If you search for cyclops costumes you will find a lo more based on the Marvel comic book character then the ancient Greek mythological monster. But here are some of my favorites of the more classical version. Personally I think the cyclops is a great costume idea and you are almost certain to the be the only one who picked it, unlike a lot of flavor-of-the-month costume designs. If you want a cyclops costume there is quite a range of option whether you want to make your own or buy it pre-made.
As cyclops are meant to be giants, it can make sense to use this 'kidnapped' design that is more frequently used for designed like 'mermaid captured by a fisherman'. This example was ingenuously cobbled together using a backpack, tights and papier mache.
For a slightly more subtle effect you can use a glue-on prosthetic which looks more like a deformity than a mythical being. Some prosthetics just add the cyclops eye and leave you eyes uncovered. I guess you can either be a super three eyed cyclops or walk around with your eyes closed?
Masks and Head Pieces
here are a number of rubber masks made in the shape of a cyclops. A full face or half-mask neatly deals with the issue of adding one eye while conceal two others... For example:
- Costume Center mask and tunic
- Death Studios Mask
- Halloween half mask
- Paper Magic bearded mask
- Schlitze mask
- Toynk mask, costume and club
For a more classical look I would suggest pairing the mask with a costume or bed-sheet toga. Classical accessories might include a crude club, toys sheep or a net full of Barbie "victims".
You don't really have to go to great lengths to make your own mask. A simple blank mask (or even just some cardboard), full or half face can easily be adapted. Just cover the eye holes with mesh or loosely woven cloth that you will be able to see through. Then affix a 'googly' eye or doll's eye of your choice. Any extra feature can be added with papier mache, clay or putty.
One of the more famous recent fictional cyclops is Leela from the cartoon show Futurama.
Cyclops figures appear in a range of cultures so you might be lucky enough to find something like this Balinese wooden mask.
Unusual Modern Variants
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If you have made or worn a cyclops costume I would love to link to or feature it, just let me know.