Do Halloween Right With a Night as Jane Goodall


With Halloween right around the corner, the quest for the perfect costume has begun and we are here to help. Whether you’re going for spooky, funny, or just planning on the old cover yourself in a sheet and be a “ghost” thing, the competition for the best costume is always stiff. For the costume connoisseurs and amateurs alike, we have the perfect “how-to” guide to give you the edge you need!

Zoologist with binoculars climbs a tree to better view chimpanzees.

While she might not admit it, Dr. Jane Goodall became recognized around the world while in Gombe and had an iconic look. As an ethologist (animal behavior scientist) in the field, it was important for Jane to be comfortable and protected from the elements. In a hot, sometimes very wet rainforest environment, pursuing chimpanzees that can climb and move quickly on the ground or above on branches, Jane kept her attire simple. With a khaki button down shirt and shorts, low pony-tail, sneakers, and her famed binoculars, Jane first learned about and fell in love with the wild chimpanzees. She actually also usually went barefoot! Though we do not recommend going barefoot (please don’t), we do suggest putting on your best scientist outfit to #belikeJane this Halloween!

To give you some inspiration, we’ve searched high and low for the best Jane look-alikes:

This Jane look-alike was featured in A Mighty Girl Halloween and nailed it! With her binoculars at the ready, this Mighty girl ready to spot her next spooky adventure!1

This costume from @rottenapplemama is so cute and so curious we almost can’t handle it! Though Jane didn’t wear a hat in the field, all the other elements are there and are certainly Janetastic!

This next costume may include the wrong primate, but as Jane loves all animals, it’s certainly spectacular all the same! Clover, by @LexieLightFeather is a determined and inspired Jane – look out world here comes the next changemaker!

So now that you’re all experts on how to dress like Jane, make sure to learn about her life and teach others (it’s also a great way to fundraise to help protect chimpanzees & their habitats.) ! Her clothes may be a huge part of what we think of when we think of Jane Goodall, but she and what she provided for science and the world are so much more.

Be Like Jane

To make sure your costume is authentic and Jane approved, make sure to get your very own Mr. H junior or Jubilee! And for those who don’t necessarily want to dress like Jane but flaunt her spirit, show off your great ape style with our eStore gear!


Make sure to tag the Jane Goodall Institute @JaneGoodallInst with #BeLikeJane in your pictures and you might be featured on our Twitter Facebook and Instagram. We cannot wait to see you all!

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