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8 Awesome Animal-Related Costumes

The following article was written by Senior Action Team Coordinator Tiffany Rose.

Whether it’s a flesh-eating zombie, a “Lettuce Lady,” or a sad, injured pig, we know how to put together a costume! Check out the following frightful and delightful ideas for inspiration:

1. Creepy Colonel Sanders

You remember this guy. He’s the mascot for KFC, the fast-food giant whose own animal-welfare advisers have resigned in frustration over the company’s refusal to change its evil practices. You may as well go ahead and throw some horns on him, too!

2. Wretched Ronald McDonald

This sicko plays cute to the kiddos, but behind the scenes, he is responsible for the largest mass murder of chickens ever. Every day, thousands of birds have their throats slit and are tossed in a tank of boiling water, often while still conscious! Wretched Ronald may love it, but we’re hatin’ it.

3. Tofu

Did you get a last-minute party invitation but don’t have a thing to wear? Fret not! Grab that empty box used to store your Halloween decorations and turn it into a hunk of extra-firm tofu. And just like the real thing, you can give it as much flavor as you’d like. You can write the nutritional information on the side and show partygoers just how packed with protein you are!


4. Declawed kitty

Talk about scary. Declawing a cat is literally hacking off the last bone of each of Fluffy’s toes. That’s the kind of stuff that nightmares are made of. Let people know how gruesome this procedure is by “bloodying” and bandaging up your own hands. Nothing works as well as a visual, right?

Virginia as declawed cat

5. Injured circus trainer

Time and time again, circus employees are attacked by the animals they force to perform stupid tricks. Why? Because the animals are WILD! The big top is no place for a majestic elephant or a regal tiger. Splash your neck with fake blood, and show coworkers that wild animals should be free.

Roy Halloween

6. The barbaric baby coat

Here’s a real-life horror story for you. Every year, thousands of baby harp seals are bludgeoned to death with the approval of the Canadian government! Are they friggin’ serious with that? Yup, they are. And we’re serious with our coat made of human babies. Try this one on for size, and get people to realize that slaughtering any baby is shameful.

7. Whose skin are you in?

You may recall seeing sexy ladies slithering around outside of New York’s Fashion Week. They weren’t there just to look good! They had a message for designers: Keep wildlife out of your wardrobe. With a homemade sign and some very carefully applied cruelty-free bodypaint, you can show some of your own skin and make that same statement!

8. A hunk of bloody meat

It’s true that steak had a face once—and a thigh, an arm, and a stomach. We all experience love, sadness, and happiness, and we all bleed red. Take a cue from PETA campaigner Ashley Byrne, and go to a Halloween party as a bloody slab of meat, because, really, what’s the difference between our bodies and theirs? OK, she’s in better shape than I am, but you know what I mean!

Whether you’re at a Halloween party with tons of people or are in for a casual night with friends—these costumes offer a great way to get the animal rights conversation started!