Assemble an Archangel Michael Costume
Michael the Archangel: A Unique Halloween Costume
Last year, my three-year-old son announced to me that he wanted to be Michael for Halloween. I knew immediately that he did not mean someone we knew named Michael; he was talking about the super-cool, awesome, glowing angel named Michael from the Bible. My son had seen Michael in a CBN Superbook video. I wondered how in the world I was going to come up with that kind of costume! Searches in Party City, Target, Walmart, and other places turned up nothing except generic angels with flowing white robes. Most were too feminine-looking. Those wouldn't do at all. Looking online turned up nothing different. So I set out to create the costume on my own, knowing that I am not particularly crafty and don't sew well. It had to be easy. It had to be relatively durable, since a three-year-old boy was going to wear it, and likely to be jumping around and "flying" in it! This lens will tell you how I did it so you can put together a Michael costume on your own!
Photo Credit: http://orthodoxwiki.org/Archangel_Michael
What Does Michael Look Like?
As I mentioned, Michael is not usually depicted as your typical flowing-robe-angel-in-the-choir. In the Bible, a much stronger and more intimidating picture of Michael is painted in Joshua 5:13-14 (NIV):
“Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, ‘Are you for us, or for our enemies?’ ‘Neither,’ he replied, ‘but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.’”
The commander of the army of the Lord has got to be one fierce-looking dude! He is a soldier, clearly. Artists over the years have painted Michael with armor and wings and in various victorious poses. A friend of mine suggested that I look online for a photo of Raphael’s painting of Michael. Click the picture to see the Wikipedia page about this awesome painting by one of the Masters.
Pulling the Costume Together
I finally decided that the best look to try to emulate would be that of a Roman Centurion with wings. This would include the armor, the sword, the wings, and an outfit consisting of some combination of redn, blue, and white. The CBN video (featured below, if you keep scrolling down) shows Michael as wearing all white with gold armor. I think this is the best look for the costume, personally, but was unable to find white sweatpants for my son in time for Halloween. Jeans and a white turtleneck were sufficient.
I bought the armor at Dollar Tree, with each piece costing $1.00. The helmet was not really needed for the Michael costume, but I went ahead and got it anyway, knowing that my son would love having a full set of armor for dress-up. I was right! In fact, he insisted on wearing the helmet with the face shield raised on Halloween. I purchased the sword at Walmart. I don’t recall the brand, but swords like this one are plentiful around Halloween. The wings were a bit more difficult. I ended up finding them at Party City. They worked great but have left a trail of feathers around my house over the last year! Many of the wings that would fit a small child look extremely feminine, so the ones I got for my son were adult wings with elastic shoulder bands to hold them on. I made knots in the bands to shorten them for him.
So, in short, the costume elements were: jeans, white or navy blue turtleneck, wings, sword, breastplate, arm plates, shield (or trick or treat bucket!), and optional helmet.
If I had had more time or were planning to put the costume together again, I believe I would include the following: wings, white shirt, white sweatpants, white shoes, sword, the same armor as listed above, and find some gold shin plates to match the armor.
I believe a simpler way would also be to purchase a child’s Roman Soldier costume and some wings.
The Simplest Way
Purchase a child's Roman Soldier costume and a pair of wings!
Armor and Clothes
Roman Centurion Costumes
If you choose to go the easier route (which I would do, if I ever make this costume again!), pick out a Roman Centurion costume and put some wings over the back!
Buy one, or use a sewing pattern and make one!
The movie that started it all . . . - CBN Animation's In the Beginning
My son got the idea for his Michael costume from watching a movie about God's creation of Earth.
You can click the link below to see a scene from the movie featuring Michael!
Did you notice Michael's fiery sword? My son thought it was especially amazing and told me he wanted a "fired sword" just like Michael's! At the end, I did not deliver on this, I'm afraid. Of course, I would never have put real fire in my three-year-old's hands, anyway! But I had planned to cut out some "flames" from yellow and orange construction paper and attach them to the sword with tape. I forgot to do this when he actually wore the costume. Mommy fail!! But he still loved the costume. And he still watches the movie, too.
- Click here and select "In the Beginning" to buy the movie.
This is the link to find a copy of the movie for yourself. A gift to CBN of $25 will deliver. You can also call 800-759-0700 to order.
- See the scene with Michael here.
Click this link to see a 30-second scene from the movie, "In the Beginning." You can see where my son got the inspiration for his costume!