21 amazingly clever family Halloween costumes

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With Halloween right around the corner, it's time to start figuring out your family's costume situation. And you want to make these costumes EPIC ... like talk-of-Instagram ideas. But how?

Don't fret: we're here to help! To get your gears in motion, we've scoured the Internet and put together a list of the most spooktacular (and hilarious) family costume ideas we've ever seen. Whether your clan's leaning toward costumes from popular movies and TV shows or toward costumes that unleash your familial creativity, this list is bound to have something that's right up your alley. So round up your kids, your baby, your partner and take a look!

Pop culture family costume ideas

1. "Coco" 

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This family's costume homage to the movie "Coco" is way too cute, especially wee Mama Coco herself out in front. 

2. "Lord of the Rings"

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Let the quest for the ring — and full-sized candy bars — BEGIN.

3. "The Addams Family"

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They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky — and therefore an obvious family costume choice for your little crew! [snap, snap]

4. "The Addams Family" - Part 2

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More "Addams Family" costume inspiration, complete with Thing (on Gomez's shoulder) and Cousin Itt this time.  We just can't get enough.

5. "The Goonies"

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This costume tribute to an ol' classic "The Goonies" will make anyone who sees you want to break out into the Truffle Shuffle and toss some extra Baby Ruths your way. How could they possibly resist?

6. "Napoleon Dynamite"

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If "ligers" are pretty much your favorite animal, and your kids are tater tot connoisseurs, then you guys are going to love this family costume for Napoleon Dynamite and his friends.

7. "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo"

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There's only one person on the planet who can spark "joy" by tidying up your disorganized drawers — and that's Marie Kondo.  What an adorable ensemble!

8. "E.T."

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One major perk of dressing up as E.T.: it basically guarantees that you're going to score a pumpkin full of Reese's Pieces.

9. "Beetlejuice"

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Whatever you do, do NOT say his name three times. Do, however, dress up as Beetlejuice and friends for Halloween.

10. "The Incredibles"

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If you're trying to blow your block away with an incredible family costume, what could be better than showing up as "The Incredibles"?

11. "How to Train Your Dragon"

Image via Melissa Baerwald/Instagram

Take notes, "HTTYD" fans. This is how you dress to impress when you're wearing Viking garb.

12. Pokemon

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Gaming fans can get inspired by this Pokemon-themed family costume — complete with Team Rocket and baby Pikachu!

13. "The Wizard of Oz"

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Follow the yellow brick road ... to whichever house in town has the best candy. Maybe they have a brain, a heart and some courage for the trick-or-treat bag, too?

14. "Labyrinth"

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Use this holiday to let everyone know what your favorite flick was when you were growing up! The mini Jareth the Goblin King (a.k.a., David Bowie) is killing us. 

Other creative family costume ideas

15. Essential workers

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Our doctors, surgeons and nurses have always been worth celebrating, but 2020 is an exceptional year for a healthcare worker family costume

16. Bees, a beehive and a beekeeper

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Now here's a clever take on the phrase "work with what you've got!" Turn that belly bump into a beehive and invite the kids to swarm around you as Dad tries to get them to behive. (Heh.)

17. A circus troupe

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Parenthood is like living in a three-ring circus, so you might as well run with the theme. Break out the ringmaster, tightrope walker, strong man, lion tamer and "ferocious" lion, concessions lady and any other talented kin for the best Halloween show on earth!

18. A family of crows

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Even though a group of crows is actually called a "murder," everyone will be too distracted by your adorable baby crow to care.

19. Favorite storybook characters

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Pick the kids' favorite author — like Eric Carle — and bring his pages to life. This costume idea isn't just creative — it's beautiful, too!

20. Golden trophies

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This trophy-fied family costume is a real winner! This idea is great because it lets each one of you personalize your costumes with your favorite activities.

21. Sheriff and bank robbers

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For an easy, low-maintenance costume — that's also high on the comfort scale —dress your family as a bunch of bank robbers with one member whose job is to catch 'em all.

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