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The Munsters Halloween Costumes

Updated on September 13, 2014

Who are the Munsters?

Running for two seasons on CBS (September 24, 1964 - May 12, 1966), The Munsters was a sitcom that featured a family of working-classic monsters who resided in the fictional town of Mockingbird Heights.

Unlike the well-to-do Addams Family (which ran concurrently) Herman Munster, husband and father, worked for the local funeral home while his wife Lily was a home-maker. The Munsters lived in a run-down mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, which featured a dungeon/laboratory, and housed the family's pet dragon, Spot, under the staircase. The family also had two automobiles, respectively known as the "Munster Koach" and the "DRAG-U-LA".

The show was filmed in black and white and was very much a comedy. Unfortunately it did not perform as well as expected and was eventually dropped from the CBS lineup. In the late 1980s the series was revived with a new cast and plot, airing 72 episodes from 1988 to 1991. There were also several movies made, featuring the original and new casts, including Munster, Go Home!, The Munsters' Revenge, Here Come the Munsters, and The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas

The Munsters have attained cult status in the worlds of pop and goth culture.

Herman was portrayed by actor Fred Gwynne.
Herman was portrayed by actor Fred Gwynne.

Herman Munster

The 5th Earl of Shroudshire

Begun in 1815 by Dr. Victor Frankenstein but not completed until 1850, Herman Munster moved from Germany to Great Britain at a young age. He was eventually adopted by the Munsters of Munster Hall, a noble family living in (fictitious) Shroudshire, England.

Moving to Transylvania, Herman met and fell in love with Lily Dracula. At the tender age of 15 he married Lily. Herman, his blushing bride, and her father Sam Dracula moved to America and settled into the house their home at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

Herman enlisted in the United States Army, fighting in World War II. After his discharge, he found a job at Gateman, Goodbury and Graves, a funeral home in Mockingbird Heights. Starting out as a "nail boy", Herman has moved up in the ranks.

Herman also has a twin brother named Charlie.

Going as Herman?

Physically, Herman Munster is an impressive character. He stands roughly 7'3" and weighs "three spins" of the scale, or around 380lbs. Because he is a creation of Dr Frankenstein, he sports bolts on either side of his neck. His skin is green-hued and his eyes are brown. His hair is black and his head is flat on top.

Although incredibly old, Herman tends to act very childish at times, even throwing temper tantrums. This is especially troublesome since he is so tall and heavy.

Acting the Part
Most people see Herman as a good natured, loving, and kind. He's like a gentle buffoon who can get into serious trouble but always makes things right in the end. Herman believes himself very handsome, even though he cracks mirrors when he looks in them.

Lily was portrayed by actress Yvonne De Carlo.
Lily was portrayed by actress Yvonne De Carlo.

Lily Munster

Countess of Shroudshire

Born in 1827 to Sam Dracula and his 166th wife, Lily Dracula grew up in Transylvania. She was in her late-30s when she met Herman Munster. The two married in 1865, emigrating to the United States in the 1940s.

Lily is devoted wife and mother, to both her adopted niece Marilyn and her son Eddie. She is a housewife, relishing in her daily chores of spreading garbage and "dusting" the manor with a vacuum cleaner running in reverse. At times she grows rather restless and has tried her hand at several part time jobs, including working as a welder in a shipyard, a fashion model, and a palm reader.

Lily and Herman were the first couple shown together in bed on an American television series, which was ground-breaking as up until then married couples were always show sleeping in separate twin beds.

Lily has a brother who is a werewolf and a sister.

Going as Lily?

Although Lily is well over 100 years in age, she has the lithe body of a young woman. Her skin is pale green. Her black hair is long, with white streaks, one flowing from the right front part.

Lily is usually wearing an ankle-length pale pink gown that appears faded and old, sometimes covering up with a shawl. When she goes out she tends to wear a long silver cape with a hood. Lily also wears a necklace with a bat-shaped medallion.

She never seemed to have any specific powers like her father, Grandpa.

Acting the Part
As matriarch of the Munster family, Lily is as much a mother to her children as well as Herman. She adores her husband and worries about him. She has an independent streak as well, trying to find work outside the home fairly frequently. Lily is a vampire, like Grandpa.

Grandpa was portrayed by actor Al Lewis.
Grandpa was portrayed by actor Al Lewis.

Sam "Grandpa" Dracula

Count of Transylvania

Over 500 years old, Count Sam Dracula is a widower, although he has been married 166 times. Holding various jobs during his long-life, Grandpa is first and foremost a vampire. He has three known children: Lily Munster, Lester Dracula and the mother of Marilyn Munster.

Keeping a laboratory in the basement of the Munster's house, Grandpa spends a lot of time "in the lab" working on spells and potions. Although most of them have disastrous consequences this hasn't stopped him from keeping at it.

Grandpa is able to transform into the form of a bat or a wolf with the aid of special pills. Although he has a good relationship with his son-in-law, he is particularly sarcastic and likes to insult Herman. He and Herman usually work together in whatever cockamamie scheme one of them has cooked up.

Going as Grandpa?

An elderly gentleman, Grandpa is always seen wearing in a black tuxedo jacket, with a white shirt and bow tie. He wears a gold medallion as well as a cape with a high collar. His skin is pale green, like his daughter Lily's. His hair is parted down the middle and curls up on the sides.

He is the real Count Dracula.

Acting the Part
Grandpa is a bit of a know-it-all when it comes to magic spells. He is also witty with a sharp tongue. He tends to get into trouble either by helping Herman or hatching a scheme on his own. Grandpa is a loving father and grandfather.

Eddie was portrayed by actor Butch Patrick.
Eddie was portrayed by actor Butch Patrick.

Edward Wolfgang "Eddie" Munster

Son of Herman and Lily

Born to Herman and Lily Munster in 1954, their first born son Eddie is a werewolf. He is also the typical American ten year old boy, loving to play sports like baseball. Eddie tends to get into mischief and looks up to his father and Grandpa as role models. Eddie also sleeps in a coffin, as his mother Lily is a vampire.

Some of Eddie's toys include a large, over-sized bat, a sling shot, and his stuffed werewolf doll he calls "Woof-Woof".

Going as Eddie?

Eddie is always seen wearing what is known as a Fauntleroy suit. Named for Little Lord Fauntleroy, it is a boy's formal suit that was a fad in American middle-class children. Consisting of velvet cut-away jacket and matching knee pants, with a white dress shirt with a collar underneath. Eddie also wears a velvet tie. Ironically, the Fauntleroy suit fell out of fashion after World War II, before Eddie was born.

His hair forms a "Widow's peak" in front and he has heavy eyebrows. Eddie also has pointed ears like a wolf.

Acting the Part
Basically Eddie is like any normal ten year old boy. He just wears different clothes and happens to be a part werewolf, part vampire.

Marilyn (Mundane) Munster

Lily's Niece

Moving from her home in Transylvania to the United States, Marilyn now lives with her aunt Lily and uncle Herman so she can attend college. Her mother, never named, is Lily's sister and Grandpa's other daughter.

Considered freakishly unattractive by the rest of her family, she is still treated with love and kindness in spite of her "condition". Marilyn constantly bemoans the fact she cannot get a date because of her looks. Raised all her life around vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and freaks, she shares the family's ideas of "normal". Marilyn considers Herman and Grandpa to be "two of the finest men to walk the Earth".

Marilyn was portrayed by Beverley Owen for the first 13 episodes of the series before being replaced by Pat Priest.

Going as Marilyn?

An outgoing blonde, Marilyn is an attractive (by human standards) young woman. She attends college and is always trying to meet prospective dates. Although she looks different from the rest of her family, she holds to their standards of "beauty".

Usually dressed in a stylish dress in a nice floral print, Marilyn is slim-figured.

Acting the Part
Suffering under the humiliation of her "homeliness", Marilyn thinks nothing is unusual about the fact that her aunt is a vampire, her uncle is Frankenstein's monster and her cousin is a werewolf. "Normal" frightens her.

Who's your favorite Munster?

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      ArtbyMAR 3 years ago

      Love the Munsters, have the theme song as my ring tone!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Boo-lessed! Happy Halloween 2012!

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      TommyPotter 4 years ago

      I love the Munsters!!!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Ah, I love the Munsters so much - I found myself humming the theme while scrolling through. Wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i think grandpa is cool! THE BEST THING IN THE MUNSTERS IS GRANDPA

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      sojourner-1 5 years ago

      Do you think Marilyn felt out of place with her, well somewhat odd look?

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      christopherwell 5 years ago

      We love the Munsters! Thanks for the lens.

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      Yvonne L. B. 5 years ago from Covington, LA

      Great lens on Munster Costumes. Loved to turn back the pages. Sprinkled with dust from the Angel of the farmyard on a Back to School Field Trip.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Peeked in again and noticed my like wasn't showing, so liked again...could have been that I favorited it too soon after liking ....fixed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fun, fun, fun! I loved the Munsters and would wear a Lily costume any day! I smiled my way through this masterpiece!

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      MissBuffySpears 6 years ago

      Great costume lens....I would like to dress up like Lily someday with my BF dressed as Herman :)

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      blessed & featured here: http://www.squidoo.com/100-blessings I loved watching the Muntsers growing up...funny little fact: there's a town not far from me called Munster...LOL...thanks for sharing

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      Holley Web 6 years ago

      I had no idea it only ran for two seasons! It seems like I watched the re-runs all through my childhood. Love this lens!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      I love this show! It's one of the funniest of all time in my opinion. There is a remake coming up, but it won't be anything like the original.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      These are wonderful! Who wouldn't want to be a Munster :)

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      elizajane202 lm 6 years ago

      Love this lens, Lily was always my favorite. I loved her style and sometimes wished she was my mom. Last week we went out and bought a few of the seasons, on sale for $6 a season over at Meijers. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      This is so fun! I love the Munsters, and Munster costumes are a great idea!

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Great lens! I didn't know this TV series and just discovered about it today. I'm happy to have found your lens.

      5 stars frome, favorite and lensrolled to my Addams Family Halloween!

      Congrats and keep up the great job!

      Dom.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love the fact that you have given character descriptions and told us some things that we did not know about the series.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      greetings from gothic temptations

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I loved the musters!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Great lens! I loved the Munsters, too! Be sure you add this one to the Halloween Directory! Great lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      What fun! I used to love to watch The Munsters!

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