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Dr Seuss Halloween Costumes

Updated on September 29, 2014

Oh! The Costumes You'll Wear!

Wish you had something to do? Why not dress up like Thing One and Thing Two! We've got The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch, too! Or go as The Lorax and speak for the trees! Oh! the costumes you'll wear if you can only choose, which to go as, when you say BOO!

Dr Seuss - Who Was He? - A Short Biography

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, MA, in 1904. It was while in college that he got his start drawing, working as an editor-in-chief for the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, the school's humor magazine. As punishment for getting caught drinking gin with classmates, the Dean forced him to resign from all extracurricular activities, including the magazine. Geisel began to sign his work under the pen name of "Seuss", to keep being published in the paper without the Dean's knowledge.

After Dartmouth, he studied at Lincoln College, in Oxford, pursing a Doctorate of Philosophy in English lit. But he dropped out after marrying his first wife, Helen Palmer, whom he met there, and returned back to the United States.

He wrote humor articles for the likes of Vanity Fair, Judge, and Liberty magazines during the late 1920s. His first cartoon published under the "Seuss" name was printed in The Saturday Evening Post in 1927. In 1937, after returning from an ocean voyage to Europe, Geisel was inspired to write the poem that would inspire And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. The book was rejected over twenty times before it was published.

Geisel served in WWII, drawing political cartoons denouncing Hitler and Mussolini. He also drew posters for the Treasury Department and the War Production Board, as well as wrote propaganda films. After the war, he moved to La Jolla, CA and returned to writing children's books. He would go on to write over 60 books, sell over 222 million copies, and have them translated into more than 15 languages. Adaptations of his books include cartoon films, live-action movies, and children's television programs.

Many of Geisel's books express his views on social and political issues, such as environmentalism, racial equality, materialism and consumerism.

Theodor Geisel passed away on September 24th, 1991. He has been honored with a US Postage Stamp, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an induction to the California Hall of Fame, two Emmy and Academy Awards, a Peabody, a Pulitzer Prize, and a library, the Geisel Library at University of California, San Diego, building.

The Cat In the Hat

The eponymous Cat in the Hat was first created in 1954 but did not star in his own book until 1957. The story follows a pair of siblings, who are bored during a rainy day and are subsequently visited by the Cat in the Hat.

The Cat would appear in five more of Seuss' books: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, The Cat in the Hat Song Book, The Cat's Quizzer, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! and Daisy-Head Mayzie.

The Cat in the Hat was adapted into an animated musical in 1971, staring Allan Sherman as the Cat, followed by The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat in 1982. A live-action film adaptation was released in 2003, with actor Mike Meyers portraying the Cat. In 2010, an animated children's television program called The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! began to air on PBS and Treehouse TV, with Martin Short voicing the Cat.

Today, the Cat's trademark striped hat is one of the most recognized symbols in the world.

Thing 1 & Thing 2

Thing One and Thing Two are identical creatures who help out the Cat in the Hat. Discovered in a box brought in by the Cat, they are quite mischievous. Although they look exactly alike, they are very different personality-wise.

Even though they like to cause trouble, they are also more than likely to help, especially when the Cat asks. They speak in a gibberish-type language, which the Cat seems to understand. Thing One and Thing Two are featured on the animated children's program, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

The Grinch

The Grinch first appeared as the protagonist in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, published in 1957. The story follows how the Grinch tries to destroy Christmas festivities for the Whos of Whoville, but when shown that Christmas is more than just the trappings, decorations, and gifts, the Grinch has a change of heart and learns how to celebrate. The anti-holiday spirit of the character led to persons who are opposed to Christmas celebrations being called "grinches".

The book was later adapted into an animated holiday special in 1966, with narration by Boris Karloff. Popular response to the Grinch led Seuss to write Halloween Is Grinch Night, as well as The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat, both animated specials. A live-action film of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, staring actor/comedian Jim Carrey as the Grinch, was released in 2000.

The Lorax

First published in 1972, The Lorax is a tale of environmentalism, as its title character, the Lorax, "speaks for the trees". Preaching the dangers of corporate greed and the importance of protecting the environment, the titular character warns the Once-ler of consequences of cutting down truffula tress.

It was adapted into a 1972 animated television special and a 2012 CGI animated film, the latter of which was released on the 108th birthday of Dr Seuss. The film featured actor Danny DeVito as the voice of the Lorax.

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