If it seems far too difficult to come up with individual costumes for everyone this year, why not just choose a Halloween costume family theme? You can buy your Halloween gear at a thrift store or maybe even use the contents of your closet to create Halloween costumes. And why not involve grandparents and cousins as well? You can form a huge matching trick-or-treating team!

Band of 1960’s hippies: This works well for the green and groovy among us. Dress your family up in fringy vests, headbands, and tall boots. Throw in a few peace sign accessories and you’ll be set!

Family of geeks: Pocket protectors, mismatched clothing, argyle socks and odd hairstyles is all you’ll need for this classic look. There’s nothing more irresistible than a nerd baby or a pregnant geek!

Vampire clan: Black sheets from the thrift store can easily be fashioned into matching capes for all. If you’re even more creatively skilled, you can go for the classic Adam’s family theme.

Fairy Tale Family: Why not have Snow White married to Shrek?  You can mix and match characters for various fairy tales or stick with one particular story as seen in the picture above.

Random superheroes: Of course there are the traditional superheroes (my costume would definitely be Wonder Woman!) but why not invent your own superhero personas?  My son would be “The Rocket” with a cape, mask, and possibly some spandex.  It’s ambiguous enough that he can invent his own super powers.  His sister could be “Green Girl” if I can find enough garments in the right shade….

Are you planning your costumes already? Will you be creating a getup from your own closet, borrowing, or heading off to the thrift shop this year? There are millions more family costume ideas out there. Please share your ideas!