Family Halloween costume ideas needed (two moms and a baby edition)
September 22, 2020 9:47 AM   Subscribe

My wife and I have an adorable 4 month old and want to dress our little family up in a group costume but we’re coming up blank. I’m chubby and femme, my wife is pretty androgynous and would definitely dye her short hair any rainbow colour for the right costume; our baby is a generic cute baby.

As an example of what we like, I love the idea of Coraline and her mother and the other mother but I think we’re going to wait until our baby can walk for that one.

We’re both pretty geeky and bookish, obscure is fine, bonus points for ideas I can sew all or part of myself. I’m trying to avoid us dressing up as a hetero couple so any mom/dad and baby costumes don’t work for us.

I’ve been waiting to do family costumes for years and now we can I’m having so much trouble deciding!
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (30 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe some grouping from the Steven Universe universe?
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 9:55 AM on September 22, 2020 [10 favorites]

Red, Yellow, and Orange. Or Blue, Yellow, Green. Y'know, mixing colors.
posted by bfranklin at 10:04 AM on September 22, 2020 [6 favorites]

And Tango Makes Three, moms edition?
posted by teremala at 10:07 AM on September 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

I saw two people dressed as chefs with their baby as a little lobster and the pot was designed around the carrier. I thought it was really clever to integrate the carrier into the costume.

- two scuba divers and a baby octopus
- two vines and the baby is a pumpkin
posted by melodykramer at 10:19 AM on September 22, 2020 [7 favorites]

A trio of vegetables or fruits.
Two trees and a little bird.
Three rabbits from Watership Down.
Two archaeologists and a treasure.
posted by dywypi at 10:22 AM on September 22, 2020 [3 favorites]

Two NASA engineers or aliens and a baby astronaut? Or, conversely, two astronauts and a baby alien?
posted by corey flood at 10:22 AM on September 22, 2020 [10 favorites]

Chefs. Giant stock pot. Baby in lobster costume. I saw this once and was so smitten I nearly spontaneously became pregnant from the sheer cuteness.
posted by cyndigo at 10:24 AM on September 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

Two football players and a football.

The Maltese Falcon (Sam Space, Brigid O'Shaughnessy and the baby gets to be the falcon.)

Tintin, Captain Haddock and Snowy.

Asterix, Obelix and Dogmatix

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog). Either the baby gets a boater and is one of the three men or the baby gets to be the dog and you keep looking around for George, or for Harris.

Daenerys, Viserys and a dragon egg or very small dragon.

Two anarchists with a bomb. Attach an alarm clock to the baby.

Stalin, Roosevelt and Winston Churchill (baby is Winnie)
posted by Jane the Brown at 10:26 AM on September 22, 2020 [3 favorites]

Velma, Daphne, and Scooby-Doo
posted by warriorqueen at 10:27 AM on September 22, 2020 [6 favorites]

Perhaps too hetero for you, but my spouse and I did Labyrinth costumes the year my oldest kid was 1.
posted by ElizaMain at 10:27 AM on September 22, 2020

Joy, Sadness, and Anger from Inside Out? Might have too many negative connotations though?
posted by Night_owl at 10:32 AM on September 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

Two farmers with some sort of produce is always cute. (Strawberry? Pumpkin? Avocado?)
posted by kdar at 10:59 AM on September 22, 2020 [8 favorites]

Two characters from Alice in Wonderland/The Looking Glass, and baby caterpillar
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, baby as boat or Piggy-Wig
Two Ghostbusters and Slimer or the Stay-Puft Marshmallow baby
Some combination of warrior queen, princess, knight, Viking, and a baby dragon
Peanut butter, jelly, banana
Characters from Where the Wild Things Are
Three of the kittens from Catwings
(gender-bent or not) Wallace, Gromit, and Shaun the sheep
Lord of the Rings characters (Arwen, Eowyn, Sam, Merry, etc.) with the baby as Frodo, Bilbo, Gollum, the One Ring, Smaug, or Gandalf
Characters from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (the new one)
posted by wintersweet at 10:59 AM on September 22, 2020

Someone gave me a baby lion costume when my son was that age, so we were the lion, the witch (wearing my informal but white wedding dress), and the wardrobe (open box with felt cutouts of coats on my partner).
posted by metasarah at 11:04 AM on September 22, 2020 [16 favorites]

Two Winnie the Pooh characters, baby is Piglet (because - small)
posted by sillysally at 12:02 PM on September 22, 2020

I love all these ideas. My only contribution is: do anything other than superheroes, cartoon characters, princesses, or dinosaurs now, while you have the chance!! Once kiddo gets to choose their own costume, things get real dull for a couple of years.

This coming from the family where we've gone from being The Great British Bake Off (apron-wearing two year old holding a trashcan with Alaska on the side; parents and various teddies as the judges) to ENDLESS variations on Marvel characters... le sigh...
posted by EllaEm at 1:04 PM on September 22, 2020 [2 favorites]

Two postal workers and a package?
posted by Mchelly at 2:12 PM on September 22, 2020 [3 favorites]

How about James, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge from James and the Giant Peach?
posted by scalar_implicature at 2:17 PM on September 22, 2020 [2 favorites]

Ripley, Xenomorph, Jones.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:21 PM on September 22, 2020 [2 favorites]

You are both carrots. Babby is a peapod.
posted by fingersandtoes at 2:34 PM on September 22, 2020

You are both farmers. Babby is an ear of corn. Or possibly a little sheep.
posted by fingersandtoes at 2:37 PM on September 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

Adults are triton/ sea witch/ mermaid/ fish, babby is a gorgeous little octopus.
posted by fingersandtoes at 2:40 PM on September 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

I was going to suggest Inside Out too, but Joy, Sadness, and baby Riley (just strap a mini hockey stick to baby!)?
posted by kitten kaboodle at 3:07 PM on September 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

Monsters inc: baby is boo, you are Mike and Sully.
posted by freethefeet at 3:54 PM on September 22, 2020 [3 favorites]

Two pirates and a baby parrot
posted by Sparky Buttons at 6:12 PM on September 22, 2020 [4 favorites]

Be two Big Moomins and a baby Moomin. Because they look so great and because Why Moomins are fiction's perfect loving family
posted by nantucket at 6:36 PM on September 22, 2020

We (mom, dad, baby) were characters from Untitled Goose Game last year. Baby was goose. Pick any other townspeople you'd like; list here- there's the messy neighbor, publican, shopkeeper, and pub customers for more femme characters. Make sure someone has a NO GEESE ALLOWED sign. The multiplayer version of the game is launching shortly, so it might be back on folks radars.
posted by damayanti at 6:48 PM on September 22, 2020 [2 favorites]

Sushi chef, soy sauce bottle, and baby as a sushi.... or along the same line: Chef, tabasco and a baby taco!
posted by hellopanda at 10:50 PM on September 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

So many great ideas! We might end up going with Great British Bake Off hosts and a cupcake mostly as an excuse for my wife to buy a Noel-inspired shirt.
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum at 9:24 PM on September 24, 2020 [5 favorites]

AAAHHH I feel so honored! I'll add, I am the eerie doppelgänger of one of the GBBO hosts from the original incarnation... I won't tell you which to preserve my internet anonymity, but there was a Mary Beary ;-)
posted by EllaEm at 7:54 AM on October 5, 2020

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