When Halloween rolls around, all the cool people are thinking about their costumes. And all the cool families are getting together to make their best costumes from a central, fun theme. If your family is THE cool family, here are a few fun DIY costume ideas for your next Halloween bash. Who knows—you could even win the “best costume” awards from holiday festivals and San Fernando Valley events.
Under the Sea with King Neptune, Mermaids, and a Few Sea Creatures
Tried-and-true but still loads of fun—the under-the-sea theme can incorporate everything below the ocean, mythical or otherwise. King Neptune, mermaids, and sea creatures are the go-to options. But there are also deep-sea creatures and imaginings of what sea monsters await in the underwater depths. This theme is a wild one with tons of possibilities and room for imagination.
Classic Movie Monsters Throughout History
Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy—all are classic movie monsters that have made horror history what it is today. However, for newer generations, the classics include 80s monsters and slashers, like Michael Myers, Freddy Kreuger, Jason, and Chucky. This is where the term “throughout history” would play into your costume plans. There are dozens to choose from, so every family member can pick and become their favorites.
So Bad It’s Good: Going Trick-or-Treating as Household Objects
In the olden days, moms would send their kids trick-or-treating with DIY costumes from around the house. These costumes were often thrown together at the last minute. For example, wrap a kid in aluminum foil and suddenly he becomes a leftover baked potato. Or, don a plastic hefty bag and you become a trash can. These kinds of on-the-fly costumes are so bad—but so good.
Famous Characters and Icons from Other Holidays
Who says you can’t be cupid, Santa Claus, or the Tooth Fairy for Halloween? You could even add your own spin, like Santa could suddenly be a zombie, the Easter Bunny could be a floppy-eared, bumbling monster, and Cupid could have murder on his mind with those arrows. The tried-and-true icons and characters from your other favorite holidays could come to life through costume in bigger, scarier ways.
For many families, Halloween is a bonding experience. These suggestions, while cool in concept, are meant to jog your own imagination and costume creativity. So, when your kids start to ask for theme ideas for next year, you are well-equipped and ready with an inspirational arsenal of creative ideas.