Costume Ideas for Thing 1 and Thing 2 From "The Cat in the Hat"

In the book "The Cat in the Hat," Dr. Seuss introduces us to Thing 1 and Thing 2, funny little creatures that accompany The Cat and help him make mischief. Making costumes that look like the silly creatures is quite simple for any Seuss fan. You may even already have some of the makings for these costumes on hand.

Now find someone to dress up as The Cat and you have an adorable group costume.


The base of the costume must be solid red. Some options for this are a red sweatshirt and sweatpants, or red sleeper pyjamas with the feet in them. The sleeper pyjamas may be hard to find in adult sizes, but red long underwear could work as well.


In the book and movie, Thing 1 and Thing 2 have a large white circle on each of their chests proclaiming which "Thing" they are. Mimic this circle by writing "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" with a fabric marker on separate pieces of white felt and cutting them out in a circle shape. Use a needle and thread or fabric glue to secure the circle on to each costume. If you are wearing sleeper pyjamas, put the circle over the belly. The circle should be fairly large and cover the stomach area. If you are wearing a red sweatshirt, place the circle right under the chest area.

Hair And Makeup

Thing 1 and Thing 2 have crazy and wild bright blue hair. Use blue hairspray and style your hair to stand out with some hair gel, or wear a blue clown wig or other type of blue wig. For small kids, if a wig or hair dye isn't an option, place a bright blue toboggan cap on the head to simulate Thing 1 and Thing 2's blue hairdo.


Red gloves, socks and shoes will add more realism to your Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes. To add a more cartoon-like appearance to your costume, colour your face white with face paint or white powder. In the book and movie, Thing 1 and Thing 2 have white faces. This is not recommended for small kids or infants. Speak in a funny, high pitched voice like the characters do in the movie version of "The Cat in the Hat."