9 Different Cat Halloween Costumes That Aren't Basic

Updated 10/26/18

With Halloween approaching faster than you can say pumpkin spice latte, your costume search has probably turned frantic. In times like these, it's often best to settle on one of the classic choices. May we suggest a cat?

Cats may be classic, but that doesn't mean your costume has to be boring. After all, throughout the animal kingdom and pop culture, the feline presents itself in many forms: sultry superhero cats, ferocious wild cats, harmless house cats, Instagram-famous cats, and beyond.

Whatever cat you choose to be, the great thing is that it can all be adjusted to meet your makeup skill level. Even if you're a total beginner who owns nothing but a black eyeliner pencil, there are still plenty of cat Halloween costumes for you. Same goes if you're a makeup virtuoso. Here, we've got felines for everyone.

Scroll through to see all of the different cat Halloween costumes and Halloween cat makeup that we're loving right now. 

House cat costume
Jenny Mahneger

House Cat

For the cat with an interest in expending the least amount of effort possible, go timeless. All you need is black and white eyeliner and a pair of ears. Try MAC's Chromographic Pencil in Pure White and Black Black ($17 each).

Cheshire Cat Costume
Party Delights

Cheshire Cat

Feeling mischievous? The Cheshire Cat is the choice for you. This look requires just black and white face paint ($19), a pair of spooky contacts ($21), some ears, and a wig if you're feeling ambitious. (Party Delights has a full video tutorial for Cheshire Cat makeup.)

Tiger costume
@enhanceartistry

Tiger

If you have the delicate painting skills to execute them, break out the tiger stripes. 

Lion costume
Zoe Mountford

Lioness

Here's another one that takes few products to execute. Just tease your hair as big as you can, whip out your black eyeliner and some lashes ($4), and let your inner lioness roar this Halloween. (Or see Zoe Mountford's exact lioness makeup tutorial.)

Cheetah costume
@perrieedwards

Cheetah

Feeling fierce? The cheetah is the feline for you. (It's one of the only big cats that purrs instead of roars.)

Snapchat lion costume
NikkieTutorials

Snapchat Lion

Re-create that filtered glow with this clever makeup job. MAC's Glitter in Gold ($22) and about 800 layers of liquid liner are key to this look. (And NikkieTutorials has a full Snapchat lion makeup tutorial video.)

Leopard costume
Cuded

Leopard

The difference between leopard and cheetah spots is that a leopard's are bigger and more multicolored. (Elicia Aragon has a similar leopard makeup tutorial.)

Grumpy cat costume
Halloween Freebies

Grumpy Cat

For the Halloween haters, we (lovingly) suggest Grumpy Cat. The grumpiest of cats is also one of the most lovable—which is why this costume will make you the best-liked cat at any party. (Melissa Bernard re-creates the Grumpy Cat look in her video tutorial.)

Cat Woman costume
@charismastar

Catwoman

And, of course, you can never go wrong with a kick-ass, crime-fighting cat like Catwoman.

If you choose one of these costumes this weekend, tag us @byrdiebeauty so we can see the result!

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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