Fancy Dress Costumes – Mythological Characters

Looking for interesting mythological costumes for your child's Fancy Dress Competition? We have a great selection for you.

By Aarthi Arun

Fancy Dress Costumes – Mythological Characters

In India, mythology is an integral part of our lives. We have all heard mythical stories from our grandparents from a very young age. These powerful stories not only entertain us, but also teach us a lot about our culture and traditions. More importantly, they teach valuable lessons like being honest, doing the right thing and standing up for family and friends.

But most of us look lost when our child wants to take part in a fancy dress competition inspired by mythological characters. With our ideas for costumes of some famous mythological characters from Rama to Sai Baba, you don’t need to worry anymore.

Hanuman fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Red cloth for dhoti (with gold border)
  • 2 – 3 long beaded chains (at least one with white beads)
  • Rounded wooden stick (3 – 4 feet long)
  • Newspaper
  • Glue gun
  • Gold paper
  • Chart paper
  • Elastic thread
  • Sequins
  • Red lipstick
  • Stapler
  • A pair of scissors

How to make a Hanuman fancy dress:

  1. For the crown, trace the outline on the chart paper and cut it out. Paste the gold paper on it.
  2. Make holes on either side to attach the elastic thread so the crown can be worn easily.
  3. Decorate the crown with sequins.
  4. For the mace, crush newspaper together to make a large ball. Cover with gold paper giving it a smooth finish.
  5. Cover the stick with gold paper. Attach the paper ball to one end of the stick using the glue gun.
  6. Twist newspaper lengthwise to make a long tail. Twist red cloth over it (tail must be stiff).
  7. For the armlets and anklets, cut four broad strips of the chart paper and cover with gold paper. Ends can be stapled together when tying them to the arms and ankles.
  8. To put together the costume, drape the dhoti (to cover only up to the knees) onto your child; then make him wear the crown, armlets and chains.
  9. Attach the tail on to the back.
  10. Draw thick lines above and below the lips using red lipstick.

Dialogue to say:

“Jai Shri Ram; Jai Shri Ram! I’m Hanuman. I’m strong and I can fly.”

Ganesha fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Two pieces of red cloth (with gold border) for the dhoti and to drape over the shoulders
  • Chart paper
  • Paint
  • Elastic thread
  • Gold paper
  • Stapler
  • A pair of scissors

How to make a Ganesha fancy dress:

  1. On the chart paper, trace the outline of the face of Lord Ganesha for the mask. If you can’t draw well, you can also use an old picture of Lord Ganesha to make the outline. Cut along the lines of the outline and paint it with details. Alternatively, you can also stick a picture onto chart paper and cut it out.
  2. Make holes on either side to attach the elastic thread so the mask can be worn easily.
  3. For the armlets and anklets, cut four broad strips of the chart paper and cover with gold paper. The ends can be stapled together when placing on the arms and ankles.
  4. To put the Ganesha fancy dress together, first drape the dhoti onto your child. Then, drape the other piece of cloth over the shoulders. Finally, make your child wear the mask.

Dialogue to say:

“Ganpati Bappa Moriya! I’m Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles and the God of all beginnings.”

Lord Shiva fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A black blanket
  • Brown and yellow acrylic paint
  • A soft toy snake
  • A brown fabric belt
  • A brown T-shirt
  • A pair of brown trousers
  • A pair of scissors

How to make a Lord Shiva fancy dress:

  1. Measure your child's body, and cut twice the size from the black bedsheet. To make the tunic, fold the blanket in half, and glue along the sides leaving space for the armholes.
  2. Paint a camouflage pattern using the brown and yellow acrylic paint. Cut fringes along the edge of the tunic.
  3. Your child can transform into Shiva by wearing the brown T-shirt, trousers, tunic and the belt. Fix the snake around his neck to complete the look.

Dialogue to say:

“My Disciple...
I am impressed by your severe penance
What do you wish for?”

Murugan fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A blue sleeveless T-shirt
  • A white dhoti with zari border
  • Yellow chart paper
  • Rhinestones in red, green and blue
  • A roll of yarn
  • Ornaments like necklace and bangles
  • Gold glitter
  • A peacock feather

How to make a Murugan fancy dress:

  1. To make the crown, download a template from the Internet and cut the chart paper accordingly.
  2. Using the glue, sprinkle the gold glitter all around the crown, and fix the rhinestones and the feather in the centre.
  3. Fix the yarn to the edge of the crown.
  4. Your child can wear the dhoti and the T-shirt, together with the crown and the ornaments.

Dialogue to say:

“I am Lord Muruga, the God of War;
My weapon is a trident, and my mount is a peacock.”

Sri Rama fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A beige sleeveless T-shirt
  • Saffron dhoti and towel
  • A thick stick that is slightly bent
  • A twig
  • A small piece of cardboard
  • Nylon string
  • Gold-coloured washi tape
  • A hair donut bun
  • A pair of scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Hairpins
  • A roll of black yarn
  • A rudraksha mala

How to make a Sri Rama fancy dress:

  1. Tie the nylon string to either end of the stick to make it resemble a bow.
  2. Wrap the washi tape around the stick to decorate the bow.
  3. Glue a tiny triangular piece of cardboard to one end of the twig to make it look like an arrow. Wrap the washi tape around the remaining part of the twig. The arrow is now ready.
  4. Attach the black yarn around the hair donut bun to resemble long hair. You can secure this bun on your child's head with hairpins.
  5. Let your child wear the costume and the rudraksha mala. Let him hold the bow and arrow to get the Rama look.

Dialogue to say:

“I am Rama;
I love my family very much and
I believe in upholding dharma.”

Sita fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Saffron-coloured cloth to drape as a sari
  • Saffron blouse and skirt
  • Flowers strung together to be worn as a garland and on the wrists

How to make a Sita fancy dress:

  1. Make your child wear the blouse and skirt. Then, drape the sari with the pallu covering the head.
  2. The child can wear the flower garland around the neck and the wrists.

Dialogue to say:

“I’m Sita, divine goddess and wife of Lord Rama.”

Ganga fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A white embellished frock or ethnic dress
  • Pearl jewellery like maang tikka, necklace, bangles, and so on
  • Blue rhinestones
  • Silver tulle fabric
  • Hot glue
  • A pair of scissors

How to make a Ganga fancy dress:

  1. Cut strips of tulle fabric and glue them around the dress to make it shimmer like water.
  2. Glue the blue rhinestones all over the dress.
  3. Once your child wears this dress, adorn her with the jewellery and do a simple make-up.

Dialogue to say:

“I am Ganga.
I am a symbol of purity;
People are purified when they take a dip in my waters.
Please take of me and don't pollute me!”

Ravana fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A black sleeveless T-shirt
  • A black dhoti with zari border
  • Yellow chart paper
  • Rhinestones in red, green and blue
  • A roll of black yarn
  • Jewels like necklace and bangles
  • Gold glitter
  • Glue

How to make a Ravana fancy dress:

  1. To make the crown, download a template from the Internet and cut the chart paper accordingly.
  2. Glue gold glitter all over the crown, along with the rhinestones.
  3. Glue the yarn to the edge of the crown to resemble long flowing hair.
  4. Cut 9 circles from the chart paper and draw faces on them. Glue black yarn as hair. Stick the faces to the back of the crown.
  5. Your child can wear the dhoti and the T-shirt, and put on the crown and ornaments to turn into the ten-headed Ravana.

Dialogue to say:

“Ha ha ha! I am Ravana!
I am a devotee of Lord Shiva.
But, my ego went on to my head;
And that led me to my downfall;
Remember to be humble.”

Meerabai fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A saffron sari and a matching blouse
  • Rudraksha mala
  • An empty coconut shell
  • A stick
  • Nylon string
  • A small piece of cardboard
  • Golden washi tape
  • A tambourine

How to make a Meerabai fancy dress:

  1. To make the ektara, glue a circular piece of cardboard to the coconut shell, covering it.
  2. Glue the stick to the coconut shell.
  3. Glue a small piece of cardboard in the centre of the shell. Glue another piece at the end of the stick. Attach the nylon string between the two pieces of cardboard.
  4. Decorate the ektara with the golden washi tape and other embellishments.
  5. Drape the sari onto your child, and she can carry the ektara and tambourine like Meerabai.

Dialogue to say:

Sing 'Mere To Giridhar Gopal' song

Munivar fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A beige sleeveless T-shirt
  • Saffron dhoti and towel
  • A hair donut bun
  • A pair of scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Hairpins
  • A roll of black yarn
  • A rudraksha mala

How to make a Munivar fancy dress:

  1. Attach the black yarn around the hair donut bun, resembling long hair. You can secure this bun on your child's head with hairpins.
  2. Your child can wear the costume and rudraksha mala to get the Munivar look.

Dialogue to say:

“I am Sage ____;
I have done severe penance.
Here's my advice to you –
Be good and do good.”

Sai Baba fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Saffron kurta
  • Saffron trousers
  • Saffron fabric (to tie around the head like a bandana)
  • White felt fabric
  • A roll of white yarn
  • Hot glue
  • A pair of scissors
  • A bowl

How to make a Sai Baba fancy dress:

  1. To make the beard, place the felt over your child's face and outline her mouth and jawline.
  2. Cut out the shape you have outlined, leaving an opening for the mouth.
  3. Cut the yarn accordingly and glue the moustache and beard to the felt. Add the elastic, so that your child can wear it around his face.
  4. With the saffron costume, bandana and beard, your child will look exactly like Sai Baba. He can carry a bowl in one hand.

Dialogue to say:

“Life is a song – sing it.
Life is a game – play it.
Life is a challenge – meet it.
Life is a dream – realise it.
Life is a sacrifice – offer it.
Life is love – enjoy it!”

About the author:

Written by Aarthi Arun on 27 January 2020

Aarthi Arun is a writer from Chennai, who currently calls Toronto her home. Although she has donned many hats, from a photographer to a librarian to a software engineer, she has learnt the most in the role of a mother. With her 6-year-old son Kathir, she loves going on long walks, building LEGO blocks and reading adventurous stories.

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