Does it surprise anyone that I decided to be a cat for Halloween? Other ideas I tossed around for no longer than 5 minutes total:

  • bumble bee (because I have yellow pants)
  • pig in a blanket (because I bought a pig’s nose back in June)
  • something that wears striped socks (because I have striped socks)

None of those ideas were as entertaining as being basement cat. But, I made the mistake of going to iParty 3 days before Halloween. The line wrapped around the perimeter of the store! If I wanted a costume, I would have to DIY it.

Luckily, I found a black mask in the closet to solve all my problems.

With some black acrylic paint, I brushed up the surface of the mask which had been smashed between candles and bags of potpourri.

For whiskers, I painted a few pipe cleaners black.

For ears, I cut pieces of black cardboard (from inside of a gift-packing set, see below.) To give the paper ears some texture, I painted the edges with black paint, too.

Jelly was overjoyed with the fact that the black cardboard box was “just his size.”

And by “just his size”, I mean totally under-sized which is perfect for cats.


After everything dried, I started to assemble my cat mask.

I marked the bottom edges of the ears on the back of the mask. This helped to keep the hot glue in line.

I found with a fair application of hot glue above the demarcation, the paper ears stuck to the mask with ease.

I snipped the whiskers in half and glued them to the nose of the mask, then paint over the hot glue with black paint to hide it a bit.

Ta-da! A mask like this would have easily cost $15+ at iParty. I made it for free with foraged supplies.

In order to  finalize the costume, I needed a tail. At the party store, a black fabric cat tail cost $8. Forget that!

I just so happened to have a rogue black stocking in my dresser drawer (saved for just this occasion, of course.) I’m going to stuff it with batting and pit it to the back of my dress.

We are headed to a Halloween party tonight in Maine, so I’ll be back tomorrow with photos of our finished costumes! For now, a glimpse:


There is no doubt that I was a cat in one of my past lives.

What are you dressing up as this year?! Are you as hopelessly unoriginal as I am, or are you one to plan your costume weeks in advance?


2 Responses to DIY Cat Costume

  1. Heather says:

    you are an ADORABLE kitten, H!

    When I saw the title of this post, I thought for SURE you were going to teach me how to make a costume for Benson! Nicholas and I were at the pet store a couple of hours ago and I had to be peeled away from the sale pet costumes and accessories. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted to buy the blitten bat wings.

    • Halley says:

      I REALLY REALLY REALLY wish this was a post about making costume for cats vs. cat costumes. Jelly was going to be Batman (a.k.a. Catman) if I had had the time. I think Benson is more aerodynamically convincing though as a bat.

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