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Fairy Tale Costumes
Be the Fairy Tale!
Join in on the fun by dressing up for your favorite fairy tale! These costumes are suitable for adults and children. You can dress up for Halloween or a fairy tale event at your school. Little girls dream of being a princess while boys want to save the day! You can go for the more traditional costumes such as Snow White, or you can go for a lesser known character such as the Snow Queen or Puss in Boots. Perhaps watching Shrek will inspire your decision. There are a myriad of fairy tale characters to choose from for the tall and small. I hope you enjoy this collection and find a costume for this Halloween.
Find A Great Fairy Tale Costume
I hope you find something that suits your needs. If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate the feedback. Have a great time looking at all of my costume ideas. Do not forget the accessories for you costume. If you do not find something to your liking, then take your inspiration from a favorite book or fairy tale. There are so many great characters out there which would make for truly unique costumes.
The original story of Aladdin is a Middle-Eastern folk tale. It concerns an impoverished young ne'er-do-well named Aladdin, in a Chinese city, who is recruited by a sorcerer from the Maghreb, who passes himself off as the brother of Aladdin's late father, convincing Aladdin and his mother of his goodwill by apparently making arrangements to set up the lad as a wealthy merchant.
Beauty and the Beast Costumes
La Belle et la Bete is a traditional fairy tale. The first published version of the fairy tale was a rendition by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, published in La jeune americaine, et les contes marins in 1740. In the story, a wealthy merchant lived in a mansion with his three daughters, all of whom were very beautiful, but only the youngest, at fourteen, is named Belle for being lovely and pure of heart; her sisters in contrast are wicked and selfish.
"Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper" (French: Cendrillon, ou La petite Pantoufle de Verre; Spanish: Cenicienta, literally greyish) is a classic folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world. The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune.
Frog Prince Costumes
The Frog King or Iron Heinrich (German: Der Froschkonig oder der eiserne Heinrich), also known as The Frog Prince, is a fairy tale, best known through the Brothers Grimm's written version; traditionally it is the first story in their collection. In the tale, a spoiled princess reluctantly befriends a frog (possibly meeting him after dropping a gold ball into his pond), who magically transforms into a handsome prince.
Gingerbread Man Costumes
In the 1875 St. Nicholas tale, a childless old woman bakes a gingerbread boy who leaps from her oven and runs away. The woman and her husband give chase but fail to catch him. The gingerbread boy then outruns several farm workers and farm animals while taunting them with the phrase:
I've run away from a little old woman,
A little old man,
And I can run away from you, I can!
The tale ends with a fox catching and eating the gingerbread boy who cries as he's devoured, "I'm quarter gone...I'm half gone...I'm three-quarters gone...I'm all gone!" - a detail often omitted in subsequent versions.
"The Story of the Three Bears" is a children's story first recorded in narrative form by English author and poet Robert Southey and first published in a volume of his writings in 1837. The same year, writer George Nicol published a version in rhyme based upon Southey's prose tale, with Southey approving the attempt to bring the story more exposure. Both versions tell of three bears and an old woman who trespasses upon their property.
Hansel and Gretel Costumes
Hansel and Gretel (German: Hansel und Gretel) is a fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm. The story follows a young brother and sister who discover a house of candy and cake in the forest and a cannibalistic witch. The tale has been adapted to various media, most notably the opera Hansel und Gretel (1893) by Engelbert Humperdinck and a stop-motion animated feature film based on the opera.
Little Red Ridinghood Costumes
"Little Red Riding Hood", also known as "Little Red Cap", is a famous fairy tale about a young girl and a Big Bad Wolf. The story has been changed considerably in its history and subject to numerous modern adaptations and readings.
Little Mermaid Costumes
"The Little Mermaid" (Danish: Den lille havfrue) is a fairy tale by the Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince. The tale was first published in 1837 and has been adapted to various media including musical theatre and animated film.
Peter Pan Costumes
Peter Pan is a character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie (1860-1937). A mischievous boy who can fly and magically refuses to grow up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Indians, fairies, and pirates, and from time to time meeting ordinary children from the world outside.
Pinocchio is a fictional character that first appeared in 1883, in The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, and has since appeared in many adaptations of that story and others. Carved from a piece of pine by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, he was created as a wooden puppet, but dreamt of becoming a real boy. The name Pinocchio is a Tuscan word meaning "pine nut".
Puss in Boots Costumes
"Master Cat, or Puss in Boots" (early French: Le Maistre Chat, ou Le Chat Botte, literally "The Booted Cat"), commonly known as "Puss in Boots", is a French literary fairy tale about a cat who uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth, and the hand of a princess in marriage for his penniless and low-born master. The tale was written at the close of the seventeenth century by Charles Perrault (1628-1703).
"Rapunzel" is a German fairy tale in the collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm, and first published in 1812 as part of Children's and Household Tales. The Grimm Brothers' story is an adaptation of the fairy tale Persinette by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force originally published in 1698. Its plot has been used and parodied in various media and its best known line ("Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair") is an idiom of popular culture.
Robin Hood Costumes
Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English folklore. A highly skilled archer and swordsman, he is known for "robbing from the rich and giving to the poor," assisted by a group of fellow outlaws known as his "Merry Men." Traditionally in films Robin and his men are depicted wearing Lincoln green clothes.
Robin Hood became a popular folk figure starting in medieval times continuing through modern literature, films, and television. In the earliest sources Robin Hood is a commoner, but he was often later portrayed as an aristocrat wrongfully dispossessed of his lands and made into an outlaw by an unscrupulous sheriff.
The very first recorded Robin Hood rhyme, four lines from the early 15th century, beginning: "Robyn hode in scherewode stod".
Seven Dwarves Costumes
The Seven dwarves seem to be adapted from the fable of Snow White and Rose Red.
Snow was born in a small cottage and lived there with her twin sister Rose Red. The girls find a dwarf, whose long beard is stuck on a tree, who explains that he got stuck while he was getting wood for his tea kettle. Snow then cuts his beard, setting the dwarf free. He gets angry at the girls and pull out a treasure bag from the tree.
Unfortunately the dwarf does not do so well in this story and is eventually killed by a bear befriended by the girls.
Adapted from Wikipedia
Sleeping Beauty Costumes
Sleeping Beauty (French: La Belle au bois dormant, "The Beauty asleep in the wood") is a classic fairy tale which involves a beautiful princess, enchantment and a handsome prince. It is the first in the set published in 1697 by Charles Perrault, Contes de ma Mere l'Oye ("Tales of Mother Goose").
Snow Queen Costumes
The Snow Queen (Danish: Sneedronningen) is a fairy tale by author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). The tale was first published in 1845, and centers on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by a little boy and girl, Kai and Gerda.
Snow White Costumes
Her character is based on two myths recorded by the Brothers Grimm, Snow-White and Rose-Red and the more famous Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Snow was born in a small cottage and lived there with her twin sister Rose Red. In their youth, they were inseparable, swearing to each other that nothing would ever come between them, but fate would separate them and lead to Snow White's adventures. Although, the dwarves in the real tale are not so nice.
Adapted from Wikipedia
Swan Princess Costumes
Swan Lake (Russian: Lebedinoye Ozero) is a ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composed 1875-1876. The scenario, initially in four acts, by Vladimir Begichev and Vasiliy Geltser was fashioned from Russian folk tales as well as an ancient German legend. It tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse.
"Thumbelina" (Danish: Tommelise) is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a thumb-sized girl and her many adventures before falling in love with a flower-fairy prince just her size. "Thumbelina" is mainly Andersen's invention, although he did take inspiration from tales of miniature people such as "Tom Thumb". The tale was first published by C. A. Reitzel on 16 December 1835 in Copenhagen, Denmark with "The Naughty Boy" and "The Traveling Companion" in the second installment of Fairy Tales Told for Children.
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