12 Best Greek God and Goddess Costumes for Halloween
The Ancient Greece and Greek Mythology characters have always been a big hit among kids as Halloween costumes.
Have you ever thought of dressing up like a Greek God or a goddess for Halloween? Do your kids love all things ancient and pagan or are they more of the “spooky” type who prefers vampires and werewolves.
We have been searching for ideas online and found the 12 best Halloween costumes inspired by Greek Mythology.
These creative ideas range from simple dress-ups like Hera in her most basic form (i.e. just wearing some clothes) to dressing up as a specific goddess like Aphrodite, whose mythology includes almost every continent on Earth – even Antarctica!
Check them out below:
The 12 best Halloween costumes inspired by Greek Mythology
If you’re looking for an easy-to-create Halloween costume for both adults and kids, this is the one for you! In less than 10 minutes, you will be able to create a beautiful Greek Goddess Halloween costume. And the best part; all the materials needed can be easily found.
DIY: Greek Goddess Halloween Costume (this is the simplest of all)
Demeter is one of the most well-known Greek Goddesses. In the ancient Greek religion, she is the goddess of agriculture. Her custom can be easily created. All you have to do is use a tan or light brown dress with green accessories to match the colors of nature.
You can also go for a wreath made from flowers and grasses on your head. Green makeup on face and tan shoes to match the dress, carry a basket filled with fruits and vegetables (you can find these at any grocery store. If you don’t go for this, just carry some flowers).
Makeit-loveit.com has a comprehensive guide that will help you create an amazing Demeter costume!
As one of the most powerful Olympians, Poseidon was a very popular god in Ancient Greece.
Creating a Poseidon Halloween costume isn’t challenging! You will need some blue long robes and a crown made from seaweed. If you don’t want to go for the all-blue look, wear some other color that represents water (blue is just the easiest option).
Paint your nails blue if you want to go for this look and silver makeup on your face with hints of blue around your mouth and eyes. You can even carry a fish with you at all times!
Zeus was the father of most Greek Gods and Goddesses and the ruler of mt. Olympus! When it comes to DIY Zeus costumes, you can go with white long robes. The god’s crown can be made from cardboard or heavy paper that’s been painted gold.
Carry a lightning bolt as your accessory or prop. This can easily be found at any costume shop. Of course, you can easily create a lightning bolt with cardboard if you feel like it!
If you prefer pre-made Halloween costumes, there are plenty out there for you. That said, Zeus kid’s costume by halloweencostumes.com is by far our favorite!
In Greek mythology, Eros was the god of love. Traveling around with his wings and bow to hit humans and give them the help to fall in love.
Eros costume is not a difficult one but needs some crafts. It needs white wings and a bow among other stuff. You could buy an inexpensive little bow from a store and paint it however you like.
Makeit-loveit.com has created a wonderful guide in order to help you design an amazing Eros costume!
Athena was the greek olympian goddess of wisdom, inspiration, and handicraft. Known mostly for her protected city of Athens.
Gray or blue long dress (almost floor-length) with purple or silver accessories. You can paint your nails the same color as the accessory you choose to wear with this costume.
Go for gray makeup on your face and put some white flowers in your hair (you can buy them at any flower shop). Also you should carry a spear.
Fun.com has a wonderful pre-made Athena costume if you want to have a look.
Daughter of Zeus and Leto, Artemis was the goddess of wild animals and hunting. Also, she was mentioned as the protector of young girls.
In order to make a wonderful Artemis costume, you need a white short dress with brown boots. Find white deer horns (you can buy them at any costume shop for between $10 and $20. You can also make them out of cardboard and paint).
With the dress, go for a silver belt with a moon on it (you can find one in any accessory store) and put some gray makeup on your face to accentuate your eyes.
Once again Makeit-loveit.com offers a great guide for making an Artemis costume.
Who does not know about the Greek God Ares? One of the most powerful gods in Greek mythology, Ares was the god of war.
Black leather jacket and pants. With the pants, go for black combat boots to make it look like he’s ready for battle.
His weapon should be a giant spear (buy one or make one out of cardboard). If you don’t want to wear leather, just wear black, red and grey. Red bandana on your head.
However, you can find many alternatives on Ares costumes like this one from inspirationmadesimple.com.
Hermes was the herald of all gods. Also known as the protector of human travelers, thieves, and heralds.
White dress with brown boots. Carry a staff and wear a fake flower around your neck.
Brown makeup on the face, silver jewelry, and wire-rimmed glasses (you can find these at any costume shop).
Ehow.com has created a nice guide on how to make a Hermes costume.
Brother of Zeus and Poseidon, Hades was the god of the underworld.
Black long robes and a crown made from branches. If you don’t want to go for the all-black look, wear some other color that represents death or decay (black is just the easiest option).
Silver makeup on the face with hints of dark blue and red around the mouth and eyes and carry a black flower or a stick.
Heritagecostumes.com has an amazing Hades pre-made costume if you want to have a look.
Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old who discovers he is the son of Poseidon while living in Camp Half-Blood. With the help of his friends, Percy embarks on a quest to steal Zeus’s lightning bolt which will prevent a war between the gods.
There are many different styles of costumes based on iconic scenes from books and movies. Percy’s personality is laid-back most of the time and loves to wear simple outfits such as his orange Camp Half-Blood shirt, denim shorts, brown leather armor, and the necklace of his camp.
Want to go as Harry Potter for Halloween but don’t know how? Here are some easy steps to create your own DIY costume so you can be the wizard in style this Hallow’s Eve.
1) The key item in any authentic HP outfit is the Gryffindor scarf. You won’t find any other models or textures that look quite like it, so just buy a Gryffindor scarf and jazz up the collar with creamy dressings.
2) Spruce up your everyday glasses by adding fake foggers to them and sticking on stickers of red lenses where normally there would be an eyehole (that way they will take on an oval shape).
If on the other hand, you prefer premade costumes, have a look at the captivating Harry Potter Halloween costumes by romper.com
Do Greeks celebrate Halloween?
Halloween is especially popular in America, where it originated. But did you know that there are countries where Halloween is not celebrated at all? In Greece, for example, Halloween is not celebrated at all, and people do not dress up or go trick-or-treating on October 31.
The only reason Greeks know it is celebrated in America and other countries is because of movies and television.
What is “Apokries” in Greece?
Every year, numerous countries around the world celebrate their version of what we refer to as Halloween, Mardi Gras, or Carnival. In Greece, they have their own version of this celebration called “Apokries”.
The Greeks are Christians and Christians experience a period of Lent called “Great Lent”. Originally, this was a highly religious, contemplative period. However, Apokries is a festive tradition meant to give people one last opportunity to enjoy all kinds of pleasures like food before Great Lent begins.
When is Apokries celebrated in Greece?
The Apokries season begins 40 days before the start of the Great Lent and is closely associated with Orthodox Church. The festivities always begin on a Saturday in the church when the Triodion, a holy book, is officially opened. The season officially ends on Clean Monday (“Kathara Deytera”), which is the official beginning of the Great Lent. For the Greeks, this is a public holiday.
If you wanna know more, you will be pleased to hear that we offer several Greek Mythology Online Classes.
Also, you can have the full bundle of 3 online classes for endless fun and numerous activities.
However, if you want to test your knowledge and have a family night together, dare to take an online trivia about the Olympians or the adventures of demigods like Heracles.