12 Easy Peanuts Costumes For The Whole Family, Because The Great Pumpkin Is Coming

When I was a kid, the Peanuts were a favorite of mine. I was obsessed, and had a stuffed Snoopy and Woodstock I’d carry around with me everywhere — including in the toilet for a swim, unfortunately — and I still have them to this day. I am now also the proud owner of two beagles, probably thanks to Snoopy. If you love the Peanuts like me, and you’re looking for iconic, kid-friendly Halloween costumes the whole family can get involved in, you'll need to know how to make some easy Peanuts costumes for the whole family. All of these pieces are pretty DIY, especially since most of the characters just wore regular clothes. In fact, you can probably find a lot of the pieces in your own closet. The only hard part may be finding the right accessories for Snoopy and Woodstock. But if you’re creative and are close to a craft store, that shouldn’t be a problem either.

The original Peanuts cartoons started out as a comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, which began in 1950, according to the Schulz Museum’s website. It follows the life of a little boy named Charlie Brown whom everyone thinks is a "blockhead," and is sort of an underdog — but he sometimes comes out on top in the end. It's also a pretty humorous storyline that focuses heavily on his beagle Snoopy, and his pal Woodstock, the canary. The first Peanuts strip was published in “The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Allentown Call-Chronicle, The Bethlehem Globe-Times, The Denver Post, and The Seattle Times,” according to the website.

And from there, the Peanuts exploded in popularity and became a well-loved cartoon on TV, as well as TV specials, including the famous It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown’s All-Stars!, You’re In Love, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, and more. There were even full-length movies, such as A Boy Named Charlie Brown; Snoopy, Come Home; Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown; Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come back!); and most recently, The Peanuts Movie. Watching those movies and TV specials are a great way to get some costume ideas, and luckily, it's easy to look like any member of the Peanuts gang. Pick your favorite characters for you and your entire family to get in the spirit. The Great Pumpkin is coming, after all and you don't want to miss out on tricks or treats.

1. Charlie Brown

Good grief. Sweet Charlie Brown never gives up, and is easily identified by his bright yellow shirt with the black zig-zag around it. For an adult costume, pick up a bright yellow shirt, black shorts, brown shoes, and maybe even a flesh-colored wig cap to get his signature baldness. A kid's yellow shirt black shorts, and brown/black shoes may already be in their closets. And all you have to do to "Charlie Brown-ify" the shirt is to use fabric paint to draw and fill in the zig zag. Don't forget his yellow socks.

4. Lucy

Linus' sister Lucy is definitely Charlie Brown's frenemy. Sometimes she seems like she's trying to be helpful, especially when "The Doctor Is In," and she has her therapist booth set up, but she always ends up being a bit harsh and kind of a bully. She's at her meanest when she claims she will hold a football for Charlie Brown to kick, but without fail, she always moves it out of the way, causing him to fall on his back. And poor Charlie Brown falls for it every single time. Maybe he is mesmerized by her cute outfit of pony shoes, and her cute blue dress? And who could forget that snazzy hairdo? The kid versions of the dress and shoes are just as adorable. Don't forget your "The Doctor Is In" sign.

7. Marcie

Marcie is Peppermint Patty's best friend and sidekick (and for some reason, she calls Peppermint Patty "Sir"). She's the polar opposite of Peppermint Patty as she loves school and reading, and hates sports. It's easy to see why they're friends though, since Marcie is always the voice of reason and understanding for Peppermint Patty, and they share the same sense of laid-back style. Marcie's iconic red t-shirt, black sneakers, jeans, and round glasses never go out of style, so it shouldn't be too hard to find kid versions of her top, bottoms, and sneakers for the costume. In some strips, Marcie is even wearing pony shoes and black shorts, so you be the judge of which version of cool Marcie you want to be. Don't forget the black wig.

8. Violet

Violet is Lucy's best friend, and is also friends with Peppermint Patty. She is probably the meanest bully to poor Charlie Brown though. Perhaps her iconic bun is tied too tight and it's making her grumpy? She does look smart, however, in her skater green dress, and pony shoes. I just wish she'd be nicer to poor Charlie Brown. If you want to try a kid look, you'll need a kid-sized green dress and pony shoes. Violet's outfit was seen a lot more often in the beginning stages of the comics, but then she becomes more of a background character later on. Maybe because she was so mean?

10. Pigpen

I never really understood why poor Pigpen was always so dirty, but you could see him coming from a mile away with his dust cloud following him everywhere he went. His overalls and brown shirt hid some of the dirt, and his sneakers hid some mud. Your kid can get their overalls and shirt dirty this Halloween and still be in character. And this time, maybe it will be OK to jump in a few mud puddles to get their shoes dirty? Pigpen would have wanted it that way. Finish off the look with makeup powder or even coffee grounds dusted on your face, arms, legs and hands.

11. Snoopy

Snoopy is Charlie Brown's beagle and very best friend. He sleeps on top of his dog house instead of in it, and is the World War I Flying Ace fighting the Red Barron in his spare time when he's not Joe Cool. Snoopy's "outfit" doesn't change since it's his fur. But you can pull off Snoopy by sporting white pants, a white shirt, and maybe even some Snoopy sneakers or white sneakers. Grab some fabric paint and face paint to get his iconic black dot and his black nose. This set of black floppy ears and tail will really finish off the outfit. If your kid is too old for a white onesie, a kid's white shirt and white pants will do the trick. You can even throw in a Snoopy doll, red collar or red dog bowl to wear on your head like he does sometimes, making it even more obvious that you're Snoopy.

12. Woodstock

According to Charles Schultz, "Woodstock knows that he is very small and inconsequential indeed. It’s a problem we all have. The universe boggles us . . . Woodstock is a lighthearted expression of that idea." Woodstock is also Snoopy's best friend and co-pilot when Snoopy uses his ears as a helicopter. This headband with feathers is definitely Woodstock inspired. A yellow shirt, pants, and shoes will complete the ensemble. If your kid wants to be Woodstock, it may be easier to find yellow pants, shoes and a shirt, since their clothing tends to be more colorful than adult clothing.

Additional props can include a little sad Christmas tree, a big pumpkin, or even a baseball bat and gloves for everyone. Who knows, you may want to wear your outfits to Thanksgiving dinner, but hopefully it won't be as much of a disaster as Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving where he had to serve buttered bread and popcorn. Oh, Charlie Brown, good grief. "Out of all the Charlie Browns, you're the Charlie Browniest."