Your child may need a fun costume for Book Week, or Halloween. A good idea is the Cat in the Hat. This is a fun story by Dr Seuss. loved for generations. If you don’t know about this character, he is a fun-loving, but naughty cat who talks and wears a tall and floppy stripey top hat, white gloves and a red bow tie.
A Cat in the Hat costume can also be made or found for adults as well as children, for general dress up ideas, or for teachers or parents who want to participate in book week celebrations with their children or students. Of course, apart from these Dr Seuss costumes, you will find many great ideas on this website.
Why is the Cat in the Hat so popular?
The book is written as fun, with a lot of repetition of common words to give young readers confidence and therefore it is a book that has been read by most people over the past sixty years.
Dr Seuss’ Cat in the Hat is a character who bends the rules. He wants children to have fun when they are bored at home waiting for their mum. He brings chaos and fun, but also worry. The children don’t want to get in trouble with their mother. He introduces some mischievous little pets called ‘Thing 1 and Thing 2’ and together with the naughty Cat in the Hat, they fly kites in the house and make a mess.
The children are so worried when their fish, who does not approve of having the Cat in the Hat in the house, calls out that the mother is arriving home. In a flash, the Cat in the Hat saves that day, by having a special machine that picks up all the mess in seconds.
What are Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes?
There are six characters in the Cat in the Hat cast. They are the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, Thing 2, Sally, the boy narrating the story and the fish. If you have children of similar ages, or twins it can be very cute for them to dress up as Thing 1 and Thing 2. All you need is a blue shaggy wig and a red onesie and red gloves. Each of them has their name on their chest.
Other Dr Seuss costumes that you may be interested in are for Sally or the young boy. You can find many different adaptations of the basic Cat in the Hat costumes with girl or boy cat costumes, or girl as well as Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes. There are variations that are a bit sexy for adult Halloween Dr Seuss costumes.
They are instantly recognisable and just like the Cat in the Hat, will contribute a lot of fun to your dress-up event. Check out our other Dr Seuss costumes, including the Grinch costume and the Lorax costume available on this site.