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Once Upon a Time Costume Ideas for Fairytale Land Characters

Updated on January 8, 2015

Once Upon a Time Costume Ideas

Once Upon a Time Costume Ideas
Once Upon a Time Costume Ideas | Source

Dress Like Your Favorite Fairytale Land Character

With so many unique twists on classic fairy tale characters, Once Upon a Time (OUAT) has given us new costume ideas for Halloween.

OUAT Fans may want to show their devotion to the ABC show by dressing up as their favorite character for the next costume party or for Halloween.

Choosing one favorite OUAT character may be difficult since there are so many unique main characters and supporting characters from which to choose for a costume for the next costume party.

This lens will focus on the costumes for classic characters from the Fairytale Land. With so many different fairy tale stories being reinterpreted there are many new costume ideas from which to choose.

For costumes of the modern day characters from the Storybrook Town of Once Upon a Time see the accompanying lens Once Upon a Time Costume Ideas for Storybrooke Characters.

Explore with me the potential Once Upon a Time Character costume ideas for making your own OUAT costume or using pre-made clothes and dresses along with make up tutorials that I was able to find to create a special Fairytale land costume look.

If there is a Once Upon a Time Fairytale Town character that you are interested in that I haven't included yet, let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can figure out about that costume and post the information.

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time - The Show Premise

The Once Upon a Time Cast helps to explain the Once Upon a Time premise from ABCNetwork.

Behind the Fairy Tale - Video Clip

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The hardest choice is choosing between modern day Storybrooke or one of the classic fairy tale characters from the Fairytale world.

Note: Emma Swan's Costume is on the Once Upon a Time Costume Ideas for Storybrooke Characters.

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Once Upon a Time Characters

From left to right Meghan Ory (Red Riding Hood) Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen), Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming or James), Emilie de Ravin (Belle) and Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin)
From left to right Meghan Ory (Red Riding Hood) Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen), Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming or James), Emilie de Ravin (Belle) and Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin) | Source

Fairytale Land Characters

I started off with the main characters but have added Red, Belle, Cinderella, the Mad Hatter and Maleficent for fun and by request.

  1. The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla)
  2. Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin)
  3. Prince Charming or James (Josh Dallas)
  4. Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle)
  5. Red Riding Hood (Meghan Ory)
  6. Belle (Emilie de Ravin)
  7. Cinderella (Jessy Schram)
  8. The Mad Hatter (Sebastian Stan)
  9. Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten)

The Purpose of Fairy Tales

The cast and writers of Once Upon a Time discuss the purpose of fairy tales and how they are using these old fairy tales to teach lessons and offer a sense of hope by ABCNetwork

The Purpose of Fairy Tales - Video

Dressing Like a Fairytale Town Character

Dressing up like one of the Fairytale town characters is challenging because of Emmy nominated costume designer, Eduardo Castro amazingly detailed designs. His character designs are not the traditional Disney ones that come to mind, re-imagining many of our fairy tale classic characters (e.g. Snow White, Belle, Cinderella) and created new costume styles for their look.

I've gone through the different main Fairytale Town characters, looked at their iconic costumes, pulled the costume pieces that I can find from Amazon and sewing patterns for the ones that are more unique (e.g. Rumpelstiltskin and the Evil Queen).

The next challenge is trying to decide which character to dress up like. Will you choose Snow White, Bell, Red Riding Hood or Cinderella? Would you prefer going as the Evil Queen herself? Perhaps you might choose one of the fairies.

Men can choose from Prince Charming, Rumpelstiltskin, the Mad Hatter, the Genie or a host of other characters like the different dwarfs from Snow White.

The Evil Queen

Lana Parrilla

The Evil Queen

The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla)
The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) | Source

The Evil Queen Costume Ideas

Lana Parrilla does a superb job in creating the Evil Queen from Once Upon a Time. Her portrayal of Snow White's stepmother is sinister, sultry, smoldering and sexy all at the same time.

The look of the Evil Queen is a bit Gothic, a bit lacy and chic. Costume designer, Eduardo Castro combines a lot of leather and lace like the outfit in the promo pictures or form the picture on the road below to create the Evil Queen's costumes.

To start recreating the Evil Queen's look, get a Long Leather Coat Dress or a Matrix Costume Jacket and overlay with Black Lace Fabric. Put on a leather or faux leather corset, Faux leather leggings and a pair of over-the-knee boots.

Her coat can be made using the Matrix style coat patterns from Simplicity Pattern 5386 or Vogue Pattern V1266, being sure to emphasize the leather and lace combinations. For the coat version used in the Evil Queen on the Road version from the Hansel and Gretel episode ("True North"), add a Victorian Cape Pattern on top or attached to the coat.

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Once Upon a Time Evil Queen Costumes

The Evil Queen on the Road

The Evil Queen and Guardsmen
The Evil Queen and Guardsmen | Source

The Evil Queen - Closeup

The Evil Queen's Headdress
The Evil Queen's Headdress | Source

Evil Queen Headdress Ideas

Keeping with the sultry, smoldering and sexy look for the Evil Queen, Castro has designed this fabulous headpiece for her to wear. Done in exquisite lace appliques, combs and black flowers, this headdress creates a stunning look for Lana Parrilla.

Recreating her headdress can be done using black lace appliques and black combs. Sew three of the lace appliques together to create the lace band on her forehead and use the leftover lace to cover a black comb.

For the ponytail holder you could start with a black Monte Cristo or Barcelona headwraps or a Black Lace Elastic ScrapBand or a thicker Black Hair Clip Tool cover with black appliques and edge with Black Venice Lace Trim. For a slightly more whimsical ponytail holder use a Black Feather Hair Scrunchy. Don't forget the ponytail wig if you need one.

Finish off this sexy, sultry and sinister look by clipping on a Black Rose and Feathers Hair Clip.

Evil Queen Headdress from Once Upon a Time on ABC

The Evil Queen Makeup Tutorials

Makeup tutorials for Once Upon a Time's Evil Queen from MakeupByMelby, admiralkathryn, MakeupPtInt, glossypinklipgloss and formidableartistry.

Makeup for Once Upon a Time Tutorials

Snow White - "Snow"

Ginnifer Goodwin

Snow White as a Huntsman

Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin)
Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) | Source

Once Upon a Time Snow White Woods Costume

My favorite look for Snow White, played by Ginnifer Goodwin, is Snow White more as the Huntsman, wearing forest colored practical clothes as once she has become a fugitive hiding from her stepmother, the Evil Queen.

To create Snow's Huntswoman look, start with a a peasant blouse and a pair of tan knickers or riding pants. Pull on a pair of riding boots.

To recreate her vest take a suede vest like Moxie Equestrian Ladies Vest, a Women's Faux Suede Vest

or even a Moxie Equestrian Ladies Vest and embellish the vest with Faux Camel Colored Fur Fabric or a Faux Sheepskin Fur Pelt to create Snow's hunter vest look.

Top the vest with a leather belt, Gray Wool Cape or a Hooded Wool Cape and long suede gloves.

Don't forget to carry the Artificial Red Apple, the forced 'gift' from the Evil Queen to complete this look.

See the helpful make up tutorials to get Snow White's make up look.

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Snow White and the Evil Queen

Snow White and the Evil Queen
Snow White and the Evil Queen | Source

Snow White as a Princess

Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin)
Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) | Source

Once Upon a Time Snow White Princess Costume

Snow White's Princess Costume is one that is likely to be copied or replicated by OUAT fans. For this princess look Snow wears a long white dress with a plain bodice top and feather accents in the skirt. To complete this look she wears a pair of long opera-length gloves.

The best dress that I could find that recreates the flowing, fluffy feel of Snow White's dress is the Organza White Dress from Zeilei 1979 or White Ruffle Long Dress, both of which are sleeveless. These ruffled skirts are not made of feathers, but it does bring a flow to the skirt. The Ruched Charmeuse Gown with Tiered Feathered Skirt does have feathers, but is a shorter version.

To quickly simulate Snow White's dress, start with a premade white dress in a similar style and pattern (several different possibilities are included below) and add layers of white feathers to the skirt.

For those wanting to recreate the dress, Vogue Pattern 9595 prom dress or New Look Pattern 6020 are good basics for making the Snow's feathery, swan-like dress. Use a white satin fabric and add on layers of white feathers.

Image from Once Upon a Time on Facebook

Snow White Makeup Tutorial

Makeup tutorials for Once Upon a Time's Snow White by MakeupByMelby, admiralkathryn, formidableartistry and geogirl007.

Prince Charming - James

Josh Dallas

Prince Charming or James

Prince Charming (Josh Dallas)
Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) | Source

Prince Charming Costume Ideas

Prince Charming, played by Josh Dallas, doesn't always look so princely, as with this costume from the season 2 promos. He looks more like a swordsman than a prince.

Charming wears a leather doublet that looks more like a vest with sleeves. The 16th-17th century doublet pattern or the 18th century cavalier doublet pattern would be good starting places for making Charming's vest with sleeves.

He also wears a banded collar shirt, leather gloves and leather pants or chaps and leather boots. For his gloves use any basic black glove or gauntlets (longer Medieval style) like the Enforcer Leather Gauntlets / Gloves. He appears to be wearing Suede Half Chaps over his boots to get the looks.

There are several options for the pants. One easy way to get Charming's pants is to wear a pair of leather pants or make a pair of breeches using the 18th Century Button Fly Breeches Pattern or the Broadfall Drop Front Breeches Pattern.

Remember to bring along your vanquishing sword and hang it from a medieval sword hanger and your princely attitude.

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Prince Charming and Snow

Prince Charming and Snow White
Prince Charming and Snow White | Source

Rumpelstiltskin

Robert Carlyle

Rumplestiltskin - The Crocodile

Rumplestiltskin (Robert Caryle)
Rumplestiltskin (Robert Caryle) | Source

Rumpelstiltskin Costume Ideas

Robert Caryle's transformation from Mr. Gold to Rumpelstiltskin is one of the more striking changes in the show. He tells fans that it takes two hours to get all of the make up on to become Rumpelstiltskin, another 20 minutes to get into the lace up boots and then he has to add the nails and the contact lenses.

Rumpelstiltskin's costume is filled with all kinds of details, one that takes a keen eye and lots of patience to recreate. He wears a long jacket, an under jacket, pants and lace up boots.

Rumpel wears a long brown coat that has been embellished with alligator or crocodile skin. The top is a doublet pattern that has been embellished with snake skins. The doublet is worn over a deep red/burgundy shirt.

Rupmpel wears dark leather pants. The Men's Leather Pants with Side Laces LP901 would be a way to start with some premade pants or you could make a pair of breeches using an 18th century styled breeches pattern.

For boots, especially if you are female, you could go with a pair of Black Laced Thigh High Boot Tops to recreate his lace up boots.

Be sure to look at Eveningarwen's Rumpelstiltskin costume that she created for her fiancé.

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More on Rumplestiltskin's Costume

Interviews with Robert Carlyle about what it takes to become Rumplestiltskin along with several fans who have done their own Rumplestiltskin costumes.

Rumpelstiltskin Sitting

Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin | Source

Rumplestiltskin in Gold

Rumpelstiltskin Poster
Rumpelstiltskin Poster | Source

Rumpelstiltskin Makeup

When Mr. Gold transforms into his fairytale town counterpart, Rumpelstiltskin, the gold permeates his character. His skin is gold, his nails are gold and even his eyes take on a golden brown hue.

In the video clip below LaDracul has done a remarkable job of reproducing the Rumpel make up.

To get Rumpel's gold face and hands use a metallic gold face paint like the Snazarro Gold Face Paint or Kyrolan Gold Face Paint mixed with a bit of sand to get the gritty skin textures. You may end up feeling a bit like the old James Bond character, Goldfinger.

Recreating his gold nails may be a bit easier. Because they are so thick and dense use Professional Fake Metallic Nails and apply them to the fingers. To build up even more nail layers paint them with gold nail polish.

Rumpelstiltskin Poster available on Amazon

Rumpelstiltskin Makeup Tutorials

Makeup Tutorial for Once Upon a Time's Rumpelstiltskin from LaDracul.

Love is the most powerful magic of all.

Rumplestiltskin Spinning
Rumplestiltskin Spinning | Source

Red Riding Hood

Meghan Ory

Red Riding Hood or Red

Red Riding Hood (Meghan Ory)
Red Riding Hood (Meghan Ory) | Source

Once Upon a Time Red Riding Hood Costume

I remember gasping a bit the first time I saw the OUAT version of Red Riding Hood's Costume. Costume designer Eduardo Castro had done an amazing job reinterpreting and updating the Red Riding Hood Costume.

What struck me the most about Red's costume is that it was such an elegant contrast to her Storybrooke character of Ruby both played by Meghan Ory. With Red we get to see how beautiful the actress is.

To recreate Red's costume one needs the Red Hooded Cape, a long red skirt and a peasant blouse. What make be the most noticeable is her fitted vest and long red leather gloves.

For the vest the premade Renaissance Costume Bodice or the Renaissance Medieval Vest would be good premade options. The Renaissance Beer Maiden Bodice Pattern would allow you to make your own custom vest in a beautiful brocade fabric.

To finish up Red Riding Hood's look add a pair of red, garnet or burgundy leather gloves like Grandoe's Full Length Leather Gloves in deep red or the Solo Classe Italian Leather Gloves in garnet or burgundy.

Image from Once Upon a Time on Facebook

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood from Once Upon a Time
Red Riding Hood from Once Upon a Time | Source

Red's Magical Red Cloak

Red's Cloak possess magical powers. It helps keep her from turning into a wolf (yes, Red is the wolf) during the full moon. The cloak is a blood red to a burgundy red color, darker than the more traditional Red Riding Hood costume cloaks.

It you look at Red's pictures at the OUAT ABC site or the OUAT Wikia you will see that there have been several different versions of her red cloak. Here are several cloaks that would work well for recreating Red's Costume.

Easy Renaissance Bodice Pattern

Easy Renaissance Adjustable Bodice Pattern
Easy Renaissance Adjustable Bodice Pattern

To create Red Riding Hood's look lengthen this bodice pattern in the front and add buttons to the front.

 

Red Riding Hood Makeup Tutorials

Makeup Tutorials for Once Upon a Time's Red Riding Hood from MakeupByMelby and admiralkathryn.

Belle

Emilie de Ravin

Belle (from Beauty and the Beast)

Belle (Emilie de Ravin)
Belle (Emilie de Ravin) | Source

Once Upon a Time Belle Costume Ideas

Belle's character, played by Emilie de Ravin, is shown in two main costumes in Fairytale land.

When we first meet her in the bar, she is in a blue dress that looks much like a German or Austrian dirndl. The closest premade dress that I could find was the Tavern Oktoberfest Costume which is a similar shape, but darker color. Belle's blue dress could be made using a dirndl pattern with light blue fabric and wearing it with a peasant blouse.

Belle's light yellow dress, seen to the right, is much more reminiscent of Belle's dress from Disney "Beauty and the Beast" although this version is lighter in color and with beautiful gold applique lace edgings at the off the shoulder neckline. Simplicity Pattern 1875 recreates the the dress fairly well just with lengthening out the hemline. Simplicity Pattern 2250 is another close match with a bit different detailing in the bodice. Make the dress out of a light yellow fabric and add in gold lace appliques.

To help visualize the dress a bit more closely, I've linked in several articles with closer images of the dress to help with the detailing.

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Views of Belle's Yellow Costume

These are some of the articles online that have posted pictures with the details of Belle's yellow dress.

Belle at the Bar

Bell in the Bar with Grumpy
Bell in the Bar with Grumpy | Source

Once Upon a Time Belle Dirndl Costume

No one decides my fate but me.

Belle from Once Upon a Time
Belle from Once Upon a Time | Source

Once Upon a Time Belle Makeup Tutorial

Makeup tutorial for Once Upon a Time's Belle by MakeupByMelby

Cinderella

Jessy Schram

Once Upon a Time Cinderella Costume Ideas

Perhaps the most stunning gown created for the show is Castro's reinterpretation of the blue dress for Once Upon a Time's Cinderella. Of course, I am partial to blue.

In looking for blue fabric I found an embroidered blue bridal fabric shown below, a light blue Duchess satin fabric or the light blue satin fabric that was used for Belle's Bar dress seen above.

The fitted bodice top or bustier-style of the gown can be made using Kwik Sew K3166 Bustier Sewing Pattern or for a more demure look Kwik Sew 3850 Misses Bustiers Pattern and just extending the bodice down to a "V" point in the front. For the skirt, finish the dress up using Simplicity Sewing Pattern 5006 Misses.

Blue flowers are used to embellish the dress straps, creating a floral sleeve. The Petaloo blue velvet hydrangeas or the blue fabric flower embellishments could be used to decorate the dress straps. Another option would be using the May Arts 1-1/2-Inch Wide Ribbon with Light Blue Sheer Flowers or any blue silk hydrangea flowers.

Cinderella finishes up her going-to-the-ball look with a crystal tiara (the Crystal Bridal Tiara one is close) and a pair of long white opera gloves.

Close up of Cinderella's Ball Gown from Once Upon a Time on ABC

Once Upon a Time Cinderella Costume

Cinderella from Once Upon a Time

Cinderella's Ball Gown
Cinderella's Ball Gown | Source

Once Upon a Time Cinderella Makeup Tutorial

Makeup tutorial for Once Upon a Time's Cinderella by MakeupByMelby

The Mad Hatter

Sebastian Stan

Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter
Mad Hatter | Source

The Mad Hatter Costume Ideas

Put Jefferson on the other lens

The guards catch up with him and take him to the Queen of Hearts. She beheads him, yet he is still alive.

She tells him that if he wants his body back, he must tell her what happened with him and Regina.

He does and he is given his body back. He is told that he needs to make another hat to leave.

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Once Upon a Time Mad Hatter Costume

The Mad Hatter on Once Upon a Time

What's Crazier than Seeing an Not Believing?
What's Crazier than Seeing an Not Believing? | Source

More Mad Hatter Costume Ideas

The Mad Hatter is based on the Alice in Wonderland Character and has had several different versions of the costume created. If you want to see how to make you own Mad Hatter hat, be sure to look at the "Make a Mad Hatter Hat" hub.

Maleficent

Kristin Bauer van Straten

Maleficent in her Finery

Whoever Created that Monstrosity Makes the Two of Us Look Positively Moral
Whoever Created that Monstrosity Makes the Two of Us Look Positively Moral | Source

Whoever Created that Monstrosity Makes the Two of Us Look Positively Moral

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More Once Upon a Time Costume Ideas

Here are some other costume ideas from the Storybrook side of Once Upon a Time.

Once Upon a Time Cast

From left to right: Jamie Dornan (Sheriff Graham), Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen),Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming or James), Robert Carlyle (Rumpelstiltskin), Jared S. Gilmore (Henry Mills)  Jennnifer Morrison (Emma Swan)
From left to right: Jamie Dornan (Sheriff Graham), Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen),Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming or James), Robert Carlyle (Rumpelstiltskin), Jared S. Gilmore (Henry Mills) Jennnifer Morrison (Emma Swan) | Source

Main Storybrooke Town Characters

  1. Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison)
  2. Henry Mills (Jared S. Gilmore)
  3. Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan)
  4. Regina Mills (Lana Parrilla)
  5. Mary Margaret Blanchard (Ginnifer Goodwin)
  6. David Nolan (Josh Dallas)
  7. Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle)

More Halloween Costume Ideas

Some other costume ideas for other characters

Which Once Upon a Time Costume will you be creating?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 2 years ago from Northern California

      Great idea. I created the page in Season 2 before the Peter Pan story arc.

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      clara 2 years ago

      why not adding peter pan for both genres

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 3 years ago from Northern California

      @sierradawn lm: Thank you. I'd love to wear many of these outfits as well. The costume design people for the show are doing wonderfully.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I would wear the Red Riding Hood outfit all year 'round. And all of evil queen outfits are so deliciously sinful! I want all of those. I think I would sit around and think up places to wear these outfits so I could wear them all of the time! Gorgeous Lens!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @notsuperstitious1: That's who my daughter chose for last Halloween. We found her a great red jacket.

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      Edith Rose 4 years ago from Canada

      I would like to find a red jacket and go as Emma

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Emma and Ruby best and I know what I'm doing for Halloween next year... :3

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      TrixiPix 4 years ago

      Some gorgeous ideas here - very inspiring!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @NausetViews: With the new season they will be introducing even more new characters to choose from for costumes.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Boston

      You shared a lot of really good costume ideas. The possibilities are almost endless with the great costumes they use on this show.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @RichLeighHD: Thank Rich. The costumes on the show are amazing. I did my best to find ways for fans to recreate them at home.

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      RichLeighHD 4 years ago

      Clearly a lot of time and effort went into this one. Great lens.

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