Perhaps the strongest civilization in history was the powerful society recreated with Roman Halloween costumes. Widely available in costume stores, by mail order or as rental costumes, these may be historically correct or you can add your own personality to the design with accessories. Dress as a famous ruler of the time, be a brutish and brave gladiator or a spoiled and demanding lady of the era. The Roman Halloween costumes provide an opportunity for expression and for learning.
Information is available to help you create a totally realistic and historically accurate design. You may choose to spend a significant amount or choose replicated accessories that mimic the real thing while keeping the cost at a reasonable level. Many props can be constructed from inexpensive items yet appear historically accurate to the period.
Inspiration can be found in history books and other texts as well as in films. Many people have seen Russell Crowe in the film Gladiator, released in 2000. This top rated Ridley Scott film provides a wealth of visuals from Roman times. A quick internet search will produce a number of sites dedicated to the history and specific aspects of ancient Rome, including the culture’s attire!
The basic item of your design will be a robe of some sort. This robe may be as simple as a draped sheet that bares both arms and perhaps one shoulder or you might have a bathrobe that will serve the purpose. You can get fancy with purchased fabrics and sew your own robe or gown or buy a ready made Toga available in a nearby college town. Purchasing a garment may be costly but will serve you well if you plan to use your Roman Halloween costumes for more than one occasion or for several years of trick or treat.
The Roman gladiators were highly regarded for their skills in the fighting arena. Even today, the lives of these deadly men are glorified. If you are seeking a hint of brutish strength and bloodthirsty violence in your Halloween look, consider the Roman gladiator.
The weapons used by gladiators ranged from Roman style swords and daggers to lances, harpoons and scimitars. They carried shields and are often shown with wide leather bands that crisscross their muscular bare chests. Many of the weapons can be made with simple items such as cardboard and painted to appear “”real””. Footwear most commonly shown are sandals with leather straps or ties wound up the leg and tied just below the knee.
If you plan to use an actual metal replica, remember to be careful. Swordplay is generally not recommended in someone’s home, even outside it can be dangerous with children and others running around. Always have a place to safely stow your weapon where young ones cannot get to it.
Relive ancient Roman times and be as historically correct as you wish with Roman Halloween costumes. The muscled gladiator, famous characters such as Caesar, sashaying nobles or simple slave of this time in history is a way to show off your knowledge of this famous society that fell into ruin so long ago. Edited by Hetsil Protage