Our 2021 Family Halloween Costumes/Easy Costume Idea

I cannot believe Halloween is a little under 2 weeks away! I love a good themed party, and really take advantage of any excuse to dress up. In college, I was all about date parties because it allowed me to be creative and create a costume. For date parties/Halloween in college, I usually made my own costumes, and this year I decided to both Jake and my costumes for our themed family outfits. When it comes to costumes, I don’t like to spend a lot and try to get inspired by something I own to create a costume. Most pre-made adult costumes look really cheap and poorly made, and they aren’t worth the money for me. We did buy Scarlett’s sweet Cinderella costume/scrubs, but the rest were ideas I made from things in my own closet and added inexpensive accessories.

Our 2021 Family Cinderella Costume:

Shop Our Outfits:

Of course I couldn’t miss a chance to dress Scarlett up as Cinderella. Another mom recently asked what Scarlett was going to be for Halloween and, when I told her Cinderella, she said to enjoy the cutesy Disney costumes because her child, who was old enough to pick her own costume, demanded to be a witch. I asked Jake to be part of family costumes, but originally he was not on board. He finally decided he would participate last week. When I looked at costumes on Amazon they were either too expensive or looked cheap. I followed this DIY video and loved how his turned out. We already had this button down shirt that he never wears and I only ended up spending around $10 since ribbon was on sale at Hobby Lobby. I originally ordered a cape on Amazon for my costume and it didn’t fit right/looked more like Elsa from Frozen. After shopping in my own closet, I was reminded I already had the perfect powder blue dress (my Hill House Home dress) for my fairy godmother outfit. Since I had the perfect dress, I decided I needed to make a cape/wrap that is more fashionable to compliment my dress. I followed this no-sew DIY video, but did end up sewing the hood and safety pinning part of the interior.  My costume was a little time consuming to make, but I absolutely love how it turned out. I knew the perfect spot to take these photos at: Quinlan Castle (I wrote more about this neat spot in this blog post). Scarlett is getting really hard to photograph because she just wants to run away. I will hopefully get an individual photo of her in her costume soon.  I plan to have Jake dress up as the prince again next year, so I am glad we can reuse this and we will do Snow White.


Shop Her Scrubs:

I haven’t had a chance to announce on here yet, but we found out recently that we will be moving to Raleigh/Durham, NC this upcoming June, where Jake will be doing a Pain Management Fellowship at Duke. I had to dress Scarlett up in scrubs for the big news on Instagram and this will be one of her Halloween costumes.

Cher from Clueless:

I did a blog post on this outfit years ago (post here) when we lived in Oklahoma City and it gave me Cher from Clueless vibes. I decided to add knee high socks to make it into a costume. I took these photos outside of Saks and thought it was a perfect backdrop. Although this isn’t the exact outfit Cher wore in Clueless, I think it worked to capture the feel perfectly. Any preppy outfit and shopping bags/knee socks will work too.

80s Prom:

I wore this dress for my 16th birthday and saw it at my parents’ house recently. I had to bring it back with me because it gave me 80s prom vibes (although I wasn’t alive for the 80s; I was an early 90s baby.) The dress is really small on me, but I held my breath and made it work for photos! I also made these lace gloves for 74 cents from some lace ribbon on sale at Hobby Lobby. I just sewed it together because I was too cheap to spend $8 on Amazon.

Other costume ideas: I am saving these ideas for the future.

  • Belle: My Hill House dress also works for a Belle costume with a white button down under and a white apron.
  • Peter Pan: My Powder Blue Hill House dress would also work for Wendy Darling
  • Alice in Wonderland: My Powder Blue Hill House would also work for Alice
  • Snow White
  • 101 Dalmatians: I want to be Cruella Deville one of these days. All you need is a black and white spotted coat and, if you have dark hair like mine, you can spray Batiste Dry Shampoo on half of your hair and have your child(ren) dress as Dalmatians
  • Wizard of Oz

Make sure to checkout our costumes from last year here and here if you would like some more ideas. I loved our costumes from last year too!



  1. October 19, 2021 / 1:33 pm

    Courtney, these ideas are precious!! I just adore your family costume. And what amazing photos with the castle backdrop!!

    • abyersguide
      October 31, 2021 / 6:40 pm

      Aww thanks, Katherine! Happy Halloween.

    • abyersguide
      October 31, 2021 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer!!

  2. October 23, 2021 / 7:47 am

    You are so right about creating rather than buying Halloween costumes Courtney ! I know for a little one like Scarlett you would have to buy. That Mom is so right, enjoy these special days of dressing her up ! It was nice of Jake to take part! I guess he is a typical man when it comes to costumes ! But nice he took part. Your dress is perfect for fairy Godmother ! Scarlett Cinderella is so cute !!! How great is it that you fit into your 16th birthday dress??? The 74c lace gloves are such a lovely addition. I know i could not ! Congrats on the new upcoming move to Raleigh / Durham ! I am sure it will be an adjustment in leaving Birmingham, but new adventures await ! I love Scarlett’s scrubs ! Have a great weekend, Terri xo.

    • abyersguide
      October 31, 2021 / 6:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Terri! We had fun dressing up. My 16th b-day dress was not zipped up all the way lol.
      We are excited for our upcoming move this summer.

      I hope y’all had a great Halloween.

      • November 2, 2021 / 4:29 am

        Glad it was all fun Courtney ! I totally get it with the 16th birthday dress, those zippers are not very forgiving ! Halloween was very nice, we went trick or treating and it was fun. Take care , Terri xo.

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