Mary Abreu is back with more costume help! Mary blogs at Confessions of a Craft Addict and she’s the author of Little Girls, Big Style: Sew a Boutique Wardrobe from 4 Easy Patterns. Mary also loves costuming and today she has some great group costume ideas for you…

Learn more from Mary here: Peasant Dress Costumes and Costuming: Concept, Planning, Construction + More!, plus don’t miss our 20 favorite costume tutorials.

As fun as it is to dress up in costume finery, it’s even more fun when you dress up with a group. Whether you’re headed to a party with friends or just walking around the neighborhood for some trick-or-treat action, group costuming turns up the fun– and the impact.

While you can certainly stick with the traditional costumes associated with your group, you don’t have to limit yourself to exact replicas. Some of the most fun costumes I’ve seen (and done) have taken well-known characters and added a twist. For instance, my daughter, son, his girlfriend and I wore Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired costumes to Dragon*Con this year, but with a Steampunk twist.

Steampunk isn’t your thing? How about rockabilly? Wild West (saloon girl Disney princesses, perhaps)? Downton Abbey? Flapper? A friend of mine was part of a burlesque Avengers group at ComicCon this year, with all-female versions of familiar heroes like Thor, Loki and even a Nikki Fury.

Here are ten group ideas to get you started:

      The Scooby-Doo Gang


      Disney princesses


      Disney villians


      Avengers/Justice League


      The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou


      The Royal Tenenbaums


      Alice in Wonderland


      Clue (game or movie)


      Harry Potter


    The Addams Family

Have you created some amazing group costumes? Are you working on a fabulous idea right now? Tell us about your group costumes in the comments!