Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas: Crazy Cat Lady

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Granted, I wear my crazy cat lady costume 365 days of the year, but for the purpose of a last-minute Halloween costume, I feel like I need to put in a little extra work to truly get the message across. πŸ™‚


This costume draws inspiration from a crazy cat lady action figure I found a few years ago at the bookstore.

See, homegirl’s got the right idea. Why bother to put on real clothes when the cats just ruin ’em anyway? LOL!

To start, I grabbed my bathrobe and pinned a few stuffed cats on it. FYI, you need a minimum of three kitties, because the third cat is the gateway cat. It’s the crucial part of the puzzle that takes you from a mere “casual feline enthusiast” to full-blown CCL.

Then I put my hair up in rollers, put on some crazy, bright and glittery makeup…

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On my eyes I’m wearing the 29 Purple Glitter Pencil from the new Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof Set as an eyeshadow base and a mix of the purple and multi-colored glitter liners from the Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner Set as eyeshadow

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On my cheeks I’m wearing the blush from the Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette, and on my lips that’s MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Outrageously Fun from the new Glamour Daze collection

…and then did a kitty-inspired mani.

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If you really want to make the costume authentic, add a large lint roller (real crazy cat ladies never leave home without them… Yes, I know from experience!) and a bag of cat treats. And maybe even a real cat, but only if yours isn’t terrified of the stuffed ones.

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  1. Ha!! Oh my god, I LOVE this costume idea, Karen — not only is it hilarious, it’s so very MABB πŸ˜› Brilliant!
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  2. Christine says:

    Awesome!! I love the lint roller as a prop. And the nails.

  3. Katherine G says:

    This is great! I love your makeup! I am guessing I will have to check out these Sephora jumbo eye pencils – I just got rid of makeup today that wasn’t working well or didn’t have staying power, so I’m in the market for a few new things!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks! This is my first time using the Sephora Jumbo Eye Pencils and so far I like them. They’re kinda like super soft, fatty-bo-batty versions of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils.

      Oh, and if you end up trying this look one of the tricks is to apply a layer of glitter, wait for it to dry, and then repeat. I’ve found that if I put all the glitter on at once it tends to clump up and go on unevenly.

  4. Teri says:

    Oh LOL Karen, this is why I love you! It’s the most awesome thing ever!
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  5. LOL this is TOO AWESOME!!! The best last-minute Halloween idea EVER!

  6. Arianne says:

    HAHAHAHAHHA. This is one of those “I wish I thought of it first!” kinda ideas. Bravo. Lint brush and Temptations. Brilliant!
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  7. Kate & Zena says:

    Dog owners don’t leave home with the giant lint roller either….at least, not if you’re a Zena owner. If you switched out the cats for dogs, and cat treats for Greenies for dogs (the value pack!) you could be a demented dog lady. πŸ™‚

  8. Agata says:

    I couldn’t stop laughing reading your post πŸ™‚ if I have some last minute Halloween party to go to this year, its totally going to be my costume. You’re awesome Karen.

  9. Chelsea says:

    You’re so darned cute!

  10. Regina says:

    Love the blog, I usually lurk. Your costume is so cute! I was watching Batman the other day the one with Michael Keaton & Michelle Pfieffer. You could do Catwoman or Cat Woman before she became Cat Woman she was working the smudged eye liner etc
    Just an idea

  11. Hahaha this is freaking AWESOME Karen–so you!!! πŸ˜› And btw, crazy cat lady or not, you makeup looks FIERCE! Those purple glittery eyes paired with hot pink lips are just poppin’!!!

  12. Jen says:

    I love this costume! I hope you don’t mind if I shamelessly copy your idea! Brilliant, simple, and completely fun.

  13. gio says:

    Lol! This is brilliant, love it!
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  14. peach_ says:

    LOL Karen, you are amazing! XD

    And who knew there’s a CCL action figure?
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  15. Paddychat says:

    J’adore !
    It´s really one of the most funny and cute costume I ever seen (please, excuse my mistakes)

  16. Michou says:

    OMG Love this! So perfect and doesn’t look at all last minute πŸ˜€

  17. Mandy says:

    Wow, Karen! I am loving this idea. Making me a bit ashamed of my own costume and lack of effort put into it… πŸ˜›
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  18. OMG… I just LOVE this!! lol You are brilliant Karen! I’ve seen that action figure before and since I’ve got a couple cats waiting for me to come home, I don’t know why I haven’t bought one for myself! πŸ˜›
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  19. Nichole says:

    Love the cat idea, genius. I love cats I got two, and i want more,my b.f says I’m going to be a crazy cat lady one tabs reminds me a lot of my male cat Mitch, except the fur coat differs and abs is a total glamorous model. Lol love the website update btw. πŸ˜‰

  20. Nina says:

    Gahhh Karen – YOURE AWESOMESAUCE! Or shall I say youre AWESOMEGRAVY? :d

  21. hahaha great idea! And the best thing of this costume its that by the next morning you Will get amaizing curls! πŸ˜€


  22. Kim says:

    OMG, Karen! Please get Marmalade off your shoulder before Tabs accidentally rips your face off! HAHA! I actually love your take on the CCL but you look too young and hip for anyone to really believe it. πŸ™‚

  23. Dao says:

    Haha, I like how you put it: “casual feline enthusiast to full-blown CCL”! I love this look! What did Tabs think when he saw you in this getup?

  24. Celia says:

    Full of Win! And probably so very comfortable w/the pajama pants & bathrobe.

  25. This is the best costume idea I have ever seen! I love the purple glam make-up!

  26. Natasha says:

    That’s BRILLIANT! I love all the little extra touches — lint roller, nails… too much fun! You can give out cat treats instead of candy… or at least have some bags of cat treats in your candy dish…

  27. GKitty says:

    OMGosh, this is soooooo hilariously over-the-top! (Although I have to agree… you’re like the über-glam CCL all the *real* CCLs out there are now aspiring to be, LOL…)

  28. Fieran says:

    Oh Karen πŸ™‚ this is hilarious. You’re a riot!

  29. Ondina says:

    I like when you do your eye makeup like that. The bolder look and purples and blues are very flattering. The Nars cobalt blue you did a while back was my favorite, you can pull it off.

  30. Lucy says:

    Too funny… my brother gave me that action figure for my birthday a few years ago! I left it in the package, just like your picture. I’m making (yes, still in process- I do my best work at the last minute!) a stewardess costume for the costume balls on Church Street tomorrow night in Toronto πŸ™‚ Going to be a blast!

  31. Jennifer says:

    LOVE this idea!!!!!

  32. I just died a little. Seriously, I just forwarded this to all my cat friends. So fantastic.

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