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What’s more fun than dressing up for Halloween? Coming up with an epic group Halloween costume for your squad to slay on October 31. Sure, you could opt to dress solo this year, but if you have a group willing to get together and get creative, trust us when we say that nothing beats the level of camaraderie that comes from committing to a costume theme with your friends. Plus, just think of the photo opps!
One of the perks of dressing up in a group costume for Halloween is the planning that goes into it. It can be hard enough to come up with a costume idea solo, but as they say, two (or more!) heads are better than one. You could end up stepping into a role you never would have considered on your own or convince your pals to go along with the theme you’ve been dreaming up for years. In the words of Cady Heron, the limit does not exist.
Then again, sometimes an abundance of ideas can make narrowing down your options a bit difficult. But that’s where we come in. Up ahead, we’ve rounded up 20 group Halloween costumes to consider for your friend group's theme. From spooky to sweet, and even some funny picks sprinkled in, we can (almost) guarantee there’s a costume for every crew on this list.
All the Barbie Girls
Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has everyone seeing pink. While the live-action film served up plenty of fashion inspiration for our everyday wardrobes, it also gave us plenty of group Halloween costumes to consider. You can each choose your favorite iteration of the iconic fashion doll for variety, or settle on one look you all loved from the movie and match.
If pink isn’t your color, consider yellow instead. Get a little cartoonish with your crew and dress up like the adorable Minions. All you’ll need is some overalls, a yellow shirt, and goggles to get the look.
The Many Roles of Meg Ryan
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Nora Ephron Fall, during which all of our favorite Meg Ryan films will be on repeat. Between Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, and When A Man Loves A Woman, the rom-com queen has presented us with several iconic characters over the years — all of which can easily be portrayed with clothes already hanging in our closets. So grab your best girlfriends, choose your favorite Meg Ryan fall outfits, and you’ve got yourself a group Halloween costume that would make Meg proud.
The 'Gilmore Girls' Cast
If you and your besties are Gilmore Girls super fans, why not pose as your favorite Stars Hollow personalities for Halloween? The show is riddled with plenty of unique characters that each have their own style, so there truly is a look for every one of your friends to vibe with. Rory’s outfits, for example, were heavily rooted in the schoolcore and academia, while Lorelai was playfully professional (think blazers and jackets, but always with some kind of pop of color or funky print). And for the guys: Luke’s uniform of a flannel and jeans isn’t too far off from a basic fall ensemble — all you’ll need is a backward baseball cap to complete the look.
The Addams Family
Whether you’re a Wednesday stan or prefer the earlier interpretations, The Addams Family is one mysteriously kooky clan to dress up as.
Taylor Swift's Different Eras
Are you and your crew Swifties? Choose your favorite era and dress accordingly. This is an especially great group Halloween costume idea for anyone who wasn’t able to score tickets to one of the pop singer’s concerts. Or, if you have, it's a great time to rewear your look.
Would this list of group Halloween costumes be complete without a Kardashian-Jenner mention? The Kardashians is returning to Hulu a fourth season on September 28th, which means more costume inspiration (and drama TV) for us.
The Real Housewives
First, choose which Housewives franchise you’d like to cosplay, then go through their social media for outfit inspiration (or watch from the beginning if you want to nail the taglines). Bonus points if one of your crew volunteers to dress up as Andy Cohen and you act out a reunion scene for your own feed.
The Progressive Crew
Flo, Jamie, Alan, and Mara from Progressive are an especially memorable bunch, plus their all-white uniform couldn’t be easier to throw together. Add a few blue accessories (like Flo’s signature headband) and a nametag, and you’re good to go.
Your Favorite 'Nepo Babies'
Once Hailey Bieber openly embraced the fact that she is, indeed, the daughter of famous parents with an iconic cropped white tee with the words “Nepo Baby” written across it, other children of celebs acknowledged their nepo baby status, too. You can snag a similar top to Bieber’s on websites like Etsy and Boohoo, choose your favorite nepo baby — Lori Harvey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Allison Williams, the list goes on and on — and get into character.
There are so many iconic clothing moments from Friends that deserve the spotlight come Halloween. For example, you have Joey dressed in all of Chandler’s clothes, Rachel’s Central Perk uniform, Ross in the "Frankie Say Relax" T-shirt or the Holiday Armadillo costume, and Monica’s iconic little red bikini and denim shorts combo. Have fun sifting through the archives with your friends to figure out which looks you’d like to recreate, and if you have to pivot from one look to another, rest assured that come Halloween things will be looking great.
Mermaidcore has been trending all year, and the aesthetic has only grown in popularity with the release of Disney’s The Little Mermaid live-action film starring Halle Bailey. We think it’s safe to say Ariel and Prince Eric will be a common couples Halloween costume this year, but we also think a merpeople group Halloween costume would go swimmingly, too.
Scooby-Doo & the Gang
Scooby-Doo and his mystery-solving friends make for a classic group Halloween costume that, as far as we’re concerned, never gets old.
The Disney Princesses
Disney continues to roll out live-action depictions of our favorite childhood animations, so why not channel your favorite princesses off-screen this Halloween? Emulate the original interpretation or put your spin on the story.
Willy Wonka & Co.
With all the buzz surrounding Timothée Chalamet’s upcoming film, Wonka, what better time than now to dress up as the Candy Man for Halloween? To nail the group Halloween costume, you’ll need a chocolate bar-waving Charlie Bucket, a gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde, a whiny Veruca Salt, a screen-obsessed Mike TV, and a greedy Augustus Gloop.
The Wizard of Oz & Witches
It's a classic for a reason. Plus, Wicked fans waiting impatiently for the two-part film to drop can get a small fix by dressing up as the infamous Wizard and his magical comrades, Glinda and Elphaba.
Belly & Her Boys from 'The Summer I Turned Pretty'
Those who live by the beach and aren’t experiencing freezing temperatures on October 31 should definitely dress up as Belly, Conrad, Jeremiah, and the rest of the Cousins crew. Consider it an excuse not to put away your summer clothes just yet.
The Four Seasons
We’re referring to the actual seasons — winter, spring, summer, and fall — though if you’re a fan of the doo-wop band, by all means, go the fancy suits and microphones route. Get inspired by the looks in Grease 2 and go crafty: Source accessories from nature, use calendar pages, use cotton balls for faux clouds; the options are endless.
With their first new song in 20 years, the hype surrounding the pop boy band is real right now. We’d approach this group Halloween costume the same way we would our Taylor Swift idea; choose an album and style your looks accordingly.
Harry Potter & Friends (or Foes!)
We’re still on the fence about the developing Harry Potter television series, but we’re certainly not opposed to creating our own Wizarding World for Halloween. With such a large cast, your friends can choose virtually any kind of magical creature to embody for the night — witch, wizard, Death Eater, teacher. As long as it's fantastic, it's fair game.
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