62 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

With Halloween right around the corner, we have to ask the question: Have your toddlers made up their minds about what they want to be for Halloween? The party store will be picked over, but you don’t want a store-bought costume anyway. What you want is one of these 62 DIY costumes that you can whip up in the next two days. No tricks here!

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1. Jon Snow from Game of ThronesDress up your little one as GOT‘s arguably most epic (male) character for some BIG time cuteness. Mini-Jon Snow is the ultimate manly-man and is our fave choice, with painted-on facial hair and a furry cloak that’s positively *wild.*

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2. John Deere Tractor: A tiny tractor costume will take playtime to the next-level for your little outdoorsman this Halloween.

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3. Chanel Handbags: These days, divas start their training young. Get your little princess on track to her fashionable future by making her a classic Chanel girl. SOMUCHYES.

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4. Moon Child: This free-spirited little gal has boho style that’s on-fleek. From her colorful, handmade wings, to that itty-bitty headband, we have star eyes for this wild, moon child.

5. DIY Dino Tails: These adorable dino tails are easy to craft at home for your tiny T-Rex. Dress a whole dino herd to run amok and see how 100 percent photo-worthy these kiddos are. (via Running With Scissors)

6. DIY Needle and Thread: This OG choice is super basic to make and will be fun for your little seamstress to trick-or-treat in. Here’s to keeping it crafty this Halloween. (via Creating Really Awesome Fun Things)

7. DIY Monarch Caterpillar: This monarch caterpillar get-up can be DIYed at home using just cardboard and paint. This costume is sure to be a total hit for years to come. (via The Cardboard Collective)

8. DIY Mermaid: She’ll never forget the year you sewed her her very own mermaid tail. Complete the costume with a flowing wig in signature “Ariel” red. (via Me Sew Crazy)

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9. Bunch of Grapes: This healthy costume is totally green gal-friendly. Use balloons and a homemade grocery label, and you can put your cutie’s all-organic sweetness on full display.

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10. Fireman: If your kiddo has his heart set on being a firefighter, this will set his heart ablaze. We can hardly handle the fire because this costume is LIT.

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11. Starbucks: Do you really love Starbucks? We’re not judging. Future coffee-sippers will look the ah-dorable part in this pop culture-savvy guise.

12. MoanaYASS! Our newest Disney princess should be repped this Halloween — and this island-ready gem is #winning with her cardboard paddle and all. (via Costume Works)

13. Cowboy: You probably already have everything you need to make this cowboy costume just hanging around your house. So what are you waiting for? Giddy up! (via Made for Mums)

14. Mummy: Just because a costume is last minute doesn’t mean you need to wrap yourself in toilet paper and call it a mummy. Cut up an old white sheet. Then let those strips discolor in a sink full of tea bags for that “I’ve-been-sitting-around-for-thousands-of-years” look. (via Kelly Gorney Photography)

15. Lebowski: Your little dude might not know that his costume is based on one of the best movie characters ever, but he’ll enjoy all the attention from the other cool parents. (via Skirt As Top)

16. Pineapple: Show your love for the sweet tropical fruit with this super simple no-sew costume. (via Delia Creates)

17. Lion: By using clothes already in your kid’s closet, the only thing you’ll need to do is take a quick trip to the craft store for some faux fur. Add a little eyeliner for the whiskers, and you’re ready to go! (via Captain and the Gypsy Kid)

18. Shark: Your little trick-or-treater will be warm and toasty in this sweatsuit-turned-ferocious shark, perfect for those of us living in chillier climates. Use felt and a hot glue gun for the eyes and then put your simple sewing skills to good use for the fin. If you don’t know how to sew, cardboard will do! (via Make It Love It)

19. Sushi: Maybe goblins and scary witches just aren’t your thing. Dress up as your favorite food instead! Made from simple and easy-to-find materials like cardboard, felt, and balloons, the execution is spot on. (via Style Me Pretty)

20. Mary Poppins: Easily recognizable, this costume looks great as a pair but is also just as spectacular if your Mary Poppins is missing her chimney sweep partner, or vice versa. (via Hey Ambular)

21. Up: We’ve seen a lot of costumes inspired by the adorable Disney movie Up, but the attention to detail makes this stand out among the rest. We love that Dad got dressed up too. (via Mitch and Mickey)

22. Snail: There’s no fussing with masks or itchy wigs. This costume is basically just a backpack and should help keep complaints to a minimum (hopefully). Just try not to leave a snail trail on your way through the neighborhood. (via Oh Happy Day)

23. Mr. Fox: Sometimes it’s just about taking another look in the closet or at their favorite stuffed animal or book for inspiration to strike! (via Mom Inc Daily)

24. Rosie the Riveter: Yes we can… make an adorable costume from thrift store finds. This revamped jumper is the perfect backdrop for a Rosie costume, but a jean jacket and pants would also work if you’re not having much luck at the thrift store. If you’re all about the “Rosie” on the back, we think some iron-on patches oughta do the trick. (via The Little Ballroom)

25. Lumberjack: A fleece beard will transform any little boy into a full-blown lumberjack in an instant. Good luck getting him to take it off once the trick or treating is done. (via Make It Love It)

26. Robot: This robot costume is seriously awesome. Think we can pull off an adult version? Yup. Just make a trip to the hardware store and skip all the gadgetry if you’re really short on time. (via Paging Fun Mums)

27. I Love Lucy: If you don’t like this costume, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do! (via Coolest Homemade Costumes)

28. Raincloud: Does it get any cuter than these hand-painted raindrop leggings? This is probably the only time you won’t mind having your own personal raincloud following you around. (via Andrea’s Notebook)

29. Hot Air Balloon: We swear this one isn’t as complicated as it looks. If you want to make a big impact and have a costume that’s so memorable you’ll talk about it for years, go with this one! (via Style Me Pretty)

30. Birds: It’s so simple but definitely gets the point across. There’s no guessing where the inspiration from this costume is coming from. (via Andrea’s Notebook)

31. Alice in Wonderland: Can we all just agree that cardboard boxes make for some last-minute-costume salvation? Reimagine a costume that’s been done before by focusing on a specific scene, like this take on Alice in Wonderland. (via Misha Lulu Blog)

32. The Little Mermaid: You do need to know some sewing basics to bring your favorite mermaid out of the ocean for a special night of trick-or-treating. And how great would she look riding in a wagon made to look like beach rocks or a giant clam shell? (via Two Bobbins Later)

33. ET: This one is so great you’ll definitely want to phone home about it. (via Bicycle Store)

34. Curious George: Got a stuffed monkey and a yellow shirt? Then you’ve got yourself a costume. (via Haute Apple Pie)

35. Ace Ventura: Well, allllrighty then! Your kid will hate you for this one day or think you’re a complete genius — either way, they’ll have a great #TBT in a few years. (via Costume Works)

36. Cloud: If you’re looking for a totally original costume, this is about as unique as it gets. Chances are you probably won’t see another cloud walking around on Halloween. (via Oh Happy Day)

37. Edward Scissorhands: Grab a black sweatsuit and gloves and a whole lot of belts with a whole lot of hardware on them. With plastic knives as the scissors, this costume is as kid friendly as it is amazing. (via Mommy Shorts)

38. Princess Merida: If your little one is dead set on being a princess for Halloween, maybe you can convince her to be one of the coolest, toughest princesses there is! If she already has red hair, she’s basically there. (via Sew Can Do)

39. Baby Burkin Bag: When it comes to exclusive one-of-a-kind handbags, this is the ultimate. Show off your best accessory with this DIY. (via Craft and Couture)

40. Medusa: With some serious backcombing and strategic placement on a hidden headbandyou can make it look like the snakes are actually coming out of her hair. Spooky!  (via Costume Works)

41. Peter Pan’s Shadow: Why be Peter Pan when you can be his escaped shadow instead? We are loving this twist on a classic costume. (via Tikkido)

42. Harry Potter: Alright, the dog’s getup is hardly last minute, but Harry Potter is easy enough to pull off. (via Earth Porm)

43. Prince: Is there really anything we could say to make this any better? (via 2Trout2Rien)

44. Butterfly: Spread those wings and let your little one fly… around the neighborhood for candy, that is. If you don’t have time to hand-stitch your own felt wings, grab the glue gun. (via Martha Stewart)

45. Piñata: When you knock on doors, make sure you tell them you need enough candy to fill your piñata. This is all about using felt and hot glue on a onesie. (via Costume Works)

46. Frida Kahlo: They may not know who they’re dressed up as, but if your kid is still letting you pick their costumes, this one is too good to pass up. (via Lovelyish)

47. Moonrise Kingdom: These getups look great on their own, but paired together they are complete perfection. (via Oh Happy Day)

48. Scarecrow: Armed with a pair of overalls and a plaid shirt, you’ll be using your brain if you settle on this one. (via Costume Works)

49. Vincent Van Gogh: Use this costume as a lesson in fine art… or just have fun trying on the beard. (via Lovelyish)

50. Super Girl: With just one yard of fabric you can turn your toddler into the most stylish superhero in town. (via Brit + Co)

51. Hipster: Let your little one borrow your favorite beanie for just one night and have them pick out their own (temporary) tattoos. Just don’t be surprised when they think they’re just too cool to hold the candy bucket. (via Oh Happy Day)

52. John Lennon + Yoko Ono: Anyone can be a hippie for Halloween, but how many people will dress up as the most iconic free-spirited couple? Got a couple extra kids coming along for tick or treating? Why not have Paul, Ringo, and George too? (via Truly Sanctuary)

53. Andy Warhol: The older crowd will love this one, and your toddler will get a kick out of all the attention, even if they aren’t sure why their costume is so great. (via Lovelyish)

54. Breaking Bad: There is no way a Walter White-and-Jesse Pinkman combo was getting left out. (via Today)

55. Scuba Diver: Grab those two liter bottles back out of the recycling bin and give them a second life with this clever diver costume. The whole thing only takes one to two hours, including drying time, so this one is great for those very last-minute Halloween parties. (via Design Dazzle)

56. Ira Glass: Spiked hair is key, and don’t forget to spray the sides with gray hairspray. Carrying around a radio (or making the bucket look like one!) ties it all together. (via Oh Happy Day)

57. Donut: You can transform into your favorite sweet treat with an inner tube and foam hair curlers (genius, we know!). If sprinkles aren’t your thing, you can always go with chocolate glazed. (via Studio DIY)

58. Labyrinth: How have we never seen this before? Every child should know who the Goblin King is, and it’s never too early to learn.  (via Babble)

59. Lego: Almost too easy. Dress your little one up like one of the dozens of LEGOs laying around your house. (via Wine and Glue)

60. Mr. Rogers: Accessorize with a few hand puppets or splurge on vintage ones from Etsy. (via Oh Happy Day)

61. Pilot: Cardboard boxes, wooden dowels, a styrofoam ball, and some spray paint are all you need to craft up this awesome airplane. Cleared for takeoff! (via Really Awesome Costumes)

62. Little Red Riding Hood: A sweet take on the original red caped crusader. No big bad wolves will dare mess with this little one! (via Made for Mums)

42 DIY Halloween costume and makeup ideas so you can spend all your money on candy

It's kind of scary how easy these Halloween costume ideas are to make at home

It’s kind of scary how easy these Halloween costume ideas are to make at home

If your eyes are already glazed over from browsing Halloween costumes on Amazon, you’ve come to the right place. Sometimes, it can get pretty overwhelming (and expensive) to choose from the mainstream costume lineup, which is why we’ve gathered up our favorite DIY costume jobs and makeup looks that are going to make Halloween super simple this year.

It's kind of scary how easy these Halloween costume ideas are to make at home

 Homemade Halloween costume ideas

It's kind of scary how easy these Halloween costume ideas are to make at home

It's kind of scary how easy these Halloween costume ideas are to make at home

It's kind of scary how easy these Halloween costume ideas are to make at home

It's kind of scary how easy these Halloween costume ideas are to make at home

It's kind of scary how easy these Halloween costume ideas are to make at home

Day of the Dead: an antidote to America’s Halloween sugar rush

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Halloween – America’s festival of sugar – will undoubtedly be on everyone’s minds on Monday as households across the country get ready to buy enough candy to feed a small village. Parents will return after a long day at the office and prepare to spend their evening awkwardly greeting neighbors as their kids – dressed as Kylo Ren or Iron Man (again) – excitedly wait for more Skittles and 3 Musketeers. But where are the ghosts or the macabre scenes from the past that more genuinely capture the spirit of Halloween? It’s a lament for those who would eschew the lame crop of sexy nurses for a more thoughtful celebration.

But what if I told you there is a family-oriented holiday with 3,000 years of divine tradition that has a much deeper connection with the supernatural and the dead? A three-day festival where parents and children congregate and remember loved ones who have passed away by celebrating their death with face-painting, storytelling and food offerings that honor the spirits of our past. A celebration where Mexican families have been known to carry sugar skulls and marigolds bright as the sun, as they walk in procession ready to greet the spirits of the un-living.

Welcome to Día de los Muertos: Halloween’s antidote.

Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) originates from the Aztecs, who believed that death was just another page in the book of existence and was actually the beginning of a new life. As a ritualistic celebration, they would gather offerings to the goddess Mictecacihuatl (“Lady of the Dead”) for dead children and adults. Spanish conquistadors viewed it as a sacrilegious event but instead of extinguishing it altogether, they decided to combine it with Catholic practice so it would correspond with All Saints Day (1 November) and All Souls’ Day (2 November).

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In America, Día de los Muertos has become a holiday where Latino communities can bond together by teaching their children the value of honoring their antepasados (ancestors), as well as showing pride in their heritage . As the America’s demographic landscape keeps diversifying, Día de los Muertos has become a community-builder where people from all backgrounds can take part in this Mexican tradition.

This past weekend in Phoenix, the Desert Botanical Garden hosted a two-day festival featuring traditional dance, face-painting and a market selling jewelry and artifacts. Each day ended with a procession where performers, guests and members of the community would march in unison as they honored the departed. “Nationally, you hear more and more about Day of the Dead,” said Ken Shutz, the garden’s executive director, speaking to AZ Central. “Our country and our state is becoming more multicultural, and it’s higher on everyone’s radar. It’s becoming part of the national consciousness.”

On 15 October, El Museo Del Barrio in New York City organized Super Sábado: Día de los Muertos, where the day began with a procession through Central Park and included a production by Mazarte Dance Company, a group that incorporates indigenous art, dance and Mexican history through various performances across urban communities. The event also featured storytelling, craft-making and various offerings for families across New York.

“The great thing about our audience is that they are a wide range of different people from across the five boroughs,” said Maya Shugart, the museum’s senior manager of public programs and engagement. “It’s a diverse group of Spanish and non-Spanish speakers who are either interested in learning more about the celebration or want to celebrate their own cultural traditions.”

The museum created this event in 1999 and it has been a big draw for families and children, with more than 1,400 people having attended this year. “For us it’s really important to be a platform for these traditions to live and to bring people together so they can start a conversation about Día de los Muertos,” said Shugart. “And this particular program [Super Sábado] creates a place for young kids to see what their parents’ traditions might have been and so they can carry them to the next generation.”

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Día de los Muertos is also evolving thanks to millennials showing their love for the holiday and introducing it to new audiences on social media. Mexican American fashion blogger, Julie Sariñana celebrates the event annually with her fans on Instagram, while Formula 1 drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen dressed up and promoted it on Twitter as part of Sunday’s Mexican grand prix.

SORRY, CAT HATERS, SCIENCE ISN’T ON YOUR SIDE

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Some people just don’t like cats. That’s okay. Some people don’t like pizza. Or dogs. Or Harry Potter. But some cat-haters aren’t satisfied with not owning cats themselves. They need to drag the rest of us down with them.

The first thing you notice when you dig around in the seedy underworld of cat-bashing is that it’s an old hobby. The haters have left their mark across poetry, literature, and art for centuries.

«There’s always going to be someone in a group who’s going to stand up and say cats are aloof, manipulative little devils,» says cat researcher John Bradshaw.

In his 1922 cultural history of the domestic cat, The Tiger in the House, Carl Van Vechten notes, «One is permitted to assume an attitude of placid indifference in the matter of elephants, cockatoos, H.G. Wells, Sweden, roast beef, Puccini, and even Mormonism, but in the matter of cats it seems necessary to take a firm stand….Those who hate the cat hate him with a malignity which, I think, only snakes in the animal kingdom provoke to an equal degree.»

Joseph Stromberg at Vox is only the most recent ailurophobe to launch a broadside against the feline species. His 28-paragraph essay on the supposed evils of Felis catus, published last week, tells readers that cats are «selfish, unfeeling, environmentally harmful creatures.»

«Those who hate the cat hate him with a malignity which, I think, only snakes in the animal kingdom provoke to an equal degree.»

His argument breaks down into four simple points: «Your cat probably doesn’t love you.» «Your cat isn’t really showing you affection.» «Cats are an environmental disaster.» And, «Your cat might be driving you crazy.»

We called Bradshaw, an internationally recognized cat and dog researcher and author of several books on pet ownership, including Cat Sense, for his learned opinion on the «science» of cat-bashing.

Feline Love Isn’t Needy

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Haters want you to believe cats don’t really care about their people. Stromberg points to a series of studies by Daniel Mills at the University of London and other researchers that show cats don’t look to humans for guidance in unfamiliar situations. Abandon your dog (or child) in a place it’s never seen before, and it’s likely to run to you on your return. Cats are more likely to explore the space on their own terms.

Compared to a stranger, the dogs become more disturbed when their owners leave, and interact with them more when they return. By contrast, Mills’ cat experiments — which are still ongoing and haven’t yet been published, but were featured in a BBC special last year—haven’t come to the same conclusion. On the whole, the cats seem disinterested both when their owners depart and return.

Meanwhile, other experiments carried out by a pair of Japanese researchers have provided evidence for a fact already known to most cat owners: they can hear you calling their name, but just don’t really care. As detailed in a study published last year, the researchers gathered 20 cats (one at a time) and played them recordings of three different people calling their name—two strangers, plus their owners.

Regardless of the order, the cats consistently reacted differently upon hearing their owner’s voice (in terms of ear and head movement, as graded by independent raters who didn’t know which voice belonged to the owner). However, none of them meowed or actually approached the speaker, as though they’d be interested in seeing the person.

Bradshaw says this interpretation draws too much out of limited study—research similar to work he has done himself. «It shows something about cats, but it doesn’t show you that cats are not affectionate,» he says.

Dogs have evolved to be «almost obsessively» dependent on humans, Bradshaw says. In unfamiliar situations, they look to their humans as sources of stability and guidance, much like small children. Cats, on the other hand, «prefer to deal with things in their own heads.»

A creature that fails to run to your side in a strange situation does not necessarily have a cold, unfeeling heart. Some couples show up at parties and hold hands the entire time, talking mostly to one another. Others split up when they arrive, mingle, meet new people. But they still leave together when it ends. Your cat’s a mingler—an explorer.

Your Cat Really Is Showing Affection

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After wedging a seed of doubt into the emotional relationships between humans and their cats, the enemies of felinekind try to insert themselves into the physical expressions of human-feline love. Stromberg is no exception:

Many cats… will rub up against the leg of their owner (or another human) when the person enters a room. It’s easy to construe this as a sign of affection. But many researchers interpret this as an attempt, by the cat, to spread his or her scent — as a way to mark territory. Observations of semi-feral cats show that they commonly rub up against trees or other objects in the exact same way, which allows them to deposit pheromone-containing secretions that naturally come out of their skin.

In other words, all the squirming and rubbing cats lavish on their owners are just the feline equivalent to a dog lifting its leg and peeing all over a fire hydrant.

Bradshaw says this notion is way off-base. «Superficially, [rubbing against humans] looks like scent marking,» he says, but «the display that goes on when a cat raises its tail and rubs its sides against another cat, or a person, is a social action.»

«Like all genuine affectionate relationships, [cat cuddling] is a two-way street.»

Some researchers suggest the behavior has a its roots in the creation of a «clan scent» for packs of wild cats, but no one has published proof. What’s important, Bradshaw says, is the interaction between creatures. The raised tail is a signal of good intent. When two cats know each other well they will rub their whole bodies against each other, including their sides, which have no scent glands. They often then lie down together and purr. Cats will do the same thing with their owners. Claiming this behavior is no deeper than a wild cat rubbing its face on tree bark is like saying that human handshakes aremostly about checking for secret weapons.

A 2013 study supposedly shows cats hate when humans pet them.

The research indeed found that cats pumped stress hormones into their bloodstreams when they were petted excessively. But Bradshaw points out that the research was conducted in Brazil, a country where house cats are far less common than small dogs. He thinks pet owners used to rough-and-tumble dogs might not prepared to handle cats in ways they enjoy. The cats grabbed and picked up for the study were reacting to a long history of unpleasant interactions, not simple human touch.

«Like all genuine affectionate relationships, [cat cuddling] is a two-way street,» he says. «Dogs put up with harsher treatment. Yank on a choke chain, and the dog bounces back. Cats say goodbye.»

Your Cat Is Too Clumsy To Threaten Wildlife

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Perhaps the most damning charge against cats is that they are natural murderers who can disrupt local ecosystems. Stromberg pounced gleefully once again:

In the US, domestic cats are an invasive species—they originated in Asia. And research shows that, whenever they’re let outside, cats’ carnivorous activity has a devastating effect on wild bird and small mammal populations, even if the cats are well-fed.

So what’s an environmentally-conscious cat lover to do? Bradshaw says not to worry. It turns out, as long as your cat wasn’t born feral or on a farm, it’s probably a clumsy hunter. Birds and rodents zip away from its plodding, obvious approach.

Bradshaw says cats learn to kill from their mothers. In the wild, a kitten follows its mom on many hunts in the first eight weeks of its life. She teaches the skills of sneaking up on prey and pouncing with lethal precision. But housecats born at home or to breeders miss that crucial step. Kittens instead spend their first eight weeks yowling at cotton balls and bits of string. Unless you trained your pet in the art of war before the end of its second month—a crucial period in its development—it’s probably next to useless against live prey (even if it does sometimes get lucky).

«Obviously there’s some deep ancestral memory of stalking prey,» he says, «but a cat by itself is usually not a very good hunter.»

Whenever local fauna succumb to feline hunting, he says, «it almost always turns out to be feral cats.» Australian experiments with 24-hour cat curfewsturned out to have minimal impacts. Still, the ASPCA suggests keeping cats indoors to prolong their lives, so it’s probably a good idea. Also, spayed and neutered housecats will never birth feral kittens that could endanger wildlife.

If you really want to do right by the environment, Bradshaw says, cats are way better than dogs.

Okay, Your Cat May Give You A Parasite That Controls Your Thoughts

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Stromberg is wrong about cat love, but there’s a chance he’s right about horrible brain-controlling parasites in cat poop. Even Bradshaw can’t defend your kitten now.

See, there’s this parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. It enters the brains of prey animals like mice and alters their behavior to make them less afraid of predators. These bold, addled rodents ride their parasitic high all the way into your favorite pet’s gnashing jaws, and some of those parasites make their way into your cat’s litterbox. From there it’s a short jump to a human owner’s body.

Some reaserchers suspect that humans infected with T. gondii are susceptible to its nefarious mind control as well. Here’s what Kathleen McCauliffe wrote about the parasite in her extensive coverage for the Atlantic:

The subjects who tested positive for the parasite had significantly delayed reaction times. [Parasite researcher Jaroslav] Flegr was especially surprised to learn, though, that the protozoan appeared to cause many sex-specific changes in personality. Compared with uninfected men, males who had the parasite were more introverted, suspicious, oblivious to other people’s opinions of them, and inclined to disregard rules. Infected women, on the other hand, presented in exactly the opposite way: they were more outgoing, trusting, image-conscious, and rule-abiding than uninfected women.

Infected men were more likely to wear rumpled old clothes; infected women tended to be more meticulously attired, many showing up for the study in expensive, designer-brand clothing. Infected men tended to have fewer friends, while infected women tended to have more. And when it came to downing the mystery fluid, reports Flegr, “the infected males were much more hesitant than uninfected men. They wanted to know why they had to do it. Would it harm them?” In contrast, the infected women were the most trusting of all subjects. “They just did what they were told,” he says.

Flegr goes on to note that even infected people may not be heavily impacted by the bug, and that cat poop is not the only way humans catch it. (In fact, it’sincredibly common.) Not all researchers agree with Flegr’s dire interpretations of the evidence, though T. gondii does turn dangerous when patients have damaged immune systems.

Ultimately, yes, your cat probably loves you, but that might just be the mind-controlling parasite talking.