Monday, October 3, 2011

Costumes for All Saints' Day

*Note* If you are reading this post in 2014, go here for my most recent saint costume post with updated links.

Do your children dress up as saints for All Saints' Day?  My children have dressed up as saints for parties in past years, but this year we're stepping it up a little, as my kindergartner needs a saint costume for the celebration at her school.

If you have tried to make or buy saint costumes in the past, you know that it can be challenging to come up with something suitable, especially if, like me, you don't sew.  Also, especially if you have several children to outfit, you probably can't afford to spend a lot of time or money to come up with elaborate costumes.

With these factors in mind, I've put together a list of sources for reasonably priced saint costumes that you can order online.  No sewing or running around to stores involved!

Oriental Trading Company is a great source for basic robes that can be transformed into a variety of saints.  Their inspirational costumes section is designed for Christmas pageants, and they have robes in a rainbow of colors, as well as head veils that could easily be transformed into religious habits.

This black robe is just $6 (headpiece is sold separately).  This could work for any nun or priest saint.  Oriental Trading also sells angel costumes, angel wings, wigs, beards, shepherd's crooks (bishops!) and suits of armor!  There is usually a free shipping code for orders over $49, and if you shop through Ebates you can get 2.5% cash back.

BuyCostumes has a biblical section of costumes as well.  These are little bit more expensive, but they are also more elaborate.   Most are only around $20.  You can get $5 off an order of $50 or more with code buyc5, and you can shop through Ebates for 10% cashback.

This Jesus costume is $19.99 and would work for any of the twelve apostles or other early Christian saints.

If you're willing to spend a little more on a beautiful, handmade costume, check out Our Coats of Many Colors.

Look at this Pope John Paul II costume for $57.25.  That would be quite the photo opportunity for a little John Paul!

Ebay is always iffy, but it might be worth a try, especially since we still do have a month until All Saints' Day.

Check out this nifty Roman solider costume up for auction right now - perfect for St. Longinus, St. Marcellus, or St. Sebastian!

Also, don't forget that secular costumes, items around the house, and even kids' dress up clothes can also be re-purposed as saint costumes.  Lacy at Catholic Icing  has some links to some ideas to get you started here.

In the category of re-purposed secular costumes, here are a few more ideas:

Children's Place has this neat knight costume half price at $14.97, which would work well for St. George or St. Michael.  If you shop through Ebates you'll earn 2.5% cash back.

Medieval princess costumes are good for royal saints, such as St. Elizabeth of Hungary.  Amazon has this gorgeous queen outfit for just $8.99, plus $9.25 shipping.

Amazon also has this Native American Princess Costume for just $11.00 with free super saver shipping- for the always popular St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

I hope you find something helpful in these links, or at least some ideas to get you started.  I think my daughter is leaning towards St. Joan of Arc, which should be pretty easy.  We'll just need one of those plastic suits of armor!

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1 comment:

  1. When we started going to a lot of All Saints Day events my mother bought us some big pieces of material in white, Mary blue, brown and black. She also bought some thick, rope-like ties. We use these over and over by creative draping and pinning. It works for most nuns, priests, monks, etc. I ended up hemming a neck hole in the white one for use as a one-size fits all drapey garment. It is kind of cheesy but meets our needs.