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Ideas for a Granny Costume

Updated April 17, 2017

Dressing up in a granny costume is a creative Halloween idea for a child or adult. If your granny has a sense of humour, wearing a granny costume at a birthday party or family event is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Creating a granny costume can be very inexpensive and easy to make. The items you need can be purchased at a local thrift shop or costume shop.

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The wig is an important part of the Granny costume. The wig should be grey or white and can be short and curly or long and tied back into a bun. A wig can be purchased at a costume or novelty supply shop. If you have long hair, you can tie your own hair into a bun and spray temporary hair colour over your head. Temporary hair colour can also be purchased at a novelty shop.


You can purchase a granny outfit at a local thrift shop. Look for a loose fitting dress that falls right below the knee. Look for anything with a floral print or something that looks very old-fashioned. The dress should button all the way up the front. A long nightgown is a possible choice as well. Search through the racks of a thrift shop for something you could picture an older lady wearing.


If you chose a dress that exposes your calves, wear a pair of old boots that lace and stockings. The stockings can be knee-high length, but let them fall down to the boots. If you chose a nightgown, wear a pair of slippers. Wear a pair of reading glasses and old-fashioned jewelery, like pearls. Walk with a cane if you can find one, and continuously straighten the glasses on your face when you're dressed in costume. Carry a large purse on your shoulder. Keep peppermints in the purse and hand them out to people.

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About the Author

Abigail O'Connell is a freelance writer based in Louisville, Ky., and has been writing since 2009. She has been published in a local alternative weekly and has also been featured on O'Connell is a recent graduate of Indiana University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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