Greek god costumes are ideal for children because they are comfortable to wear and can be designed with more material to keep you warm during a chilly Halloween night. The white or light-colored material is also easier for cars to spot thus safer for trick-or-treaters. Create a Greek god costume for kids using a white sheet as a toga and accessorize it with gold or silver shoes, headbands and necklaces.
Things You'll Need
- White sheet
- Fake ivy
- Gold spray paint
- Rope or cloth belt
- Old sandals
- Safety pins
- Needle and thread or sewing machine
- Plastic protective sheeting
Arrange the sheet on the floor in a large room. Fold the sheet in half lengthwise once. With the folded area at the top, fold it half again by bringing the left side to meet the right side. This leaves the the left side closed, and the top and right sides open.
Divide the sheet in thirds visually. Put a safety pin at the top of the sheet, pinning the folds together, to mark the first third. Pin another at the top to mark the second third.
Put the toga on the child. Her head will go between the two pins while her arms will stick out the spaces on the sides of the pins. Cut off any excess at the bottom of the toga so she can walk without tripping. Pin the right, open side of the toga to wrap loosely around the child's body and cut off any excess.
Take the toga off the child, remove the pins and sew the toga closed where the pins were.
Place the rope, sandals and fake ivy on the plastic protective sheeting and spray with gold spray paint. Wear a protective mask and goggles and make sure you are outside or in a well-ventilated room. Apply a second coat if necessary and allow them to dry.
Tie the rope around the child's waist, high for girls and lower for boys, and let the excess hang down the side of the toga. Drape rope around the child's shoulder for additional decoration.
Wrap the ivy around the child's head, starting at the forehead and twisting it together or securing it with an elastic hair tie in the back. Let the girl's hair hang down under the ivy or braid it loosely to the side and let it hang down in front of her shoulder.
Put on the child's sandals and add other gold jewelry as desired, including necklaces and bracelets.
Tips & Warnings
- Add spray painted cardboard thunderbolts for the child to hold to represent the Greek god Zeus, safety pin spray painted cardboard wings on the child's shoes to represent Hermes, or cover a hammer with tinfoil to represent Hephaistos. Children can also carry the magic sash of Aphrodite, which resembles something similar to a bathrobe belt that holds her garments together, or fashion a spear out of a walking stick covered in tinfoil for the goddess Athena.
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