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How to Get Your Family to Agree to Themed Halloween Costumes

Before the school supplies have hit the clearance racks at the big box stores, the Halloween decorations and costumes are on display. While most parents avoid these aisles and abstain from dressing up for the candy-filled holiday, others find pleasure in costuming the entire family in themed costumes.

If dressing your spouse and children in matching costumes is a dream of yours, then here are some ways to make it happens.

1. Embrace their interests
While you might think it is adorable to dress your child up as a lobster and don a chef’s hat, your child might not think this is such a great idea. If they love Frozen or have their heart set on a Spiderman costume, then embrace their interests.

Here’s a tutorial to create your own Frozen-themed set of family costumes from Coolest Homemade Costumes.

2. Don’t spend a fortune

With the holidays just around the corner, you don’t want to spend a lot on costumes that will only be worn once. There are plenty of ways to create cute costumes at home with the supplies you have without going overboard.

If you have some cardboard boxes, deli trays and some empty laundry detergent bottles, you can create a cute a trio of “dirty laundry” costumes that any child would be proud to sport.

3. Involve the whole family

When creating these adorable family costumes, you’ll want to make sure everyone gets to be a part of the fun—even the dog. With some poster board, embroidery hoops and paint pens, you can create this cute Pup-kin Spiced Latte Costume from Coolest Homemade Costumes.

While you can’t go wrong with a giant cup of puppy coffee, you can give your pet a more sophisticated look by dressing them like a fairy princess or fancy party guest. Not only will they be the talk of the town, but they will be the perfect partner for any princess.

4. Take lots of pictures

Once you have convinced your family to wear matching costumes, like this 101 Dalmatians-costumed group, then it’s time to secure proof of their cooperation. Make sure to take lots of pictures before you head out into the neighborhood to gather candy, because after your little ones see the first brightly-colored wrapper, they will be less likely to cooperate for a photo session.


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About the Author

Jessa McClure

Jessa McClure

Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects. 

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