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Halloween Costume Ideas for Los Angeles Kids (and Families)

Halloween is meant for having fun and dressing up! Sure, there are costumes people could wear in other parts of the country, but hey, we’re in Los Angeles!

If you’re looking for something different for this year’s celebration, why not think local? There are lots of fun, easy (i.e.. not expensive and/or labor intensive) only-in-L.A. costumes perfect for Los Angeles kids (and families)!

Or why not go big? Our City has been known to revel in excess, so take these ideas and feel free to run with them. Make them your own. And above all, have fun!

14 Costume Ideas for Los Angeles Kids

Steve Jobs of Apple

Apple’s headquarters may be in Northern California, but the first retail store opened in the Glendale Galleria back in 2001 which is very much SoCal. And it’s easy to dress like the iconic Steve Jobs. Think tennis shoes, jeans, black turtleneck, wire-rimmed glasses, and of course, an Apple item in your child’s hand. 

In-N-Out Burger Employee

Nothing says southern California quite like a burger from In-N-Out. The whole family can dress up in this one. White shirts and pants, a red apron, and don’t forget a paper hat.

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See’s Candies Employee

It’s the 100th anniversary of See’s Candies which opened its first candy shop here in Los Angeles in 1921 (at 135 N. Western Avenue). A fun way to celebrate is by dressing as one of the ever-friendly See’s Candies employees. Think a white dress (a possible way to use a prior year’s nurse costume), black bow tie, and white shoes. Don’t forget to carry a box as an additional prop.

two women behind the counter at See's Candy
That time MomsLA got to step behind the counter at See’s Candy! Get a white dress and apron ready!

Wizard of Oz Characters

The Wizard of Oz has strong ties to Culver City which makes it a fun idea for  Halloween costumes for the whole family. Your pet dog is obviously Toto, and then depending on the size of your family, you can dress up as Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Wicked Witch, and the Good Witch Glinda. 

Pink’s Hot Dogs Employee

Pink’s is an L.A. institution that makes for a fairly easy Halloween costume. All that’s really required is a pink shirt with a name tag you can make yourself. But you can also add a pink baseball cap and an apron to complete the look.

boy in hot dog hat costume
This isn’t technically a Pink’s Hot Dog employee uniform, but doesn’t it look like a hot dog you could get at Pink’s?

Minions

With Universal Studios just a short drive away, it’s natural to think of the Minions for an easy, family-friendly Halloween costume. Think jean overalls, a yellow shirt, and black gloves. Don’t forget the goggles!

Skateboarder, Surfer, Snowboarder

All three scream “L.A.” and all three are fairly easy in terms of costumes. In fact, ask around and you most likely can find the makings of a costume in your house or in a relative’s home. Or, be truly L.A. and combine them – because only in Los Angeles is it possible to surf and snowboard all in the same day! You can even dress as Marty McFly from Back to the Future (remember the jeans and red puffy vest).

Three California Surfer Dudes on Venice Beach
Three California Surfer Dudes on Venice Beach

Dr. Seuss Characters

Did you know that for many years the beloved Dr. Seuss lived in La Jolla? Take inspiration from the many characters Dr. Seuss created over the years for this year’s Halloween costumes. For “Thing One Thing Two” you need red clothes and blue hair. And don’t forget to label your red shirts with a white circle and use black lettering inside to write “Thing One” and “Thing Two.” While you can purchase a Cat in the Hat costume, you can also use a very d-i-y version using black clothes, a red and white striped hat (which can even be made with construction paper), and a large red tie.

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Hollywood Director

What could be more Hollywood than a director? You’ll need a marker (also known as a clapboard) and what about an “Oscar”? If you really want to make sure you’re heard, you can also carry around a Director’s megaphone. 

Hollywood Movie Director costume props - with chair and megaphone
Hollywood Movie Director costume props – with chair and megaphone

Pixar’s Inside Out Characters

Pixar Headquarters might be in northern California, but the Walt Disney Studios is located in nearby Burbank. And the family-favorite movie Inside Out lends itself to an easy, the whole-family-can-wear-it Halloween costume ensemble. To dress as one of the emotions think monochromatic clothing — green for disgust, red for anger, blue for sadness, purple for fear, and yellow for joy. You can even use hair dye (or wigs) to really complete the look!

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Bob’s Big Boy Look-Alike

Remember the statues out front of the iconic restaurants? Well, all that’s needed are red and white checked pants with red suspenders and a white t-shirt. Bonus points if you’re little one wants to carry around a plate with a toy hamburger.

Bob's Big Boy figurine
Bob’s Big Boy would make a very cute Halloween Costume and it’s totally LA-based!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Another great costume inspired by Walt Disney is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Now even if your family consists of two – one can be Snow White, one can be a dwarf, or even an apple (a baby in a bright red onesie is a cute little apple). The “dwarfs” can have white cotton ball beards, different colored hats and scarves for each dwarf, and even a shirt labeled with their name. 

Related: Find the Best Costume Shops in LA

1980s Valley Girl

Remember the Valley Girl look? It’s not that hard to recreate in 2021. Think bright colors — leggings, a tutu, a t-shirt (can be worn off one shoulder), bracelets, sunglasses. You can even add leg warmers, and finger-less gloves to complete the look.

Farmer’s Market Yummies

What’s more L.A. than a weekly visit to the local Farmer’s Market? Dress up the family in some of the yummies you might buy there. A red dress with yellow oval dots become a strawberry. An orange onesie for a little one turns your cutie into a yummy looking carrot! Get creative with the clothes you have on hand. Don’t forget the overalls and a flannel shirt for the farmer – with a USDA Organic label on the shirt!

Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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