The Best Animal Costumes for a Howlin' Good Time [Costume Guide]

by |June 24, 2022
Categories: Costume Guides, Family

The Best Animal Costumes for a Howlin' Good Time

Let's face it, animals are paw-some! Perhaps you have a pet, or you have always been fascinated by wildlife. Maybe you even work to care for animals. Whatever the case may be, you're thinking about getting an animal costume for Halloween. (Or for your child's dress-up trunk!) There are tons of animal costumes for kids and adults from bugs and sea life to reptiles, amphibians and mammals from every corner of the globe. Quite a few of these creature jumpsuits and kigurumis are also unisex costumes, so you can turn your family into a cauldron of bats, a murder of crows or perhaps even a shiver of sharks. Check out these animal costumes for Halloween that will keep you comfortable and cute!


North American Mammal Costumes

North American Animal Costumes

Plus Size Squirrel OnesieKids' Gray Bunny OnesieGirls' Deer CostumeAdult Opossum Costume
Adult RaccoonCozy Child Fox CostumeToddler Skunk CostumeBrown Bear Onesie

North America has tons of mammals, many of which are very familiar, which is why they make great costumes! There won't be an awkward pause when someone tries unsuccessfully to guess your outfit if you're dressed as a fox, squirrel or deer. There are also quite a few styles of animal costumes for every member of the family, too! Try a cozy fox costume for kids, a fuzzy bear costume for women or a silly raccoon costume for men. Even your child can look utterly a-deer-able in a deer costume for kids or a baby skunk costume.


South American Mammal Costumes

South American Animal Costumes

Women's Deluxe Bat CostumeToddler PorcupineKids' Monkey CostumeAdult Mouse Costume
Adult ArmadilloToddler LlamaChild Sloth CostumeAdult Manatee Kigurumi

The Amazon rainforest has captured the hearts of people all over the world, often in part to the large variety of exotic animals and plants. South America does share a few animals with North America like mice, bats and porcupines, but they also have other lovely animals that make great costumes, like sloth costumes and llama costumes! If you want to really stand out, you can even find an armadillo costume or a manatee kigurumi. Talk about cute!


African Mammal Costumes

African Animal Costumes

Adult HyenaChild Leopard CostumeKids' ElephantWomen's Lion Costume
Sexy Giraffe CostumeKids' CheetahChild Zebra CostumeAdult Lemur

Bring the safari to you with a wide variety of African animal costumes! You can find realistic animal costumes with screen-printed details like the elephant costume, or you can try a more cartoonish giraffe or hyena costume. You're also in luck if you love cats. Lions, leopards and cheetah costumes, oh my! There are so many African animals to choose from that you can easily get Halloween costumes for your entire family to give off all the Lion King and Madagascar vibes. These onesie and jumpsuit costumes will keep you warm and comfortable all Halloween.


European and Asian Mammal Costumes

Asian and European Animal Costumes

Adult White GoatToddler & Infant HedgehogToddler Wolf CostumeAdult Reindeer
Adult Snow Leopard KigurumiKids' Tiger CostumeChild Red PandaAdult Panda Bear Costume

The Ural mountains may be a natural boundary between Europe and Asia, but these two continents do have some animals that can be found in both regions—like tigers, goats, reindeer, hedgehogs and wolves. All of these make great animal Halloween costumes for your family, and kids will probably gravitate towards tiger costumes or perhaps a panda costume. The European animal costumes are also great as these animals are often found in fables and fairy tales, so you can always turn your family into the Three Billy Goats Gruff or The Tortoise and the Hare.


Bug Costumes

Insect Costumes

Women's Bee CostumeKids' Spider CostumeGirls' LadybugAdult Praying Mantis
Adult Ant CostumeChild Monarch ButterflyKids' Fly CostumeAdult Black Widow Spider

There are tons of bugs! Sure they may be pesky while others are helpful or just a bit creepy, but you can't deny the fact that bug costumes are bee-utiful. You can find a cute costume or a scary one, or even a weird costume that will ensure you're the only praying mantis or scorpion at the Halloween party. Ladybug costumes and even spider, butterfly and bee costumes are favorites for girls while the guys can wear silly costumes like flies, ants and grasshoppers. However, don't "bee" afraid to wear whatever you want!


Bird Costumes

Bird Costumes

Adult Peacock CostumeChild Chicken CostumeKids' Owl CostumeAdult Ostrich Costume
Adult ToucanChild Penguin OnesieKids' ParrotAdult Duck Onesie

If you love bright and colorful outfits, you won't be disappointed by a bird costume. Our avian friends come in a wide variety of colors from pink flamingo costumes to scarlet macaw parrot costumes and blue and green peacock costumes. Your friends might think you're a little bird-brained, but don't let that keep you from strutting your stuff! The silly wings, stuffed headpieces and tailfeathers are also great for dancing in, whether you get a case of happy feet in a penguin costume or want to shake your tailfeather in a flamingo costume.


Amphibian and Reptile Costumes

Reptile and Amphibian Costumes

Adult GeckoKids' ChameleonKids' Frog CostumeAdult Magic School Bus Liz
Women's Tree FrogKids' Bearded Dragon CostumeToddler Hatching CobraAdult Alligator Costume

Go green by wearing an amphibian or reptile costume! It's easy being green when so many of these four-legged critters sport the color. Grab your favorite crocodile costume, frog costume or lizard costume and show off your scales and silly feet. Reptiles may be cold-blooded, but you'll stay warm and cozy in these animal onesies.


Sea Creature Costumes

Ocean Animal Costumes

Sexy SeahorseInfant and Toddler WalrusChild Starfish CostumeAdult Octopus Costume
Adult Shrimp CostumeKids' Sea TurtleChild Squid CostumeNarwhal Kigurumi

The oceans are full of sea creatures. If you have an aspiring little marine biologist or you wish you could go swimming with dolphins, perhaps you and your family would enjoy some ocean animal costumes. Feel a little silly in a narwhal costume or smart in a dolphin costume. There are some adorable costumes for kids and adults featuring other sea animals like sea turtles, seahorses, starfish, lobsters, jellyfish and sharks! (Make sure to be prepared for someone to start singing Baby Shark if you're dressed in a shark costume!)


Shark Costumes

Shark Costumes

Adult Shark KigurumiBaby Shark BuntingChild Shark OnesieDaddy Shark Outfit
Adult Shark OnesieToddler Baby Shark CostumeChild Great White SharkGirls' Cozy Shark

There's a whole week dedicated to sharks thanks to Shark Week, so we figured that we needed to really shine that spotlight on shark costumes for the entire family! We have the entire Baby Shark costume collection from baby shark to daddy and mommy shark. You can also find cozy, comfy shark costume jumpsuits reminiscent of character pajamas. (They're perfect for chilly Halloween nights!) There are even specific species like great white sharks and hammerheads, because shark fanatics want to rep their favorite sea creatures. We won't claim that any one shark costume is better than another, but you're sure to find the shark outfit that suits you best!


Farm Animal Costumes

Barn Animal Costumes

Adult Donkey CostumeChild Sheep OnesieKids' Highland CowAdult Pug Kigurumi
Calico Cat KigurumiKids' Pig CostumeChild HorseAdult Cow Costume

You don't have to look very far to find animals—just take a trip into the country and there are plenty of farm animals to spot! If your kids love to get out and breathe that dairy air, maybe they would enjoy some kids' farm animal costumes. There are quite a few cute farm animal onesies for adults and kids, so you might even consider making it a family affair. Find dog costumes for humans, along with cows, chickens and pigs. Rest assured in the fact that you'll look udderly adorable!


Pet Animal Costumes

Animal Pet Costumes

Pet WalrusPet PeacockPet Lion ManeTurtle Pet Costume
Cow Pet CostumePet Butterfly CostumePet Panda CostumePet Shark Costume

We know that we talked a lot about animal costumes already, but animals really are the stars of the show! If you agree with us, maybe your own pet could use a fun animal outfit. How great would it be to suddenly have a pet panda? What about a pet walrus? Normally you couldn't, but these animal pet costumes will let you have just about any pet for a little while. 


Animal Costume Accessories

Animal Costume Accessories

Black Cat Costume KitDeer HeadbandCorgi Accessory KitRaccoon Costume Kit
Horse Costume KitRam HornsSloth Accessory KitDeluxe Lion Kit

There are times where you may not be interested in wearing a full costume, but you could get away with some animal costume accessories. Maybe your kid wants a few dress-up costume accessories for their play trunk. Perhaps you're celebrating Halloween at the office but you need to be mostly in uniform. It doesn't matter the reason, really, because there are so many cool animal costume accessories to try!


We hope you found the perfect animal Halloween costume. Do you have a favorite animal? Is there a weird and wacky animal that you think we need to have as a Halloween costume? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments, and we may add another animal costume idea to our current selection!

Angela Poch
Angela Poch

Angela Poch is an Inbound Marketing Specialist and Resident Crazy Cat Lady at, where she is an assistant editor and covers tutorials, crafting and pop culture. Angela has created costumes and props for Halloween events, conventions and Renaissance festivals.

Some of her favorite costumes include 90s Rogue, a custom Jedi, warrior elf, and some nameless Renaissance pirate. (She’s still figuring out how to make a Jedi light-chakram.) You can find her on Twitter @AngelaPoch1 or her cats on Instagram @stardustnebulanova.