Family Photo: Neil Patrick Harris’s Trip to Neverland

11/02/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

Neil Patrick Harris already admitted he likes to photographing his twins in silly costumes, so it’s no surprise that the actor went all out for Halloween!Β The How I Met Your Mother star, 38, Tweeted a picture of himself along with longtime partner David Burtka and their 1-year-old twins Harper Grace and Gideon Scott dressed up for Halloween.

Harris, 38, donned a Captain Hook costume, while Burtka, 36, was dressed as Peter Pan. They outfitted the twins as Tinker Bell and Mr. Smee, the Captain’s bespectacled assistant.Β Looks like the family would fit in well in Neverland.

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Brooke on

That is one gorgeous family! Harper’s hair looks like it is growing so quickly. Absolutely LOVE them

Aly on

I think they’re a wonderful family, but the fact that they had a fake rotting corpse with the sign AMY WINEHOUSE on it has really decreased my respect for them. Forget too soon – that sort of stuff is NEVER okay.

Megan on

Good lord this family is so freakin cute! Honestly those babies are just gorgeous and their dads aren’t bad either πŸ˜‰

Ashley on

My goodness, those babies are so cute!

ellie on

super cute!!

Gabby on

Awwh this picture just warms my heart! Such a great looking family, good for them πŸ™‚

Irritated with Idiots on

One word: ADORABLE!!!

weu on


Those kids are so cute and are growing up in a house filled with love

Becky on

The family is beautiful, the babies are cherubic, but for God’s sake take that large metal hook off incase you drop and impale him!!! Try plastic!

klutzy_girl on

So cute!

Beth on

Aly, what picture are YOU looking at ?

Harley on

Freaking adorable!

Mel on

Is it just me, but sometimes David and Neil look so much alike to me. It’s kinda strange.

Amanda on

So I love, love, love this family – but has anyone ever noticed that Neil is always holding Gideon, and David is always holding Harper? I know they said they don’t know which one is biologically theirs, but sometimes I wonder. Either way the kids are so cute and this is a fantastic couple!

Emry on

Awe, sooo cute!! I love their costumes!! Such a good looking family πŸ™‚

Ali on

Amanda…I ALWAYS notice that as well! I don’t think I have seen a picture of Neil holding Harper! So strange. I also wonder whose baby belongs to who?

Marina on

Is it me or does Neil looks like Orlando Bloom in Jack Sparrow’s costume? Well, anyway, they all look adorable!

SAA on

This picture is adorable. Harper has the cutest look on her face.

Ali–There are pictures of Neil holding Harper and David holding Gideon. For a really cute set of examples, just look up the pictures of them on vacation with Elton John.

Tammy on

I love this family. I bet those two men are the greatest dads!

Anon on

Cutest couple in Hollywood these two IMO and their kids are gorgeous too

mks on

Very cute picture of the family, the expressions on both Gideon’s and Harper’s faces are so precious.

Although I do want to say in reference to Ali’s comment just because of how it is worded, both babies belong to both of them. Yes, Neil is the biological father of one of them and David is the biological father of the other, but they are both the parents of Gideon and Harper.

Shannon on

Cute but do they know their mother?

Kelly on

Super cute! They seem like a great couple, and what adorable children. The four of them make a great family indeed.

Janet on

Ali, Neil and his partner, David together as a couple adopted these two children. Hope this helps with your confusion. What a great looking family … I have always liked Niel Patrick harris, going back to the days of Douggie Houser. ( did I spell that correct?)

Em on

What a cute family! I’m still laughing from those calendar pictures they did. So hilarious.

Ali on

No, I meant that I was curious about which was the biological father of each of them since they mentioned that the surrogate was inserted with an egg with each of their sperm so one is his and the other is his partners. Of course I know that they are BOTH the fathers of the kids. I just wondered which baby was biologically Neil’s and which was David’s since they look so alike! It’s hard to tell! πŸ™‚

Anonymous on

Nobody knows (or should know) it is their private business.

They are an incredibly cute family. So adorable and good role models for many.

Shan on

I LOVE this family!!! I love watching Neil on talk shows gushing about his kids and sharing the ‘calendar’ photos of the twins.

Chelsea on

I don’t think there’s anything to it, but I do agree, odd that it’s almost ALWAYS Neil holding the boy and David the girl. Probably just a weird coincidence, I wouldn’t read too much into it.

Holiday on

They are a beautiful family! I think its great that same sex couples are having families and it is being more accepted as it should be!

Sean on

Well it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out. Neil is holding the boy because Neil is Captain Hook and the little boy is Mr. Smee, Captain Hook’s partner in crime. David is holding Harper because she is dressed as tinkerbell and he is dressed as Peter Pan. Geeeeez, why do people have to read so much into something that doesn’t exist/matter?

mmm on

I totally think Neil is Harper’s biological dad and David is Gideon’s. Doesn’t really matter, but that’s my guess. Gorgeous family! Could be the kids and dads personalities that have the dads defaulting to holding the same kid in most pictures.

ana on

Harper looks a lot like David.

Anonymous on

Could it be that Harper prefers to be held by David and Gideon prefers to be held by Neil? In the majority of my family photos from when I was little, I’m either being held by my father, sitting on his lap, or standing next to him while my brother is with our mom. The reason for that is simple: I was a daddy’s girl (heck, still am!) while my brother was a mama’s boy. Really, I think people read WAY too much into photos sometimes. A picture isn’t always worth 1,000 words!

Anonymous on

Oh, and for what it’s worth, Neil’s sword looks like plastic designed to look like metal to me. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be wearing sharp metal on his hand while holding his son!

Kate on

How cute is this. They all look adorable. These are two lucky kids to have such adoring parents. Wonderful.

Dakota on

This picture is just too awesome!

marlowe on

SO CUTE!!!!!!!!! aw

Kelly on

Such a cute family!

suzy diamond on

Great family portrait! The twins are precious!

Pz on

Gorgeous photo! Lucky children to have two great Dads!

Crystal on

What a beautiful family πŸ™‚

amy on

how totally cute!!!!!! they love their kids and their kids are so lucky!

purplepooch on

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! Call me “old-fashioned”, but I still feel thrilled and heart-warmed to read such supportive comments for a gay couple with children. Granted, it’s not too difficult to like this family, but I’m not that old, and I can remember when articles like this one were a big thing. Thank goodness (some of) humanity is becoming more open-minded and accepting of the vast variety of people who inhabit this earth…. πŸ˜€

sunny on

These guys are extremely tacky for their messed up Amy winehouse cake they served At their Halloween party. Shame on them.

Ali on

I hope no one mistook my question of who the bio father was for each child as offensive. It wasn’t meant in that sense. I was just curious. I love this couple and would never want to make a comment that sounded as if I was judging them or anything.

Sam on

Yes, I’ve always noticed Neil holding the boy. Only one picture shows him holding the girl and he looks very uncomfortable doing so. Not sure why, but from what I’ve seen thats the way it always is. And to take it one step further, it’s odd that Neil would have his son matching his costume choice, while David has the little girl matching his. Hmmmmm, perhaps not only in pictures…….

KC on

I love that they share these gifts with us , the babies are adroable and happy.

After reading a few of the comments here I have to ask, just because both men contributed sperm ( which I didnt know before ) dose that mean both were accepted?

Could it be possible only one man is the biological father of the twins?

I just want the anserw to that, I dont care or need to know which one is his and which is his πŸ™‚

amscon on

Mr Smee looks super super cute. You can’t beat that expression on his face.

Amy on

@Sam – Seriously? You wonder WHY Harper would be dressed as Tinkerbell, and Gideon is dressed as Mr Smee??? What kind of sense would it be if Gideon was Tinkerbell?

auroramia on

In such a sad world, it’s so much fun to see a pictured filled with overflowing happiness! Happy Parents=Happy kids. ❀

Sarah K. on

Sam, it must be because Neil hates his daughter. You figured it out! (obvious sarcasm).

This picture is absolutely adorable and both kids looked loved, happy, and healthy. There is probably no conspiracy theory where each parent loves one child more than the other. That’s ridiculous.

barbie on

What a cute family and awesome idea for costumes!!! Love Neil, he’s sooo funny πŸ™‚

RachelJane on

I think both babies look alike (probably like their mother), but Gideon is so fair that I reckon Neil’s his biological father. It doesn’t matter either way, they are a very cute family!

Jillian on

The Amy winehouse corpse was distastful and disgusting. I don’t care if he apologized. Sick.

heather on

yes, because i’m sure the only time they hold the kids is when they’re having pictures taken. give it a rest to those questioning why one is always holding a certain baby. it’s not like you’re privy to ALL the pictures that are taken of this family, nor do you have any insider info into their lives other than what you read here.

this family looks extremely happy and i’m happy for them.

Heather Lynn on

HOW ADORABLE! I absolutely love this family. Gideon and Harper have to be two of the cutest Hollywood babies. What a great idea for costumes!

Kate on

I’m willing to bet the twins prefer one parent over the other. My daughter was attached to my husband at this age and I was so jealous. Now my son is attached to me, which is sweet but sometimes I just need a free arm.

All one can see is LOVE in this family; no matter who is holding what child. Plus, I don’t know if I would have like Hook hold Tinkerbell or Peter Pan holding Smee!

carissa on

Cutest babies ever!

smiavs on

@Shannon, the mother in this case, is like a sperm donor. I doubt she has any more contact with the kids than a sperm donor or any other surrogate mother would. Would you be asking this question if it was a straight couple who’d used a surrogate? Women who choose to be surrogates generally do so to help a couple who wants a child and/or to earn money, not to have a relationship with a child they wouldn’t have otherwise had in the first place. Just because there are two fathers in this case doesn’t make it any different.

Rachel on

Oh how fun!! Halloween costumes as a theme for the family like this are so fun, and what a great break from the typical pea/pumpkin/bumble bee costumes for this age. I say that as someone who was all three of those before I turned 3 LOL.

tara on

from what i understand, they had embryo’s created using an egg donor and each of their sperm. then the embryo’s were placed into a surrogate. When IVF is done there is an increase of twins but not always going to occur, just so happened in their case. Depends on how many embryo’s were inserted into the surrogate during IVF, in all likelihood, both babies could have the same father or 1 could be from Neil and the other from David. Regardless, I am pretty sure they love those babies equally!

Maggie on

1 is Neil’s bio child, and 1 is David’s. They said that when they did their first interview and photos:,,20456037,00.html

HARRIS: We found an egg donor anonymously through a hilarious process of looking at people’s profiles and then an amazing surrogate who had helped a same-sex couple before. And then we inserted two eggs, one with my sperm, one with David’s sperm and they both took.

BURTKA: When we first found out it was fraternal twins, we were thrilled. We don’t know whose is whose, but it’s amazing how different they already are. She is all girl and he is all boy.

Leigh on

Ok…cute picture and happy family πŸ™‚

Now….what about this Amy Winehouse thing?????

Aly on

The Amy Winehouse thing refers to a picture that was tweeted from their Halloween party. There was a fake, rotting corpse with a sign that said her name. The tweet was shortly deleted but if anybody is on ONTD on lj, you’ll be able to find it there. Just found it tacky and disrespectful.

Mina on

I love the name Gideon Scott! Grace is a cute middle name, but Heartburn…I mean Harper…is ick. They should have went with Delilah Grace. Or Mary Grace. Or Elizabeth Grace.

Liz on

They are parents to both kids and I don’t think they care about “Whose bio-child is this?” question at all. As for not knowing the respective bio-dads, even without a DNA test, the resemblance is quite evident. Harper is a mini-David.

mmh on

This is the cutest thing ever. I simply adore family costume themes — so creative and fun!!!!!!

leslie on

May be the cutest family foto ever!

Lia on

Really lovely family portrait! And I agree that it’s probably just that Harper prefers to be held by David and Gideon prefers Neil.

Cathleen on

So cute! The babies look so happy, and I wish them the best of luck with their family!

melissa on

I love this. What a great family pic.

Isabel on

I love that hey are one of the few couples that always involved their babies in all the activities they do together, they are such wonderful parents and both babies are gorgeous, they do give a perfect example of what a family is.

Hoopla on

Link to the Amy Winehouse picture:

Quite deplorable.

Mira on

OMG, the Amy Winehouse “joke” is truly horrendous. Only a person with no empathy whatsoever can find this funny.

Btw, I have always gotten an unpleasant vibe from this family. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the way Neil Patrick Harris talks about the babies and the funny pics they take of them makes it sound like they’re using those kids as props to get laughs and attention. Rubs me the wrong way.