ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Mythical Creature Costumes

Updated on December 19, 2017

Are you tired of seeing the same costumes over and over? Ghost, sexy pirate, movie character. Would you like to try something a bit different? Mythical creatures are a great basis for a costume because it is something new, and yet well known and instantly recognizable. Because there is nothing worse than having to explain your costume all night. (Am I right?).

An Old Tradition

Arguably our oldest traditions of costume go back into prehistory. People would dress as real and mythical animals to connect with the cycles of natural and mysterious powers that controlled life and death. even in these frivolous times there is a serious under-current to dressing in costume and mythical beast are a theme that connects us to our culture and out past.

Costume Pages

My own culture is largely European and Scandinavian, so I have developed more information about creature costumes from this cultural background. However I would encourage you to investigate creatures that dwell in your own cultural history, just remember that where there is a living traditional and belief in an entity it is very important to show appropriate respect.

Source

What is better, Handmade or Bought?

Some people really enjoy expressing themselves or creating something unique. And there is no topping a masterpiece, like a centaur costume with moving legs or mermaid costume you can actually swim in. On the other hand, it is possible to overdo things for a casual party and leave your friends more bemused than impressed.

My opinion is that there is nothing wrong with purchasing a costume, you just have to be a little careful. Costumes in your local store tend to be at the lower price points and the most popular designs. Thus you can run the risk of having a cheap-looking costume, and not being the only Jack Sparrow at the party.

However online venues offer a much wide range and quality of costumes. If you look carefully at the reviews and get a costume with clear sizing and materials you can get something that looks good and stands out from the crowd. If you further personalise the costume with make-up, styling and accessories you can come up with a costume people will remember years later!

Specialist Costumes

Husky fursuit
Husky fursuit

Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

And Remember....

Costumes are not just for Halloween, there are lots of fun reasons to dress up, including:

  • Charity events
  • Rave parties
  • Themed parties and masquerades

So keep a few good costumes on hand and you could be the life of the party, any time of the year!

Animals in Costumes

Source

A word about sexy costumes:

For women, costumes have been tending to get smaller and more 'sexy'. Sexy costumes can be a great idea for an evening party with a few close friends or an appropriate setting with like-minded people like a rave.

But keep in mind that costumes may not be particularly well-made and well-fitting. They might start in more of less decent shape, but end up rather more revealing than you really intended. A small costume may not be a good idea if you are going to a day time party, mixing with workmate, employers or clients, or planning to have a few drinks in the presence of people with cameras. Also costumes made of cheaper material may be more translucent as viewed by a camera with a flash than you had realized.

I would suggesting having a sexy and non-sexy option on hand, or a costume with a removeable layer revealing a more risque version. Then you will be... well, 'covered' for any eventuality (such as the unexpected arrival of your rather religious boss at the neighborhood party).

Bibliography

  • Eason, C. (2008). Fabulous creatures, mythical monsters, and animal power symbols: a handbook. Greenwood Publishing Group.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)