Giving Up on a Perfect Halloween: 7 Bible Halloween Costumes

We’re not doing Halloween this year. Lydia is just too fearful. And I’m just too tired to deal with screams over cotton spiderwebs. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and if you’re interested, there are some SUPER FAB posts by some SUPER FAB guest bloggers (and one by moi) about Halloween over at Impress Your Kids. Seriously, good stuff.

So, in light of my NON-Halloween-ness, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to join in with Mary’s Giving Up on a Perfect Halloween. (By the way do you read Mary’s blog, Giving Up On Perfect? Well, you should. She is delightful.)

I’ve been wanting to share this for oh, 14 years now. Please indulge me as I share the


Tell me that is not a hilarious title. I’m giggling already.

Here goes:

1. Lazarus: an unraveling mummy with a name tag that says “Hello! My Name is Lazarus!” (see John 11)

photo by ittiebittiesforyou

2. Lot’s Wife: dress completely in white, paint face white and carry a salt shaker. Or randomly freeze. (see Genesis 19)

photo by zen

3. Plagued Egyptian: dress in standard Egyptian garb but also attach plastic bugs (see Exodus 7-11)


4. Jonah: Dress in tattered Bible-time clothes but add a little seaweed sticking out and maybe rub on some fish smell, too. (see Jonah 1-2)


photo by bibliona

5. Delilah: Bible-time outfit while holding a big pair of scissors and maybe even a few more beauty parlor supplies in tow. You know, kind of Bible Costume meets Frenchy:


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6. Baby Bible Heroes. There are just so many great babies…let’s see Moses in the basket (cut a hole in the bottom of a basket and wear it with suspenders), baby Jesus (swaddling clothes, anyone?), baby Jacob & Easau (you know, if you were twins, one could be hairy and the other…not hairy) or even young Joseph with a technicolor coat.

halloween costume bible baby
photo by catheyse97

7. Adam and Eve. Pre-sin. KIDDING. (see Genesis 2:25)

So, if I was super-spiritual or was looking for a few eye-rolls from every non-Bible-believin’ person I knew, those are the costumes I’d choose. You know I’m kidding right? (Except for Lazarus. That one IS pretty funny.)

If you’ve got a funny Halloween story to share, link up with Mary. She’s giving away PRIZES!!


  1. I love these! you could also add Jonas inside the Whale (a big whale cut out with the person in the middle).

  2. Too funny. Love the Jonah idea. I seriously took one of our babies to a church carnival dressed in just a diaper with a figleaf sewn on the front.

    Guess that was post – sin. : )

  3. Love it!

    We had a Bible Character Costume Contest at church one year for Halloween–My oldest wanted to go as Jesus–so we dressed him up in a cloak-y/toga thing and gave him a basket. In the basket we put 5 mini loaves of bread, and 2 cans of sardines. It was a hit–and he won! 🙂
    .-= Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free´s last blog ..Keeping My Faith =-.

  4. Thanks for the link! And I LOVE “Bible Costumes meet Frenchy” – haha!! 🙂
    .-= Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect´s last blog ..Embarrassing Stories, Funny Photos, a Carnival and Giveaways – now that’s a perfect Halloween! =-.

  5. HILLARIOUS!!!!!!!!! Love these. 🙂
    .-= Kristi_runwatch´s last blog ..FFF: Printable Finger Puppets! =-.

  6. Awesome!!!!!
    .-= Susieqtpies´s last blog ..Pumpkin and Ghost Brownies =-.

  7. Presin Adam and Eve cracks me up!Thanks for the laugh today @susieqtpies on twitter
    .-= Susieqtpies´s last blog ..Crunchy and Sloppy Onion Joes =-.

  8. Great ideas – love em!!!

  9. Lazarus is perfect!
    .-= Janna´s last blog ..This Just Chaps My Hide =-.

  10. I love this more than you know.
    And I think they do the Adam and Eve pre-sin pretty often at the ole nudist colony. That’s what they are EVERY year… gheesh… new costume already!
    So many of these own me: Jonah and the fish smell- attractive.
    Lot’s wife- just randomly freeze.
    Hilarious. I love it SO!!
    .-= Hillary @ The Other Mama´s last blog ..Giving up on a Perfect Halloween =-.

  11. I love it! Awesome! too bad you don’t have real pics (of yourself?) displaying the costumes! 😉

  12. Ha!! These are great Amanda!!
    .-= Staci´s last blog ..Birthday to Remember =-.

  13. My niece was Eve one year. She was a baby in a peach sleeper with fig leaves pinned on. One year my kids were the 3 Hebrew children. We borrowed easter play costumes & I pinned LOTS of orange/yellow/red felt flames all over them. I cross-dressed as King Nebuchadnezzar. Fun times.
    Good list.
    .-= jen´s last blog ..Halloween-y or Hallowon’t-y =-.

  14. LOL! Love Lots wife!!!!!!
    .-= Catie´s last blog ..That Can’t Taste Very Well!? =-.

  15. If that barbie outfit came in a bigger size, I’d definitely wear it tomorrow night!
    .-= vanessa´s last blog ..the great blue house =-.

  16. LOVE the Jonah costume idea!!!
    .-= Heather @ Not a DIY Life´s last blog ..Halloween Reflections =-.

  17. LOL (literally) at the hairy and non-hairy!

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