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Great Halloween Costume Ideas for Brothers
Costumes that two brothers can do together
Looking for Halloween costume ideas for your sons? From toddlers to teens, you'll find cool ideas here for costumes that you can either make yourself or buy ready-made.
My two boys and I put our heads together to come up with the best costume suggestions we could think of for two brothers.
Halloween is a great time to create family memories, and a cool tandem costume is something that your sons will talk about for years afterward ("Remember the year we went as . . .")
We'd love for you to share your ideas, too!
Costumes for younger boys
Mario & Luigi
These characters are VERY popular with the younger set. Mario and Luigi are, of course, the twin brother characters from the Mario video games by Nintendo. They are plumbers who rescue damsels in distress and thwart the plans of villains.
Making Mario & Luigi costumes from scratch takes some work, but it can be done. Here are instructions -- How to Make Mario & Luigi Costumes.
Buzz Lightyear & Sheriff Woody
Ultra-popular with kids are these heroes from the Toy Story trilogy. Woody is depicted as being a little taller than Buzz.
You could probably get away with wearing any kind of cowboy gear for the Woody costume, but if you want to be really authentic, here are instructions for making the real thing: Make your own Woody costume.
Here are two instructionals for making Buzz Lightyear costumes. One is a fairly easy version, the other is for folks who are seriously crafty and want to make the awesomest costume on the block:
Ernie & Bert
The best of best friends, everybody loves Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street!
Ernie, of course, is the shorter one of the two buddies, and is more outgoing. Bert is taller and quieter.
You can buy the costumes, but they sure are expensive. Making them is highly recommended. Here's how:
SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star
I found some guidelines online for making these costumes yourself: Make your own SpongeBob and Patrick costumes.
There are also SpongeBob costumes that you can purchase, but the only Patrick costumes I've seen are adult-sized and very expensive.
Thing 1 & Thing 2
Thing 1 and Thing 2 are the energetic troublemakers in the classic Dr. Seuss book "The Cat in the Hat".
If your boys are irrepressible bundles of energy, they'll be perfect for this costume. And it would be oh-so-cute for twins!
"Thing" costumes are not difficult to make on your own. Here's how: Thing 1 & Thing 2 costumes.
Costumes for older boys
Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson
Holmes is tall and thin. Here's a detailed description of his physical appearance: What Sherlock Holmes looks like.
Watson is shorter and thicker. Here are his particulars: What Dr. Watson looks like.
I saw Holmes and Watson costumes commercially available in adult sizes only. That might work for older teen boys. For any younger boys, you'll probably have to make the costumes yourself.
Here's how to make Sherlock's costume: How to make a Sherlock Holmes costume.
Dr. Victor Frankenstein & Frankenstein's monster
The picture at right is the actual frontispiece from Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. But the costumes that people associate with Dr. Frankenstein and his creation look quite different.
Here's how to get the look that people would be expecting. You can make it yourself:
or you can buy it:
The Blues Brothers
This costume idea is a great opportunity for a pair of brothers to ham it up, singing and dancing around as Jake and Elwood Blues, the blues-and-soul singing duo from Saturday Night Live. Or if singing isn't their bag, they can just look cool in their shades and quote lines from the movie.
Jake is the shorter brother, who was played by John Belushi. Elwood is the tall one, who was played by Dan Aykroyd.
You can easily make these costumes on your own. If they already have black suits, you're halfway there. Here are detailed instructions for doing it yourself -- Create your own Blues Brothers costumes.
Bart Simpson and Milhouse van Houten
Cowabunga! These best friends from The Simpsons are a classic teaming of the do-gooder (most of the time) and the troublemaker. The clothes are simple, and there's a limitless supply of funny lines from the show that can keep the humor going all night.
According to The Simpsons canon, Milhouse is one inch taller than Bart.
Here are instructions for a Bart costume: How to Make a Bart Simpson costume.
And I made a page myself with instructions for a Milhouse costume, since I didn't see any other Milhouse instructions online: How to make a Milhouse costume.
Earl & Randy Hickey
A great humorous costume idea. Earl Hickey, the former small-time crook on a mission to straighten out a lifetime of bad karma, and his dim brother Randy, from the comedy TV show "My Name Is Earl".
Earl is the definitely the leader of the two brothers and is of average build. Randy is the portly one who lives to be his brother's sidekick. Both brothers have Southern accents.
I haven't seen any vendors who sell Earl or Randy costumes, but their costumes would be very simple to create using clothes you can find anywhere. I wrote my own page with instruction on how to do these yourself: How to make Earl and Randy Hickey costumes.
Good Cop & Bad Cop
"Now listen here! If you don't hand over some candy RIGHT NOW, there's gonna be trouble! You think I'm kidding around with you? DO YOU!?!?"
"Ma'am, I'm so sorry for the way my brother is acting. There's really no need for any unpleasantness. I know you're a nice lady, and I'm sure you want to do the right thing and just give us some candy . . ."
This costume is more about the acting than the clothes. It could be the hit of the party if your boys are really into their roles. They can each assume an identity as the good cop or bad cop, and act accordingly.
And making police costumes is very easy: Instructions for homemade police costumes. You could even write "GOOD COP" and "BAD COP" on their badges.
Spy vs. Spy
What could be cooler than going as the Black Spy and the White Spy from Mad Magazine's "Spy vs. Spy" comics. Your boys could even try to pull a few pranks on each other just like the real spies.
Here's a description of how to make them yourself -- Make your own Spy vs. Spy costumes.
There are also Spy vs. Spy costumes and props for sale:
Costumes for one older brother and one younger brother
A fisherman and a fish
David & Goliath
This is a good one for church parties or anywhere else. And your little guy will love being able to "take down" his big brother.
Here are instructions for how to make your own David & Goliath costumes.
A fireman and a Dalmatian
Costumes for any ages
Superman & Lex Luthor
Here are instructions on how to make your own Superman costume.
Lex Luthor has been depicted a few different ways over the decades. Some of his different styles are discussed on this forum page: Lex Luthor's looks.
Batman & Robin
There have been modifications to Batman's and Robin's suits over the years. I like the ones from the '60s TV show, but your kids might have other preferences.
Want to make the costumes yourself?
Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner
If one of your boys is a Super Genius (or thinks he is!), he's perfect to be Wile E. Coyote for Halloween. And the boy who seems to get into the most dangerous predicaments without hurting himself was meant to play the Roadrunner! Beep, beep!
There's one thing that might be difficult for boys in portraying the Coyote and the Roadrunner. They're supposed to play their parts in silence!
Instructions for doing the costumes yourself:
Shrek & Donkey
Shaggy & Scooby Doo
Shaggy & Scooby Doo
If your sons are going to be eating everything in sight anyway, why not dress them as Shaggy and Scooby?
Here are instructions for making these costumes yourself: Make your own Shaggy & Scooby Doo costumes.
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© 2011 Joan Hall