The way we see it, Halloween always goes one of two ways…
1. You’ve been planning for MONTHS, and you, your spouse, your children, and any pets are perfectly coordinated — no detail has been spared and you’re literally unrecognizable.
2. You take a day-of visit to the good ol’ costume / play-pretend box and just make. it. work. Amazon-Priming stuff is ideal (but you might not get it in time).
So whether Halloween is basically your Olympics (Hi, Scotti) or you’d rather-not-but-sometimes-do (Me), we’ve pulled together a pretty amazing list of inspo from our contributors (and their kids). Syd, our other in-house Halloween Olympian, suggested we categorize based on how many days are left until Halloween (aka your level of commitment). We’ve got just over a month left to go, so let’s start there.
Procrastinators: your stuff is towards the bottom. Feel free to bookmark this ’til 10/29 (I know I will).
Halloween Costume & Makeup Ideas For Adults & Kids
1 Month ’til Halloween…
Can we all just take a second to bow down to Linzi’s complete and total commitment to Halloween? Miss Piggy would totally approve of all this extra-ness. And looking this good does NOT come easy.
wig | nose | dress | boa | gloves
Gamora In Guardians Of The Galaxy
Well, this is epic. Get some green face paint, a brown wig if needed and finish things off with a cool super suit. That giant trick-or-treat bag is also a nice touch, Ceci…
Harley Quinn & White Walker
Like I said, Scotti does not mess around when it comes to Halloween. Her insane makeup skills come in handy every time. Harley Quinn looks a bit more achievable though…
Harley Quinn | white walker mask (or makeup)
Wes Anderson Movie Characters
How fun would this themed Halloween party be? We’re thinking Laura and her crew put some solid planning into this one…
2 Weeks ’til Halloween…
Game of Thrones
Pay homage to one of the best series, ever.
men’s costume | women’s costume | kids costume | wig | accessories
Peter Pan, Captain Hook & Tinker Bell
This one can totally be MacGyvered if need be, but if you’re going all-out, might as well get legit costumes.
Captain Hook | Peter Pan | Tinkerbell
Queen of Hearts
Pull a red tutu or fancy dress out of the closet, add regal accessories + a flamingo bag (did everyone catch that clever reference?) and finish with a little face paint…because you can definitely handle that heart.
crown | tutu | face paint
Time to bring out the old wedding dress? OR thrift one.
veil | black liquid lip | eyeliner | face paint
3 Days (Or Less) ’til Halloween…
That time S and Mike accidentally dressed as strippers for Halloween. But the idea is still totally there, you guys. (This is my all-time favorite so someone PLEASE recreate it).
men’s costume | mustache (a must) | women’s costume
Tiny Pax in a chicken costume just gives me life. This goes very well with his diaper, I must say.
Lion Cub & Mama
Wear all black, grab some ears (preferably, sparkly) and draw on some cute whiskers. Bonus points if you’re on the ball enough to order the lion cub costume ahead of time…
ears | lion costume | black liner | lion wig (for dogs)
Ties, glasses, lip liner for forehead scar…done.
If your kids are anything like ours, you’ve got period-piece costumes on tap.
Shield & Sword Set | Option 2 Shied & Sword
Fun helmets, low-bar commitment.
helmet (adults) | helmet (kids)
For college toga parties…or Mom & Dad on Halloween.
What will you be this year?
Struggle bus over at my house! I always love a family theme, but with a now 10yr old, 7yr old and 5yr old, they all have opinions of what they want to dress up as. I think it might be time to move to just coordinating my hubby and I. I like the firefighter costumes!