Ideas for a Scrooge Costume

Ebenezer Scrooge, the fictional character in Charles Dickens' classic mid-19th century novella, "A Christmas Carol," has been portrayed time and again in plays, musicals, movies and television specials. His costume rarely varies too much, and thus he is easily recognized in the right attire and with the appropriate accessories.

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Clothes

Ebenezer Scrooge spends a good deal of the book in his nightclothes, because he is visited by the spirits late at night after he has gone to bed. For this costume, wear a long cotton nightgown and slippers, and most importantly, a long night cap consistent with the period.

Scrooge is also easily recognized in his day clothes. For this costume, wear a long gray or black overcoat, scarf and top hat. Another important accessory is a pair of gloves that have been cut off at the fingertips; Scrooge wears them indoors and out since he does not wish to pay for heat. Gold-rimmed or silver-rimmed spectacles also help complete the look, but are not necessary.

Props

Simple props that can be held in the hand, but which will give away either the era or indications of the character, will be helpful. Examples include a wooden cane or a candle holder with a white stubby candle.

Demeanor and Attitude

In the story, Ebenezer Scrooge is a selfish and miserly man who encounters a series of spirits, eventually leading him to change his attitude. The character is best known as a mean-spirited, pessimistic businessman. An important part of the costume--and what will truly point to the character being portrayed--will be the attitude. Ebenezer Scrooge does not smile and does not like people. To present the character of Scrooge accurately, a good scowl is key. You'll want to look as severe and unamused as you possibly can. Say "bah-humbug" from time to time and everyone will know who you are supposed to be.

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