A Complete History of the Harris-Burtka Family's Next-Level Halloween Costumes

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and their twins Harper and Gideon never disappoint with their group getups

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2011: Peter Pan

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Just after the twins' birthday on Oct. 12, 2011, the family debuted their group costume magic with Peter Pan-inspired attire. Harper made a precious Tinker Bell, while Gideon's baby cheeks were perfect for an adorable Mr. Smee look.

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2012: The Wizard of Oz

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The clan paid homage to The Wizard of Oz in 2012, dressing up as Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and an itty-bitty Cowardly Lion.

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2013: Alice in Wonderland

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Team Burtka-Harris kicked off the 2013 Halloween season by attending the Halloween carnival at the twins' preschool in Alice in Wonderland costumes.

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2013: Frankenstein


Later that year, the family made it a monster mash-up with Harris as Frankenstein, Gideon as a werewolf, Harper as a fierce Bride of Frankenstein and Burtka rocking a fang-tastic ensemble.

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2014: Batman

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The dads took a villainous turn as Gotham bad boys — the Riddler and the Joker in 2014 — but Batman (Gideon) and Batgirl (Harper) were there to thwart any evil shenanigans.

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2015: Star Wars

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The real-life twins channeled movie siblings Leia and Luke, while Burtka and Harris were decked out as Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi in 2015. And they brought Yoda along for their Halloween festivities, of course!

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2016: Hollywood Icons

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In 2016, the family took on Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe, Groucho Marx, Charlie Chaplin and James Dean.

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2017: Freak Show Performers

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The adorable fam kicked off their own freakshow-themed performance in 2017 as a clown, master of ceremonies, strong man and bearded lady.

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2018: The Haunted Mansion

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The Disney-loving crew channeled the ride The Haunted Mansion in 2018, even managing to look like ghosts in their annual photo.

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2019: Famous Artists

In 2019, the Harris-Burtka emulated iconic artists. Harris dressed up as Vincent van Gogh, Burtka transformed into Salvador Dali, their daughter channeled Frida Kahlo and their son recreated Andy Warhol's iconic look.

"Welcome to the 2019 Burtka-Harris Boo-seum of Art. Audio guides are available in the gift shop. #happyhalloween @dbelicious," Harris captioned his Instagram portrait of the family of four.

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2020: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

At home in 2020, the family channeled characters from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Burtka stood behind the open gates to the "chocolate factory" as the purple-jacket-and-top-hat clad Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), while Harris expertly portrayed Arthur Slugworth/Mr. Wilkinson from the beloved 1971 musical fantasy film.

Gideon posed as Charlie Bucket, holding up a golden ticket with an innocently gleeful expression on his face. Harper, meanwhile, made a perfect Veruca Salt, dressed in the bratty character's signature red-and-white dress while holding her own golden ticket and a rainbow lollipop.

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2021: Horror Movie Characters

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In 2021, the family dressed up as characters from classic horror movies, with Harris as Norman Bates from Psycho, Burtka as Jack Torrance from The Shining, Gideon as the evil doll Chucky from the Child's Play film franchise and Harper as the possessed Regan from The Exorcist.

"I hope you all Murder Halloween this year!" Burtka captioned the portrait of Harris and their twins.

Harris added on his Instagram, "Frights, Camera, Action!' This Halloween, may all your screams come true... #halloween2021."

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