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Medusa Costume

Turning BOYS into stone all Halloween night!

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Photo #1 - Turning BOYS into stone all Halloween night! Photo #2 - A close up of Medusa and her slithering snakes! Photo #3 - Practicing that long Medusa stare! Photo #4 - Medusa Photo #5 - In her element! Photo #6 - Medusa


Medusa Liteup HeadpieceMedusa Liteup Headpiece $8.09

12 Rubber Rain Forest Snakes - 14"12 Rubber Rain Forest Snakes - 14" $5.26

Metal Snake ArmbandMetal Snake Armband

Costume type:  Costumes for Girls
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Fictional Character Costumes

This homemade costume for girls entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Carrie, the 'Medusa' costume creator:

My daughter Jailyn totally killed it Halloween night as MEDUSA!

I made a "traditional" toga with some cream fabric, needle and thread just by folding over a yard and a half (similar to wrapping a towel around you!) I sewed gold shimmer ribbon trim to emphasize the slit and around the hem line. I attached velcro as a fastener around her bust -- figuring she needed a little more security than a knot for a night of trick or treating!

Her belt is elastic sequin ribbons that I just fitted and sewed together and her sash is just a semi shear sequin fabric draped over her shoulder-- I also used some scraps to make her a a matching cuff bracelet. Her snake arm cuff was purchased from Party City!

Her hair (which is all hers) was seriously backcombed to get this effect! Her "snakes" are actually made from craft foam/wire stick Christmas decorations! I snipped off the long tube pieces, cut out felt "tongues" and affixed them with a straight pin. I then took the pieces and hot glued them to a headband I already had! I left the hairline section of her hair for last, placed the headband and teased that portion back so the headband was not visible -- it really gave the illusion of snakes coming out!

Her make up was pretty simple! Deep purple "smokey eye", red lip -- I also used the end of a new pencil eraser for her "scales!" I snipped the corners off to make a diamond shape and dipped them into green face paint!

She looved this costume - said it was her favorite yet and definitely played the part with that traditional Medusa tude all night long!

Rating: 4.3 of 5. Votes: 78

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#1 comment by Cecily August 4, 2014

I love her hair. Where did you get the foam for her hair?

#2 comment by Carrie August 5, 2014

Thank you! The hair itself is actually ALL of my daughter's original hair! I just teased it like nobody's business and then sprayed it with green/gray hair spray! The "snakes" are fastened to a headband via hot glue and were actually made from a twirly flower picks from Hobby Lobby- it was in the "Christmas décor" section and had about 3 pieces of twirls on it. I disassembled them, pinned little felt tongues and glued them to the headband! I hope that helps! :)

#3 comment by C.Ichiban September 23, 2014

Wow. What a great idea using flower picks! I've seen some renditions using toy snakes and they're cool but don't look like they are really "coming out" of the head as yours does. I am going to borrow this headband idea. THANK YOU!

#4 comment by barb October 2, 2015

I love the hair and snakes. this is what my granddaughter wants to be this year.

#5 comment by Amanda October 19, 2015

Does anyone know another name for the twirly flower picks or a place where I could buy them besides Hobby Lobby I've been looking for days now

#6 comment by Carrie Cochrane October 20, 2015

You could maybe try a WalMart, Michaels, AC Moore?

#7 comment by Amanda October 20, 2015

Okay thank you but I have asked around at other craft stores and they seem not to know what I'm talking about do you know if there's another name for them

#8 comment by Carrie Cochrane October 21, 2015

At Hobby Lobby they are called mini Christmas floral picks. I was just there this week and they definitely have them. They will be in the Christmas section, usually right next to the seasonal ribbon isle. They will take up almost the entire isle floor to ceiling and there will be a huge variety. I'm sorry I can't be of more help!

#9 comment by Sassy hair October 29, 2015

Luv this idea. You are one creative mom. I am doing this for me, grownup. Best one online.

#10 comment by Mandy October 31, 2015

Thank you for the idea! My 6 year old and I had a blast at our local business trick or treat night as Medusa. I couldn't find the craft sticks that you used for the head peice, but was able to pull it off by recycling a tube light head band (I think we bought it at the circus several years ago!?!?). We found a snake arm band and a Roman coin belt at a local thrift store!!! How random, right!?!? Was meant to be! Too much fun!!!

#11 comment by Ashley September 17, 2016

This is what my daughter wants to be. Do you have a pick of what the pics looked like before you turned them into snakes??

#12 comment by Sherry September 25, 2016

Fabulous!!! My daughter is 7 and wants this. Wish me luck.. I am no seamstress lol. Thx for the pics and idea!!

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