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Last-Minute Halloween: The Lumberjack

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There’s nothing more difficult than persuading the man in your life to dress up for Halloween. So why not make it easy on him? Inspire him to dress up as the manliest of men — the lumberjack. The costume pieces are simple, and he won’t be nearly as embarrassed as the other costume ideas you had in mind (you know like, Prince Charming, Romeo, or Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino). Bonus points: Convincing him to randomly disrupt the party by yelling out “TIMBER-R-R!”

Custom Adult Beard Beanie

From browneyedgirl1489, $28.

Men’s Plaid Flannel Shirt

From beesquaredb, $65.

Thick Green Trousers

By BetaPorHomme, $66.

Z Boots

From needlefeed, $150.

Vintage Red Suspenders

From JaanasVintage, $10.95.

Toy Wooden Axe

From FriendlyFairies, $26.

What last-minute costumes do you have in mind? Share in the comments!

  • darkcycleclothing

    darkcycleclothing says:

    Fun idea! We're screenprinting a honeycomb print shirt for my husband, and the rest of us are going to be bumble bees. So he gets to get away with wearing a t-shirt and jeans again ha.

    3 years ago

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique says:

    The Lumberjack may indeed be a great idea! I am having lots of fun reading these last minute Halloween costume ideas.

    3 years ago

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany says:

    Huh. Being a lumber jack is cute, I wouldn't have thought of that as a costume before this article. I will be going as a zombie however because makeup is fun. :)

    3 years ago

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage says:

    That's a great idea! Thank you for the tip :)

    3 years ago

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts says:

    Sometimes we overlook the obvious...dressing up as something we have read about in folklore for years. Oh, and I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok. I sleep all night and I work all day. (Monty Python)

    3 years ago

  • ireneagh

    ireneagh says:

    Fantastic idea!! :D thanks!!!

    3 years ago

  • choisette

    choisette says:

    i love a man in red suspenders.

    3 years ago

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage says:

    I live in Washington....men dress like this everyday! This would be cute in the Big City. I think men should dress like a lady for Halloween. With high heels.

    3 years ago

  • maggiemaevintage
  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy says:

    Fun idea. I still have a paul bunyan book from.... well, many, many years ago! :)

    3 years ago

  • figurativepie

    figurativepie says:

    I cut down trees, I wear high heels, suspendees and a bra! Oh, sorry. I see we're going for normal lumberjack here. That's awesome too.

    3 years ago

  • spaceoddities

    spaceoddities says:

    fantastic idea. i think will suggest this to my husband. we both need to come up with costume ideas QUICK.

    3 years ago

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour says:

    mmmm ...I need a man before...; )

    3 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Awesome. Husband's last minute costume - done!

    3 years ago

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard says:

    That was so fun watching the video!!

    3 years ago

  • spacejam

    spacejam says:

    thats a cool idea!

    3 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry
  • DearAdam

    DearAdam says:

    Oh yes....love the lumberjack for halloween!!

    3 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Love it! Great idea for my procrastinating hubby! ;)

    3 years ago

  • NatureMandalas

    NatureMandalas says:

    Love this! I drive by that Paul Bunyan statue all the time :)

    3 years ago

  • chrispy44

    chrispy44 says:

    Who doesn't love Lumberjacks!!!

    3 years ago

  • Kimmay

    Kimmay says:

    Yay! I love this idea. I actually blogged about a female version for Halloween (the Lumberjackie!) with lots of different and frugal outfit ideas. Check it: http://hurraykimmay.blogspot.com/2010/10/weekly-halloween-outfit-lumberjackie.html Happy Halloween! xo Kimmay

    3 years ago

  • Relydesign

    Relydesign says:

    what a great idea :=) that video is adorable!!!!

    3 years ago

  • TheSnowshoeLoft

    TheSnowshoeLoft says:

    I love lumberjacks!!!!

    3 years ago

  • gumbygirl

    gumbygirl says:

    My teenage son is dressing as a rainbow....What does that Mean??? (youtube viral double rainbow video)

    3 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    Mine was Diego Rivera! He loves to dress up!

    3 years ago

  • LittleBatch

    LittleBatch says:

    Ha! That's awesome. I love it so much, am thinking of changing my costume from chef to lumberjill...

    3 years ago

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit says:

    I'm ready for you Paul Manly Man!!! Get yer axe and pop some giant corn!!!

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    How about a fisherman? The lumberjack is a great idea.

    3 years ago

  • PrettyIngrid

    PrettyIngrid says:

    That lumberjack lives in Bangor, Maine where I currently reside. It was funny to see him here! Great costume idea, too :)

    3 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Such a great idea , loveeee it :)) Thanks :))

    3 years ago

  • Mattamorphis

    Mattamorphis says:

    If you're a chick and go as a lumberjack you'll just look like a Lesbian.

    3 years ago

  • JoyandWhimsy

    JoyandWhimsy says:

    I love that lumber jack look - and the army/navy look 2! ANTIQUE book for LUMBERJACKS http://www.etsy.com/listing/37052105/1892-california-earth-art-gift-book-incl

    3 years ago

  • OhDearWatson

    OhDearWatson says:

    I love my misters lumberjack vibe when he grows out his beard... love this article.

    3 years ago

  • rebrewedcreations

    rebrewedcreations says:

    Oh I'm a lumberjack, and I'm ok, I sleep all night and I work all day!

    3 years ago

  • moondogfarm

    moondogfarm says:

    my husband is a real lumberjack...and I live 20 minutes from that awesome Paul Bunyan statue (in Bangor, Maine). Love it!

    3 years ago

  • MissMeghanElizabeth

    MissMeghanElizabeth says:

    Love the idea! My husband was called lumberjack matt all through college.... but he spun off this for us costume last year and when at the Brawney Man - just swap the axe for a roll of paper towels! (oh, and I love all the references to the lumberjack song!)

    3 years ago

  • rozzie

    rozzie says:

    Awesome ideas :)

    3 years ago

  • tomokotahara

    tomokotahara says:

    This article remind me my creepy episode at a night. Me and my boyfriend saw an "axe man" in an Autumn night. A shadow of a guy with axe was passing by a park..my boyfriend has good eyesights, he said it was an axe, for sure.Then we wondered what did he do?? It was a mystery. Maybe he was just back from a halloween party..I believe so.

    3 years ago

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin says:

    so SO cute!! <3

    3 years ago

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal says:

    Ah, the rugged handsome look, No doubt Babe the Blue faith full ox will accompany him

    3 years ago

  • RavenNJ

    RavenNJ says:

    Wow... Having grown up just 18 miles from that statue of Paul Bunyan.. it was neat seeing it.. Now I am a tad homesick for Maine.

    3 years ago

  • lesyeux

    lesyeux says:

    that's not a costume, that's a hipster uniform.

    3 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    very silly

    3 years ago

  • TheSnowshoeLoft

    TheSnowshoeLoft says:

    I think there's nothing sexier than a man in big work boots - love that :oD

    3 years ago

  • lumbercore

    lumbercore says:

    That Maine statue sure has his hands full. Hi friend, welcome to Maine. Here...hold this.

    3 years ago

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker says:

    another clever costume for Halloween

    3 years ago

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery says:

    Ha, ha! Nice!

    3 years ago

  • csmartglass

    csmartglass says:

    I love Paul Bunyan, he's a real landmark in Bangor, Maine!

    3 years ago

  • sweetpetunias

    sweetpetunias says:

    That's prettymuch my husband's daily clothing choices. He grew up logging and thinks that's what he should dress up on Halloween as every year.

    3 years ago

  • beatyboutique

    beatyboutique says:

    this a costume I could actually get my husband to wear for halloween. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • whodinihandmade

    whodinihandmade says:

    Hook up a Whodini Handmade Lumberjack Matryoshka Wallet to really seal the deal! ha ha I already got the beard a-flowing, flannels galore, this might be the one for me as well!

    3 years ago

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns says:

    This costume might actually work! Not sure how well it'll go with my Snow White costume but hey it's worth a shot. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • TheSpotlessLoop

    TheSpotlessLoop says:

    The toy wooden axe is very cute! :)

    3 years ago

  • kittydearest

    kittydearest says:

    that's so funny! I made this treasury last month in the same theme! http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4ca113480d0c6d9125c9b89a/lumberjack-for-halloween?index=6 so take a look if you need fun items for this idea. :)

    3 years ago

  • olliegraphic

    olliegraphic says:

    I love the backgrounds on that cartoon. Love.

    3 years ago

  • BeadJunk

    BeadJunk says:

    Sooo when were you in my neighborhood?

    3 years ago

  • BeadJunk

    BeadJunk says:

    Such a handsome fella! He's my neighbor you know. He got a new paint job since this pic. He's still looking good.

    3 years ago

  • JojosBootique

    JojosBootique says:

    Great idea - but I could never get my husband to dress for Halloween . . .

    3 years ago

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry says:

    Haven't seen the Paul Bunyan statue for years, thanks for posting it.

    3 years ago

  • sammmysue

    sammmysue says:

    I found this article funny because one of my good friends decided that he was going as a lumberjack last week and we just got the finishing touches for his costume today.

    3 years ago

  • tidabellamonkey

    tidabellamonkey says:

    This is really cool! :-) *****

    3 years ago

  • DamaUSA

    DamaUSA says:

    Never seen this video. Thank you introduction.

    3 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    Ha Ha Ha! This is actually what I was going to be for Halloween!

    3 years ago

  • VidaDoce

    VidaDoce says:

    Nice costume idea!

    3 years ago

  • NorthbyEast

    NorthbyEast says:

    This is great! My boyfriend is going to be a lumberjack and I'm getting to make his shirt, so seeing this definitely helps me get into the crafty, lumberjacking vibe!

    3 years ago

  • museofmelanie

    museofmelanie says:

    Very cool. I wouldn't mind going as a lumberjack myself!

    3 years ago

  • willowthewisp

    willowthewisp says:

    lol...LOOOVE IT! Husband and I are going as lumber jack and lumber jill :D

    3 years ago

  • camanobeadworks

    camanobeadworks says:

    Hilarious! I love it ;-)

    3 years ago

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking says:

    Cool...I like the toy axe, but my wife my not. Loved it!!!!

    3 years ago

  • NoriaJewelry

    NoriaJewelry says:

    I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay! I sleep all night and I work all day! teehee.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL7n5mEmXJo

    3 years ago

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin says:

    Hey great love your article, love the movie THANKS

    3 years ago

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose says:

    Paul is a good guy, but cutting down trees is bad times. I was always more of a John Henry sort of gal. Off to watch the video - can't wait to see the good ol' blue babe!!

    3 years ago

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage says:

    I love the beard beanie!

    3 years ago

  • emmylucy

    emmylucy says:

    So it must be Halloween every day where I live! All the men dress like lumberjacks!! Cute idea though, maybe all the women ought to dress like lumberjacks!

    3 years ago

  • laurenlovescrafty

    laurenlovescrafty says:

    I was a lumberjane last year and I loved it! The flannel keeps you warm and I got to wear jeans!

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Someones probably said this already but just reminds me of Monty Python. "I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok."

    3 years ago

  • tlchandmadetreasures

    tlchandmadetreasures says:

    Great idea! The beard beanie is awesome!

    3 years ago

  • jenndenny

    jenndenny says:

    My husband was Paul Bunyan 2 years ago. We also used an Eeyore stuffed animal as Big Blue. I sewed some horns on his head and put a big hoop ear ring in his nose. It was really funny!

    3 years ago

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry says:

    Love the Lumberjack article.

    3 years ago

  • DiscoveryBay

    DiscoveryBay says:

    Out here in the Pacific Northwest this is everyday work clothes for many local loggers. Not a costume at all! Nice Etsy picks to go with the article though.

    3 years ago

  • jenndenny

    jenndenny says:

    My husband was Paul Bunyan 2 years ago. We used Eeyore as his Big Blue. I sewed horns to Eeyores head and put a large hoop ear ring in his nose. It was perfect!!!

    3 years ago

  • AllDeckedOutBoutique

    AllDeckedOutBoutique says:

    That is a great costume idea! I had so much trouble getting my husband a costume this year, I went back to the store three times. Next year we are using an idea like this! .

    3 years ago

  • UtopiaUF

    UtopiaUF says:

    I dress like that everyday. Now I wonder if people round here think I'm dressing up for halloween all year.

    3 years ago

  • FunkyMonkeyCreations

    FunkyMonkeyCreations says:

    What a great idea! Too bad I'm too skinny to pull off the lumberjack look, but I'd still love to yell "TIMBER-R-R!" Haha! ^_^

    3 years ago

  • frogprincessdesigns

    frogprincessdesigns says:

    Great idea!

    3 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    Just gave this idea to one of my coworkers who insisted that his costume should be "himself on casual day" wearing jeans and a flannel (lame)... or a lumberjack!

    3 years ago

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions says:

    We endorse any opportunity to wear a beard.

    3 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    Beard Beanie...I love it! When I think of Paul Bunyan I think of him skating around the big black frying pan on blocks of butter...

    3 years ago

  • ceciltheaardvark

    ceciltheaardvark says:

    Aha! See, I am going to be at a conference this halloween, with a bunch of guys who would rather go naked than dress up. There's a costume party so I have decided to go as Little Red Riding Hood, and am dressing 1 friend up as grandma/wolf, and the other as the trusty lumberjack!

    3 years ago

  • nellyvansee

    nellyvansee says:

    I'm a women and I dressed as a lumber jack!!!!!!!! I smeared coffee on my face to create a beard and I wear a traditional Canadian lumberjack wool jacket ( so vintage the factory closed in the 60's )

    3 years ago

  • jhollywooddesigns

    jhollywooddesigns says:

    This year a bunch of us ordered real scrubs, scrub caps and stethoscopes - they are so inexpensive(about $17 including accessories). We went as a surgical team. Love the comment of Eeyore turned into Big Blue...hilarious.

    3 years ago

  • Balanced

    Balanced says:

    this is such a cute idea!

    3 years ago

  • hcgboottops1111

    hcgboottops1111 says:

    The video was fun. I saw , many years ago, 1961, the amusement park and Paul Bunyon when I was 10 at Bemidgi, Mn. where(the wooden- talking) Paul Bunyan spoke to me as I entered the gate. Impressive even if it was infact someone else. yes, lumberjack is cool idea.

    3 years ago

  • DrusArt

    DrusArt says:

    I attended a college in Nacogdoches, Texas, many years ago. Their mascot was and is a Lumberjack. Stephen F. Austin Univ. There were many plaid, flannel shirts on campus.

    3 years ago

  • SaltysPirateDen

    SaltysPirateDen says:

    arrrr, that lumberjack be a fine idea meself, I be going as a pirate, image that, LOL ;)

    3 years ago

  • Libbycain

    Libbycain says:

    If you liked the video, check out Disney's American Legends DVD. It was one of my son's - and my - favorites! http://disneydvd.disney.go.com/disneys-american-legends.html

    3 years ago

  • dabbledesigns

    dabbledesigns says:

    Good idea!

    3 years ago

  • lovelylilylady

    lovelylilylady says:

    Ha this is what I'm going as! I will be sure to shout TIMBER-R-R-R!

    3 years ago

  • VoodooChild

    VoodooChild says:

    That Lumberjack statue is just a few minutes from my house.

    3 years ago

  • TAGSMITH

    TAGSMITH says:

    Female lumberjacks are called lumberjills. Some compete in lumberjack competitions.

    3 years ago

  • kellymatt00

    kellymatt00 says:

    If you like the lumberjack picture above, you can get your very own. See: http://www.team-mascots.com/mascots/mascots%20images/lumberjack224.gif

    3 years ago

  • kellymatt00

    kellymatt00 says:

    Sorry, he is on this page: http://www.team-mascots.com/mascots/people.htm

    3 years ago