How to Dress as Calvin and Hobbes


The title characters from Bill Watterson's old "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip can be great characters to dress up as for any costume party. This costume idea can work for either one person or two. A single person can dress up as the 6-year-old boy Calvin himself with the plush version of his tiger friend, or another one can join in by dressing as the living version of Hobbes as Calvin saw him. Calvin's costume is very simple, while Hobbes' is no different from any other tiger costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Red/black striped shirt
  • Black pants
  • White sneakers
  • Purple shoelaces
  • Strong hair gel (or equivalent)
  • Plush tiger doll (optional)
  • Orange sweatsuit
  • Black/white felt
  • Black/orange striped fake fur
  • Black/white face paint


  • Assemble the traditional dress wear of Calvin's character from the comic strip. This is a very simple combination of a red and black striped shirt and black pants. The shirt's stripes should be horizontal, while any black jeans or slacks should work. Include white tennis shoes, but replace the laces with purple ones.

  • Fix your hair so it sticks up in large points. Extra-strength hair gel or spray may work. but you may need to use shortening or even wood glue. Just make sure you use something you can wash out later without too much difficulty. Using a blond wig may work better than your own hair, especially if you aren't blond yourself.

  • Add a large stuffed tiger doll which you can get from any toy store. This is only needed if one person is dressing up as Calvin by themselves. If a second person is looking to dress up as Hobbes' living character, disregard the stuffed tiger and proceed to the next section.


  • Find a set of orange sweatpants and sweatshirt. Add black stripes across the back, sleeves and legs. These can either be drawn on with a black felt pen or sewn/glued on with black felt. You can also add a large white patch of felt for the belly.

  • Include a set of white mittens or gloves for your hands. Simple white socks will work for your feet. You can draw black palms on the mittens and socks for added effect.

  • Construct a tiger tail and ears. You can use orange and black striped fake fur, cutting a long strip for the tall and small triangles glued to a headband for the ears; or a costume shop may have an ears-and-tail kit for purchase. You don't have to sew the tail onto the pants--just stick it into the back of the waistband.

  • Paint your face white with a black nose and whiskers if you want to give the costume a full effect.

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