When people think out of the box, animal costumes can be some of the best costumes on the block at Halloween, as well as, make a perfect event look. Animal costume ideas are always fun to brainstorm and even better to look at when they're unique and well crafted. You don't even have to spend a lot of money on your costume. Many of them can be crafted inexpensively and still look great!
Sent in by Nicole to our 2014 costume contest.
Animal costumes for adults can be some of the more interesting costumes to work with if someone is willing to bear a little weight. Four legged animal costumes, for example, can be beautiful to look at, but they require the type of teamwork and coordination that children can't always manage, especially when excited. There is also the option for something a bit more risque and flamboyant such as a burlesque style showbird. Adult costumes don't have to be either of these things, however. They can be as simple as the Big Bad Wolf or even a fish. Whatever costume you choose, make it something that you will love and you'll find an opportunity to wear it again.
Couple of Dinosaurs
Sent in by Valerie to our 2014 costume contest.
Animal costume ideas for women usually (but not always) lean towards the cute or the pretty side; peacocks and other birds, cats and rabbits, etc. Costumes for women can be unusual but still feminine. Some of our favorites to look at are those that really go to great lengths to be just a little different, like the Ethereal Seahorse costume. The artist who made it was someone that got inspired by nature and went to work.
Sent in by D to our 2013 costume contest.
When making costumes, the key is to forget about what other people would think or want, and create something that you will enjoy and have fun making. For some it's the challenge to see if they can mimic a peacock or a jellyfish. Lastly, when in doubt, add some sparkle!
Sent in by Helen to our 2012 costume contest.
Animal costumes for men tend to be either humorous or aggressive, like a gorilla, a dinosaur or wolf. Because men tend to have larger frames they can also work with costumes that have a bit more bulk and carry more weight.
Man in a Cage
Sent in by Valerie to our 2011 costume contest.
When creating a larger costume remember to try it on several times while making. People forget that even a five to ten pound backpack if worn all day can wear on the shoulders. A ten pound costume will do the same.
Sent in by Klay to our 2014 costume contest.
When manufacturing your animal costume, remember that you may wear this again someday, so craft it with the same care you would if making yourself an outfit to wear. Hot glue is good for adding on bits of fur or feathers, it isn't that great for load bearing seams.
Kids are so creative themselves and so fascinated by everything, that if you allow them to choose, they will find some of the most interesting creatures to mimic. Animal costume ideas for kids can really set the imagination to work. Kids will also be specific when selecting costumes. They won't just choose any dinosaur costume to make, they'll tell you the exact type of dinosaur they want.
Three Little Dinosaurs
Sent in by Peggy to our 2013 costume contest.
A lot of children's costume ideas come from the shows they watch or movies they see so expect a lot of penguins, pandas, dinosaurs and hedgehogs!
Sent in by Colleen to our 2014 costume contest.
Animal costumes for boys are typically animals with a lot of teeth! Velociraptors, Tyrannosaurs, sharks, tigers, and wolves are all costumes that boys will gravitate to.
Sent in by Sharon to our 2013 costume contest.
Every once in a while though a boy will break out of the mold and go for something really fun and crazy like the owls from Harry Potter or the Ga'Hoole guardians. Sea creature costumes are always a lot of fun to make and wear.
Sent in by Laura to our 2013 costume contest.
Animal costumes for girls do tend to end up on the pretty side, with peacocks being among the most favorite animal costumes among girls.
Sent in by Diana to our 2014 costume contest.
It is fun though when you find a little girl willing to let her roar out.
Sent in by Chris to our 2011 costume contest.
Some of our favorite girl costume ideas are the tropical fish and birds because it allows for amazing color displays within the costume.
Penguin and Toucan
Sent in by Brenda to our 2014 costume contest.
Of course having chameleons and geckos can spice up the holiday with colors, as well.
Animal costumes for toddlers are usually created to be portable, because at a certain point their bodies get tired of walking, and at times they are part of a complimentary costume set with a parent or older sibling.
Sent in by Laci to our 2013 costume contest.
If possible it is a wonderful thing to incorporate wagons into the costume idea, because then you can pull them along on Halloween when they get too tired to walk and it lets you keep a better eye on them than if they are allowed to walk along by themselves.
Sent in by Gina to our 2014 costume contest.
Some of the favorites submitted to us, for absolute sheer creativity were the porcupine, the flying penguin and the blue macaw. Good job guys!
Sent in by Deanna to our 2014 costume contest.
Sent in by Mary to our 2012 costume contest.
Baby Blue Macaw
Sent in by Clarissa to our 2012 costume contest.
Animal costumes for babies takes everything true of toddler ideas and amps that up. A portable but cute costume is a must, even if they are just learning to walk. Costumes that can be worn on the back like octopus swimming in the ocean are creative and help Mom and Dad out by carrying the load on a place that is easier on them to bear it.
Octopus Swimming in the Ocean
Sent in by Kriss to our 2012 costume contest.
Baby animal costumes works for babies and toddlers because you're matching cute with more cute. Who can resist a box of puppies or a baby bird? Seeing a tiny human face surrounded by feathers and fur is always a delight and makes for amazing keepsake pictures.
Whenever you are about to make a costume, be it for Halloween or a party, let your imagination soar. Don't just be a chicken, be a Silkie chicken. Don't just be any chameleon be a panther chameleon. Really allow yourself to get into it. Take time with the costume, let the experience of putting it together be as enjoyable (if not moreso) than the wearing of it. When that happens you will end up with a costume that not only you love but will enchant and surprise others. As you are brainstorming and creating, please remember our 2016 Costume Contest and submit your costume pictures! We love your costume ideas and can't wait for more.
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