Everything You Need For Your Tiger King Halloween Costume

Make your Halloween grrrrreat with styles inspired by your favorite characters from the infamous Netflix doc.

By Carly Milne Oct 08, 2020 10:45 PMTags
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It's safe to say we've all watched Tiger King, cementing our new Netflix obsession with deep Internet dives to discover what everyone is up to now. But if you're still not satisfied and find that tiger itch remains, maybe it's time to satiate it with fashionable Halloween trends inspired by Tiger King's most notorious characters!

There are shirts that would make Joe Exotic proudflowy, flowery blouses that Carole Baskin might love, and maybe even some items that Doc Antle would want his, uh, fellow zookeepers to wear. Sadly, there's nothing to honor John Finlay... unless you want to go out and get some tattoos? Totally your call on that one!

But for the rest, shop the selections below and unleash your inner big cat enthusiast in style, just in time for Halloween!

Halloween Costume Ideas Inspired by Emmys 2020 Nominees

Claire's Spring Mix Flower Crown

Hey all you cool cats and kittens, you had to know the flower crown was going to make an appearance on this list! It's such a signature Carole Baskin look that screams "I'm totally innocent of murdering my previous husband," with faux flowers atop a vine band, all made of polyester.

Boohoo Plus Leopard Print Cap Sleeve Maxi Dress

While Carole does tend to favor a more billowy silhouette, we think you should embrace your wild side in this leopard-print body con number. It may not be the best thing to wear when you're riding your bike around your big cat sanctuary, but it'll work perfectly for your webcasts when you give updates on your pride.

Tipsy Elves Women's Queen of Tigers Costume Shirt

But if flowery boho is more your speed, and you'd rather match your flower crown to your fashion, we recommend this bloomin' beautiful costume top. Paired with its own matching flower crown, it's the perfect thing to wear as you tell the camera how, exactly, it might be possible to entice a tiger to chew on someone's foot and not get caught for orchestrating the attack.

Goorin Brothers Animal Farm Snap Back Trucker Hat

But if you're more of a Joe Exotic type, this trucker hat is a must. It's made of cotton canvas with mesh in the back so you have a way to keep your cool when you're bitching about Carole Baskin. Plus, it has a curved brim and adjustable snapback closure so you don't get your mullet caught when you're trying to pull it off your head. (Mullet optional.)

Tipsy Elves King of Tigers Wig

But let's be real: we know you want the mullet to complete your, uh, "exotic" look. And if you don't already have one, or you don't have time to grow one, this wig is a suitable alternative. Sadly, it doesn't feature the dark roots that act as a hallmark of Joe's signature style, but it's perfectly bleached and unkempt, and will look great under your trucker hat.

Asos Design Relaxed Fit Satin Shirt in Fluro Animal

Believe it or not, this isn't an image ripped from the dating profile of one of Joe Exotic's future ex-husbands. But he is wearing the ultimate Joe Exotic-style shirt, with an all-over animal print that definitely sings out, "I Saw a Tiger." It has a revere collar, short sleeves and a button pocket, with a loose fit and a silky smooth feel.

Tipsy Elves Men's King of Tigers Costume Shirt

But if you like your Joe Exotic more disco-y, this sequined long-sleeved shirt is the answer to your costume prayers. It's satiny, it's sparkly, it's perfect for your web show where you shoot mannequins in the head in a perfectly normal and healthy manner, and it'll look amazing with your skintight jeans. Speaking of...

Wrangler Cowboy Cut Slim Fit

No Joe Exotic outfit is complete without the perfect pair of Wranglers, especially if you're taking one of many trillions of promo shots with the big cats at your zoo. These Cowboy Cut jeans feature a slim silhouette through the butt, thigh and knee, so you can show off all your best assets... and your peircings. Never forget the piercings.

Affliction Mortal Temple T-Shirt

Every show needs a villain, and while one could argue that there are no heroes in Tiger King, we can probably all agree that Jeff Lowe is not the greatest. His sense of style, however, is a sight to behold. To recreate your own Lowe-inspired look, start with this Affliction t-shirt, because what else would you wear to channel the big cat world's most infamous swinger? Bonus: there's a tiger front and center, and it's accented with crystal embellishments.

Xray Faux Leather Moto Jacket

And the next step to craft your Lowe look? This faux leather moto jacket with striped sleeve details. It features a stand-up collar with a snap button closure, and one interior welt pocket on the inside with two front welt pockets on the outside. Plus, the sleeve stripes will match your Affliction tee.

UO Bandana

Then, you'll need a bandana to cover whatever is going on underneath your hat (one of life's greatest mysteries). This square-cut vintage bandana features a classic western pattern and comes in a variety of colors, so you can easily match it to every one of your 900 Affliction t-shirts. It's also 100% cotton, so it's easy to wash if you get it dirty during a tussle with a tiger.

Oakley Mark II Novelty Snap Back

But your Lowe look won't be complete unless you top that bandana with a ballcap, like this Oakley Snap-Back Hat that may or may not be the very same one Lowe wore in the doc. But at the very least it's a close enough replica, with a flat brim and embroidered details on the crown, and an adjustable closure so you can make sure you have enough room to fit your brilliant business-minded brain inside.

Cosplay Costume Wig

Moving on, let's help you put together a costume that honors Doc Antle. We don't think enough attention was paid to his glorious mane, and while it's true this wig goes a little above and beyond in the length department by comparison to its inspiration, a pair of scissors can fix that quickly. Just snip it down to a reasonable length and pull that baby into a chic low ponytail. You're on your own with the matching goatee, though.

L.L. Bean Adults' Stetson Expedition Crushable Wool Hat

Then, you'll want to top that mane with a hat (whats with these dudes and their hats? What do they have to hide?). This one is American-made and crafted of lightweight, water-resistant felt, crafted in a classic Stetson style. And the best part? You can mash it up, fold it or crush it, and it pops right back into shape without effort. That comes in handy when you're wrangling the animals at your zoo. Sanctuary. Safari. Whatever.

Land's End Men's Short Sleeve Performance Twill Shirt

Lastly, a classic khaki shirt will round out your Doc Antle tribute. Made of 100% cotton twill, this one is stain resistant and doesn't need to be ironed... in fact, it literally fights wrinkles, so it won't crease when you're engaged in, uhm, group activities. It also sports fashionable mock horn buttons and a button down collar with a single chest pocket.

UO Camille Printed Overall

But maybe you don't want to be any one person from Tiger King, and would prefer to be one of the many staffers featured in the doc. In that case, we say: leopard print, but make it classic overall. With a relaxed fit, pockets aplenty, a racerback design and workwear accents, these cotton overalls are perfect for taking care of the animals in your makeshift zoo.

Yandy Tiger Queen & Coolest Cat Couples Costumes

Want to embrace the Halloween tradition of doing a sexy costume version of a pop culture phenomenon? This is the combo for you. Unleash your inner big cat-obsessed reality star in this sequin tiger-print romper with faux denim bottoms, a matching O-ring choker (because of course there would be one of those), and a hot pink trucker hat with tiger and sequin embellishments. But if you're in the mood to be the Coolest Cat, the matching tiger print bodysuit with a strappy harness, metal O-ring accent, cheeky cut back and matching tiger ears headband is the perfect complement to your faux Joe.

Tipsy Elves Women's Tiger Costume

And last but certainly not least, someone should be the actual tiger, don't you think? The bonus with this cozy costume is that once Halloween is over, you can re-use it as a comfy onesie when the temps drop heading into winter. It features a customized hood with ears and teeth, and a true-to-size tail when you need to signal your handler that you're not up for their shenanigans.

Speaking of cozy, there's a ton of great comfy Halloween costumes the whole family can wear in the spirit of the season, and beyond. And if you'd like deals delivered directly to your in-box, sign up for the Shop With E! Newsletter!

—Originally published April 14, 2020, at 12:29 p.m. PT