Classics Halloween Costumes
A Practical Guide
The scariest day of the year is upcoming, and what could be more festive than dressing up in a costume that evokes not just a person, but an entire society that’s dead? We’ve compiled some helpful costume ideas for our fellow frightening Classicists who are looking for something slightly more original than a bed sheet toga (we, of course, include bed sheet togas, but like, with other accessories too).
Mutilated herm: Wear a large cardboard box with your head stuck out the top. Add some scribbles around the midpoint.
Catalectic: Hold a fake severed foot and wear a long pair of pants that covers one foot.
Exclusus amator: Lie outside your doorstep. Leave your keys inside.
Supine: Just lie prone on the floor all night.
Green and yellow: Green shirt + yellow bottoms.
Sisyphus: Get a cheap, large beach ball. Cover it in brown paper bags. Wear no clothes and a pained expression on your face.
Tarquinius Priscus: Wear a hat with a bird perched atop it.
Servius Tullius: Set yourself on fire.
Apocolocyntosis: Wear a pumpkin on your head.
Dependent clause: Claws + pick a person to follow around all night.
Independent clause: Claws + ‘Murica
Fear clause: Claws + scary makeup + μή and ne on either side of your shirt.
Sirens: Wear red flashing lights and carry a boombox softly playing “Lovefool” by The Cardigans.
Furies: Rend your clothes and hair. Dance stiffly while flinging blood about the room. Best for a group of women, or a group of women chasing one man.
Athenian jury: For groups of 1,001 or more. Must have an odd number.
Naufragium: Fill the entire room with water. Construct two ships. Split the group between the ships, with a few people left to play corpses in the water, and a few people to play the spectators.
Bugonia: One person wears white with black spots (the dead cow), and the rest wear black and yellow (the spontaneously generated bees).
Intervocalic sigma rhotacizing:
Medusa + Perseus
Medusa + Perseus.tufts.edu: Same as above, but with a URL attached
A red and a green Loeb: Works best when one partner is a Latinist and the other a Hellenist
Digamma: Each person tapes a piece of paper to their shirt with an upside-down “L”
Copulative/linking verb: Bathrobes and a pair of handcuffs.
City mouse and country mouse: Two sets of mouse ears, one farmer, one socialite.
Ripped toga + intact toga + needle and thread: Euripides and Eumenides
Toga + sunglasses + cane: Appius Claudius Caecus
Toga + female mask + fake blood: Publius Clodius Pulcher and the Bona Dea Scandal
Toga + bloodless knife + dejected affect: The 24th senator who just missed the Caesar stabbing
Toga + show up two or three hours late to the party: Fabius Maximus Cunctator
Tori Lee has yet to wear a bedsheet toga to a party, but she could be convinced.