt and attach randomly to white sweatsuit. Ears: Cut two outer-ear shapes from black felt. Cut two inner-ear shapes from light pink sticky-back felt and attach. Cinch ears at base and hot-glue to hood.

    Horns: From beige felt, cut two horn shapes of the same size. Place one on top of the other and glue the edges of two sides. Stuff with batting or cotton balls. Glue the remaining side closed and hot-glue to hood. Repeat.

    Tail: Cut a 4-x-4-inch square of black felt and cut fringes on one side. Hot-glue opposite side around one end of a 38mm white chenille stem ( Attach top of tail to back of sweatpants with hot-glue gun.

    Originally published in the October 2008 issue of Parents magazine.