Dr. Seuss Costume Ideas

by Pat Smith

Dr. Seuss is one of the most beloved children's authors and is responsible for having created a significant variety of characters and illustrations. Costume stores and online shops have pre-made Dr. Seuss-themed costumes for people of all ages. Whether you're buying a finished costume or making your own, here are some simple ideas for some of the most famous Dr. Seuss characters.

Cat in the Hat

The most noticeable part of the Cat in the Hat costume is the tall, red and white striped hat. You should be able to find it at a costume store or an online costume supplier. The rest of the outfit can have a lot of variety: you can wear all black or a blend of black and white. For a fresh take on the costume, for a female, try a black knee-length dress with black tights and red shoes. Top it off with a red bow tie and draw whiskers on with eyeliner or costume paint and everyone will recognize your Cat in the Hat costume.

Thing 1 and Thing 2

This costume is the most effective if you're dressing as a pair. For children, you can find red "footie" pajamas, which are the closest to the book's illustrations. For larger costumes, wear all red along with red mittens. Find some blue curly wigs at a costume supply shop (cut them shorter if they're too long). Write "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" on white circles of paper and glue or safety pin them onto the front of the shirt or pajama top. If these are for kids, be careful with pins.

Horton Hears a Who

For the elephant in "Horton Hears a Who," for kids blue "footie" or regular blue pajamas, and for older costumers wear a light shade of blue pajamas or pants and shirt. The most important element is the elephant head, which for kids you can find on Costume Pop (see "Resources"). If you're making your own elephant ears, cut out large elephant ear shapes out of blue construction paper or cloth and staple or glue them onto a narrow blue headband.

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