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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka take the family Halloween photo shoot to a new high

It just might be their best one yet.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Oct 31, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 7:16 am CDT

The world was waiting for the Harris/Burtka Halloween reveal with antici… pation

There’s always the usual fanfare on Halloween of costumes, tricks, and candy, and whether it’s clever jack-o-lanterns, scary stories, or ill-conceived tweets, there’s something for everyone. But the annual family photo from Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka with their twins Gideon and Harper has eclipsed them all.

It’s one thing to dress your kids up in adorable costumes, but this clan does one better. They all don matching costumes, and each year they’ve managed to top themselves. In the past they’ve transformed into iconic characters from Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and an array of adorable monsters.

But it’s only a matter of time before this family puts on their costumes again this year. And Harris knows that we’re waiting.

He showcased Gideon and Harper on Twitter Thursday night to remind us that, if we weren’t already aware, Halloween was coming and we should know what was to come.

Happy Almost Halloween, everyone! #gideon

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 31, 2014

Happy Almost Halloween, everyone else! #harper

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 31, 2014

And earlier today, he posted another teaser, upping the anticipation further.

Papa, when are we putting on our costumes? We want to go trick-or-treating already!! #soon

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 31, 2014

Finally, the big reveal: a fearsome foursome from Gotham City. Gideon and Harper are adorable as Batman and Batgirl, but Burtka and Harris shine as the Joker and the Riddler, respectively.

Happy Halloween from Gotham City!!

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 31, 2014

Can it be Halloween 2015 yet? 

Photo via @ActuallyNPH/Twitter

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*First Published: Oct 31, 2014, 7:03 pm CDT