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  • Neil Patrick Harris and his family are known for their over-the-top Halloween costumes. 
  • This year, the actor and his family dressed as characters from “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
  • In the past, the Burtka-Harris family has dressed as characters from “Peter Pan,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Wars,” and more. 
  • Check out the adorable — and kind of freaky — photo. 


It isn’t Halloween until Neil Patrick Harris posts a photo of his family’s costume. At least, that’s how I know the festivities can begin. 

The actor and his crew have become famous for creating accurate and over the top costumes that put us mere mortals to shame. This year, the Burtka-Harris family didn’t disappoint, dressing as member of a carnival freak show. 

Hurry, hurry! Step right up and behold the Burtka-Harris Halloween Carnival of Curiosities! #happyhalloween @dbelicious

A post shared by Neil Patrick Harris (@nph) on Oct 30, 2017 at 9:08pm PDT on


“Hurry, hurry,” Harris wrote in the caption. “Step right up and behold the Burtka-Harris Halloween Carnival of Curiosities! #happyhalloween.” 

Fans of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” series may notice that costumes are an ode to the show’s fourth season, “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Even the name of their show — the Burtka-Harris Halloween Carnival of Curiosities — is similar to the one in “Freak Show,” Fräulein Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities. 

Harris is dressed as a deranged ring leader, while Davis Burtka is a ringer for Twisty the Clown. Their son Gideon is dressed as the strong man, and their daughter Harper is dressed the bearded lady. 

This isn’t the first time the Burtka-Harris family’s Halloween costume has been inspired by pop culture. In their first Halloween appearance, they dressed as characters from “Peter Pan.”

One of the happiest and blessed family I’ve ever seen so far! 💋❤️

A post shared by David Burtka’s fan account (@davidburtka) on Aug 15, 2014 at 8:30am PDT on


 They’ve also dressed as characters from “The Wizard of Oz” and “Star Wars.”



A long time ago in a Halloween far, far away….

A post shared by Neil Patrick Harris (@nph) on Oct 31, 2015 at 1:54pm PDT on


It’ll be a sad day when Gideon and Harper are old enough to rebel against their dads and chose their own Halloween costumes. But that day is, hopefully, a long ways away. 

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