You'll have a roaring good time making this lion costume for Halloween!

Photograph by Rebecca Hale


  • Yellow hooded sweat suit
  • Yellow felt
  • Thick, fuzzy yellow and brown yarn
  • Face paint


  1. For the lion’s mane, cut a piece of yarn long enough to tie around your head with the hood up.
  2. Tie three-inch-long pieces of yellow and brown yarn all around the long piece of yarn. Make fur cuffs for your wrists the same way.
  3. For the tail, cut a long strip of felt and glue yarn to the end.
  4. Cut two ears out of the felt.
  5. Tie the lion’s mane around your hood and secure it with safety pins.
  6. Pin the ears and tail in place and tie on the fur cuffs.
  7. Paint on a brown nose and whiskers and practice your roar.