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Halloween Costume Ideas: Black Cat Ears

Updated on September 27, 2015
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Jeannie is a huge fan of Halloween and loves everything that is ghoulish. You can often find her reading or writing horror stories.


The Black Cat Ears Headband

You've probably seen them everywhere: cat ear headbands. For Halloween, you will see them pretty much everywhere you go, even in the dollar bins at stores like Target. In general, black cat ears are a popular accessory for Halloween, but you are sure to find other colors like gray and brown, too. I recommend getting a pair for Halloween because you never know when they may come in handy.

Sure, I know you are thinking it would be boring just to be a black cat for Halloween every year, but that is not the case. Don't just limit yourself to being a cat for Halloween. There are so many options and fun ways you can wear your black cat ears this Halloween. Check out some of your Halloween costume options when you own your own black cat ears.

A Black Cat

Well, of course, we may as well start with the obvious one. You can easily use black cat ears with any black costume to become a cat. Women typically put on a black cat suit, black cat ears, add a tail, and then... black cat Halloween costume! It is really that easy. It is also recommended that you draw some whiskers on your face or buy some whiskers you can glue to your face for the evening.

Basically, you can be as lazy as you want to be with this costume. You can buy an entire black, furry costume. You could just simply wear a black shirt and black pants. It depends on where you are going and how far your are willing to take it.


The Crazy Cat Lady

We always hear about the "crazy cat lady" that lives down the street or we are warned not to collect too many cats or you'll become the crazy cat lady. Well, we all know that is silliness most of the time, but what if a person could literally become the Crazy Cat Lady this Halloween? What if a person becomes so obsessed with her cats that she turns into a cat? Think of Hermione Granger from Harry Potter when her potion went wrong, and you get the idea.

For this costume, I recommend wearing the cat ears along with a tacky outfit. If you can find fuzzy cat slippers, wear them! Cat pajama bottoms and a cat shirt would make a good look, too. If you have pets or a friend that does, allowing an animal to roll around on your shirt so it is full of "cat hair" is perfect too (unless you are allergic)... my dog is always happy to provide that service. If you can find cat eye glasses, that is even better.

If you want to really amp up the Crazy Cat Lady look, I recommend getting a clear tote bag, and filling it with items that scream "cat lady." For instance, small cat toys, feathers, yarn, tuna fish cans, and possibly some cats. If you don't want to take your cat out for Halloween, you don't need to to worry that you'll let the cat out of the bag; some stuffed cats will work just as well. Get ready to impress everyone with your new Crazy Cat Lady look this Halloween.

Hermione Turns Into a Cat


A Black Panther

Sure, a black panther is not that much of a stretch from a black cat, but it is all about attitude. When you put your black cat suit on with a long black tail, don't just be a cat this Halloween... be a panther!

The key to making your black panther outfit look more threatening is the teeth. In this case, there are sure to be a wide assortment of vampire teeth available this Halloween. Try to get something a bit subtle since you don't want to appear to be a vampire, but you do still want long, menacing teeth. Panthers do tend to have two longer teeth in their mouths, so you can totally pull off the look.

If you'd like to make your black panther look even more threatening, some long nails will help out. If you can make your nails look like claws by shaping them, you will look super scary. If you can't pull off that look with your own nails, you can easily find claws at Halloween stores. You will certainly scare everyone this Halloween as a black panther. No friendly black kitty for you!


A Calico Cat

Just because the ears are black does not mean you have to be a black cat. Calico cats are adorable and full of many colors. This works particularly well if you happen to be pale with brown hair or light red hair. Sometimes the black cat look is just too hard to pull off. What is great about the calico look is you have more clothing options.

You could go low-budget if you are going to be a calico. You can get a basic white t-shirt and use spray paint to paint black, brown, and orange spots. A brown shirt and black pants can also work, too. Basically, the calico cat look is not difficult to pull off and a great last minute costume as long as you have a cat ear headband.

A Bat

You know what else is black and furry? Bats! Yes, you can use the cat ears to become a bat this Halloween. Bats are actually quite furry and rather cute. They just have a bad reputation. So you basically have two options with this look. You can be a vampire bat for Halloween. Or you could choose to be a nice bat for Halloween. The only difference is you'll need some vampire teeth for the vampire bat.

For the costume itself, you need to get a basic black cape. You should be able to find one at any discount store or Halloween shop. I would not recommend spending too much on it since you will be cutting it to look like you have bat wings. If you are feeling especially crafty, you can take some cardboard, cut it into the shape of bat wings, and then spray paint it black. Now all you need is an entirely black outfit, and you can put on your cape or tie on the cardboard wings. Add your cat ears, and you are now a Halloween bat!

Black Cat Ear Headband - Endless Possibilities

As it turns out, there is plenty you can do with cat ear headbands. They are perfect for anyone at any age. The only exception is, I am pretty sure little girls can get away with wearing their black cat ears all the time. The rest of us have to wait for Halloween.

Of course, don't just limit yourself based on my recommendations. I am sure you can come up with other ghoulish ideas like cat zombies or mutant lab rats or something fun along those lines. Happy Halloween!

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    Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I think that might be my costume this year. It will be easy and who doesn't love cats? :-) Thanks for your comment, FlourishAnyway.

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    FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

    I love the idea of a crazy cat lady for Halloween. I wouldn't be playing anyone else, but whatever. I still love the idea.

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    Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Those slippers sound adorable. I will bet they did confuse your cats. :-) Thanks for checking out my hub and thanks for the comment.

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    Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

    What fun ideas, Jeannie! I used to have a pair of slippers that looked like a Persian cat. They were fuzzy and had a fat fuzzy tail on the back of each. They used to drive my cats crazy! They didn't know what to make of Mama's feet!

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    Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, perhaps I should have gone into a mutant lab rat description instead of one of the others. :-)

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    drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

    Great catty ideas, Mary. I have to admit that the idea of a mutant lab rat costume has a certain bizarre appeal.