The Best Animal Costumes for a Howlin' Good Time

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 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 Mammal Costumes

Women's Cozy Brown BearBaby Skunk CostumeGray Toddler BunnyAdult Beaver
Adult SquirrelCozy Child Fox CostumeInfant Deer CostumeKid's Horse

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 dress for women or a silly squirrel costume for men. Even your baby can look utterly a-deer-able in a deer costume for babies or a baby skunk costume.

South American Mammal Costumes

South American Mammal Costumes

Women's Deluxe Bat CostumeToddler LlamaChild Sloth CostumeAdult Armadillo
Men's Funky Monkey CostumeToddler PorcupineInfant MouseAdult 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 Mammal Costumes

Women's Leopard CatsuitToddler Realistic HippopotamusChild CheetahGirls' Lion CostumeAdult Lemur
Adult MeerkatKid's WarthogWomen's Zebra CostumeChild Realistic ElephantAdult Giraffe Jumpsuit

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 hippo and the elephant costume, or you can try a more cartoonish meerkat or warthog 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

European and Asian Mammal Costumes

Adult White GoatToddler & Infant HedgehogWomen's Wolf CostumeAdult Reindeer
Adult Snow Leopard KigurumiKids' Tiger CostumeToddler 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 a tiger costume 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

Bug Costumes

Adult GrasshopperCozy Girls' Butterfly CostumeChild AntToddler Bumble BeeCozy Women's Spider Costume
Women's Black WidowToddler FlyAdult ScorpionGirls' Lady Bug CostumeMen's Praying Mantis

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.

Bird Costumes

Bird Costumes

Adult Owl KigurumiToddler Rio JewelAdult OstrichKids' CrowPeacock Kigurumi
Women's Penguin CostumeToddler Bald EagleAdult Flamingo CostumeChild ParrotAdult Toucan Sam

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

Amphibian and Reptile Costumes

Adult GeckoToddler ChameleonKids' Bearded Dragon CostumeAdult Snake
Adult Alligator CostumeChild Realistic Tree FrogToddler FrogAdult Magic School Bus Liz

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

Sea Creature Costumes

Adult Hammerhead Shark CostumeToddler SeahorseChild Sea TurtleAdult NarwhalWomen's Jellyfish Costume
Women's Sequin GoldfishToddler DolphinChild StarfishKids' OctopusTipsy Elves Men's Lobster Costume

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!)

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 is an Inbound Marketing Specialist and Resident Crazy Cat Lady at HalloweenCostumes.com, 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.


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