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Primate Halloween Costume Ideas

What better time than Halloween to brush up on your banana-peeling skills? If you want your party to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys this Halloween, why not try a monkey, ape or even taking ape costume? Here are some ideas on how to put one together:


Monkey Costume



Monkeys are closely related to apes, but there are quite a few differences. The most obvious one is that they have a tail, so don't forget your fifth limb if you're going for a monkey costume! Similar to your options with the gorilla costume, you can just grab a plastic mask, a fake tail, and a simple suit and call it a day, or you can get more creative.

If you're the crafty type, visit your local fabric store and look for some furry material that you can make a monkey suit out of. Alternatively, you can buy pre-made monkey costumes online.

Gorilla Costume

Gorilla costumes are a staple of Halloween and it's no wonder why: with abs and pecs like those, gorillas can be pretty scary! There are many different kinds of gorilla costumes that you can try. For example, if you just want to go with something simple, you can grab a cheap plastic gorilla mask and put on a black zentai suit that has a gorilla body printed on it.

If you're looking to go full King Kong, then you'll need one of those more expensive realistic gorilla suits. You might want to perfect your knuckle-walking before the big night, too.

What if you want to embody one of the other great apes, such as a chimpanzee or an orangutan? Pre-made costumes of these primates are a little harder to find than a Gorilla, but you can easily make your own simple chimp or orangutan costume if you buy a mask and then wear a hairy bodysuit that matches it.

Planet of the Apes Costume



The basis of this kind of ape costume is going to be drab colors. Go to your local military surplus store and find a long-sleeved olive green military shirt or jacket, as well as pants to match. You'll need boots in either black or a weathered green or brown.

An alternative look for this getup is a brown long-sleeved shirt paired with brown pants and boots. If you choose this, you'll need a brown leather vest and loves to complete the look. If you can find some kind of wide belt to sling across your shoulder, this will make it even better. As with the first costume style, check your military surplus store to see what you can accessorize your costume with.

Unless you are a Hollywood-level makeup artist or are really good friends with one, your best bet for the rest of your costume will be to find a Planet of the Apes mask to wear. If you can't find one in your local costume shop, there are many of them available from online costume retailers.

Since the facial features of the ape-men require multiple layers of special effects makeup that include hair, as well as getting rid of your human nose in favor of tiny ape nostrils, this is tough makeup to do by yourself and a mask really will give you the most bang for your buck.

If you're going to the party in a large group, why not have a few slave-humans in tow? The costumes for the apes' human prisoners are pretty basic: battered and torn brown clothing. Men can go shirtless and wear a pair of beaten-up, dirty pants. Blue jeans that have been cut off just above the knee, distressed, and muddied up will work.

Women will need similar distressed shorts and a brown tank top (or a formerly white one that has been dirtied up). To finish up the Planet of the Apes human costume look, all humans will need to don a brown leather dog collar so that their ape masters can keep them imprisoned all throughout the party.


If you want to be "clever" you can also dress as yourself for Halloween, since humans are technically in the great ape family. No matter what primate outfit you choose this Halloween, just make sure to bring plenty of bananas to share with everyone.


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