For the past few years, I’ve embraced my profession as a wildlife biologist and created my own nature Halloween costumes. Why nature? I love outreach and creativity, so why not use Halloween as a means to share knowledge about our incredible world and even spread some conservation messages. Here are the tips I’ve generated for a successful nature halloween costume:
- It’s best to make your costume. This allows you to think outside the box and consider ideas or species that are not represented in your run-of-the-mill Halloween store (or online). I do not sew. Using glue, tape, and garments from your daily wardrobe creatively can result in a pretty effective and original costume.
- Look to conservation for inspiration. Is there a species that is not doing so well that could use some attention? Dress up as it for Halloween! This is what I did last year when I dressed up as a pangolin. Pangolins are the most trafficked animal in the world and I wanted to share this important information (and they are super cute and awesome!). Not only did I tell the people I went out with what I was, but I shared images on Instagram and Twitter where it received a lot of retweets and comments.
Use these tips and you’ll be sure to get some attention and have some interesting conversations about nature. If you create a nature inspired halloween costume, tag me in your social media post and I will share it back to my followers. Leave your ideas for nature inspired halloween costumes below!
Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.