Plus his tips for making your own Halloween costume unforgettable.

By Liz Steelman
October 13, 2017

If there’s one family that will always win the best Halloween costume contest, it’s Neil Patrick Harris, his husband David Burtka, and their 7-year-old twins Harper and Gideon.  Each year, the Series of Unfortunate Events star’s family teams up for an impeccably executed, coordinated costume. Last year the family went as Hollywood legends Charlie Chaplin (Harris), Groucho Marx (Burtka), Marilyn Monroe (Harper), and James Dean (Gideon). In 2015, their Halloween costume took them to a galaxy far, far away—with the team dressing up as the lead characters of the original Star Wars films.

📽🎞Hooray for Halloween!🎞📽#Marilyn #Groucho #Chaplin #JamesDean @dbelicious

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NPH has this year’s family Halloween costume locked and loaded—you will have to wait until All Hallow's Eve to see exactly what it is. But he did eliminate one category of costume: the kind that requires observers to stare and figure out exactly what your costume is. 

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“I’m not a fan of the costume that’s some sort of puzzle or pun,” Harris, who is partnering with Cigna Health on a preventive health campaign, “The TV Doctors of America,” told Real Simple. “I’d rather just have them say, ‘You look like a knight with armor on. That’s cool!’”

What you can count on seeing him in? An extravagant costume that’s surprisingly both comfortable and practical. “A full mask makes it hard to eat snacks,” Harris said.

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For those who want to channel some of his crazy creativity, he recommends picking out a vibe (he gave “scary,” “sexy,” and even “doppelganger,” as examples) then brainstorming from there. And even if your costume doesn’t seem as legen… wait for it… dary as NPH’s ensembles, he says you still get major points for effort. “Bespoke is always better than buying the plastic costume from the shop,” he said.

Looking for maximum creativity for your family with minimal effort? Here, easy and adorable group Halloween costumes your whole clan can take part in.