You are looking at a photo from a handful of years ago. Thankfully it was Halloween, which excuses some of it. My then husband was King Friday, I was a kidnapper, and so it makes a great deal of sense our daughter was Spa Girl. Huh?
When we’re children, we are the things for Halloween we most want to be. Superheroes or princesses, or in my case — whatever costume I could make out of my father’s lab coat fifteen minutes before Trick or Treating.
In fact when young, what we want to be for Halloween consumes an autumn’s worth of conversations leading up to the day itself when, in my geographic region, there always seems to be a cold snap mandating a coat over the hard-won costume, now barely visible.
Then the teenage years hit, and suddenly the Halloween concept is negotiable. Is it cool to Trick or Treat with the young kids?
My kids seemed to transition into this stage gracefully by deciding it was in fact still very cool to collect shopping bags of free candy. And the path to this end entailed gathering friends together on group costume ideas.
Here are a few teen Halloween costume ideas, for a group!
- Sports Teams. Seems every teenager has at least one ball cap or jersey representing their local baseball, football, basketball, or hockey teams. Or one of each! The odd friend out can dress as a cheerleader, or disgruntled fan!
- Career Costumes. Go as a range of occupations! Raid the ‘rents closets for surgical scrubs, suit and tie, employee uniforms, or even t-shirts such as “lifeguard” which can be accessorized with beach ball and whistle.
- Currently in the news. A few friends can go as The Government Shutdown while others go as Miley Cyrus’ haircut!
- The Many Hilarious Eras of Clothing. The 50s through 80s era can easily be represented by Mad Men housewife gear, hippy bellbottoms, disco wear, or a rocker with big hair.
- Animal Costumes. Otherwise known as stick a tail on it! Wear all grey with ears and a tail and you’re a mouse! All black with ears and a tail and you’re a kitty! All white with ears and an abbreviated tail and you’re a bunny!
Whatever your teen decides, encourage their participation in an occasion that’s not about kids, but creativity. And that’s for any age.