If you haven’t heard of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” by now, you’ve most likely been hiding under a rock somewhere. Based on a series of 1500-page tomes by author George R.R Martin, the fantasy series is now in its second season on television with many more to come.
Last Halloween many costumers chose to take on the persona of their favorite character from the series. This year we’re betting that even more Game of Thrones fans will be looking to show their love of the world of Westeros. If you are one of these people, then keep reading because I have a few examples that will help you pull it off this October 31st.
A Lord of the Realm
In “Game of Thrones,” most lords and knights don heavy garments as formal wear. For a lord of Westeros never wanting to be under-prepared, armor is common and a sword is usually at his hip. Luckily, there are so many different types of lords and families on the show that you can start with just about any knight costume and work from there.
Don’t be afraid to cover your armor with a bit of gold, black or silver spray paint as one fan did last year for a convincing Jaime Lannister costume.
If you’re not a Lannister fan, you can always call yourself a Knight of the Knight of the Kingsgaurd instead! Grab a white cape and you’ve pretty much covered your bases!
Every knight needs a sword but what’s great about “Game of Thrones”, again is that each character is completely different and therefore you can pick any sword you’d like! You can even customize the sword with the aforementioned spray-paint or decorate it with the words of your favorite house such as “Winter is Coming” or “Hear Us Roar!”
If you’re looking for a look more acceptable for a Northmen then shop around for a fur cloak at your local thrift store or grab this Viking god set and mix it with some of your knight pieces for a look similar to Ned Stark or Jon Snow.
A Lady of the Realm
As a woman in the world of “Game of Thrones,” you have a few options. You can follow the examples above and create a Brienne of Tarth costume, you can become Dany Targaryen, Queen of Dragons, or you can be a bit more lady like with the common dresses and corsets that were more common in the show.
To make a Daneryes Targaryen costume you will first need a platinum blonde wig. Dany usually travels in simple, tattered leathers so you could probably modify a Native American costume to fit your needs in that department.
She has also been seen in a simple Greek goddess white dress that would also work. Grab a stuffed baby dragon or three and if you have purple contacts (and why wouldn’t you?) that would really put your Targaryen costume over the edge!
To become a lady of the realm at court try finding a 15th or 16th century renaissance costume and you’re pretty much done! Give yourself a crown and call yourself Cersei Lannister or Margery Tyrell. Remember to tell people at parties that “a Lannister always pays her debts” and you will have all of the boys swooning.
There are so many other characters in “Game of Thrones” that would work well this Halloween costume season! We’ve just started you with the basics but feel free to experiment with your favorite lords and ladies of Westeros! The possibilities are endless. And remember, October 31st is the perfect time to go around telling people that “Winter is Coming.” See you on the battlefield!
(all pictures are from the official Game of Thrones Facebook page)
Jacob is the founder and editor of HBOWatch, an HBO news site focused on Game of Thrones, True Blood and all other HBO series. Be sure to check the HBO schedule to find out when your favorite shows are on the air for more Halloween inspiration!