Halloween is right around the corner and although things may be a bit different this year, there’s still plenty to look forward to. There’s candy of course, but then there’s also thinking about epic costume ideas for the whole family.
But First, Candy…
Please Note: Out of an abundance of caution and due to rising cases of COVID-19 in Fishers, Fishers Parks has decided to cancel Boo Bash this Saturday, October 31. Please stay tuned for more information.
For more information about COVID-19, including the community data dashboard, visit the Fishers Health Department webpage at fishers.in.us/Coronavirus.
This year, Fishers Parks is hosting their annual Boo Bash event on Saturday, October 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.! We look forward to attending this family-fun event every Halloween and cannot wait to celebrate again this year. From festive booths to a boo-tiful display of jack-o-lanterns, this is an event you’ll definitely want to bring the whole family to.
Here are a few things you can expect for the new socially distant Boo Bash Trick or Treat Trail:
- Safe, Socially Distanced Trick or Treating
- Over 50 Local Businesses & Booths
- Teal Pumpkin Project Booths
- A Digital Costume Contest (see below)
- & More Spooky Family Fun
With the mask mandate still in effect, masks are mandatory for Boo Bash attendees 5+. Fortunately, there are several ways to work a mask into your costumes while still achieving the overall look:
- Choose Costumes Where Masks are an Essential Piece of Accessory (Doctor, Ninja, etc.)
- Layer a Halloween Mask Over Your Medical Mask
- Find a Mask that Matches Your Costume’s Color/Style
- DIY a Solid Color Mask to Fit Your Costume
View further details regarding the COVID-19 guidelines for Boo Bash on their website.
Now onto Costume Ideas…
I get so excited around this time each year because I absolutely LOVE finding fun costume ideas for my kiddos. I also prefer going the DIY route since costumes can be pretty pricey and to channel a little creativity into something my kids and I enjoy so much… Halloween!
We’ve been doing matching Halloween costumes for the kids since they were babies. My husband and I haven’t really gone all out with costumes for ourselves yet, but we’re leaning towards joining in on all the fun this year.
Here’s a glance at our costumes over the years:
Last year, I decided to enter our kids into the Fishers Boo Bash Costume Contest, and WE WON! In addition to Boo Bash this year, Fishers Parks is also hosting a Digital Costume Contest. Simply submit your photo and the public will cast their vote on the Fishers Parks Facebook page.
Whether you’re dressing up the whole family or just the kids this year, there are some pretty epic costumes to choose from. To help give you some ideas and inspiration, I’ve put together a collection of unique and creative family costume ideas that I think you will love just as much as I do.
Ready to get inspired?
A Blast from the Past
The Wizard of Oz
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This triplet family has everyone they need to complete this brilliant Wizard of Oz costume.
Courtesy of @rdklove
Michael Jackson’s Thriller
Even if I hadn’t already given it away, I’m sure you could guess this iconic family costume. I bet most of these pieces could easily be found in your closets or borrowed from friends.
Courtesy of @psmamablog
Thriller Party of 6
Large family? No problem. This family of six recreated the iconic Thriller video perfectly. I know I’m definitely keeping this costume idea in mind for future Halloween’s as a family of six ourselves.
Courtesy of @readysetrico
This popular DIY family costume will transport you and your entire family back to the ‘50s. With so many distinct outfits and characters in the movie, you’re likely to have everything you need to complete this costume right at home.
Courtesy of Dr. Aaliya Yaqub @clearskindoc
Out of This World
Blast into Space
Blast into space with the full crew including the head scientist, his astronauts, their rocket ship, and the star in their sky.
Courtesy of @dealsformomsblog
For the Disney Family
Now, this family costume is pretty genius. If you’ve been to Disney, chances are you probably have everything you need to complete this fun and quirky family costume with ease.
Courtesy of @thehappeninghousewife
So, we’ve covered the Disney tourists, but what trip to Disney is ever complete without indulging in all the yummy food? This hilarious, yet out-of-the-box costume idea will leave everyone smiling (and a little hungry).
Courtesy of @itsterryberry
Dressing up as the crew from Toy Story is one family costume idea everyone should be able to get behind. Whether you want to dress up as the original cast, add in the beloved Forky, or keep things simple with the Pizza Planet delivery guy, this is one super fun costume the whole family will enjoy.
Courtesy of @makingmetoo
Who doesn’t love the story of Moana and Maui’s great adventure to return the heart of Te Fiti? This family truly nailed some of our favorite characters from the movie.
Courtesy of @lifewiththedorts
Adventures await this cheerful family as they transform into the cast of Aladdin. This is a great way to re-use older costumes and make them new again!
Courtesy of @tiffanydarlyn
The Mime Family
Everyone has their own unique personality, so what better way to showcase them than by dressing up as a mime family for Halloween this year. Grab a few striped shirts, some face paint, and gloves to complete this amusing family costume.
Courtesy of @aina.coca
The Gingerbread Man
Complete with Mama Spice, the Baker, and the cutest little Gingerbread Man you ever did see, this family costume is beyond adorable.
Courtesy of @charmsie
Family & Fan Favorites
Game of Thrones
Winter is coming, so it’s time to gather up your little dragons. Whether you want to transform into the Mother of Dragons, become a creepy White Walker, throw some faux fur on as Jon Snow, or channel another character from Game of Thrones, your family costume is sure to be a hit!
You’ll be turning heads into the upside down by recreating this Stranger Things family costume. With so many quirky characters and all the 80s nostalgia, it’ll be so fun choosing your favorite scene and bringing it to life through your costume and accessories.
Courtesy of @megansakamoto
Batman & Robin
Save the day by gearing up as your favorite superheroes. The possibilities are endless with all the characters, heroes, and villains to choose from. Who would you choose to help save the day?
Courtesy of @mrswoodtomotherhood
Feeling Inspired Yet?
A huge thank you to all of the sweet families who allowed me to share their photos for this post and who really put in the extra effort to make their family Halloween costumes unique, creative, and most of all, a blast for all to see!
I hope you have found some inspiration and ideas while planning your family’s next Halloween costumes. Don’t forget to enter the Boo Bash Digital Costume Contest to share your family’s costume and enter to win a fun prize!
Hope to see you at Boo Bash!
Amanda Merriweather has lived in Fishers for eight years with her family of six on the northwest side of the city. She is a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer who enjoys reading, blogging, crafting (her new favorite hobby is woodworking), as well as spending time with her family finding new trails, exploring new places, watching movies, and playing board games. You can find her at The Yard at Fishers District, local coffee shops and boutiques, and the Fishers library and parks with her kids. Her favorite aspect of Fishers is how family-oriented the city is, and how many family-friendly activities there are to enjoy throughout the year. Follow her on Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and on her blog.