How to Make a Hercules Costume

Updated November 21, 2016

Hercules is a legendary figure in mythology. Making a Hercules costume is an exciting way to express your creativity and to pack on muscle for your event. Greek folklore describes Hercules as the son of a god, Zeus, and that he was the strongest man ever to roam the face of the Earth. Hercules possessed the strength of a man from his earliest days and eventually became a god himself. Create your costume and rule your party too -- wherever you go.

Cut the sleeves off of an oversized T-shirt. Drape the T-shirt over your body. The T-shirt should stretch down to your mid-thighs or knees. Secure a brown or black belt around your waist.

Wear a pair of brown sandals on your feet. Put brown or black sweatbands around your wrists and one around your head.

Squint your face to make wrinkles in your forehead. Use face paint or eyeliner pencil to darken in the wrinkles to give your face character and age. Brush a thin layer of nontoxic latex glue on the backside of a fake grey beard. Press the beard onto your chin and cheeks. Hold for 30 seconds until the glue dries.

Shade in outlines of muscles on your arms, shoulders and legs. Dab face powder all over your face and body to prevent any paint from smearing.


Visit a costume or make-up store to find latex glue.


Keep scissors and make-up out of the hands of children.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Face and body paint
  • Face powder
  • Latex glue
  • Paint brushes
  • Fake grey beard
  • Oversized brown T-shirt
  • Belt
  • Sandals
  • Wristbands
  • Headband
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Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.