If your family is like ours, Halloween isn’t just for the youngsters. We begin discussing our group costume months in advance, change our minds ten times, discuss some more, and settle on something amazing. Let me tell you about the last few years.
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Our First Halloween
To be honest, our first Halloween wasn’t much of anything. Hubs had returned from Afghanistan the day before, we went on our first date, and had plans to attend a zombie party. We ended up falling asleep.
Since then, it’s sort of become our mission to go all out on Halloween. Perhaps because our first one was so lackluster.
Frankenstein & Bride of Frankenstein
By Year Two, we were married and due with #1. Hubs was still in the Army and we hosted a Halloween party for his buddies. Being newlyweds, we opted for the traditional Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein and only spent $14.50.
Hubs was decked out in a Goodwill suit and sweater we picked up for about $10. I used a wire hanger, wide-mouth juice bottles, and thick craft foam to make his bolts. That set-up was about $2.
So, Frankenstein for a total of $12.
Bride of Frankenstein
I wore a long sleeve white shirt and black leggings. The dress part was a twin-size flat sheet. I cut a hole for my head and pleated the edges. I tore some strips off the sheet to make wraps for my arms. My costume didn’t cost a thing because we already had the necessary items. But, if you need to buy a sheet, they’re only $5 at Walmart.
Now, my hair was awesome! I cut off the bottom of a 2-liter bottle, put a knee high stocking over it and placed it on the crown of my head. Then I pulled my hair up over it and fastened it with a hair tie, using a lot of hairspray to keep it in place. I made a stencil out of cardboard, held it to my hair and used white hair spray to make the design.
All in all, my costume cost me about $1.50. You might as well say $2.50 if you want to count the makeup into the equation.
The Addams Family
By year three we had #1, so obviously we needed something pretty epic for his first Halloween. We opted for The Addams Family. How could we not? Plus, all three costumes only cost us $16.
Hubs donned his Goodwill suit again, this time with a pin striped button down and bow tie, also purchased from Goodwill. We sprayed his hair black, too. And his costume cost us about $5.
I wore a long sleeve black shirt and leggings, topping it with an old black dress I had and some black lace that was in my craft stash. Walmart held the needed purchases of a black wig and bright red lipstick. I also painted my nails red.
Tip: If you’re trying to make your face look pale and ghostly, don’t just apply the white makeup you can purchase in a tube at Halloween time. Instead, mix the white makeup with a little bit of your regular cream foundation. You’ll get more of a natural look and it will spread 1,000 times easier!
Morticia cost about $6.
#1 wore a long sleeve gray shirt and gray pants. I used black puffy paint to put a little spider on his shirt. He even had a little mustache drawn on with eyeliner. His costume cost us about $5, too.
By now, #1 was getting a little more opinionated about his costume, so we opted to design our group costume around whatever he chose. This trend will probably continue for several years.
This particular year, #1 wanted to be a dinosaur. So, naturally we turned our group costume theme into Jurassic Park. And, at our most expensive group costume to date, we spent $42.
Dr. Alan Grant
Dr. Grant only took a few additions to an every day outfit Hubs could pair together. We threw in a bandana, hat and sunglasses. We did have to purchase the hat, and it cost about $10 at a costume shop.
Dr. Ellie Sattler
For my costume, I used a pair of work shorts and a blue t-shirt I already had, paired with a pink blouse from Goodwill. I also bought a pair of hiking boots from Goodwill. And a blonde wig from the Halloween section at Walmart. The total cost was $12.
This high-quality, padded dinosaur costume was not one that I could make, so we ended up spending $20 on it at TJ Maxx. You’ve got to check out their Halloween costume selection! Anywhere else and this costume would have easily cost us twice that.
The following year, #1 was adamant that we be Toy Story characters. So, I set to work, because I wasn’t about to pay for store-bought costumes. Especially when Bo Peep came in at several hundred dollars. We ended up spending $45 on this group costume.
Hubs’ costume was again comprised of pieces of clothing he already owned: jeans and brown shoes, paired with a Goodwill purchase of that mustard yellow shirt for $3. We also bought an accessory set that came with the hat, vest, and a badge for $10.
I used craft foam to make those buttons, a belt buckle, and holster. I used a wooden dowel to make a large matchstick to go in his holster, and a pipe cleaner to make his pull string. All together, his costume cost about $17.
The base was from my old Bride of Frankenstein costume and I turned it into a skirt, complete with pink felt polka dots. I wore a long sleeve white top and used felt to make a bodice, similar to an apron. The bonnet was made from felt, too.
I made an underskirt by tying strips of nylon mesh onto a piece of elastic – which turned out to be really itchy, so I wore white pants underneath. My Dr. Ellie Sattler wig made a comeback, too. And my shepherd’s crook was from the Christmas section at Walmart, and I spray painted it blue.
My costume rang in at $8.
#1’s costume was store bought, again. Picked up from Walmart, complete with inflatable wings. The problem was, the costume didn’t have the laser button printed on it. And that was catastrophic for #1. So, a little craft foam and a Sharpie later and Buzz had a laser. His costume cost about $20.
We’re still in the planning phases for this year. So far, it’s narrowed down to PJ Masks or the Avengers, despite Hubs’ pleas to be something scary. And, deep down, I still really want to be the Ghostbusters. So, we’ll see what happens. In the meantime, here are a few more group costume ideas:
Group Costume Ideas for a Family
- Ghostbusters – Louis, Janine and Slimer.
- The Avengers – Captain America, Captain Marvel and The Hulk.
- PJ Masks – Gekko, Owlette and Catboy.
- E.T. – Elliot, Gertie and E.T.
- Mario Brothers – a classic costume – Mario, Princess Peach and Luigi.
- Hocus Pocus – Winfred, Billy and Binx.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas – Jack, Sally and Zero.
- PAW Patrol – Mayor Goodway, Mayor Humdinger and Ryder.
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Quill, Gamora and Rocket.
- Aladdin – Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie.
- The Incredibles – Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Jack-Jack.
- Moana – Maui, Moana and Hey-Hey.
- Inside Out – Anger, Joy, and Fear.
- Ratatouille – Alfredo, Colette and Remy.
- Star Wars – Han Solo, Princess Leia and Kylo Ren.
- Frozen – Christoph, Anna and Olaf.
- Men In Black – Agent H, Agent M and an alien.
- The Office – Jim, Pam and Dwight.
What suggestions do you have? Tell me in the comments below and Happy Halloween!
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