Boo Times Two: Halloween Costumes for Twins/Multiples

Dressing Up Your Twins/Multiples for Halloween

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Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Toddler Costumes. Photo courtesy of Playful Princesses

It's that time of year again -- Halloween is around the corner. This season of haunts and horrors can result in absolute terror for parents of multiples who are short on time, money or ideas for the perfect costumes. Choosing a costume can be a delicate issue; should your multiples' disguises coordinate or compliment each other? Or should they reflect their unique identities? What's a parent to do?

Whether you buy or craft costumes, here are some ideas to consider.

Costumes for Older Twins & Multiples

If your multiples are old enough to select their own costume, it will probably be dictated by a popular book, movie or television characters. Disney's Frozen, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Minions, Superman, pirates, Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Square Pants, Disney princesses, Barbie and Dr. Seuss are popular picks. If your multiples are clamoring to be the same thing, these themes offer many combinations and options.

Costumes for Baby Twins & Multiples

If your multiples are still young, your options are greater. Make the most of this time. Your chance to impose your creativity on them is limited! You don't have to spend a fortune or be an adept seamstress to create a costume. For young children, your best bet is to start with a solid color foundation. Onesies or one-piece sleepers are ideal for infants, while sweat suits work well for toddlers and up.

Decorate with fabric paint or use fabric adhesive to apply designs out of other materials, such as felt, fur, or feathers.

Of course, always follow safety guidelines and ensure that costumes are appropriate for your children's age and activity level.

More! Top Ten Halloween Costumes for Infant Twins

Looking for coordinated Halloween costume ideas for twins? Here are some suggestions for costumes that would be appropriate for twins or pairs of kids.

  • Pair of Dice
  • Pebbles & BammBamm from the Flinstones
  • Angel and Devil
  • Lightning McQueen and 'Mater (or Sally Carrera) from Disney's "Cars"
  • Bride & Bridegroom
  • Ketchup & Mustard
  • Samurai & Ninja
  • Puppy & Kitten
  • Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head
  • Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss (here's another version.)
  • Raggedy Ann & Andy
  • Buzz & Woody or Jessie (Toy Story)
  • Bee & Honey Pot
  • Hamburger & Fries
  • Milk & Cookies
  • Tom & Jerry
  • Cheerleader & Football Player
  • Simba & Nala (Disney's The Lion King)
  • The Matrix Twins (From the Matrix movie)
  • Mickey & Minnie Mouse

Here are some Halloween costume ideas submitted by visitors to the Parenting Multiples site at About.com. You'll find lots more suggestions, many with instructions, on this page: Reader Suggestions: Costume Ideas from Readers.​

  • Crayolas, flowers - Mary​
  • Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star, Lion and a Tiger, Angel and a Devil - Amy
  • cowboy and indian, Captain Hook and Peter Pan - Kelly
  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Peter Pan and Tinker Belle - Michelle
  • M&Ms, bumble bee and lady bug, angels, pumpkins, and superheroes - Brandi
  • Angel/Devil, Cowboy/Indian, Good Witch/Bad witch - Rebecca Stewart
  • Superman/Wonderwoman - emo
  • Captain Hook and Peter Pan - tripsmommy
  • Pebbles and Bam-Bam, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Frankentein and his Bride, Princess and Knight in shining armor, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook, Wonder Twins - Lori
  • Batman and Robin - Micki Allen
  • Tooth and the Tooth Fairy - Megen
  • Cat and a mouse - Heather Spradley
  • Doublemint Twins -- Hannah
  • Leia and Luke Skywalker from Star Wars - momof2+2
  • "Some of the ideas I have had for my boys, who aren't twins but are close in age, are: Cowboy & Pony, Harry Potter & Hedwig, Dalmatian & Firefighter, Jaguar & Diego, Hippo & Elephant, Mummy & Pharaoh, Tyrone & Pablo (Backyardigans), Bug & Spider, Whale & Shark, Devil & Saint/Angel, Turtle & Frog, Frog & Bug, Penguin & Polar Bear. If you have one girl and one boy or two girls, a caterpillar & butterfly would be cute, too." - Ashley
  • "Halloween twin ideas: thing 1 thing 2; a pair of aces; copy and paste -- <apple> C / <apple> V or <ctrl> C / <ctrl> V; yin and yang; a Palindrome" - brossettelewis

Looking for Halloween costumes for triplets? Here are some costume ideas that would be appropriate for triplets or other threesomes, such as twins with another sibling.

  • Power Puff Girls (Blossom, Bubbles & Buttercup)
  • Three Little Pigs
  • Three Blind Mice
  • Three Bears
  • See/Hear/Speak No Evil Monkeys
  • Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet (A site visitor comments, "A great costume idea for multiples is Pooh and friends. There are plenty to choose from, Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Gopher, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo. This is great especially if you have many multiples for example, quints." - Kelly
  • "I work at BabiesRus and we have these three new costumes this year: a cowgirl, cowboy and a horse. i think it would make such a great idea if anyone has triplets. They are all matching. so it would be perfect!" - Kristin Reber
  • " Another idea I came up with for triplets (my neighbor has 2 girls 1 boy who just turned 1): 3 blind mice. She got 3 mouse costumes and just added sun glasses and canes. Some other ones we came up with for her triplets were: sun, moon & stars, the 3 bears, 3 little pigs, and the hear no evil see no evil speak no evil monkeys." - Liz
  • "My older daughter is six this year and she would like to be Bo Peep, while her eight month old triplets siblings can be the three sheep!" - Kristi
  • "(My two roomates and I) always try to do some kind of "triplet" costume on halloween. this year we are going to dress up as mice and wear sunglasses: Three Blind Mice!
  • "...cute costume for 2boy/1girl triplets is Captain Hook, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell" - Kari Shoemaker
  • "I've done the Wizard of Oz with my triplets when they were 1 year old... in a triplet stroller decorated with 'yellow bricks.' The last time I was able to get them to coordinate was my favorite though. My oldest daughter was 6 and she dressed up as little Bo Peep (we modeled her after Bo Peep from Toy story) and my 2 year old triplets were sheep...2 girls were white and the boy was a black sheep." - Tina
  • "Last year my 3 were Dora, Boots(monkey costume), and Swiper (fox costume or wolf) from the cartoon Dora the Explorer. For Swiper we bought a plain royal blue mask to cover the eyes and royal blue gloves." - Ollie

Looking for Halloween costumes for your twins and your family? Get the whole family in on the act! Trick or treat with these costume ideas for families.

  • Farm Animals & Farmers
  • Candy: M&M's or Hershey's Kisses
  • Firemen & Dalmatians
  • Box of Crayons (each family member a different color)

More ideas from visitors to this site:

"Another great costume idea for multiples and families is The Simpsons. There's Homer, Marge, Maggie, Lisa, Bart, and Grandpa.

I know I would think it was adorable if the "Simpson Family" came to my doorstep for some candy on halloween." - Kelly

"Last year at age 3, my girls were a cow and a pig (store bought costumes) and mom was a sheep (white sweatshirt with batting glued all over it) and dad was a farmer (overalls and a straw hat from Goodwill!)." - Kelli

"My older daughter is six this year and she would like to be Bo Peep, while her eight month old triplets siblings can be the three sheep!" - Kristi

"At age 2, they were Thing 1 and Thing 2. They wore red pants and a long-sleeved red shirt. I sewed a circle of white felt on the front and wrote with a black Sharpie (Thing 1 or Thing 2). I got some blue hair gel from my hairdresser, and we put that in their hair and made it stand up. They were a hit, and that is still their favorite costume to this day. Dad was the Cat in the Hat (he wore black, and I used felt for the tummy and red tie, then I made him a tail out of black tights) I bought him a hat and drew whiskers on!" - Kelli

"Last Halloween, big Sister Madeleine was Snow White, and nearly 4 month old twins Jackson and Sophia were dwarfs - Sleepy and Sneezy (just ironed on cute lettering onto some cute sleepers from Target). I was Minnie Mouse and with my brood we won the costume contest at my office!" - Janet

Here are some Halloween costume ideas submitted by visitors to the Parenting Multiples site at About.com.

 

  • "Last year my twin boys were Thing 1 and Thing 2. I bought red union suits and wrote "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" on fabric circles. For the hair, I bought blue hair spray, but beware, it will rub off on car seats!" - Janet
  • "I had a great time last year with my 3 year old twin girls when we dressed them up as thing 1 and thing 2. Red sweatsuits, white cirlce of felt, black marker, clown wig spray painted blue. I of course went as the Cat in the Hat to Daycare for the parade." - susieq
  • "My identical twin girls were a lemon and lime for their first Halloween at 6 months old. I put them in a green and yellow sleeper, and they had lemon and lime caps that a friend of mine had knitted for them. Then, when they were 18 mos., they were angels. I purchased the wings and halos, but they could easily be made. They just wore all white (it was cold, so they wore sweatpants), and I made them little tulle skirts and sewed pretty lace along the bottom of the sweatpants." - Kelly
  • "I have 3yr. old boy/girl twins and their first Halloween I couldn't decide between Mickey and Minnie Mouse or Raggedy Ann and Andy. Last year I was stuck between Raggedy Ann and Andy with Dressy Bessy and Dapper Dan. After pulling myself togather from an accute attack of Twin-itis I decided to let them choose who they wanted to be and they chose a Kitty Cat and Thomas the Tank Engine." - Charlene
  • "I have not actually tried this yet, but a couple of years ago, I saw a costume bubble gum machine, using a clear garbage bag and balloons. I thought maybe, a bunch of grapes. [Use] a clear garbage bag and one color balloons: lime green for white grapes and purple balloons for the red grapes. Naturally, I would have one be white grapes and the other twin be the red grapes." - Gretchen
  • "When my 5 yr old granddaughters were a yr old we dressed them as a Hershey Kiss and a Hershey Hug. Costumes were so simple to make. I just got a pattern for a toddler pumpkin costume and used the shiny silver fabric for it. The hat was the same fabric. I sewed some material out of the top of the hat and one said kiss and one said hug. For the hug I glued a few brown strips of fabric on the shiny silver. They were so cute and it was easy and they were comfortable. I used snaps at the shoulders." - Sue
  • "Hi this was my twins' second Hallowen and I dressed them up as Cleopatra and Ceasar. I was on vacation in Las Vegas and saw the outfits in the Ceasar's Palace Hotel and Casino. They were the hit this Halloween." - Cristina
  • "My b/g twins were 10 months old, and for the most part walking already; they were a quarterback and a cheerleader!" - Jillean
  • "For my twins' 2nd Halloween they were Salt and Pepper Shakers. I bought them sweats for the clothing - black for my son who was pepper, and white for my daughter who was salt. Then I bought felt and cut out a huge S & P and glued them on the shirts. I used two of their baby "bucket style" hats - I bought some shiny silver material and had my mom sew it on the hats, then glued black dots on the tops for the holes." - Mitzi
  • "I am planning on making my girls a Pair of Dice by painting 2 boxes red with black dots and attaching ribbon to hang over the shoulders. I've also thought about making them "2 of a Kind" by making them playing cards out of poster board." - Paula
  • "When my fraternal boy twins were 9 months old, we dressed them as the Fonz and Richie Cunningham for Halloween. Jack has black hair and wore a "leather" jacket with jeans and Jimmy has reddish blond hair and wore an argyle sweater with jeans. It was so easy and very very cute." - Maryellen
  • "I have three-year old fraternal twin boys. They have fallen in love with the Sesame Place theme park. I would love to dress them as Ernie and Bert for Halloween. The theme park sells the Ernie and Bert faces on a visor. I need to find striped shirts that resemble the shirts that Ernie and Bert wear on the television show." - Michelle Beloti
  • "I have 21 month boy/girl twins and this Halloween they will be dressing up as Pebbles and BamBam from The Flintstones. I bought some leopard print fleece and made mini togas for them. They will be wearing flesh colored turtle neck shirts underneath and leopard print shoe covers over their sneakers. Add a couple of accessories and they are good to go. This is the perfect age for this costume because, if you remember Pebbles and BamBam, they were talking about as clearly as 21 month olds do." - Jennifer
  • "Last year my identical twin girls were peas in a pod. This year they are 20 months old and I think they are going to be double bubble bubble gum." - Nikki
  • "I have twins and last year we did the bumble bee and flower." - Jen
  • "I thought it would be cute to dress my twin boys up as a little devil and a little angel because that is what they are!" - Maria
  • "I have two yr old twin girls and I am trying my best to make them macaroni and cheese costumes." - 4twingirls
  • "I wasn't quite sure what to have my twin boy dress up as for Halloween....but somehow....it came to me...Monkey See & Monkey Do.....I ordered the monkey costumes from One Step Ahead, and then took it to my local monogram store." - Kristina
  • "I made doublemint twins. They were sticks of gum. The costumes were made of green felt with silver at the top and bottom and a silver headband. On the front I glued the letters "DOUBLEMINT TWINS" I had cut out of white felt. I added white tights and they won the costume contest that year." - Heather Trocko
  • "My twins, who are now 2 1/2, had the cutest costumes for their first 2 halloweens. Gavin and Gage were Mario and Luigi(Nintendo Bros.)" - Danielle Naquin
  • "My favorite Halloween costume I had for my twin boys was when they were two. I dressed them as baby vampires. They were adorable! I dressed them in black and red, black cape, whited-out faces and red binkies." - Reynosa Feldy
  • "My fraternal twin boys were too young last year to dress up, but this year they will be dressing as a fireman and a dalmation." - Tamara

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