Mother-Daughter Costumes: It’s All in the Family

I was tooling around Pinterest (as I often do) and came across a thread that I decided would make a great post. If you ladies with daughters haven’t had a chance to put together your costumes yet, here are some ideas for you!

First, here are a couple of ideas for moms with little ones who need to be carried or who can maybe toddle a bit on their own:

Alice & Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)

Alice & Cheshire Cat

Tiny Cheshire Cat is a perfect companion for mom’s Alice.

Pirate & Parrot


Another excellent choice for moms with little ones that need to be toted about. Your little parrot will be happy to sit on your shoulder.

Web & Spider

Web & Spider

And another one for the wee babes! This one can also be adjusted for the baby to be strapped to mom’s chest with a baby carrier harness.

Padme and Leia

Padme & Leia

Oh, this one warms my nerdy little heart. Little Leia’s ears will stay warm in the October chill with those adorable bun earmuffs!

Granmamare & Ponyo

Granmamare & Ponyo

From Miyazaki’s Ponyo, this duo is just the cutest. I love the beach photo shoot for this one so much.


For older kids, here are a couple of ideas that caught my eye:

Beldam & Coraline

Beldam & Coraline

Coraline is one of my absolute favorite movies- and books! Neil Gaiman’s dark fairy tale can make for a playful mother-daughter team up.

Elinor & Merida

Elinor & Merida

I’ll admit it. I got a bit teary, watching Brave. It’s an excellent story about the love that mothers and daughters share, even when they’re butting heads. This is a great choice for moms with teen-aged daughters– if they can rope their daughter into it.

Glinda & Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz)

Glinda & Dorothy

I’ve seen versions with the mom playing the Wicked Witch, as well. I guess it’s telling which version you choose!

McGonagall & Hermione

McGonagall & Hermione

Just look at that smile! Hermione is such a wonderful role model for young girls and Professor McGonagall is the teacher we all wish we could have had. What a great idea, ladies!

Bonus for moms with multiple daughters!

Russian Nesting Dolls

Russian Nesting Dolls

Got a couple of girls of varying ages? A matching set of Russian nesting dolls could be just the thing. Pretty cute, right?


Family outfits are some of my absolute favorites to see this time of year. Mom and daughter costume combos can help bring families closer together and display that your sense of humor and creativity is genetic. Have I missed any great ones? Let me know!

Save the World…Together!

At Halloween, one of the most fun things to do is to try to come up with a costume that you and your loved ones can wear together. That way,  when people come up you at the party, they’ll say, “Oh, look at you two, you’re so and so. You’re so cute!” and you’ll beam with pride. If you’re in need of an idea for a group costume, there’s few things more popular than superheroes lately.

With “The Avengers” breaking all kinds of box office records and “The Amazing Spider-Man” opening that recently opened, (It’s getting pretty decent reviews.) people are naturally going to want to dress up as superheroes. So why not join in the fun and dress a superhero and a sidekick, or the superhero with the lady he loves? An Avengers Halloween costume is a great idea, or other superheroes make the perfect duo for a woman who wants to show up at a party with her beau in matching costume.

An obvious choice would be to dress up as Superman and Lois Lane, or if you wanted to stray from the comic book story, Superman and Wonder Woman. Pre-made Superman costumes are pretty easy to find in any department store as are Wonder Woman costumes. Lois Lane may take a little bit more creativity, though all you really have to do is put on a dress or jumpsuit and have dark hair.

You can take it “old school” and go as Batman and Robin, and that’s a great choice for young men, since Batman seems to have more girls than we can count. Since “The Avengers” has been so popular, you can go as Black Widow and Hawkeye (they date each other in the film) or Black Widow and any of the Avenger guys since there are plenty of them. Or, you can be Iron Man and Virginia “Pepper” Potts (from the film). With the newest Spider-Man just hitting theaters, a good idea would be dress up as Peter Parker (with the Spidey suit underneath the normal clothes) and Gwen Stacy or Mary Jane, if you feel so inclined to do a throwback costume (though we all know that Gwen Stacy was his real true love).  One that is lesser known but still sexy and would be a fun project to put together for the both of you would be Daredevil and Elektra from their 2003 and 2005 respective films.
Guys, if you’re lucky enough to have a girl who would agree to dress up in skintight spandex in front of who knows how many people, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. If you can pull off convincing costumes, it’s no doubt that you’ll win all the awards for best couple costume at your next Halloween party. Ok, now you’ve got some great ideas, so go ahead, be a hero.

Emma Rae Curtis is a costume/dressing up/makeup & accessories expert. She mainly writes about Halloween but also about all things costume and dress-up related.