A lot of Halloween and party outfits can be made at home, but that is probably not the case with most of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes costumes. Unless you are a Hollywood special effects expert, you are invariably going to find yourself shopping online for a decent representation of Caesar, Koba, Maurice or Cornelia.
Of course if you simply want to dress as Malcolm, the human leader of a group which forms a strong bond with Caeser and the “good apes”, no problem. Just grab a brown rain poncho and wear it over a lightweight, nylon blue raincoat with hood. Throw on a Panama Jack hat, and you are good to go.
The same is true if you are dressing as Dreyfus, the battle ready leader of all the human survivors. Display a “kill all the apes” mindset, add clear aviator style glasses, a short military haircut and tote around a toy gun. Add dark blue long legged cargo pants with plenty of pockets, a matching long sleeved shirt and combat boots, and you are ready to eradicate the face of the planet of all apes.
But the fun of wearing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Halloween costumes is definitely going as one of the apes. Caesar is the male chimpanzee leader of the apes, married to Cornelia, also from a class known as the common chimpanzee.
Tip: Trying to replicate the intricate and incredibly detailed ape costumes from the movies simply can’t be done without renting or buying a true-to-film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes outfit. BuyCostumes sells the Caesar Ape Custome for $45
Fortunately, there are plenty of places online, like Amazon, where you can purchase a great-looking ape costume. At a few of the online retailers we checked, there were Caesar and Koba full body costumes for children and adults, as well as Cornelia and Maurice masks.
Another simple human Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Halloween costume is Ellie. Played by Keri Russell, this character is a former nurse of the CDC and Malcolm’s wife. With long and sometimes pleated brown hair, Ellie usually wears brown or gray pants with a Tan or beige loose-necked sweater under a light green overcoat.
The sequel to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has won several awards and critical acclaim for its visual effect and incredibly detailed ape characters. So make sure you represent the film properly.
A great group idea for Halloween is to have you and several of your friends dress up in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes masks and costumes, and descend upon a party in force. That is sure to make for a memorable Halloween or themed party event. Just make sure not to get too heavily into character, and try to wipe out the human race when you arrive.