65 Animal-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas
Halloween is THIS WEEK and that means it’s time to party like animals, guys. This is one holiday when it’s totally appropriate to show off your wild side without worrying about having your sanity questioned. Finally, an excuse to dress up as something you’re not. So we say forget trying to pin down that perfectly creative and easy-to-execute costume and just go a little wild. If you’re still costume-less and idea-less, it’s safe to end your “what to wear” quest now — whether you want to buy, DIY, dress up the whole fam, you and your boo and/or just wear a fuzzy onesie all day and night we have you covered.
2. Baby Crocodile Costume ($60): Clearly falls under the cute category. We can hardly imagine anything more aww-dorable!
6. Bear Coat ($200): Is Halloween here yet? We just can’t wait for an excuse to walk about in this cozy bear coat.
7. Adult Giraffe Onesie Kigurumi Pajamas ($60): In case you didn’t know that adult onesies were a thing, here’s proof. If it pains you to invest in a piece that you’ll only wear one day of the year, take heart knowing that this costume can definitely double as cozy pjs after their big debut.
11. DIY Penguin: Wanna pull something creative out of your craft closet? This penguin looks boutique, but no one needs to know that you actually created it out of a few items in your craft closet. (Shhh, we won’t tell!) Dress as Mary Poppins and — boom. Mom + baby costume FTW! (via Make It and Love It)
12. Toddler Eagle Costume ($49): We’re obsessed with this, the sweetest eagle we’ve ever seen. Bonus: That fuzzy eagle head can double as a hat for chilly trick-or-treat outings.
14. Panda Bear ($20): This cuddly panda costume is already a steal, but if you’re the crafty type, this look could also easily be cleverly recreated with a black tutu, tights, leg warmers and a hoodie.
19. Hamster Costume ($80): Be prepared to do the Hamster Dance all night long…
20. DIY No-Sew Fox Ears: For our procrastinating friends who have that Halloween thing to go to and nothing to wear, here’s a DIY idea that’s ideal for last minute. Use a bit of fur and some glue to transform a headband into a fantastic foxy headpiece. (via BITS)
23. Raven Mask ($59): Can you say… HOT?
27. Cow Costume ($48): Halloween just doesn’t get any more comfy than this cow costume.
28. Handmade Hooty Owl Costume: This costume gets its inspiration from our feathered friends. Proof that DIYs are a zillion times more creative than anything you’ll find in a superstore. (via My Owl Barn)
29. Newborn Caterpillar Costume ($49): Bundle up your newborn in this Eric Carle-inspired costume. It’s just about as snuggly as they come and, if you’re a master crochet-er, we believe in your ability to DIY this adorableness!
32. Madame Butterfly Costume: You can bet that no one at your party will do a butterfly like this! Let Martha help you craft a beautiful butterfly hairpiece using a flurry of the winged beauties (artificial, of course). (via Martha Stewart)
37. Lion Mask ($68): Tease your hair and turn this into a pretty sweet last minute costume.
40. DIY Jellyfish Costume: Wanna be that mom who comes up with cool out-of-the-box costume? Well, you can stop racking your brain because we’ve just located the prettiest DIY. This jellyfish might just be our favorite of the bunch — and you could DIY an adult version with longer tentacles! (via Style Me Pretty)
44. Halloween Bunny Ears and Dress Up Kit ($23): Why not go a bit more cutting edge with your costume? This ensemble from ASOS has all the items you need to transform into a bunny for a few bucks.
45. Kids’ Giraffe Costume: This impressive DIY is (wait for it) actually really inexpensive to do using posterboard and ModPodge. That’s right, you might even have the goodies to make it right now. (via All You)
48. Care Bear Family: What? Care Bears count as animals — especially when the whole family gets involved in an amazing DIY project that calls for some sorbet-hued sweatsuits and a set of crafting skillz. (via See Vanessa Craft)
49. + 50. Fantastic Mr. Fox Sibling Costume + Couples Costume: Pop culture + animal-inspired = this DIY idea that you can do to any degree (the print in the kiddy costume is hand-painted, but the masks in the adult version could be a last minute hack). It makes a sweet sibling ensemble or works for grownup Wes Anderson fans who have the Hallotween look down pat and can’t be Margot and Richie Tenenbaum one more year. (via Skirt As Top + A Beautiful Mess)
52. Skunk ($30): Too cute to be stinky.
53. Unicorn ($150): What little girl isn’t in love with the idea of the unicorn? Turn fantasy into reality with this mystical costume — or use it as DIY inspo.
59. Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Family of four, you’ve just found this year’s coordinating costumes. We find these bear heads slightly disturbing but they’re sure to make a statement. (via A Beautiful Mess)
60. DIY Animal Scarves Out of Stuffed Animals: Complete your child’s wild ensemble with a DIY animal scarf. The best part about this? The scarves were made from actual stuffed animals. (via A Subtle Revelry)
P.S. We can’t wait to hear about all your creative creations! Talk with us about your costume creations in the comments (and don’t forget to enter this year’s Halloween Costume Contest!)