How to Make a Scary Goblin Halloween Costume

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How to Make a Scary Goblin Halloween Costume
Pointy ears are a main characteristic of goblins. (goblin graphic image by Jesse-lee Lang from

Goblins are mythical creatures of folklore known for their malicious tricks and mischief making. As creatures that inhabit caves, forests and homes, goblins are usually seen wearing muted earth tones. Some goblins are also portrayed as fearsome warriors who don themselves in leather and armour. Due to their gruesome appearance, goblins are a popular costume choice for those who want to be scary on Halloween. You can create a goblin costume at home with several easily acquired items.

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Things you need

  • Green long-sleeved shirt
  • Brown vest
  • Skull beads
  • Needle
  • Brown thread
  • Brown skirt or brown cloth
  • Safety pin
  • Scissors
  • Green trousers or tights
  • Brown leather belt
  • Brown boots
  • Goblin mask or green face paint
  • Make-up sponge
  • Make-up brush
  • Plastic sword

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  1. 1

    Choose a green long-sleeved shirt as your base.

  2. 2

    Sew a row of skull beads along the edge of each side of a brown vest. The skull beads can be spaced as close or as far apart as you desire. If the vest already has buttons, cut the buttons off and replace them with the skull beads. Layer the vest over the long-sleeved shirt.

  3. 3

    Buy or make a brown, mid-thigh length skirt. If you are making the skirt, purchase enough brown cloth to wrap around your waist. Make a skirt from a pattern purchased at a fabric store, or wrap the cloth around your waist and fasten the cloth together with a safety pin.

  4. 4

    Cut the bottom of the skirt into tattered points. Cut the points shorter on each side and leave the skirt longer in the front and back. This gives the skirt a battle-worn appearance. Wear a pair of green trousers or tights underneath the skirt.

  5. 5

    Sew a skull bead onto each side of the belt buckle on a brown leather belt. Fasten the belt over the skirt and around your waist. Make sure the belt covers the safety pin if you are using one to keep the skirt closed.

  6. 6

    Wear a pair of brown boots on your feet. If you do not have brown boots, you can use black boots or other types of brown shoes.

  7. 7

    Purchase a goblin mask from a local or online retail store for the scariest goblin look. Alternatively, you can purchase a pair of pointy elf ears and green face paint. Wear the elf ears around your head. Smear the green paint over your face with your fingers or a make-up sponge. Use a make-up brush to draw dark circles around your eyes and long horizontal lines across your forehead with darker green or black face paint. Colour your lips with either dark green or black face paint.

  8. 8

    Complete the costume with a plastic sword.

Tips and warnings

  • For the best results, try to find a vest or skirt that looks similar to leather.
  • You do not have to use the skulls beads. The beads are optional and used to create a warrior look.
  • If you are using the green face paint, be sure to test it first for allergic reactions. Smear a small amount of the paint on the inside of your wrist 24 hours before applying the make-up on your face.

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