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!

When it comes to Halloween Costumes, What Defines Offensive?

I’m not going to take up too much of your time today, but I’ve been thinking a lot about offensive Halloween costumes – or rather, what characterizes a costume as offensive.

It seems to come down to each person’s individual opinion. Some people find anything marketed as “sexy” distasteful, whereas feminists (like myself) are more of the mind that a woman can where whatever she pleases. There are those that might express disgust at costumes depicting bodily functions while others find them humorous.

Personally, I take offense to two types of costumes – those that are culturally insensitive and those that make light of tragedy.

Culturally Insensitive Costume

Triple nope.

It’s amazing that in the costume industry, it’s still actively encouraged to disrespect cultural heritages. A walk through any Halloween store will see costumes with such colloquial names as “Reservation Royalty”, “Shanghai Hottie”, and “Temptress Gypsy” – all trivializing the cultures in question, making costumes that give little respect to the traditional clothing they are attempting to imitate. And don’t even get me started on blackface, because I haven’t yet been made aware of a situation where it was even mildly appropriate.

Sexy First Lady Costume

Definition of tasteless — sexualizing the suit Jackie Kennedy wore on the day of her husband’s assassination .

Tragedy comes in many flavors, from personal to National. While I’m a big fan of laughing through the tears, I’m also quite sensitive to the pain of others. Making a costume that belittles someone’s grief is one of the easiest ways to ruin a Halloween celebration. It’s also a good way to cause yourself problems – just ask the woman who wore a Boston Marathon Bombing “costume” to a work party.

I suppose the point I really want to make is this: use common sense when choosing a Halloween costume. You can’t please all the people all of the time, but you can make a concerted effort to be considerate of your fellow human beings.