Families and groups of three, four, five or more members can coordinate their Halloween or costume party dress-up. Take a vote, draw ideas out of a hat or let the top chore-doer decide which costumes you’ll do. Then, let each member offer up ideas for designing and constructing them. Amaze your friends when they see your whole family or group stepping into the fun make-believe world that costumes bring.
The Expandable Hamburger
A family of three can make a simple hamburger with each parent being half a bun and the child dressed up as the patty. Bigger families can dress up other kids as pickles, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, french fries or a drink. Feel free to be a hamburger, ants carrying away a picnic, or a fruit basket.
Hey, Diddle, Diddle
Well, let’s see – a cat with a fiddle, a cow jumping over the moon, a laughing dog, a dish and a spoon. This nursery rhyme has distinguishable characters that people of all ages may recognize. This is a good time to teach younger family members the joys of “Hey, Diddle, Diddle.” When they dress up, they will giggle, giggle. Other nursery rhymes to consider include Humpty Dumpty and all the kings men, Three Little Pigs, Three Blind Mice and the Farmer in the Dell.
The Mystery Team
Whether you’re a family of three or ten, you can take on the Scooby-rific characters of Scooby Doo. Besides the famous Great Dane and his Mystery Machine companions–Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy–your family can choose from Scooby’s cousin Scooby-Dum or nephew Scrappy-Doo. You can also incorporate the Indian Witch Doctor, Ghost Clown, Spooky Space Kook and other Scooby villains.
Smaller groups can pick a three- to four-member band. Consider The Beatles, Kiss, or The Wiggles. The Who? Yeah, that’s a good band to consider, too. Pink Floyd fans can choose characters from ” The Wall” such as the hammer, Pink, the school teacher, students, the ragdoll and the judge. Each member of your family or group can choose a popular Lady Gaga outfit for a costume, too. Likewise, a group of males can do the many faces and styles of Michael Jackson. And don’t forget to consider “Grease” for its colorful, musical costumes – Pink Ladies and T-Birds.
Your Group to the Rescue
Marvel comic superheroes and villains give you plenty of options from which to choose. Have of you can be good guys, and you can stage elaborate fight scenes when someone doesn’t hand over the treats.
The Sharpest Tool in the Box
Show your friends what kind of tool you really are. Sift through your toolbox for ideas. For example, a family of four can have one parent dressed up as a hammer and one child as a nail; the other parent as a screwdriver and the other child as a screw. Larger peer groups can choose from any number of tools. Someone could even be the toolbox.
Geek your family with characters from Star Wars or Star Trek.
Make fairy tales come true with characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Three Little Pigs, or Alice in Wonderland.
Consider characters from Disney movies and shows including Monsters Inc., Despicable Me, The Incredibles, Toy Story and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Get your game on with characters from Super Mario Brothers, Pac-Man (or Mrs. Pac-Man), or Angry Birds.
Choose some famous families costumes, such as The Addams Family, Smurfs, Flintstones, Popeye or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You can also select one or several of the families and characters from South Park.
You can also dress up as Sesame Street or Muppets characters or those from Harry Potter or the Peanuts.