If you are looking for a classy Halloween costume that doesn’t leave you feeling too exposed or completely ridiculous, then may I suggest you turn towards Mount Olympus. Greek mythology is full of beautiful choices for pretty Halloween costumes. No need for fake blood, warts, extreme hair spray or combat boots, you can show up to the party dressed in a pretty gown and soft natural hair or a wig with ringlets.
Sew Your Own
You only need minimal sewing skills to recreate a goddess look with a Simplicity or McCalls sewing pattern. Look for one that includes patterns for Greek or Roman Halloween costumes. But you do not have to relegate yourself to the Halloween costume section, look for simple tunic style nightgowns or dresses that you can adapt. Cool days may require a long hooded cloak. These can be constructed quickly with light material, or you can go all out and add a satin lining to a velvet fabric.
Head to your local thrift shop and go straight to the old prom dresses, bridesmaid gowns and slightly ridiculous accessories. Remember that you are mainly looking for fabric and trim that you can use. You can either cut the gown into a short tunic and replace the sleeves with ribbon ties, or look for a floor length gown that can also have the sleeves removed and then tied at one shoulder. Use the extra fabric to make a sophisticated scarf from the matching material. Look for gaudy jewelry to slip above your elbows.
Hera: Wife of Zeus- Use a piece of metallic gold ribbon to trim around the bust and neckline if desired. Wrap another piece of ribbon around your forehead and then wear dangly earrings and flat sandals.
Aphrodite; Goddess of love and beauty can be recreated with a simple white slip, cut into an asymmetrical hem. Add a piece of wide gold ribbon around the waist and bronzer or glittered makeup.
Athena: Goddess of war and wisdom is usually shown with a breastplate and helmet, shield and spear, but you can simply where a red gown and slip on a child’s toy soldier set.
Artemis: Goddess of the hunt can where a short gown paired with mock knee high sandals that can be made by wrapping ribbons around your calves. Strap on a quiver and carry a toy bow.
Medusa: If you really want to go for the scary-look, go with this fallen goddess. Choose a green gown, cut off the sleeves and retie and then tease your hair like there is no tomorrow. Add small plastic snakes with bobby pins throughout your head.
Not feeling crafty? There are several pre-made costumes at the party store.
Greek Goddess This pretty white and blue costume with gold accents is a classy and easy to wear Halloween costume.
Grecian Goddess Gold and bronze, this short tunic from Target has some nice accents like the headpiece and arm bands.
White Grecian Goddess Inexpensive, this white gown from Walmart is short and flirty.
More gowns and goddess accessories like wigs, head-dresses and jewelry can be found here.