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Elephant Costumes for Kids and Adults

Updated on September 16, 2014

Dress up for parties, photo opportunities and Halloween

Someone asked me what were the most popular costumes for parties this year and I had to say, animals. Come browse my page featuring fantastic elephant designs for toddlers, kids and adults. Elephants may be the largest land animal in the world but they are also one of the most intelligent and most appealing. It's no wonder they are popular choices when it comes to ideas for parties and Halloween.

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Here you will find some great costumes for all ages and also some ideas on how to make up one for yourself or the kids if you prefer to do your own. If you are going to a safari or circus party, are planning a family photo shoot for your album or are dressing up for Halloween, you will find what you need here. You can even find some really cute pink elephants!

Dress up your toddler as a Pink Elephant

InCharacter Costumes Baby's Pink Elephant Costume, Pink, Medium
InCharacter Costumes Baby's Pink Elephant Costume, Pink, Medium

You won't mind seeing pink elephants when your little one is dressed in this gorgeous pink elephant costume. I know it says unisex but I confess I would feel uncomfortable dressing my little boy in pink - am I in danger of stereotyping him do you think?

This is a great one-piece bodysuit with a hood and booties. Easy to put on, easy to take off and it will keep her cozy no matter what the weather is like.

Use this to capture a memory in you own photo shoot. It will work well for parties and Halloween too.


Especially for Toddlers

Fun World Costumes Baby's Cuddly Elephant Toddler Costume, Grey, Toddler 3T-4T
Fun World Costumes Baby's Cuddly Elephant Toddler Costume, Grey, Toddler 3T-4T

Now this is more like the thing for my little boy! I'm pretty sure you will find it ideal for your toddler too.

With this set you get the usual jumpsuit with a snap on elephant headpiece plus shoe-cover elephant feet which are dead cute.

This is another costume that is Easy on and easy off - ideal for diaper changes real fast.

I think this is would be ideal for a safari or circus party as well as Halloween of course.


Fun Facts about Elephants

These are gorgeous creatures that we can all learn a lot from.

  1. There are 2 species of African and 1 Asian. The Asian is smallest of the 3 and has small ears and tusks. African ones reach up to 13 feet in height, which the Asian around 10 feet.

    It was only in 2010 that DNA testing divided the African elephants into two distinct species - the savanna and the forest. The two are distinguish by the curve (or lack of in the forest ele) of the tusks. In the forest ele the tusks are larger and straighter - the savanna's tusk curves downward. Also the forest ones have rounder ears.

  2. Herds are matriarchical that means they are lead by the oldest female. They travel in family herds with females and young - the males tend to be more solitary, they leave the matriarch when they are about 12 years old or so and may live in batchelor herds until they are fully mature.
  3. Baby eles suck their trunks for comfort as human babies suck their thumbs.
  4. These animals are intensely family orientated, very sociable and displace caring and communications skill second only to chimps in the animal world. They will help each other and indeed the females teach and care for the young as a unit. I have seen a whole herd use their trunks to lift an injured elephant.
  5. They are the only animals observed to hold any sort of death ritual - they will stay with a dying elephant until the end and probably for a few days beyond that and are known to dig shallow graves around the dead animal and cover it with dirt and branches.

Come to the circus with your very own Elephant

Circus Elephant Kids Elephant Costume sz 18-24 months
Circus Elephant Kids Elephant Costume sz 18-24 months

You've heard of the silver fox - now let me introduce you to the silver elephant! Do check the sizing chart when you order it to make certain.

I think this is a great looking outfit either for a party or Halloween. And it can be used again and again.

There is a complete elephant costume with shirt and pants, headpiece, tail and shoe covers.

This charmer is all set to perform trick in the latest circus production. Bring your own performing box though.


Adult Size Circus Elephant

Circus Elephant Adult Costume Size Standard
Circus Elephant Adult Costume Size Standard

No your eyes do not deceive you, you have seen this before, just in a much smaller size but we mustn't forget that adults like to dress up too. A friend wore this at a safari party recently and he was the toast of the room.

Just check out the trunk on this character. The costume comes with shirt and pants, shoe covers and elephant headpiece.

Whether from the jungle or the circus, anyone will look great in this elephant costume.

It's an attractive price too, at under $70 - be sure to order one quickly before they run out of stock.


More fun facts about the real live ones...

  1. The trunk is actually a nose but also can be used to perform some amazingly tasks. They can hold quite small items in their trunks and perform tasks with them. Forest elephant have two fingers like 'lips' on the end of the trunk.
  2. The female is only fertile (in season or heat) for a few days every year and her pregnancy lasts for 22 months. Get your head around that!
  3. They show an amazing number of emotions from humor to compassion, grief and depression. There are very intelligent animals. The reason they say elephants never forget is because of their brain capacity for learning. One has even been taught to paint. See the video...
  4. They live around 75 years normally although many are poached for their tusk despite the banning of ivory sales. And yes, elephant graveyards have been documented. It appears if they are aware the life is about to end they will travel to certain areas to die.
  5. They are completely vegetarian. They do destroy waste areas of woodland as they eat.

See some amazing stuff in these videos - Can you believe this?

How to Make your Own Elephant Costume

Tutorials on elephant makeup and costume making are hard to come by - but here are a few hints:

  • Use clothes you already have or can buy in a thrift shop. Grey sweats or tracksuit is ideal but t shirts and jeans work just as well.
  • To complete your costume you need - a trunk, a tail and elephant ears. Study pictures of elephants or of elephant costumes for ideas. You can make elephant ears from stiff card or from fabric though with fabric you might want to use a stiffener all around the edges to make them stick up. Cut out two shapes - if you double your material you can use only one stencil and will end up with two ears that match each other. Attach them to a headband or to the hood of a sweatshirt that can be pulled up.
  • Form a trunk from a round tube or create a flexible one with fabric - an elephant's trunk and skin is very rough and crinkled so be sure to take that into consideration when you are painting card or when applying makeup.
  • An elephants tail is very narrow so a roll of fabric with a turf on the end will work well - sew it to the rear of your pants and you are ready.

If you don't want to make your own you can buy accessories to make up a realistic elephant costume at reasonable prices.

Baby Elephant Videos - Just for fun!

Plush Party Cap

Stuffed Plush Elephant Hat Costume Party Cap
Stuffed Plush Elephant Hat Costume Party Cap

Make dressing up easy with this fantastic elephant hat. How cute are those Dumbo ears?

Twin this with a grey sweatsuit and you have the perfect costume for parties or even for a show. I know someone who bought 5 for a school play and the kids got to keep them afterwards. Well at $5 each (reduced from $12) it was easy enough to do. She did mention that she put extra wiring in the ears to make them less floppy so that might be something you could consider.


Take a minute to take the poll

Of all the animals in the jungle, which is your favorite?

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Which elephant costume do you like best? - Leave a comment below!

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    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      They're all adorable. I love elephants!

    • audrey07 profile image


      6 years ago

      I think I would look funny wearing one!

    • emmber profile image


      6 years ago

      I love the big goofy looking adult costumes and the baby costumes are adorable.

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      6 years ago

      Cool lens, great variety - I here what Camden says! "But the sexy elephant costume made me laugh - I've never really thought of elephants and sexy at the same time!"

    • gregs411 profile image


      6 years ago

      I am an elephant fan. Nice lens.

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love the baby elephant costumes the best. But the sexy elephant costume made me laugh - I've never really thought of elephants and sexy at the same time!

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      6 years ago

      I like elephants, I like your elephant costumes, I like your lens, I don't like republicans and their efforts to kill the middle class. Sorry to be political, nice lens.


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