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Grim Reaper Halloween Costumes

Updated on April 20, 2016

Grim Reaper

The Grim Reaper has always been a compelling character to people, as sooner or later we start to think of death and who we are going to meet on the beginning of that journey.

So at Halloween time, there is always that darker element lingering in the background, and the foreboding Grim Reaper is at the top of the list of those wishing to present the ominous sense of death being at our doorstep by dressing as the Grim Reaper himself.

Because of the simplicity surrounding the figure of the Grim Reaper, it also lends itself to being a costume that is not too difficult to make by hand if you're at all crafty. I'll give you a few ideas on that later if that's the direction you want to go.

Whether you buy a costume or make one though, the Grim Reaper is a prime Halloween costume that always works. One thing you can do to differentiate is add some type of secondary theme to the outfit so you aren't one of the regular Grim Reapers which is sure to make an appearance at a Halloween party.

By that I mean being a Grim Reaper maybe with a specific target audience, e.g. cowboys. How about the Reaper wearing a cowboy hat, or something like that? That would help you stand out from the others. Now you're a gatherer of western souls and not only a general fisher of souls approaching death.

Grim Reaper Costumes to Buy

Grim Reaper Costumes

I thought these two Grim Reaper costumes were great, but also funny. Funny in that they represent to me the choices we always have before us. For example, would that be paper or plastic? or, Do you want white or wheat? When I saw the two costumes I could picture someone about to die, and being offered the choice of a Grim Reaper with a black outfit or a white one to take them away.

Black or White Grim Reaper?

Grim Reaper with Scythe

Below is a good example of a fairly easy Grim Reaper costume to make. Unless you're really good at making things, having a commercially made skeleton mask and skeleton hands, if you can, are essential. As you can see, making a scythe isn't' too difficult, and can still look pretty decent as the Grim Reaper.

Homemade Grim Reaper Costume

Homemade Grim Reaper Costume

As mentioned above, it isn't that difficult to design a Grim Reaper costume.

There are a couple of ways to go about it, depending on what you may have on hand or can spend at a used store to get what you need for the costume.

For example, if you have some material on hand to make a robe that will cover all of you down to the foot, that is all you would need for that part of the costume.

If it can't cover all of you, wearing a pair of black pants and a black shirt will hide any of the background needed to provide more authenticity so everything will be black.

Also essential will be a skeleton mask, as well as a pair of skeleton hands if you have them or can get hold of them.

Finally, to be a Grim Reaper demands you have a scythe. There's just no getting around it. You could make that out of any number of materials. I would recommend making the blade part of the scythe as least shiny in some way, as it's just part of what is expected with the look of the Reaper.

Also think of the hood over your head and how it covers you, along with the mask. If too much of the skin is showing (especially if you're light skinned) you will want to darken it in so it looks more real.

Grim Reaper Mask and Hood

Costume of Grim Reaper

What I liked about the Grim Reaper costume below is the inclusion of the hair. That's one of those small things you can do to differentiate in case there may be other Grim Reapers at the party. Also that gold trim looks pretty cool: A well-dressed Grim Reaper to take you on your final journey.

Handmade Grim Reaper Costume

I added this handmade Grim Reaper costume to let you see how it would look. It was interesting to see the choice of materials to use for the scythe, but it wouldn't be difficult to add something shiny, or even paint in with some metallic coating to liven it up.

Even without the skeleton mask and skeleton gloves it doesn't look too bad at all.

Grim Reaper Costume with Scythe

Grim Reaper Mascot Costume

Finally, we have this Grim Reaper mascot costume. Look at the height of that sucker. I don't know if I would open the door to hand out candy on that one. But let's face it. If you can get your hands on one of these, it's highly unlikely you'll need to be concerned about someone else showing up with the same costume.

Large Grim Reaper Costume

Grim Reaper Halloween Costumes

That was a lot of fun looking at the various types of Grim Reaper costumes and accessories out there. As I said, because they're so popular and assuming it's something important to you, just add a little touch of something different to the costume in order to stand out on your own.

Either that, or you can simply acquire a pre-made Grim Reaper costume, which will stand out very well at any Halloween or costume party.


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