Greek Mythology Costumes – The Heroes, Gods And Monsters Of Halloween
Greek mythology costumes are based on the myths that sustained the lives of the people that lived in the various states that formed what we now call Ancient Greece.
Greek mythology describes things like how the word was created and how it is run. This involved gods and goddesses who had control over various things that made life possible. The mythology also involved monsters, from deep seas creatures like the Kraken through to one eye beasts like the Cyclops. Often these monsters would be pitted against heroes and thus Greek heroes were also part of the mythology.
Greek mythology was passed on in an oral tradition. Storytellers would regale audiences with the trials and tribulations of heroes like Heracles or Perseus. Or scare then witless with stories of the horrible Medusa or minotaur. Finally they would appeal to their reverent side with tales of how the gods and goddesses acted and expected humans to act.
Tales of the heroes showed them what to strive for in life and how to live a good life. How to have an heroic ethic.
The tales of Gods and Goddesses helped to explain the complex questions that came with living (questions that we still ask ourselves) like why are we here, what is the point, how did we come into existence and things of that nature.
And the monster tales were probably told to scare (everyone likes a good scare once in a while) and teach lessons (monsters were often humans transformed into monsters by the gods because of some transgression).
Some of these oral tales were eventually committed to writing and this is probably the only reason we still have them and talk about them today. For instance, people love the various intrigues that the Greek gods had, the recent movie Clash of the Titans is proof of this.
So if you are planning to wear a Greek mythology costume for Halloween or some other fancy dress costume you can go as a Greek Hero, Greek God or Goddess or a Greek mythical monster. Collectively Greek costumes.
The most current Greek hero is Perseus from the aforementioned movie. You can make your own Perseus costume as it is simply a guy in a suit or armor or you can buy the outfit from a costume shop or online. Online is the easiest option.
There are plenty of Gods and Goddesses costumes to choose from and they can be great for a party. For instance, Dionysus would make a party costume because he is the god of parties and generally squeezing every inch you can get out of life. This involved imbibing, singing, dancing and all the things you usually do at a party. Check out a few Greek gods and goddesses here
In terms of monsters, there are not many that translated to a simply costume. Trying to make the kraken costume for instance is not really an option (although a creature reacher costume might do the trick). However Medusa, the snake headed woman would be a great Halloween party costume to wear. It has a good mix of looking good and looking slightly grotesque. You can base your Medusa costume on how glamorous and how grotesque you want to be and go from there.