Super Fun Safari Tourist and Leopard Couple Costumes

My husband didn’t really want to dress up this year, but Halloween is my favorite holiday, so after a lot of rejected ideas we found something we were both happy about! I went as a leopard (but definitely not the store-bought “sexy cat” kind!) and he was a safari tourist. He followed me around all night with binoculars and our classic old Minolta camera snapping pictures, it was a ton of fun!

His was super easy to make- khaki button up shirt and pants, his tilley hat, binoculars, camera, field notebook in his pocket.

My leopard took a lot more time to craft from scratch:

The mask- I picked up a cat-face mask at the Dollar store. It was painted green and black and glittery, so that had to change. I scrubbed off the glitter and hand painted it with my good artist’s acrylic paints, using a photo of a leopard face for reference and accuracy. It turned out amazing, I got a ton of compliments and one lady actually asked if she could buy it!

The outfit- bought some nice fuzzy leopard print fabric to whip up the body and leggings, the perfect fluffy matching gloves were a thrift store find I still keep in my car for cold steering wheels on winter mornings.

The tail- this took the longest, I spent even more time on it than hand painting my mask. Using the same fabric as the leggings, I cut out an extra thick and long tail and sewed it up inside out. Then turned it around and stuffed with foam and a piece of wire so I could bend it into a nice curved shape.

Once the main pieces came together all that was left was face paint to fill in the rest of my face and arms with spots.

Super Fun Safari Tourist and Leopard Couple Costumes

Super Fun Safari Tourist and Leopard Couple Costumes

Super Fun Safari Tourist and Leopard Couple Costumes

Super Fun Safari Tourist and Leopard Couple Costumes