Family trick-or-treating is by far one of the best parts of celebrating Halloween. But what makes this tradition even more fun? Cute and funny family-themed costumes, of course! Celebrity parents like Mariah Carey and Jennifer Garner understand this just as well as we do. Luckily for us, these stars are not afraid to flaunt their own trick-or-treat costumes while taking their kids on an adorable hunt for Halloween candy.
Over the years, plenty of celebs have been photographed walking with their kids as they collected candy, but there’s one trick-or-treat sighting that slipped through the cracks — Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, and Arnold Schwarzenegger! Back in the 1990s, these three famous men all happened to be in Washington, D.C. at the same exact time on Halloween. And of course, they all had their families with them.
“We were in Washington, DC on Halloween,” Tom Hanks recounted in a 2013 interview with E! Online. “It just so happened Arnold Schwarzenegger was in town doing True Lies… So me and my kids, Sean and Robin [Wright], and Arnold and his kids went out trick-or-treating together, in Georgetown.”
The beloved actor joked: “If anyone was to come out of their house to see who’s on the sidewalk, they’re going to win the celebrity lottery here. Arnold was saying to us, ‘Come on, hurry up, you snooze you lose, get up there with your candy!'”
Now that’s one experience we would’ve paid a whole lot of money to see! Unfortunately, Hanks didn’t mention whether the adults dressed up in great costumes — but we have a fun mental image of the trio decked out in superhero getups while being accompanied by their little sidekick trick-or-treaters. We can only imagine the shock and awe other parents must have felt as they walked by the stars on the street (assuming they even noticed!).
Scroll below to see famous parents — such as Neil Patrick Harris and Melissa McCarthy — who wore great family costumes when they took their kids trick-or-treating, then click on the circular buttons below your favorite image to share it instantly with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest!
Jennifer Garner Halloween
The actress and her entire family dressed up as lizards for their fun day of trick-or-treating. These funny family-themed costumes are certainly eye-catching, aren't they? We love all the bright colors here, especially the green.
Molly Sims Halloween
The actress dressed her daughter up as a rainbow to accompany her clown ensemble. We couldn't think of a better combination of great Halloween costumes for a mom and her young daughter. These cute outfits are even more precious together!
Christina Aguilera Halloween
We love that the mom-of-two went trick-or-treating in a matching outfit with her son. After all, a skeleton is one of the most classic trick-or-treat costumes, and they both did a great job of rocking the popular look. Who knew it could be so cute?
Naomi Watts Halloween
It looks like the actress was more into dressing up than her son, but he did partake a bit with his clown hat. Oh well, parent costumes for Halloween can be fun, too! The brightly-colored wig is by far the best detail here.
Alyson Hannigan Halloween
The actress and her daughter dressed up as the storybook characters Fred and Ted to go trick-or-treating one year. It's simply too cute for words! We bet they're full of excellent family-themed Halloween costume ideas every year.
Mariah Carey Nick Cannon Halloween
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
The adorable kiddos Moroccan and Monroe had coordinating costumes for Halloween. Meanwhile, it looks like the famous parents decided to do their own thing as a witch and the Hulk. It just goes to show that good family costumes don't always have to match.
Liv Tyler Halloween
The actress may be in an elaborate costume, but that didn't stop the paparazzi from knowing who she was. It's a good thing that her family members were all wearing great costumes, too. Side note: We can't help but admire the delightful Halloween decor in the background!
Jordana Brewster Halloween
The famous mom didn't coordinate her Elmo costume with her son, but they both look cute nonetheless. Who couldn't love an adorable Oompa Loompa costume? Psst: We bet the Sesame Street character would be friends with the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character in real life!
Brooke Shields Halloween
The star dressed up with her kids in some seriously great family Halloween costumes throughout their childhood. As you can tell by this adorable image, she sure had some fantastic ideas along the way. What a special collection of memories for them!
Alessandra Ambrosio Halloween
The model looks so chic as a fox dressed up with her little sheep. Is it just us, or do we not see enough cute animal Halloween costumes anymore? Here's hoping celebs can bring them back!
Kate Beckinsdale Halloween
Kate went all out during her family trick-or-treating date. From the headpiece to the skirt to the fabulous Halloween makeup, it's clear she put a lot of thought into her look. Like mother, like daughter!
Melissa Mccarthy Sandra Bullock Halloween
Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock
The two funny women went fully undercover as Bearded Fishermen one Halloween. As if that wasn't funny enough, they also took Sandra's son Louis trick-or-treating with them. Luckily, photographers were able to snap this hilarious outing!
Hugh Jackman Halloween
The handsome actor threw on a top hat to take his little cowgirl trick-or-treating one year. And we have to tip our hats to him in return. We can always count on him to keep it classy — even on Halloween!
Charlize Theron Halloween
The actress went for a Disney theme while trick-or-treating one year, dressing up as Snow White alongside her daughter as Alice from Alice in Wonderland. We love a good mash-up between these classic movies!
Neil Patrick Harris Halloween
Neil Patrick Harris
Leave it to the famous actor to get his entire family to coordinate a Stars Wars-themed outfit. We're seriously impressed by how well they all pulled it off together. It's really the perfect fit!
Gwen Stefani Halloween
We're loving the Disneyland-themed trick-or-treat excursion! The only thing better than dressing up in family costumes is meeting some of your favorite characters while all decked out in your own outfits. We're sure for these kiddos, Halloween was the happiest day of the year at the happiest place on earth.