How to Make a Purr-fect Cat Costume for Halloween

These DIY cat Halloween costumes for girls and boys are paws-itively adorable!

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Different Disney princesses and new superheroes may rotate through the costume aisles each year, but cat costumes will always be a Halloween classic. Not only are black cats an emblem of the holiday (right up there with witches and ghosts!), but the kids' costume idea also couldn't be easier to DIY.

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The no-fuss look comes together with just a few pieces—including cat ears and a cat tail—whether store-bought or made-from-scratch (see what we did there?). Don't forget the cat makeup!


Cat Halloween Costume for Girls

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Talk about a purr-fect last-minute idea that works for all ages. Here's how to re-create this girl's cat costume:

  1. Grab a , , and tights—all of which you probably already have in the closet.
  2. Cut rounded triangles from and slightly smaller rounded triangles from .
  3. the two pieces together as shown and adhere to a .
  4. To add a tail to your black cat costume, cut apart a wire hanger, bend as desired, and wrap with a , hot-gluing as you go.

    Tip: The makeup can be as minimal or as detailed as you like. Draw on a few quick black lines with for a quick and easy look.


    Cat Halloween Costume for Baby Boys

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    Have you ever seen a cuddlier kitten? This sweet ensemble starts with a , but older boys could just dress all in black:

    1. Cut triangles from and sew or hot-glue to the front.
    2. Affix to for cat ears that double as warm wear for what can be a pretty chilly holiday. (Don't DIY? You can also for about the same price.)

      Tip: Keep the makeup simple to avoid meltdowns and mess.


      Cat Halloween Costume for Women

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      Who says you have to go as a house cat? Take advantage of the all the animal prints currently in stores and pair a leopard- or cheetah-print dress or blouse with a simple set of ears (which you can DIY or buy). Easy, peasy.

      1. Bend black or pipe cleaners into triangular shapes and wrap the open ends around a for ears.
      2. Throw on a cheetah- or or dress.
      3. Using a , draw a wide "V" on the tip of your nose, and line your upper lip (without dipping down into the Cupid's bow). Connect the two black shapes with a thick line.

        If you're feeling ambitious, check out these other cat makeup ideas.


        Plus, How to Make Shoes for Your Cat Costume

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