The wearing of the green on St. Patrick’s Day is traditional, but traditional can be boring. If you’d like to spice up the action at St. Patrick’s Day-themed events, here are some costumes for the whole family which will bring a little more festivity to the occasion.
St. Patrick – Visit a Catholic store in your area for traditional priest’s vestments in green. Sometimes used vestments are available at a lower price. Add a walking stick or staff and hold a shamrock (used for teaching about the Holy Trinity) and you will look like Saint himself. It would be appropriate to behave in a saintly manner when wearing this getup.
Snake – There are no snakes in Ireland, and St. Patrick has historically been given credit for driving them out of the country. An easy snake costume can be made by dressing entirely in black, and then wrapping a long plush snake available in many children’s toy stores around the midsection of the body.
Leprechaun – This funny-looking small man dressed in green with pointed ears and a red beard is a symbol of Ireland. Leprechaun costumes are great for children as they are leprechaun-sized in stature. Green jacket, knickers, knee high white socks and a tall green hat with a faux red beard are all you need.
Pot of Gold – Wear a wide black skirt with black suspenders over black leggings and a gold sequin shirt, and you will look like a Leprechaun’s pot of gold. Hang a few faux gold coins from your waistband to increase the effect of this easy to put together costume.
Shamrock – Starting with a solid colored green swimsuit or body suit, an easy shamrock costume can be made by attaching two hand cut green felt leaves of the shamrock over the front of the shoulders and a third over the stomach. The three leaves should touch in the center. A green stem made from green yarn can trail from the third leaf. Green stockings can be added in colder climates.
Costumes shouldn’t have to cost a fortune. Visit some local thrift shops to pick up the various necessary pieces, and work together as a family to pull together these easy but fun costumes. You will find that the planning will be as much entertainment as the wearing of these costumes at St. Patrick’s Day events.