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Welcome to the animal costume safari! The ideas you will see here are beastly, wild or simply adorable. To that end, you’re invited to find your signature look among the costume ideas in this section.

Perhaps you are looking to create a powerful lion. Or an imposing elephant. Or even a mythical dragon. You will find unbelievably authentic looking animal costumes in these categories.

Maybe you’re pulled in a cuter direction. See the sweet monkeys, adorable koalas and fluffy bunnies scampering around these pages as well.

Another very versatile animal costume is that of the cat. You will find them from cute to sexy and even scary. Hence, the range of emotions of these felines are remarkable.

In addition, don’t miss out on the incredibly unique peacock costumes here. They are stunning and distinct. You will be in awe that they are all homemade!

So, you can dream of becoming a prickly porcupine, a delicate deer or a talkative toucan. Because here is where you will find your spirit animal costume!


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Super Cute Lion Toddler Costume

Super Cute Lion Toddler Costume

I was surprised at how easy and fun this costume was to make. It took me almost a week to do, but I was only working on it for an hour or two at night after my kids went to bed. I found out that I was pretty good with a glue gun, but definitely had more than a few battle wounds from the hot glue. I was very concerned that I would spend a bunch of time making the costume and then he wouldn’t wear it, but that wasn’t the case. He loved it and walked around growling at everyone – it was so cute and such a fun Halloween! Read more »


Homemade Whimsical Owl Costume for a Woman

Homemade Whimiscal Owl Costume for a Woman

I wanted to have an owl costume that wasn’t all bulky tootsie roll commercial owl but a pretty thing. So I started with a dress from my closet that I love the fit of and pretty much used it as a pattern on some dollar material I bought. Once I had the bodes sewn up, I knew I wanted to have feathers on it, so I found some inexpensive felt in various colors and cut probably 20 triangles from each color and started sewing them on the bodes starting from the neckline and shoulders down in rows. Read more »


Amazing Taxidermy Animal Heads Funny Group Costume

Amazing Taxidermy Animal Heads Funny Group Costume

I’m crazy about Halloween! I love it all, but top priority for me is always the costume. This year, I did a funny group costume and couldn’t be happier with the results! The idea came to me in August, I’ve been recruiting and crafting since! The idea was simple–hunter’s trophy wall of animal heads–but the execution had to be perfect! Once the group was assembled, everyone chose their animal (real or fake) and the craft nights started. Read more »


Beautiful Peacock Costume for a 3 Year-Old Girl

Beautiful Peacock Costume for a 3 Year-Old Girl

For weeks my three year old (going on 15) daughter, Adalyn, told me she wasn’t going to be anything else but Princess Elsa for Halloween, that was until we spent a morning at the zoo. I took her and Emmett, her 1½yr old little brother, to the zoo, an outing we do at least once or twice every month. However, this time while having lunch with the elephants, a beautiful peacock (something she had never seen before) decided to join us. The amazing bird came around the corner with its tail standing tall, and after a second Adalyn turned away from the peacock to me and said, “Mommy look at how beautiful that birdie’s feathers are – I wish I had beautiful feathers like that too!” Read more »


Penguin and Toucan Costumes: Birds of a Feather in all Kinds of Weather

Penguin and Toucan Costumes: Birds of a Feather in all Kinds of Weather

Every Halloween I have fun taking on new costume challenges. My daughters wanted to go as a penguin and a toucan for Halloween this year. We named the penguin Twiggles because the tail would “twiggle” back and forth as she walked, and we called the toucan Jewel.  These birds are unlikely companions. They won local costume contests and really looked cute trick or treating. Read more »


Cute No-Sew Giraffe Costume

Cute No-Sew Giraffe Costume

I made this giraffe costume for my 10-year-old daughter mostly out of recycled cardboard, hot glue, quilt batting, and felt. I made a “skull” from strips of cardboard bent and glued together and then covered with quilt batting and felt. Read more »


Cute Newborn Sleepy Owl Costume

Cute Newborn Sleepy Owl Costume

Halloween is my favorite time of the year and I love getting creative and making my own costumes. This year, I was pregnant with my first child and due on October 28, so I wasn’t sure if I would spend Halloween in the hospital or not. My daughter, Cadence, arrived a few days early, on October 24th and we were home from the hospital the next day. I decided to dress her up as a sleepy owl because I thought she would look adorable, and being only a week old, she sleeps a lot! Read more »