Mary costume


Hello everyone,

I was hoping that I can get some ideas of how to make a Mary costume for my daughter. She is hoping to go this year as Our Lady of Lourdes. I am aware that I will have to make it. I just need a simple patter idea for the dress and an idea of how to keep the mantel on her head.

If anyone has done this before or if anyone just has some ideas I will greatly appericate it.

Thank you


I’m not sure how to make the costume, but I know you can keep the mantel on her head, using bobby-pins or hair clips like these.


I don’t really know how to sew, but my mother made many costumes for my sisters and myself. If you can find a simple pattern for a loose dress or an angel costume, you could use that. Then take a big piece of white material to drape over her head, possibly attaching with bobby pins, or glueing/sewing it to a headband of some sort. And of course a blue ribbon to tie at the waist. Hope this helps!


for the dress the basic caftan or t-shape pattern, with a ribbon sash, take the material for the mantle and tack it to an elastic headband, you can find one with sequins at the dollar store. ballet slippers with rosettes from the dollar store would also be a nice touch.


In 2001, my son’s first Christmas (he was 7 mos) my sis and I did a combined family card w/ picture of our children dressed as the Holy Family and I made the costumes. My niece was Mary and this is what I did. I took a white sheet, and cut a small square from the center to make a slight v-neck. This was so it would be easily slipped over her head. Sara wore a white nightgown underneath but any white dress or even leggings and t-shirt would do. I then just gathered the sheet around her waist and tied it with a blue ribbon. Of course this was just for a picture, you could stitch up the sides. I had a blue paro(sp) the things you can tie around your waist over your bathing suit. It was sheer and made a beautiful mantle. You could buy a length of sheer blue fabric. I attached Velcro to 3 clip type barrettes that she wore next to her ears and the top of her head and attached the veil that way.

We got tons of compliments on the card!

God luck!



I want to thank everyone who replied you guys all gave me some really good ideas and I have bought ome fabric today. I will make the costume this weekend.

Thank you


This is for a party, and not trick-or-treating, right?

I’m not one who takes the deep implications of Halloween very deeply…and I’ve actually suffered a little petty vandalism, myself. Still, I can just picture Our Lady going door-to-door, shaking down the neighbors for candy with a coded threat of petty vandalism. It would be kind of like a rogue piece from a Nativity scene got loose a month or two early. :rolleyes: :smiley:


Just be careful that people don’t think your daughter is making fun of Mary by dressing up as her for Halloween.

I dunno…to me some things just seem too important & holy to drag down to a level like dressing up as them for fun…

in a nativity play, yes, that’s okay because you are re-enacting Mary’s actions…but for a party or trick-or-treating, it just seems like Mary is being taken a bit too lightly and jokeingly.

Just my 2 cents

ps- there is a really relevant question to this that appeared yesterday in ‘Ask an apologist’, (the Q was whether someone can dress as the Pope for Halloweeen).


I never thought of this before . . . My daughter’s school does a saints parade (the kids dress up like a saint, up to 4th grade)and they do a report on the saint they choose. We don’t go door-to-door in the usual way though. We take the kids to friends houses and they tell them who they are etc (basically give the report).

Trick-or-treating around here is not really big (when we did stay home we would get maybe 5 or 6 at our door). So we get to maybe 4 houses before we go home and they usually get at least two pieces of candy from each house, which seems like the motherload to my kids since they don’t usually get candy.

I wouldn’t want anyone to get the impression that we are ridiculing the saints :eek: but I don’t want to spend time/money on another costume. I guess we’ll keep doing what we’re doing and when they get to 4th grade they won’t have to dress as a saint.


We don’t really do halloween in the way you guys are talking about we celebrate all holy’s eve which is what halloween is supuse to be until the secular world got a hold of it.

Just so everyone who is concerned I was asking about the costume because my daughter wants to go as Our lady of Lourds for our Saints day party. The children dress up as a saint and have fun. There is no trick-or-treating.

This is becoming more popular now.


Actually, in the original Christian form of the observance, people would dress up as both saints and angels and as devils…a reminder of the implications of our inevitable deaths. I think people would dress up as personifications of Virtues and Vices, too. Sort of a morality play let loose, by what I gather.

Nevertheless, All Hallows Eve and even All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day were a Christian co-opting of a pagan observance in which the spirits of their dead were thought to be especially close–the European nature religions set the date and the nighttime observance and invented the jack o’lantern, while the Roman invaders of the British isles added in the apple connection. It is a bit off to get our nose bent out of shape because somebody is co-opting our observance! If someone weren’t twisting it into their idea of what the day should be, it would hardly be Halloween.

I was interested to find that the Mexican Days of the Dead used to be observed in mid-summer, but was moved by the Europeans to coincide with the European observance that commemorated the dead. Even Christmas and Easter fall at traditional times of the year for celebrations…including the date of Easter being reckoned according to the phase of the moon and the timing of the solstice. That is what happens when you align your holidays with the natural turn of the year.

I think it is best to make Halloween what you think it ought to be, but let the others do with it as they will, too. That isn’t to say we have to give blanket approval to whatever celebrations the rest of the world comes up with, regardless of date. I’m saying that since we practically invented the practice of re-inventing the observances of others, we shouldn’t turn around an become pots calling the kettle black.


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