Mom Dresses Her 3 Kids in Pop Culture Costumes Every Day of October — and We're Not Worthy

Although most of us can't even wrap our heads around creating one DIY costumes for our kids to wear on Halloween, for the last few years, Lauren Mancke has wowed us with the pop culture costumes she creates for her son Fox and twin daughters twin girls Lera Wren and Marigold Elle to wear every day in October.

"Most of these are characters from our favorite movies, books, and television shows — and we've made sure to include some classic female duos," Lauren told POPSUGAR, adding, when asked about her DIY process, "I usually make the day's costume the night before and some in the morning (I work well under pressure!). The supplies are usually clothes we already own or have borrowed from friends, craft supplies, and pieces of old costumes that have been repurposed. Then we take the pictures when they wake up from their first nap, when they are happy and in a good mood."

As in years prior, Lauren is partnering with Primary to make her kids' costumes, because they trio, especially the twins, love their daily costumes. In 2019, Lauren said of then 2-year-old Lera and Marigold: "Their personalities have a lot to do with who dresses up as which character. The girls are LOVING it though. Hats and shoes and new clothes are met with squeals and dancing. I think this is the perfect age for dressing up."

Lauren, who's loved making her own Halloween costumes since she was a little kid, says that the main reason she started creating daily costumes is because they make her family and others happy, and because the twins' arrival in 2017 was "a shining light in what has been a difficult year for our family."

"After taking eight weeks of maternity leave (my employer suggested four weeks), I was laid off from my position as vice president of a website development company shortly after I returned to work," Lauren said in October 2017. "With my husband being a student and stay-at-home dad for the past few years, we were left with no income and three under 3 to provide for. However, I will never regret putting my family first. Everyone says that the first year with twins is survival mode and with us it has been doubly so. So for October, I just wanted to do something fun, something that we can do together as a family."

From the Rose family of Schitt's Creek to Lucy and Ethel, Fox, Marigold, and Lera have sported some of the most adorable and creative costumes we've seen on kids so far. Scroll through some of our favorites ahead and stay tuned for new ones every day this October!

Cruella, Jasper, and Horace (Cruella)

Jamie, Roy, and Keeley (Ted Lasso)

Super Monsters

Kristoff, Anna, and Elsa (Frozen)

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Johnny, Moira, David, and Alexis Rose (Schitt's Creek)

Elmo, Abby, and Oscar (Sesame Street)

Judy, Nick, and Bellwether (Zootopia)

Branch, Poppy, and Queen Barb (Trolls World Tour)

Willy Wonka, Veruca Salt, and Violet Beauregarde (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

Anger, Joy, and Sadness (Inside Out)

Annie and Hallie (The Parent Trap)

Ian, Barley, and Wilden Lightfoot (Onward)

Remy, Alfredo, and Colette (Ratatouille)

Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant, and Shy Guy (Super Mario)

The Mandalorian, The Child, and Cara Dune (The Mandalorian)

The Heathers (Heathers)

Arrested Development

Tina, Gene, and Louise Belcher (Bob's Burgers)

Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)

Rey and BB-8 (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Laverne and Shirley

Thelma and Louise

Abbi Abrams and Ilana Wexler (Broad City)

Dottie and Kit (A League of Their Own)

Ms. Frizzle and Liz (The Magic School Bus)


Lucy and Ethel

Robin Hood, Tagalong, and Sis

Kelly Kapowski and Jessie Spano (Saved by the Bell)

Hulk Hogan and Macho Man, Randy Savage

Arya Stark, Sansa Stark, and Jon Snow (Game of Thrones)

Amy and Nick of "Making It"

Frosted Sugar Cookie, Ice Cream Cones, Sprinkles, and Dessert Chef

Baby Daisy and Baby Peach (Mario Kart)

Eleven and Barb (Stranger Things)

Alice in Wonderland

Teen Wolf

Catwoman and Poison Ivy

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Sherlock Holmes

Between Two Ferns

Maui, Pua, and Hei Hei (Moana)

Jurassic World

Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum (Alice in Wonderland)

Home Alone

Mean Girls

The Jetsons

Toy Story 4

Operation the Game

Charlie Brown, Sally, and Lucy (Great Pumpkin)


Puffin Rock

Say Anything

Veronica, Betty, and Archie (Riverdale)

My Little Pony

Freaks and Geeks

Lamb Chop and Shari Lewis

Goldilocks and Baby Bear

Wayne and Garth ( Wayne's World)

Zoya the Destroya, Liberty Belle, and Sam Sylvia (GLOW)

Lola Dutch Book Characters

The Shining

Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, and Tinkerbell

Snap, Crackle, and Pop

David S. Pumpkins From SNL

The Monster Mash


Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Pac-Man and Ghosts

The Princess Bride

Cher and Dionne (Clueless)