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Leprechaun Costumes for St. Patrick's Day

Updated on February 11, 2014
Leprechaun Costumes are one way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
Leprechaun Costumes are one way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! | Source

It's All About the Green -- And the Gold

If you'd like to do more than just go green for St. Patrick's Day, why not consider dressing up as a leprechaun? What a fun way to get into the St. Paddy's Day spirit! Attend a parade while wearing a costume, or better yet, be in the parade while wearing your costume! There's tons of fun to be had, so let loose and enjoy the day with your friends and family -- whether you're Irish or not.

This page will help you to find a costume to wear for St. Patrick's Day as well as giving you some history about leprechauns and their significance as Irish myth.

So let your (red!) hair down, don some green, and get ready to party leprechaun-style!

Leprechaun Hats are the first step to a great costume for St. Patrick's Day!
Leprechaun Hats are the first step to a great costume for St. Patrick's Day! | Source
St. Patty Bowler with Clover by elope
St. Patty Bowler with Clover by elope

I'm personally fond of the bowler-hat style of Leprechaun hat, but it's not your only option! See below for a top-hat version of the Leprechaun Hat!

 

The Top: Your Leprechaun Hat

Your leprechaun costume starts with a hat. This hat is basically essential to your St. Paddy's day costuming, even if you choose not to dress as a leprechaun, so choose one carefully. They come in two basic styles, the bower hat (below right) and the top hat (below bottom).

The bowler hat has a more traditional feel than the top-hat, and comes in cheaper (and thus less expensive) versions because they are generally made of plastic. These can be obtained from shops like Party City as well as online through stores like Amazon. Products available on this page are from Amazon.

Choose a hat that suits you and is comfortable on your head. Make sure that its fit will allow you to wear it all day unless you plan on dumping it at some point during the festivities. Some hats aren't meant to last for years, but you should be prepared to wear it throughout the day at least.

This bowler hat (right) is made of polyester and cotton and is therefore of a higher quality than what you will be able to purchase from (for example) Party City. It is also more expensive, so if you're looking to save money, check out the party stores.

Forum St. Patrick's Day Costume Party Felt Leprechaun Hat, Green, One Size
Forum St. Patrick's Day Costume Party Felt Leprechaun Hat, Green, One Size

This hat is an affordably priced option with high Amazon ratings, if you're looking for the top-hat style! Remember, however, that affordable may also mean "cheap" in some cases, so buy with caution.

 
Your Leprechaun Costume should also include a beard!
Your Leprechaun Costume should also include a beard! | Source
Irish Leprechaun Red Beard
Irish Leprechaun Red Beard

You will also need a leprechaun beard! This brown beard comes standard, but many sold on Amazon are orange and come with the hats attached, so browse around to find the right one that you really want before buying!

 

Get Your Leprechaun Beard for St. Patrick's Day

The next step to putting together a fantastic St. Patrick's Day costume is to get the beard for your Leprechaun. Some come attached to the hats, but these may be inconvenient due to the fact that the beard can become scratchy and when attached to the hat it's uncomfortable to remove.

A separate beard is preferred, but you can of course always look to see what's available on Amazon or at your local party store. Follow the link through to the right to browse Amazon, or check out Party City or your local party shoppe for what they have in stock.

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Dressing as a Leprechaun isn't the Only Way to Go Green for St. Paddy's Day!

It's traditional to wear green for St. Patrick's Day, so if you're looking to have a traditional celebration, make sure that you dress up in one way or another, because it's also traditional to give a friendly pinch to anybody caught not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day. Especially if you live in a highly Irish area, wearing green is almost mandatory!

So if you don't want to dress as a Leprechaun, make sure that you're donning green for the occasion. You can bet that the Chicago River will be!

Leprechaun Garden Gnome
Leprechaun Garden Gnome | Source
Garden Gnome Leprechaun
Garden Gnome Leprechaun | Source

What is a Leprechaun?

In Irish folklore, a Leprechaun is a type of mischievous sprite that haunts homes (and in particular attics and basements) and causes all sorts of problems for the people inhabiting the home. Like all faeries in Celtic Folklore, they aren't happy little Disney fairies, but are a frequently malevolent spirit.

For those who are choosing to dress as leprechauns for St. Patrick's Day, the idea of course is to represent Ireland, but bear in mind that these are not considered friendly spirits in any way, shape or form.

Legend also says, of course, that anyone who is lucky or tricky enough to capture a leprechaun can barter his freedom for his pot of gold, or for three wishes.

Leprechauns Smoke Pipes, Doncha Know?

Leprechauns smoke pipes.
Leprechauns smoke pipes. | Source
Extra Long Churchwarden Tobacco Pipe 14" - With Indian Spirit Feathers & Beads - Hand Made
Extra Long Churchwarden Tobacco Pipe 14" - With Indian Spirit Feathers & Beads - Hand Made

The long-stemmed pipe is the best design for your costume, if you want to dress as a leprechaun for St. Patrick's Day. This pipe doesn't come cheap, but if you smoke a pipe it might be worth it!

 

Add a Pipe to Your Leprechaun Costume

In many depictions, leprechauns are smoking pipes. A long-stemmed pipe such as the one available on Amazon (to the right) would be very suitable for your costume. This one is relatively costly, but less expensive items are generally only available as add-ons.

You could try your local smoke shoppe to see what they have available to you in person, but if you wish to order online, you can always add the pipe onto another order.

The Leprechaun Clothing for your St. Patrick's Day Costume

Your costume needs to be finished off. You can't just do it with props, you know!

Black dress pants would do well for this costume. There should be no need to purchase something new for the occasion (unless you want to buy a complete costume below). Dress shoes will also fit this ensemble, but make sure they're comfortable if you're going to be doing a lot of standing.

A dress shirt underneath a vest will suffice. Choose something in yellow or green (black will also work) and then top this with a costume jacket to finish off your costume.

Alternatively, You can Purchase a Complete Leprechaun Costume for St. Patrick's Day

If you don't want to piece together your costume little by little, you can always opt to purchase a complete costume! Costume shoppes (or party stores) should have these available for you to buy in-store, or you can make your purchase on Amazon through the links below. The listed costumes are high quality, and if they aren't in the sizes that you need, you can browse through Amazon to find the right one.

Have fun choosing!

InCharacter Costumes Men's Lucky Leprechaun Costume, Green/Gold/White, X-Large
InCharacter Costumes Men's Lucky Leprechaun Costume, Green/Gold/White, X-Large

This men's costume comes with great reviews on Amazon! A nicely put together costume that will go over well at any St. Patrick's Day party!

 
Leprechaun Costume - Large - Dress Size 11-13
Leprechaun Costume - Large - Dress Size 11-13

This cute women's costume may be a little bit on the risque side for some celebrants, but the costume could be potentially altered a bit to be more discreet. The female equivalent to the above male costume.

 

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Dressing Your Child for St. Patrick's Day

Some people like to dress their children up as leprechauns for St. Patrick's Day, as evidenced by the abundance of children's costumes available online. While you're welcome to make this choice for your child, it may not be appropriate.

The girl's costumes are as risque, in general, as the costumes for adult women, and one must remember that leprechauns are frightening creatures, not benevolent at all.

It may be better to give your child a "pot o' gold" to fill up with coins or candy throughout the days festivities instead of dressing him or her up. The costumes may be uncomfortable as well, and if you don't want to be in costume all day, neither does your child.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Thank you so much, Rose!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a fun idea! You've covered everything here.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Thank you Eddy!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Yes, the garden gnome leprechauns are quite interesting. If I was into collecting garden gnomes, I'd choose them, just to be a bit unique with it.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      I've never done it either, but I think folklore is just so much fun. Love the garden gnome leprechauns!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I haven't worn a leprechaun outfit ever, but I might do it one day! These look like a lot of fun and I could probably start this year with a token hat. Voted awesome ;)