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The Grim Reaper Robe and Its Many Halloween Costume Options

Updated on October 17, 2014
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Jeannie is a huge fan of Halloween and loves everything that is ghoulish. You can often find her reading or writing horror stories.

Grim Reaper Robe
Grim Reaper Robe | Source

Grim Reaper Robe

You may not realize it, but a basic Grim Reaper robe will give you many Halloween costume options. Typically, Grim Reaper robes are pretty inexpensive. I just recently bought one for only $20 and it is pretty decent. You can probably pay a little more to get a better quality robe, if you choose to do so. With so many Halloween costume options available, it is a good buy no matter what.

In this hub, I would like to explore some of your many Halloween costume options, such as:

  • Grim Reaper
  • Graveyard Monster
  • Dementor (from Harry Potter)
  • Black Hooded Catacombs Dweller (from As Above, So Below)
  • Wise Old Wizard
  • Ghostface (from Scream)

A Grim Reaper Robe - So Many Possibilities!

Grim Reaper

It goes without saying the most obvious Halloween costume for a Grim Reaper robe is a Grim Reaper. If you buy the robe, you will want to add the addition of the scythe or sickle to your look. You can easily find them in any Halloween shop or costume store for about 8 bucks. They are usually in the weapon section sitting with the fake chainsaws, devil's pitchfork, and swords.

The great thing about being the Grim Reaper is you can wear some ghoulish makeup or a frightening mask. I've seen the Grim Reaper's face look like a skeleton, a ghost, or even completely blacked out. You can be as creative as you'd like with your face.

Graveyard Monster

Sometimes you can be creative with a Grim Reaper robe. Lately I've been seeing a lot of ghoulish masks that are sure to frighten anyone. However, they do not necessarily fall into any particularly category. I would say you can take a ghoulish mask, throw on a black robe, and be a Graveyard Monster.

Let's face it, we are all a little scared of graveyards at night. What is more terrifying than a monster that roams around the graveyard at night? What is great about this idea is you can go with any type of mask or makeup that frightens you. Ghosts and skeleton masks are perfect for this costume.

A Black Mask to Hide Your Face


Do you love the Harry Potter movies, but you don't want to go with one of the "good" characters? After all, this is Halloween and what a perfect time to be evil. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you know nothing is scarier than a Dementor.

A Dementor is considered one of the foulest creatures to roam the world. The Dementors guard Askaban prison and suck the happiness right out of you. If they have a chance, they will take your soul. The last thing you want is a Dementor's Kiss.

A Dementor costume is not hard to do. A Grim Reaper robe and a blacked out face will do it. For the face, I would recommend getting one of those black spandex masks you can breathe through. I personally would not even consider trying to use that much black makeup on my pale face, but if you are much darker than me, you might have some success.

Harry's First Experience with a Dementor

"I am coming for you..."
"I am coming for you..." | Source

Catacombs Dweller

This year, one of the most popular Halloween costumes will be Annabelle or an evil doll costume. Demon dolls are just all the rage this year! If you want to go with something a little more obscure, don't dress like a character from the movie, Annabelle. Instead, you can dress like a character from the movie, As Above, So Below. So far, I know no one that is aiming for that look this Halloween.

Spoiler Alert - If you've seen the movie, you have seen the black hooded dwellers that lurk in the catacombs. You can easily put on your black robe and a scary mask, and be one of these creatures. No one really knows who or what they are, so your options are pretty wide open. A plain grey or white mask will probably do best. Will you be scary? Yes! Will you be different? Sure!

Catacombs Dweller Appears at 38 or 39 Seconds Into Clip

You Can Be a Wizard!

Wise Old Wizard

Maybe you don't want to be super creepy this Halloween, but you still want to make the most of your Grim Reaper robe. That is cool. You can be a wise old wizard this Halloween!

With a long, white beard (hey, maybe you already have a long, white beard) you can look like a wise wizard in no time. In fact, if you happen to have an old Santa Claus beard, you can simply wear that. Instead of throwing on the Santa hat, you can wear the black robe instead. Now you are getting the most use out of your Santa beard, too.



My favorite movie is Scream, so this Halloween costume has a special place in my heart. This year for Halloween, you can be Ghostface from Scream! Ghostface is actually played by a different person (or people) in each movie, but the mask pretty much remains the same.

You can buy a Ghostface mask at pretty much any retailer now. I even found one in the dollar section of a store, which is why I own a Scream mask. Combine that mask with a Grim Reaper robe and you can pretty much relive your fondest Scream moments... just make sure to use a fake, plastic knife!

Final Suggestions

In all honesty, there is no stopping your Grim Reaper costume possibilities. You could be an old, haggard witch lady that stopped wearing a witch hat. You could opt to be a vampire or a cult member. For that matter, you could even be a Grime Reaper. You could bring a bucket of cleaning supplies with you to rid the world of grime everywhere you go! There are many wacky, scary, and weird options.

Aside from character options, you also have many choices for how to wear your Grim Reaper robe. You can keep the hood up all night if it seems like that is best for the look you are creating. That is also a good idea if it is cold or raining. You could choose to keep the hood down for characters like the wizard. I found that my Grim Reaper robe has a large hood, so I could use it to completely cover my face. In some ways, that is way easier than actually wearing a mask. A black Grim Reaper robe is great addition to your Halloween wardrobe.

Happy Halloween!

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I always have problems with "desperate" and "separate." I don't understand why one has an "e" in the middle, but the other has an "a" in the same spot. It doesn't seem right to me even though they are two different and unrelated words. Not sure why I can't get that straight without double checking the spelling.

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    Robert E Smith 3 years ago from Rochester, New York

    Jeannieinabottle you are a great writer. Just wanted you to know. The mistake I make over and over is WIS-DOME instead of wisdom. (See there I did it again!... backspace erase "e") It's as if I subconsciously wish to refer to the fact my shiny bald head is makes me smarter, or something. Bob.

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    No worries, I kept accidentally typing Grime Reaper, so then I added it as an idea. A Grime Reaper would be pretty funny. Thanks for the votes!

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    Robert E Smith 3 years ago from Rochester, New York

    You're right, it is a bunch of very good characters that really don't look half bad with that one piece of clothing as the start. hahaha. I also got a kick out of your typo (that I hope you will keep in this article) "grime reaper." It is the essence of children having fun, to be grime reapers. If mentioning that is discourteous please delete this comment and I will definitely write another without the comment. But it was just too precious not to mention. I voted up and awesome!

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks, FlourishAnyway. I would have never thought of that. I think I might even have an old graduation robe. Now if I can only find it, I will have another option for Halloween. :-)

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    FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

    Great ideas. I have recycled black graduation robes for the same purpose and they were plenty convincing.