Neil Patrick Harris and his family always nail Halloween — here are their incredible costumes

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  • Actor Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have twins named Harper and Gideon.
  • Every Halloween, they dress up in incredible family costumes.
  • For their 2020 looks, they dressed as characters from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
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If Heidi Klum is the queen of Halloween, then Neil Patrick Harris must be the king.

Ever since he and husband David Burkta welcomed twins Harper and Gideon in 2010, the family has built a reputation for dressing in adorable ensemble costumes every October.

The actor briefly addressed his family’s Halloween dominance during an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in 2016. Meyers opened the conversation by saying: “It seems to me that you take Halloween very seriously.”

“You don’t?” Harris replied, incredulous.

Take a look at every costume the family has worn over the years and you’ll see exactly what he means.

Caroline Praderio and Leah Rocketto contributed to a previous version of this article.

In 2011, when the twins had just turned 1, they were Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Smee, and Captain Hook

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The next year, Harper was Dorothy while the boys dressed as her sidekicks: the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion

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In 2013, they created two family costumes. The first was ‘Alice In Wonderland’—themed.

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The second was all about Halloween classics: Frankenstein’s monster, a werewolf, Frankenstein’s bride, and Dracula

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In 2014, they tried out superhero and villain looks: The kids were Batman and Batgirl and the parents were the Joker and the Riddler

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In 2015, they must have been excited about the impending release of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Harris and Burtka went as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Han Solo, respectively, while the twins went as Luke and Leia Skywalker (the characters are twins, too).

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In 2016, they dressed up as Hollywood legends: Groucho Marx, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean

And they looked adorable, as usual.

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Harris dubbed their 2017 look ‘The Burtka-Harris Halloween Carnival of Curiosities’ — and it looks like an ode to the TV show ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show,’ which Harris appeared in

Harris was dressed as a deranged ringleader, while Burtka was a creepy clown. Their son Gideon was dressed as a strong man, and their daughter Harper was dressed as a bearded lady.

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In 2018, the Burtka-Harris family dressed as characters from the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland

Burtka, Harris, and Gideon all dressed as the hitchhiking ghosts, while Harper was dressed as the classic ghost bride, complete with an ax.

“Welcome, foolish mortals. We hope your Halloween is happily haunted, but heed this warning: beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts!”Burtka wrote on Instagram.

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For their 2019 Halloween costumes, the family dressed as real-life icons

Harris wore clothing inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and Burtka channeled Salvador Dali. Meanwhile, Harper dressed as Frida Kahlo and Gideon dressed as Andy Warhol.

“Welcome to the 2019 Burtka-Harris Boo-seum of Art. Audio guides are available in the gift shop,” Harris captioned the collage shared on Instagram.

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In 2020, they donned outfits inspired by ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’

Gideon and Harper dressed as golden ticket winners Charlie Bucket and Veruca Salt. Harris dressed as sneaky candy maker Slugworth and Burtka played the titular character.

“Oompa, loompa, doompety doo! We’ve got a family photo for you!” the “How I Met Your Mother” alum captioned his post. “This year, may you invent an October 31st that is spirited, safe, and scrumptious,” he continued. “Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.”

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