Perseus and Medusa Couple Halloween Costume

My husband and I always try to come up with a good, original couples costume for the annual adults-only Halloween party we attend.  I had always had a fascination with Medusa, and my husband was thrilled to be the manly Perseus: the man who slayed the evil Medusa.

These costumes were EXTREMELY time-consuming, especially Medusa’s headpiece.  I started by purchasing a toy helmet with a chin strap and 12 plastic snakes from the Dollar store.  The helmet was used as the base of Medusa’s snake “hair”.  I painted the snakes and the helmet a greenish-silver color, jammed wire into the bodies, then began to hot glue the snakes to the helmet.  The problem was, when I finished gluing, that there was still a significant amount of helmet showing, especially since many of the snakes were pointing up.  After brain-storming, I came up with a solution: I would used rolled-up paper towels, weaved in among the snakes.  These paper towels would serve to cover up more of the helmet, as well as give a realistic look of copious amounts of writhing snake bodies atop my head.  Once I had woven in the paper towels, I re-touched everything with more paint.
Then I created a “crown” of gold flexible foam and used sparkly gold puffy paint to give it detail.  Around my neck I tied a coordinating piece of gold fabric also painted with puffy paint–this helped to disguise the helmet’s neck strap which kept the heavy headpiece in place. The final touch was a snake glued to my shirt.

My husband’s costume was a little easier.  We purchased 2 gladiator shields from a costume shop and used painted cardboard and faux-leather material to create a breastplate.  This went over top of a white t-shirt we had aged by dipping it into a bucket of hot tea, then dried and cut it up a bit.  Then we made wristlets and laced-up “boots”. Finally he had his sword–the famous sword that beheaded Medusa!

Our costumes were majorly detailed and time-consuming, but so worth it!  My mom hates snakes, so she wouldn’t even come near me in my get-up…she didn’t even want to look at me long enough to snap a picture!  The only downside of my costume was the pounding headache it caused: the headpiece ended up being close to 20 pounds and was extremely uncomfortable to wear for a long night.  But my husband took care of that problem by “beheading” me at the end of the evening!

Perseus and Medusa Couple Halloween Costume

Perseus and Medusa Couple Halloween Costume