Whether you plan on ringing doorbells with the kids in search of candy or will spend your night chaperoning a pumpkin-decorating event at school, you’ll need a Halloween costume to get you into the holiday spirit. And if your daughter plans to part of the action too, then why not consider a mother-daughter Halloween costume? After all, Halloween is one of the few days each year where you can coordinate outfits with your daughter without excessive eye-rolls or whining if you cater to her.
The key is to look to your child’s interests for inspiration — be it a movie, a favorite animal, or a mythical creature. We did just that and found some mother-daughter Halloween costumes that both generations can agree on. Keep reading for how to easily create two ensembles using your imagination and a few key accessories from Amazon. You’ll find something for every age and every skill level.
The creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky mother-daughter duo will be a hit with both generations, thanks to their many iterations: a 1964 television series, 1991 film, and now an animated movie out on October 11. Whether you dye your hair, opt for a wig, or work with your own dark locks, the stick straight and braided hairstyles will complete these goth costumes.
What You'll Need: Black V-neck dress ($30, Amazon); black dress with white collar ($18, Amazon)
A favorite HBO series may have ended this year, but the Mother of Dragons is still relevant in pop culture and dragons are still cool for any age. Pair a blue caped ensemble with an icy blonde wig to recreate Daenerys’ recognizable look, then dress your fire-breather up in a warm, winged onesie.
What You’ll Need: White-blonde wig ($19, Amazon); navy dress and cape set ($40, Amazon); dragon costume ($34, Amazon)
Get inspired by the hauntingly beautiful costumes in the Maleficent sequel, out October 18. The title character will be immediately recognized by her horned headpiece and gothic ensemble. Meanwhile, your little Sleeping Beauty — who, fittingly, Maleficent raised as her own — has the option to dress true to the movie in a pale blue or classic Disney pink.
What You’ll Need: Maleficent costume ($34, Amazon); child’s Renaissance gown ($23, Amazon)
There’s no greater bond than a mother’s love, though some might say that Queen Elizabeth’s love for her dog comes close. Search your closet (or a friend’s) for a long wool coat in any bright color and create a monochromatic look around it, right down to the matching formal hat. An eared hat can transform your little one into the cutest corgi on the block.
What You’ll Need: Colorful calf-length wool coat ($40, Amazon); formal hat ($48, Amazon); white gloves ($14, Amazon); kid-sized corgi hat ($14, Amazon); tan crewneck sweatshirt ($14, Amazon)
For the mother-daughter duos who already tell one another everything, try dressing up as Stars Hollow’s fast-talking Gilmore Girls. Tie-dye an old white T-shirt pink with a kit to pull off one of the pair’s most iconic outfits — Lorelai’s “I’ve overslept” look on Rory’s first day at Chilton.
What You’ll Need: Tie dye kit ($10, Amazon); cut-off shorts ($18, Amazon); Western boots ($40, Amazon); girls’ blue Oxford shirt ($5, Amazon); girls’ blue plaid skirt ($11, Amazon)
Get ready for Frozen 2 with this magical costume. If you don’t want to actually build a snowman, buy it and a coordinating sparkly blue dress for yourself online. If your daughter decides she wants to wear the crown, you’ll have no trouble finding an Olaf onesie that fits your frame.
What You’ll Need: Icy blue dress ($34, Amazon); bleach blonde braided wig ($19, Amazon); child-size Olaf suit ($15, Amazon)
If you’ve still got that viral “Baby Shark” tune stuck in your head, dress your little one up in a gray onesie with teeth and a fin. You can keep your end simple, Mama Shark, by opting for a T-shirt with the lyrics.
What You’ll Need: Mama Shark T-shirt ($9, Amazon); child’s shark costume ($20, Amazon)
Satisfy your Starbucks obsession with a mother-daughter dress code that matches your coffee order. Your chaperone outfit is easy: Print the mermaid logo and tape to the chest of their trademark green apron. Dress your caffeinated counterpart in caffè dress with white felted froth or a onesie from Etsy.
What You’ll Need: Green apron ($9, Amazon); tan dress ($14, Amazon); white and green felt ($19, Amazon)
Relive a bit of the ‘80s as the two stars of the Netflix series GLOW. She’ll represent America in red, white, blue, and sparkles, while you dress as the often-underhanded opponent in a red metallic bodysuit (it’ll only needs a few cuts to look like Alison Brie’s costume.) Don’t forget the big hair and bold eye makeup!
What You’ll Need: Metallic red leotard ($20, Amazon); wide black belt ($6, Amazon); fur headband ($13, Amazon); child-size patriotic leotard ($23, Amazon)
With your daughter dressed as Dorothy in blue gingham, red glittery shoes, and two braids, you can reuse an old pink bridesmaid’s dress to be the good witch that guides her around the neighborhood. Break out the bubbles when you walk from house to house to mimic Glinda’s magical means of transportation from The Wizard of Oz.
What You’ll Need: Pink ball gown ($52, Amazon); tall crown ($15, Amazon); bubbles ($13, Amazon); blue and white gingham dress ($14, Amazon); red sparkly flats ($20, Amazon)