Halloween DIY: Cat Burglar Costume

If you’re in need of an inexpensive, last minute Halloween costume, I’ve got just the getup for you: The Cat Burglar. While cat costumes are adorable (and very common), the Cat Burglar adds the perfect twist of mystery and mischievousness to this traditional Halloween garb. Did I mention it’s a fairly cheap costume to put together?


Topshop Cat Ears ($8), Costume Specialties Cat Tail ($3), Free People Opaque Tights in Black ($12), American Apparel Bodysuit in Black ($32), Brian Atwood Alexa Booties, PaperMoon Small Burlap Bag ($9)


Wear a black bodysuit (American Apparel has a great selection), black tights, a black bandit mask, fierce heels, a pair of kitty ears and a pin-on tail. Instead of carrying a purse, use a burlap sack and draw a “$” on it. Finish off your look by drawing a little cat nose and whiskers on your face… and voila, you are a Cat Burglar!

I love this costume. It’s fun, simple and quick. Plus, everyone will think you’re the cat’s meow…

Will you be a cat burglar come Halloween? If not, what are you going to dress up as?

XO Lauren

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Photo: Chanel
Categories: Halloween, Wear
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  • Lauren Hoffman

    I’m dressing up as a lion tamer. Another easy and cheap DIY costume: black leather shorts, red blazer, ruffle top, over the knee boots and some cheap accessories from Amazon.com (whip, top hat with veil and fingerless black lace gloves).


  • Melissa Panici

    This is such a cool costume!! I love it! I still haven’t decided what I’m doing for Halloween:/ Thanks for these tips though!

  • Sarah Heckle

    Already have my costume, but I need those booties!!


  • veronicag

    I LOVE IT! im so doing that next year. It is adorable :)

  • Kellie Norton

    I love this idea! So cute :)

  • Sarah Iles

    Love the boots! I am dressing up as a dead doll this year but I may keep this in mind for another occasion! Love it!


  • Cheryl Lam

    what an adorable idea! :)

  • Anna James

    Ooo this is a clever take on an old idea. I love it. simple and chic. I featured your Halloween costume from last year on my blog today. So cute. Can’t wait to see what you rock this year. Thanks for another great post Lauren. xo


  • Stacie Grissom

    Haha! This is so cute! Last year my Halloween DIY costume was Bob Dylan from Subterranean Homesick Blues.


  • Sarah Lallone

    Wheres Waldo 😀

  • Samantha Kozak

    I am going to be a French Person/ Gondolier. Easy costume to put together.

    striped black & white top/dress. black skirt,shorts, or pants, red fabric belt, beret, maybe red scarf and red lipstick. (I had everything before hand minus the red fabric for the belt which I bought at Joannes for less than $2) Easy outfit to throw together last minute.

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    So excited about this! Great idea! I’ll have to try it next year or hopefully sooner!

  • Kimmy S

    I love this idea! It’s so adorable- I am 100% doing this for Friday night. Thanks Lauren!

  • Andrea Tam

    So creative! I would totally consider doing this if I didn’t already buy my costume last night. I’m a baseball player :)

  • Dylan Blakely

    I’m going as Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) in Pulp Fiction! All I had to do was buy the wig, a little bit of fake blood, and a play syringe. Only $30 :)

  • Sprinkling Sugar

    Cat is just a great go to, always easily flattering, not to out-there. Simple and fun.


  • Jennifer Sellen

    omg i LOVE this costume… i wish i could have done this. maybe next year. i saw someone with a similiar idea. they were Mr. Peanut on the Planter’s cans http://www.popcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Mr.-Peanut-Makeover.jpg

    she wore a yellow body suit with black tights, white ruffle socks and back heels with a spyglass (she made it her self by taking a pair of big glasses cutting them in half and adding a string to her body suit). then she had white gloves and wore a top hat with glued on white felt pieces that said Mr. Peanut. it was the coolest costume ever.

  • Laurie-Estelle Miquel

    Love the shoes !!!

  • Stephanie

    im going to be ke$ha!! i did a tutorial on my costume if you would like to watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6ITCKGVehk

  • Marie Parisot

    thank goodness for thisssss.

  • cassafrass

    Such a great idea! I was stuck on what to be for Halloween, but I have defintely found it!

  • Blair Arms

    My 2 friends and I are going to be the three blind mice. An over sized Gray sweat shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a wide, off the shoulder neck with black leggings and black ballet flats. We are topping it off with homemade ears and a pin-on tail, add some sunglasses and you’ve got yourself some blind mice!!

  • Isra Khuja

    It’s a great costume idea, and I agree you can make it very cheap, but I find it funny that you feature $1,345 shoes with a “”cheap costume””. Not being mean, just stating my thoughts. :))

  • Monica Castillo

    Cute…but wth is a cat burglar? Really?

  • Karla Shannon

    Me and my friend both took two of your different ideas! I was Tom Cruise and she was a Cat Burglar, she had the little money bag too!



    Thanks for the idea’s :)

  • Natasha Hussain

    Wow, ^ ke$ha video tutorial by Stephanie up there looked awesome.


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