Purim costumes for parents? Why NOT?
Be honest: would your kids LIKE you to wear a Purim costume? The younger ones probably would think it’s a hoot. The older ones want you to be invisible, anyway.
So why not plan to play with the kids this year?
If you do, PLEASE share a picture with us! We’d love to see – and get inspired for next year.
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I Need to Dress Up This Year
I have to create a simple costume for myself this year, not to wear with our kiddoes (sadly, we won’t be with the grands for Purim), but for synagogue.
Given that, I figured that I might as well brainstorm easy costumes for myself – and maybe they would work for you, too.
So far, my favorite thought is to “pretend” I’m a baker – and wear an apron I own and buy a chef hat that coordinates. In a quick online search, I discovered that I could easily find white and black chef hats, along with a fun red gingham check hat. (I’m leaning toward the gingham hat, black apron, black jeans.)
Quick Purim Costume for Adults
As you begin to ponder, think about using the same principles we talked about in last week’s post about costumes for the little ones, Purim is Coming! Costumes First: Big shirts. Hats. Thrift shops. Pillowcase shapes. Jewelry. Make-up.
My husband is much taller than I am, so a button-down from his closet could be a dress for me. Lots of possibilities here.
Hats We Might Own
- Baseball caps – add a team t-shirt and sneakers
- Fishing hat – tie some flies or bobbers to the hat brim and shirt pocket
Hats We Could Buy
- Black top hat – pair that with a tuxedo shirt and black pants; if you have a bow-tie, your outfit is ready
- Crown – put that on with a flowy dress or skirt; if you don’t have any sparkly clothes, add some sparkly jewelry
- Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat hat – wear this with black top and jeans; add a red bow tie (which could even be made out of wide red ribbon)
- Greek god/goddess – cut arm and head holes from an old white pillowcase to make the perfect toga; just add a rope belt and maybe a crown of leaves you glue together from a craft store
- Dice – as above, cut arm and head holes from an old white pillowcase and use a black permanent marker to draw dots in various dice-layout combos
Jewelry & Make-up
If you’re lucky enough to own gaudy costume jewelry, pull out several pieces and dub yourself Queen Esther. For our Passover re-enactment of the Exodus (in our home), I do dress up – a long, flowy dress or skirt, sandals (because, of course, we’re in the desert!), and too much make-up, plus a necklace from Israel.
With make-up, you can become anything you like. Google this and you’ll find many hideous choices (think vampire or skeleton), as well as pretty images. Like a sweet deer (eyebrow pencil on eyebrows, under eyes, and down the nose). Or an intricate spider’s web (over one eye). Or a simple cat (eyeliner and eyebrow pencil for exaggerated eyes, whiskers and nose).
Need More Inspiration? More Resources Here
Check out our Purim Pinterest page.
And click on these blog posts from our archives:
Purim Fun for Little Kids – Love the idea here for making a nature crown.
Not Too Late to Make an Easy Purim Costume – Scroll down to the 5-minute ideas, like using am oversize collared shirt. That with a belt and some make-up . . . and you’ve got a costume.
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Happy Purim Brainstorming!
Since I wrote this post, I’ve come up with an alternate costume idea. Will try to take a picture to share with you. Please share your costumes with us!