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10 Halloween Costumes Inspired by Mythology

Need costume ideas? We can help. Get inspiration from mythology with these Halloween costume ideas

Channel your favorite Greek god or goddess for these Halloween costume ideas

If you want to do something a little bit different for Halloween this year, consider reaching into mythology for your costuming inspirations. Every culture has its own set of mythical characters and stories and these can make amazing costumes. There are plenty of potential costumes to make your Halloween a little bit more fun and to wow other guests at whatever Halloween party you end up at!

Valkyrie

Valkyries are a group of female figures in Norse mythology who are said to carry the souls of warriors who had fallen in battle to the god Odin, in Valhalla. Only the bravest warriors were granted the honor of being chosen to go to Valhalla, where they would feast with Odin himself. Valkyries appear as powerful warriors and often carry a sword and shield. In many cases, Valkyries would also fight to protect soldiers they favored.

There are plenty of options for a Valkyrie costume online. While there are complete costumes available, you can also DIY. The Valkyrie’s sword and shield are some of her distinctive features. A helmet and cape can also be included.

Athena

Known as the goddess of wisdom, war, and handicrafts, Athena is one of the toughest goddesses in Greek mythology. The current capital of Greece, Athens, is named for Athena and the goddess is said to be the city’s patron. Athena is often depicted with a helmet, spear, and shield. There are a few costumes of Athena available, but you can always add a spear and helmet to a general Greek goddess costume.

La Llorona

La Llorona, or the Weeping Woman, is a popular myth in Hispanic culture. Various horror movies and shows have drawn on this figure as part of their storyline including the show Supernatural. There are a few versions of the tale, but most agree that La Llorona was once a beautiful woman whose children drowned. Some versions claim that the children drowned due to neglect, while others claim that the woman’s husband was unfaithful, which drove her into a temporary state of insanity. Whatever the case, the woman mourned her children and died shortly after. The woman’s ghost, however, is said to continue to cry for her children.

Since La Llorona is often dressed in white, all you’ll need is a white dress and a white veil. There are also versions of the myth that say that La Llorona has the face of a horse under the veil, which can be added if you’re going for something particularly scary.

Medusa

Medusa is the most famous of the gorgons in Greek mythology. Some versions of the myth say that Medusa was always a monster while others claim that she was once a beautiful woman who was cursed. Whatever the case, Medusa has snakes in her hair and has the power to turn men to stone. This costume is a little bit more complicated, but plenty of fun.

Hercules

Hercules is one of the most well-known figures in Greek mythology. Born from a union between Zeus and a mortal woman, Hercules lived a difficult life, but accomplished many feats of greatness. There are plenty of depictions of Hercules to choose from. If you don’t want to go strictly by the mythology, there is also the Disney version of the costume.

Thor

Thor is the Norse god of Thunder and is among one of the most prominent Norse deities. Thor has a lot of stories and also appears in Marvel comics. Thor’s most famous accessory is his hammer Mjolnir, which can only be lifted by the worthy.

Odin

Odin is the father of Thor, in Norse mythology. Odin is known for being extremely wise and is often depicted with two crows. It is also worth noting that Odin gave up one of his eyes for the wisdom of the universe. The costume can be found online but there are also plenty of DIY guides.

All the Faeries

If you are thinking of dressing up as a fairy, you may not immediately make the connection that you are dressing up as a mythical creature. The fairy or fair-folk are common characters in European mythology. This broad umbrella of characters gives you a plethora of costumes to choose from regardless of your gender. Some famous fairies include Titania, Oberon, and Puck from Midsummer night’s dream.

Hades and Persephone

This is a great costume for couples and is pretty easy to do. Hades and Persephone are among the most famous couples in Greek mythology. The story goes that Hades, the god of the underworld, fell in love with Persephone, a goddess associated with spring and growth. You can get the costumes separately or coordinate colors with a friend or significant other.

Artemis and Apollo

In Greek mythology, Artemis and Apollo are twins who are connected to the sun and moon respectively. Apollo is associated with music while Artemis is associated with nature and is known as the Goddess of the Hunt. This is a fun costume idea for siblings, couples, or even friends. Both Artemis and Apollo are known to be skilled archers and have occasionally teamed up.

There are many more great mythological figures that could possibly be mentioned in one article so, if you love mythology, you can definitely do a bit of your own research and create the costume.

Whatever your costume choice, whether it's store-bought, a last-minute invention, or even a cute outfit for your baby, dressing up for Halloween is a fun, tried-and-true tradition.

Sources: Greek Gods and Goddesses, History Today, Norse Mythology

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