How to Make an Ebenezer Scrooge Costume

Updated February 21, 2017

Charles Dickens' story "A Christmas Carol" has been retold through dozens of movies, cartoons, musicals and parodies. Each interpretation features the miserly old grouch Ebenezer Scrooge -- or a similar incarnate -- encountering the spirits of Christmas past, present and future. Since most of the tale takes place at night, an appropriate Scrooge costume consists of 19th century nightclothes and accessories.

Put on a grey-haired wig if your natural hair isn't shaggy and grey. If you have shaggy hair, you can spray in temporary white or grey hairspray or rub white baby powder through your hair instead of buying a wig. Gray and white hairspray are available at costume stores, Halloween stores and some alternative clothing stores.

Wear an ankle-length plain white nightshirt or gown with long sleeves and a matching long white nightcap. Wear basic, no-frills garments made from natural fibres to evoke the clothing worn in the 19th century. Pair your nightshirt and cap with a plain grey, black or brown pair of house slippers.

Wear a pair of wire-rimmed glasses with thin, round frames and small lenses. Place them close to the end of your nose.

Carry a small, old-fashioned candlestick with an attached saucer and loop for your index finger to go through. These types of candlesticks were commonly carried around at night in the days before electricity. Light a candle and place it in the candlestick, or use a battery-operated faux candle.


Walk around hunched over, carrying a cane. If impractical to carry both a cane and a candle, use whichever accessory you like best.

Things You'll Need

  • Grey-haired wig, white hairspray or white powder
  • White nightshirt or gown
  • Long, white nightcap
  • Grey, brown or black slippers
  • Wire-rimmed glasses
  • Candlestick and candle
  • Cane
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Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.