How to Throw a Grinch Costume Party

by |December 12, 2016


Themed holiday parties have got to be the best thing to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Whether it’s an ugly Christmas sweater party or a white elephant gift exchange, there is one idea that we think will blow your guests right off of Mt. Crumpit. A Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas costume party will steal the show! The film is full of laughter, heartwarming moments, and sassy phrases from the main Who himself. Does this idea tickle your fancy and have Christmas-y ideas started bubbling in your head? Keep reading to find out the essentials of how to throw a Grinch costume party!

What To Wear

Who fashion and Accessories


[Source: Group One | Group Two]

We all can agree that the people of Whoville have a fashion sense like none other. All crammed snug into the structure of a snowflake, the people of Whoville like to stay warm and cozy throughout the holiday season. Slippers, big coats, and fuzzy earmuffs are staples in their wacky wardrobes, and should be in yours, too! Layer up in leggings and scarves, and don’t forget to wear your hair loud and proud for all to see.


Santa Hat    Red Glitter Mini Top Hat

Mrs. Claus Stole     Pink Petticoat    Red Satin Gloves

Green and White Stockings    Red and White Stockings    Pink Long Petticoat     

 Green Glitter Ballet Flats     Red Sequin High Heel

Martha May Whovier Fashion and Accessories

Martha May Whovier[Source: Martha May | Shop Sassy Mrs. Claus Costume]

One of our favorite fancy Whos is the one and only, Martha May Whovier, featured in the Jim Carrey movie Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She’s the love interest of Mayor Augustus Maywho and secretly, the Grinch’s, too. If you’re fun, flirty, and fabulous, dressing as Martha May is your calling this Christmas season. Plus - she does wonders with that automatic Christmas light machine, a true talent.

Martha May Accessories

Santa Hat   White Petticoat

Pearl Necklace   Red Satin Gloves

More Christmas Costumes

More Christmas Costumes

I Am The Grinch Fleece Shirt    Grinchin' Sweatshirt   Cindy Lou Who Hair      Grinch Hoodie Hat

      Cindy Lou Who Costume   Girls' Sweet Santa Costume   Grinch Halloween Costume   Santa Suit Costume

Of course, what's a Grinch party without the main man himself? If you're cuddly as a cactus, charming as an eel, et cetera, et cetera, you've got a few options. You can either go casual with a Grinch-inspired ugly Christmas sweater, or go all out with the full costume, mask, Grinch slippers and all. If you're not feeling like pulling an Elphaba from Wicked and donning all green body paint, maybe the Grinch isn't for you. Then, how about one of our Cindy Lou costumes or Santa Claus? It doesn't matter which level of costume you want to go with, as long as you have fun and sing the Welcome Christmas song at least once, you'll have a great party.

 The Grinch Makeup Tutorial


 And lastly, if you want to dress as the Grinch AND impress your friends with the makeup look, we have a tutorial for you. Watch the video above for tips and instructions on how to become the mean one, Mr. Grinch. See our Grinch costume blog post from a few Christmas' ago, too, for more details.

How To Decorate

Grinch Decor

[Source: Grinch Christmas Tree | Party Invites | Grinch Fireplace | Table Settings]

Anything magically imagined by Dr. Seuss incorporates zany, eccentric, and whimsical design. In the land of Whoville. everything red and green is socially accepted and expected. To continue with the Who-tastic costumes, you'll want the decor to match the mood. Decorating the party should be a blast and don’t be afraid to think outside of the box for wacky new ideas!

What To eat: A Who Feast

Who Feast

[Source: Seuss' Soda | Who Pudding | Green Grinch Popcorn | Grinch Heart Cookies | Grinch Hot Chocolate]

The Who Feast may be one of the most important parts of Christmas in Whoville. If you're going for more of a Whoville Christmas party, food such as Who-hash and roast beast should be on the menu for the evening, as well as Who-pudding accompanied, by many other savory sweets!

What To DoGrinch Party Activities

[Source: Grinch Wall Pin | Grinch Bingo | Grinch Reindeer Toss]

Grinch Party Crafts

[Source: Grinch Ornaments | Grinch Toilet Paper Roll | Grinch Paper Plate]

To work off that entire plate of roast beast you just finshed (as a typical Who should), a friendly activity should follow for endless entertainment and engagement! Pin the heart on the Grinch, bingo, and a Max the Reindeer toss will get those calories burning for sure. If your party goers are too stuffed from the feasting, taking it easy with a few simple crafts might be the route worth taking.

What to Watch


[Source: Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas]

If Dr.Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas Jim Carrey edition isn’t already playing in the background from the minute you put your roast beast in the oven, your heart must be 3 sizes too small! This is one of our most favorite Christmas movies and likewise for both young and old. Your party guests will be quoting infamous lines and sharing laughs together all night long. Of course, the classic is classic for a reason, so the 1966 TV special should definitely be in rotation, as well. Boris Karloff has never sounded so scary...


[Source: Welcome Christmas]

Are you planning on having a themed holiday party this year? Why not have it be Grinch themed! The film teaches us valuable lessons on what Christmas is really all about; getting together with friends and family and celebrating each other’s company! Have a wonderful Who-liday and let us all welcome Christmas together! For more festive ideas, see all of our Christmas costumes.

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