Gay Dad Photo Essays

Gay Dads + Kids = MAJOR Family Halloween Costumes

All October long, we'll be posting pics of gay dads and their major Halloween costumes from previous years for inspiration! We'll ALSO let you know where to get the looks!

We've said it before and we'll say it again — NO ONE does Halloween (aka queer Christmas) better than the gays. So if you're in need of some inspiration for this year's family costume, look no further! We selected 31 of our favorites off Instagram from last year, one for each spooky day of October, to help get your creative juices flowing.

We can't wait to see what creepy, creative and/or cute costumes dads have up their sleeves (or maybe capes?) this year!


Queer Quidditch?? We're game!

Dads Nic, Tim, and their son, wow in this incredible Harry Potter ensemble, complete with flying broomsticks!

If you're considering being part of the Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw house, here are some fantastic costumes for you.

Dino 'bout you, but we LOVE this Jurassic Park themed family costume 

Okay, so we don't think there has been a cuter Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Satler!

If you're looking for some "dino DNA", check out these Jurassic Park themed costumes.

Twins of the Universe: She-Ra and He-Man 

Dads Manny and Paul slay with these incredible DIY creations! We bow down to the homage to She-Ra, a fantastic queer cartoon for this generation!

To be the Princess of Power She-Ra and her twin brother He-Man this year, these costumes are a must.

No nightmares, just grins from "Jack the Pumpkin King"!

We love this stylish ensemble of dads Richard and Carlos, with a sophisticated (yet still adorably cute!) Jack the Pumpkin King!

If you're considering hailing the pumpkin song this October 31, these Nightmare Before Christmas outfits are for you.

So S-poop-ky! 

We love a bit of toilet humor and this one makes us chuckle! Thanks for the laugh, Robbie, Dylan and Allen!

If your kid is going through that "poop is hilarious" stage (is it a stage?) then maybe an emoji poop is what you're looking for.

A pair of gardeners with the cutest rose bush! 

Jason and Chad planted a little seed and it blossomed into an adorable little rose bush. Queue the "awwws."

For the cutest flowers, see these costumes, and raid your garden shed for the dads' outfits.

Need help finding Ne-most cutest family costume? Look no further... 

"Being difficult is hard - but it can also be beautiful. Always remember to just keep swimming."

Here's a little fish costume for your Finding Nemo.

Nothing tame about this family circus act! 

A roaring good ensemble from these two dads and the cutest lion in town!

If you're feeling like going to the circus this year, you can't miss these adorable little lion costumes.

It's ALIIIIIIIVE!!! with family costume potential 🧟‍♂️🎃👻🍁

This Dr. Frankenstein, Igor and the Monster are a charming nod to a classic.

We've got you covered for the entire ensemble: Monster, Dr Frankenstein, and Igor!

Crushing Halloween with 'A Christmas Carole'

Another classic taken to a whole other level. 👏👏👏 We've said it before, no one does Halloween like our gay dad families!

Here are some options for a Christmas Carol themed ensemble, but we need to add, this look might need to involve some serious DIY skills.

Nothing unfortunate about these souls!

We're not sure that Ursula would approve of being carried in a baby carrier, but we think it completes the entire look! 🤣🐙

For the Little Mermaid, Sebastian and Neptune, look no further. But for baby Ursula, you might need to get your DIY skills on.

Look no further than this lil peanut for major Halloween inspo... 

The Miller family pulled out all the stops last year with their trio of costumes! Peanuts forever!

Here are some options for Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and with this tee for Linus, all you need is black shorts and a blanket, voila!

There's no place like FIRST PLACE at a family costume competition! 

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! This Dorothy and Tin Woodsman look adorable, and dads Dustin and Burton are fully committed to this classic theme with their impressive make-up!

Here are the Dorothy and Tin Woodsman kid costumes, and see the options for Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion here.

Bee careful with this costume idea, you might never see something sweeter! 

Did you ever see anything sweeter? ;) Just remember to beeee yourself. (Okay, we're done with the puns.)

For the Bee Keeper suit and the bee, some links for easy purchase. For the beehive, here are some DIY instructions.

May the force of this family's fabulous costume idea be with you this Halloween...

The force is certainly strong with this family. From BB-8, to Chewie, these folks look incredible!

Click here to dress as Rey, BB-8, Chewbacca and The Last Jedi version of Luke Skywalker.

You better werk, catgirl — POSE!

This Catwoman, Joker and Penguin are snatching treats and pulling tricks - and lookin' mighty fine doing it!

Feeling villainous? Here's your Catwoman, Joker, Penguin ensemble sorted.

One idea for a 🔥 family costume idea... 

This family trio are putting fires out left, right, and center!

Get your fireman costumes here: adult and child.

Aye aye, sailors!

This family is ready to seas the day!

If you're thinking nautical this Halloween, check out this adult and child sailor costumes.

This family costume is FIRE 🔥😍

This clever family ensemble pays homage to Paw Patrol's fire-fighting pup, Marshall.

Check out these options for your littlest Dalmatian costumes, fire truck and fireman accessories.

We ain't afraid of no ghosts!

We know who we're going to call! Dads Austin and Wade, and their super cute son!

For the adult Ghostbusters costume, check these out, and for the cutest squad member, click here.

There's no place like home-made Halloween costumes! DIY excellence...  

These dads are wow-ing in these DIY costumes. But if these DIY skills aren't quite in your repertoire, then check out the links below.

Click for the Lion, Dorothy, Flying Monkey, mini Scarecrow, adult Tinman, and Wicked Witch.

We're going to need a bigger boat... (and a new shirt!)

This baby shark took a break from gnawing on his dad to focus on his lollipop. Good call.

Check out a similar kid shark costume here.

Then there's THIS incredible family costume...  

Expect the incredible with this matching family ensemble. Even better if you can also get your dog to dress up as Wonder Woman.

Here's the kid version of the Incredibles, and here's the adult version.

Tell me more, tell me more... (Like where'd you get that lil Sandy wig??)

Go as your favorite T-Bird - Danny, Kenickie, Doody, or Sonny!

Check out these Danny Zuko jackets and little Sandy's version.

Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo....

These dads might be gill-ty for oversharing with multiple photos, but we're not complaining.

What did the fox say?

This family's neighborhood always goes a little wild when they see a fox about town - and we don't blame them! Look at these two! 😍​

Another dino-mite Halloween costume!

Dr. Alan Grant can surely handle these two kids, especially as they're dressed as dinosaurs.

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