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 a primatologist and field scientist, it was important for Jane to be comfortable and protected from the elements. In a rainforest environment, pursuing chimps 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 and her famed binoculars, Jane first learned about and fell in love with the wild chimpanzees – and 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:

2Elizabeth, from California, is sporting a classic khaki ensemble equipped with her very own plush monkey. With a button-up and safari hat, she’s definitely turning heads but if you really want to win the crowd though, swap the monkey for a chimpanzee!

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

Mrs. Emmy McClain from St. George’s Independent School reminded her students that dressing up isn’t just forkids, especially when you dress like Jane. Her vest and cargo pants are the perfect combo. Next stop, Tanzania! (photo taken from The Gryphon Gazette)


Our final inspirational look-alike is modelling the complete Gombe Jane attire and is ready to for her next breaking discovery (or the best candy on the block)! Don’t forget a good pair of low top sneakers to complete the look!


(photo taken from ortosProfBlog)

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 chimps & 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 Wild, Free & 98.6% Chimpanzee tee!


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


The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference.

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