Animorphs Halloween Costume Nails The Book Cover Transformations

Five Animorphs fans create a Halloween costume that mimics one of the iconic transformations from the book covers to the sci-fi series for young adults.

A group of Animorfer fans have created the perfect costume to celebrate the books. Animorfer is an iconic science fiction series for young adults by KA Applegate, originally published in 52 volumes between 1996 and 2001. The popular series became a franchise and spread to spinoff books, graphic novels, a Game Boy Color game and a two-season TV series starring Shawn Ashmore, which premiered in 1998. While one Animorfer the film has been under development since 2015, Applegate and her husband Michael Grant withdrew from the project in 2020, leaving its future unclear.

An iconic element in the original Animorfer books are the elaborate book covers, with photo manipulations showing the protagonists turning into animals. The series followed a group of teenagers who were given the power to transform into any creature whose DNA they acquire while fighting a race of alien snails that are set to take over the minds of all humans on Earth. Each cover depicted one of the main characters in each phase of the transformation into one of the animals in the book. These covers included all kinds of animals, from lizards to gorillas to even aliens and everything in between throughout the series.


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Twitter user Milkael Milkelson posted an ingenious group costume in which they and four friends dressed up as different stages of one of the series’ iconic book cover transformations. Specifically, they mimicked Rachel’s transformation into a grizzly bear on the front of Animorphs # 7: The Stranger. Their costume was certainly a success, leading KA Applegate himself to quote the tweet image and say “Well, that’s absolutely incredible.“Check out the post below:

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Rachel, whom this costume pays homage to, is one of the most iconic characters in the series, a blonde fashionista who is also a fierce warrior. She is the warm-haired cousin of Jake, the leader of the group, and often compared to Xena: Warrior Princess. Had the series been released just a few years later, she would certainly have drawn comparisons with the blonde, bubbly main character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well.

Animorfer is such an enduring success that it is still inspiring Halloween costumes two decades after the last novel was published. Hopefully, this fact will inspire the forces to patch up their differences with Applegate & co. and rapid progress on the film. So far, the future of the series has been quite similar to the central costume in the image above: trapped in a grotesque limbo between reality and fantasy.

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