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Lumberjack Costume

Updated on October 31, 2017

Paul Bunyan And Babe The Blue Ox Costume

Dress up as Paul Bunyon, legendary lumberjack, and his blue ox, Babe
Dress up as Paul Bunyon, legendary lumberjack, and his blue ox, Babe | Source

If you are looking for an easy DIY Halloween costume, the lumberjack is a great choice. A lumberjack is someone who cuts down trees, and either cuts them into logs or transports them to a sawmill where the logs will be cut into lumber.

When we think of a lumberjack, we think of a strong, rugged man with a beard. The clothing these guys dress in are work clothes. A plaid shirt, jeans, work boots, and since it's cold out there in the forest, a cap. These clothing items are pretty regular clothes that most people will have in their closets, and that makes this costume a cheap outfit to dress in for Halloween.

Paul Bunyan

America's most famous lumberjack
America's most famous lumberjack | Source

Paul Bunyan is a famous and mythical character of US folklore. Paul is a symbol of hardworking people and the ability we all have to overcome obstacles. Paul's adventures are shared with his blue ox, Babe. Check out the pictures on this page to see what this costume will look like.


What You Need To Make A Lumberjack Costume For Halloween

Here's what you will need to put together a lumberjack costume for Halloween
Here's what you will need to put together a lumberjack costume for Halloween | Source

What Does A Lumberjack Wear?

To dress up as a Lumberjack this Halloween you are going to need a few items. The good news is you probably have most of what you will need to make this costume already. You might have to buy one or two things, but my guess is they will be the least expensive items of your costume.

So...to make a Lumberjack costume you will need:

  • A Red or Blue Plaid Shirt
  • Blue Jeans
  • Boots
  • Big Suspenders
  • A Beanie
  • A Beard
  • Possibly A Wig...of course that's optional and so is the beard
  • A Plastic Axe...or a homemade cardboard one

He's A Lumberjack And He's Okay - Monty Python

Monty Python - Lumberjack Song

The Blue Ox Babe And Paul Bunyan The Lumberjack

More homemade lumberjack Paul Bunyan and Babe the Ox costume ideas for Halloween
More homemade lumberjack Paul Bunyan and Babe the Ox costume ideas for Halloween | Source

Lumberjacks participate is a wide variety of sports, many of which involve lumber. These sports, or games, used to involve some of the daily work details these forest men participated in. In more recent years these games and sports have come to involve much more.

One very famous competitions is called "The Lumberjack World Championships" began in 1960. This championship contest consists of 21 different competitions. Here are some lumberjack games you might have heard of:

  • Wood Chopping
  • Wood Sawing
  • Endurance
  • Log Rolling
  • 90 Foot Tree Climb
  • Boom Running

There are usually thousands of viewers during these competitions. It's a rousing experience and if you ever get the chance to go, do so. I am sure it will be a unique and interesting experience.

He's A Lumberjack And He's Okay

This guy dresses as a lumberjack using clothes he found at home
This guy dresses as a lumberjack using clothes he found at home | Source

More Famous Lumberjacks

  1. Joseph Montferrand, also known as “Big Joe Mufferaw”, was a famous logger from Canada.
  2. The Lumberjack mascot from Stephen F. Austin State University
  3. Larry Pelletier, the most “lumberjackish” of all the gentlemen on the Discovery Channel's show, “American Lumberjacks”.
  4. Humboldt State University Marching Band's "The Marching Lumberjack".
  5. The Athletic “Axemen” Teams of Acadia University.
  6. Brawny Paper Towels Lumberjack
  7. Monty Python cast member Michael Palin is in the skit, "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK."
  8. Even the Simpson's Cartoon show has a lumberjack known as The Burly Man.

Lumberjacks Logrolling

Learn the history of your lumberjack costume...where it came from
Learn the history of your lumberjack costume...where it came from | Source

Two lumberjacks each balance on opposite ends of a log that's floating in a body of water. They each try to stay on the log by any means they can including running, sprinting, and even kicking the log. The one who falls off the log first is the loser.

Log Rolling Video

World Lumberjack Championship List Of Games

The game list
The game list | Source

I liked the idea of a homemade Lumberjack costume for my boyfriend to wear on Halloween before I did a little research on this interesting career. Now, I love this costume idea. It's easy to make, it's cheap to make, it's a hunky look for my good-looking boyfriend, and these guys are really something. They are strong, rugged, tough as nails, and they share a camaraderie not often found in most occupations.

If anyone deserves the honor of a costume choice based on their actions, these guys do.

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