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Most Awesome Father-Son Halloween Costume Ideas

Updated on June 23, 2014

Cool and Unusual Halloween Costumes for a Father and Son

You're looking for a really unique Halloween costume idea for Dad and his boy? You'll find it here... or I'll eat a spider.

Anyone can come up with the idea for a Super-hero and Sidekick costume, but if you want to really turn heads this Halloween, you've gotta think outside the Batman-and-Robin box.

Trick-or-treating together on Halloween can be a great bonding experience for a father and son, so give your guys a two-part costume that will make a great memory and have them laughing together over the photographs for years to come. The spookiest night of the year is only a tiny bit about the trick-or-treat swag, after all. It's a wonderful fun time for fathers and sons to be silly together!

Photo: Father and son in zombie makeup by dennis, [CC BY 2.0] on Flickr

Trophy Fish & Little Fisherman - For the Outdoorsy Guys

Is there a keen fisherman in your family? He'll love this father and son costume idea... or at least, he may not kick up quite such a big fuss about dressing up for Halloween this year!

Rasta Imposta Nice Bass Trophy Costume, Green, One Size
Rasta Imposta Nice Bass Trophy Costume, Green, One Size

Fellows who are DIY handy can probably come up with a homemade version of the trophy fish hat/mask costume, if you've run out of time to order online - the wooden plaque is easy enough to cut to shape from a piece of lightweight plywood, or you can use cardboard if that's all you've got on hand, but a few sewing skills might come in handy for turning a piece of sparkly fabric into a plausible fish to fit over the head.

 
Future Fisherman Toddler Costume - Toddler
Future Fisherman Toddler Costume - Toddler

If Junior is a little bigger and has already started to learn to fish, he may have angling gear of his own that can be pressed into service as the little fisherman costume. Rubber boots, hat and vest, along with a tiny fishing rod, are the key components.

 

Dread Pirate Captain & His Parrot - For a Swashbuckling Halloween

Father as pirate, Son as bird... Pirate and Parrot is a sure winner of a Halloween costume idea, especially if your boy is still small enough to be easily carried around. The parrot costumes for a baby or toddler are absolutely adorable, and it's not usually too hard to convince any red-blooded adult male to dress up as a pirate!

Or... dress up your little boy for Halloween as the dread pirate captain - and Dad gets to play the part of his over-grown parrot. The pirate-and-parrot costume is just plain cute when the fierce scourge of the south seas is a wee one ... but imagine how much fun, say, an 8-year-old boy could have with this bit of role play! Swashbuckling is almost certain to ensue.

InCharacter Costumes Baby's Cap'N Stinker Pirate Costume
InCharacter Costumes Baby's Cap'N Stinker Pirate Costume

Baby as the pirate? The satiny-stripey pants and headscarf here are fabulous, but those on a tight budget can DIY something almost as cool from Junior's own wardrobe with a few choice accessories, and maybe a curly mustache drawn on with Mom's eyebrow pencil.

 
Smiffy's Men's Parrot Costume with Jumpsuit and Hood, Multi, Medium
Smiffy's Men's Parrot Costume with Jumpsuit and Hood, Multi, Medium

Colorful, if not particularly dashing, this parrot suit for Papa... hey, a really good father would dress up as a parrot to make his kid happy, wouldn't he?

 

Beast Master & Pet Gargoyle - Father and son show off a great spooky Halloween costume!

Have a look at the video - it's a hoot! - then read on for more on their costumes, where the boy's Halloween costume uses his dad as a living accessory.

Boy is the Master of the Creature...

For your Beast Master boy, you may already have a Grim Reaper costume on hand, or perhaps a creepy skull mask you can put together with a medieval weapon and black cloak. Heck, pick up an old charcoal grey or black bathrobe at the secondhand shop or Goodwill, if need be, to serve as his swoopy robe... as long as the outfit has got the right creepy Evil Henchman vibe, you can be fairly frugal and creative here.

... and Dad is the Son's Pet Gargoyle

For the father - ah, now there's the half of the Beast Master and Pet Gargoyle costume that makes this one special - the look of a grotesque rooftop statue is the order of the night. If a gargoyle costume is hard to come by (or beyond your budget), you can do as it looks like this inventive dad may have done, and color up a basic demon costume with a touch of grey makeup.

Men's Demon Horns & Teeth

Grey Gargoyle F/X Makeup


This grey-colored makeup for the gargoyle is something a bit special - it dries with a cracked and weathered look that gives the effect of ancient stone, not just the color. Very cool for any statue-related Halloween costume.

To complete Father's gargoyle costume, just add bat wings and swoopy robe in dark grey - or black, if that's what you can find most easily, but you might also want to sponge on grey latex paint or liquid makeup to create a faux-stone look, since gargoyles by definition are carved in stone. The big monster chain around the gargoyle's neck is optional - but if I had a living gargoyle as a pet, I'd probably want to keep it on the biggest chain I could find!

Dog and Mail Carrier - A Classic Comedy Pair

Dad plays the dog role and Junior is the mailman - or the UPS delivery guy, or the meter reader, or some other poor-guy-in-uniform who is all too likely to have a close encounter with an over-sized dog. I like the postal worker, personally, as the costume comes complete with a mail carrier's sack to collect the treats in. Or you can have it the other way round, with Dad as the guy and Son as the pup. Either way, a cute father-and-son Halloween costume, and not one that you'd see in every neighborhood.

Smiffy's Men's Dog Costume, Dog Hood & Gloves, Brown, One Size, 22144
Smiffy's Men's Dog Costume, Dog Hood & Gloves, Brown, One Size, 22144

Pair up these accessories of a puppy dog hat and furry paw mittens with Dad's own brown clothing or a dark overall to create a quick and affordable dog costume with character. One size fits all, so there's no fuss about a costume fitting.

 
Mr. Postman Toddler Costume, Large, One Color
Mr. Postman Toddler Costume, Large, One Color

The mailman's costume here comes complete with the shirt and pants, hat, and mail bag for carrying Halloween treats. The hat is made of foam and may not last past Halloween, but the rest of the outfit in sturdy polyester fabric will be great for playing dress-up when Halloween is over. It's available in a range of sizes for little boys.

 

Dr. Evil and Mini Me

Austin Powers fans, this one's for you. Dr. Evil and his Mini Me - as a Halloween costume for father and son, it's a "license to laugh." We only wonder why didn't we think of this before! So simple (not to mention, far more comfortable to wear than many a Halloween costume), but oh, so effective.

Matching plain grey 1960s-style suits with narrow pants and collarless jackets are the basic must-have components. Pick up a bald head cap for each of you (unless you want to get out the clippers and do a little shaving of your heads - totally optional), then strike a pose with pinkie finger to mouth, and you've got the characters nailed.

Deluxe Adult Grey Suit Costume Medium
Deluxe Adult Grey Suit Costume Medium

Grey collarless jacket and narrow pants make up the classic Dr Evil suit for Dad's Halloween costume.

 

Father and Son Zombies - For Fans of the Walking Dead

Father and son, zombies forever! by noamkos [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en_CA)] on Flickr
Father and son, zombies forever! by noamkos [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en_CA)] on Flickr

Photo: Father and son, zombies forever! by noamkos [CC BY 2.0] on Flickr

Speaking of theatrical makeup in horrible shades of grey - nothing is much easier in the way of a Halloween costume than the ever-popular Zombies. Got a ripped t-shirt and a little fake blood? Just color your face to match the rotting tones we associate with the Walking Dead and practice your stumbles and mumbles... Zombies rule!

Father and son zombies is a great two-person costume for a hard-working Dad who doesn't have time to fuss around (or doesn't feel comfortable in full-on regalia) and perfect for those boys who are fascinated by all things gross and disgusting. If your son is getting to that age where he's feeling self-conscious about dressing up for Halloween but is still enough of a kid to want to get in on the fun, zombies are a great compromise costume he'll feel happy to go along with.

Even More Amazing Father-Son Halloween Costume Ideas - Best of the Web

There are, sadly, a lot of father-son Halloween costumes out there that might as well have been copy-pasted from the family down the block... but there are also some clever ideas, well executed, by creative Dads we'd all like to hang out with for a weekend. Here are some of the very best dad-and-ditto outfits to make it online.

  1. Old man Carl Fredricksen and Russell the kid, from that brilliant animated Pixar film, Up - you'll find a variety of Up cast costumes here and there online, but I honestly think the costumes Danniey made are best of all Up costumes I've seen. Yes, she tells how she put together the costumes for her husband and son, right down to the type of printable fabric she used to make the merit badges on Russell's little Boy Scout sash.

    One thing I particularly like about this costume idea is that, even if you run into people who haven't seen the movie, the costume still makes sense in the Boy-Scout-helping-old-man-across-the-road-as-his-Good-Deed context, and it's not every movie costume that works so well for a general audience. Bonus - when you've got a bunch of helium-filled balloons fastened to your toddler, you can easily spot him in the crowd at your community Halloween party!

  2. Clutch and Bernie Lego Men - created by Jeff from Colorado Springs. Yes, that really is a homemade costume! Instructions are provided, if you're feeling a bit ambitious and haven't run out of time yet!
  3. Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat - the best-ever version was excuted by Canadian graphic designer dad Nick Fruhling and his cute baby boy "monkey" (who is probably not named George, but we're not sure). Nick's Halloween Costume photostream on Flickr is well worth browsing for more genius costume ideas. (See also his family's take on the Up cast costume. The brave man got his wife to dress up as the house, balloons and all. Just, wow, the woman's a saint.)

What's the best Father-Son Halloween costume you've ever seen? - Share your idea here!

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Love the father and son Zombie costumes!!

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      @Halloween Cosplay: Great idea! And if the little boy has a special favourite animal, then a pair of daddy and young would be cute beyond words. Of course the plus of a big wild cat is that Dad might not mind dressing up on a furry suit if he gets to be a cool predator! ;-)

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      Halloween Cosplay 3 years ago

      Super cute!How about a cheetah and a cheetah cub?

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      Happimess LM 4 years ago

      Luke Skywalker and Dart Vader

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      24hourdentist 4 years ago

      Robber Daddy and Money Boy is awesome! Especially if your boy is still small enough to carry around. Great lens!

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      mommateaches 4 years ago

      You have some really cute ideas for costumes for daddies and their little boys. Love it!

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      Kerry Voronoff 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Unfortunately my husband doesn't go in for dressing up on halloween. I think he'd go for batman and robin if he did.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      @boneworld: What, no pictures?!?! Arghhh!!!

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      Jackson Thom 4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      I wish I had gotten pictures of it, but a year ago, my wife did me and my son up as father and son zombies. I answered the door, and the kid that lives two doors down jumped back when he saw us. It was hilarious.

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      I love this idea I've never seen a Father-Son costume. This is a great idea and you are right the two will laugh about the costumes in the future. Great writing

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      I loved the Dog & Mail Carrier pair. I would dress the kid as a dog and the adult as the postman. All the ideas are cute.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like Dr. Evil and Mini Me. Good stuff.

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      izvestniinfo 5 years ago

      wow , all ideas are really great :) I like those helloween costumes

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      jintovarghese 5 years ago

      likes halloween costumes...nice lens

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      healthyandtasty 5 years ago

      The robber and money bag wins!:)

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      MelissaRodgz 5 years ago

      I love the robber and money bag. I laughed so hard when I saw that.

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      Howcanigetagirl 5 years ago

      lol brilliant, the pirate and parrot is superb!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      @Tennyhawk: Oh wow, that's an absolutely brilliant costume - I'd have loved to have seen them!

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      Tennyhawk 5 years ago

      These are awesome! One of the best father/son costumes I've seen was when the father dressed up like the Empire State Building and the baby was dressed like King Kong.

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      very cute

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      I've got a dad and kid zombie hunter costume duo on one of my lenses. I love your pirate and parrot ideas (both ways). Very creative lens.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Very cute father son ideas! :) Blessed!

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      i like the robber and the bag of cash! looks great especially when the boy's tired and his dad will carry him :)

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      MostInteresting 5 years ago

      Ha! Fun ideas. The best I've seen in real life is a baby dressed as a pea pod and the dad dressed as a farmer.

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      chidchan 5 years ago

      Really Great Idea!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      @kristalulabelle: You could probably get arrested for a costume that cute, eh? ;)

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I love the bank robber and the little cute bag of money, doesn't get much cuter than that!

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      pinoyrecipe 5 years ago

      the father and son zombie costume, they're really cool!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Well, y'know, if the baby's going to be stuffed in a bunting-bag anyhow... ;)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Fun ideas - I particularly like the robber/bag of money idea!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are really great costume ideas for father and son.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Brilliantly creative ideas for Daddy and son Halloween costumes. Love 'em all.

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      lucky izan 5 years ago

      Great lens, I like Dr Evil and Mini Me costumes.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      These really are awesome father and son Halloween costumes! I really like them all but would have to say I like the Trophy Fish and Little Fisherman best.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Great ideas for Father-Son Halloween Costumes! My favorite is the Robber Daddy & Baby Money Bag.

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      I guess I have to be very subjective on this one ... It's the Batman/Robin combination that me and my dad wore the last Halloween we spent together ... Nothing beats that!

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      wattyan 5 years ago

      Nice idea!

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      Rhidawn 5 years ago

      Super cute!

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      Socmus2000 5 years ago

      Love it Love it Love!!!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Great father and son costume ideas. Love the intro photo.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      @TheTutor LM: Oh, I've got some great ideas for Moms and kids, too! Stay tuned... ;)

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      TheTutor LM 5 years ago

      Would love to see a similar lens for mother-daughter or mother-son, as my hubby isn't in to dressing up and prefers to stay at home and eat (I mean hand out) candy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very scary the father and son are in my mind after reading your lens

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      @JohnTannahill: Ye-es, I've always preferred the jolly-up-to-the-door-with-the kids fathering style over the lurk-in-the-shadows approach, even without Dad in a zombie hoodlum costume... er, it is a costume, right?

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I think the father and son zombies are the best. Usually when they come round my house the dad is standing on the other side of the street in jeans and a hoody (which can be quite scary) but it would be good if they joined in.