Purim Costume Ideas for Adults and Kids

by |February 21, 2020

Purim Costume Ideas for Adults and Kids

Get ready to bake some hamantaschen and make some noise. It’s time for Purim! There are many great customs during the holiday of Purim, including wearing costumes. Whether you’re a stickler for traditional Purim costumes or you like to let your kids pick theirs out, we have Purim costume ideas fit for the entire family.

What is Purim?

Purim is a Jewish holiday known for its fun and festive Mardi Gras-like celebrations. Purim customs include a festival of food, song and dance, the giving of gifts to charity, and (our favorite part) the wearing of costumes! The story of Purim comes from the biblical book of Esther. Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai triumphed over the evil plot of the king’s wicked advisor, Haman, and the Jewish people of ancient Persia were saved. Hamantaschen cookies, which represent Haman’s tricorn hat, are traditionally served and given as gifts during the celebration. If you’re looking for some great Purim dress-up ideas, you’ll want to check out our costume suggestions!

When is Purim?

Purim falls on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar (in the Jewish calendar). This means that the holiday may change dates according to the Gregorian calendar system. Whether you’re celebrating Purim in Israel, the United States or another country, you’re sure to be counting down the days to one of your favorite holidays!

Traditional Purim Costumes

Traditional Purim Costumes

Adult Mordechai CostumeAdult Esther CostumeAdult King AchashveroshAdult Queen VashtiAdult Haman Costume
Child Mordechai CostumeChild Esther CostumeChild King AchashveroshChild Queen VashtiChild Haman Costume

During Purim celebrations, it is a tradition to read aloud the story of Esther and how the Jews were saved. Sometimes these readings are even performed as a play! Whether or not you’re part of the production, traditional Purim costumes are a popular favorite to wear for the occasion. Mordechai and Queen Esther are some of the more popular characters when dressing up for Purim, but King Achaverosh, Haman and Queen Vashti round out the other main characters that you might see.

Purim Costumes for Adults

Purim Costumes for Adults

Classic Captain America CostumeStar Wars Rey CostumeTony the TigerWomen's Captain MarvelMen's Blackbeard
Disney Megara DressStormtrooper CostumeWonder Woman CostumeIron Man CostumeRed Riding Hood

Superheroes are always in style for men and women alike, but with the emergence of the Marvel movies in pop culture, Marvel costumes are a big hit! Other Purim costume ideas for adults include popular franchises like Star Wars and Disney movies. These are great places to look for familiar character costumes that everyone will recognize! Still, you can’t forget classic Halloween costumes like animals, pirates, fairy tales and other favorites.

Queen Costumes for Women

Queen Costumes for Women

Renaissance Princess CostumePurple Dress CostumeMaid Marian CostumeRenaissance Maiden
Women's Teal GownRoyal Queen for WomenQueen Elizabeth CostumeLady in Waiting

Purim is also the perfect time to celebrate Queen Esther’s bravery and beauty. Ladies can’t go wrong with queen costumes and princess themes (or even a Queen Esther costume) and matching accessories.

Purim Costumes for Girls

Purim Costumes for Girls

Toddler Batgirl CostumeWinter Princess CostumePJ Masks OwletteGirls' Minion CostumeTutu Supergirl Costume

Superheroes and royalty are popular Purim costumes for kids as well, but really anything goes on Purim as long as the idea is fun and cheerful. Queen and princess costumes are popular for girls like they are for women, but popular character costumes like minions and others are common enough as well.

Purim Costumes for Boys

Purim Costumes for Boys

Child Leonardo CostumeBoys' Captain AmericaRace Car DriverKids' LemurCowboy CostumeInfant Flash Costume

To stay on budget, consider selecting a costume that can be altered or reused for Halloween and other costume parties! Boys’ superhero costumes are always popular, and they can find many uses outside of Purim. TMNT costumes are always a classic along with Justice League costumes and the Avengers! Outside of the superhero realm, popular boys’ costumes like occupational costumes and animal costumes make other great costume ideas for Purim.

Masquerade Accessories

Masquerade Masks

Feathered Carnival MaskMardi Gras MaskWhite and Gold Half Mask
Black Velvet MaskBlack Glitter EyemaskLace Eye Mask

Not planning to don a full costume for your Purim celebration? Accessorize with a fun and colorful Mardi Gras mask that matches the carnival spirit of the holiday! There are plenty of masquerade mask options for men and women alike.

There are so many exciting costumes and masks for Purim, and HalloweenCostumes.com has the largest selection of costumes anywhere. (We really do!) So don’t be shy, check out the rest of our costumes for your Purim party, and have a very Happy Purim this year!

Angela Poch
Angela Poch

Angela Poch is an Inbound Marketing Specialist and Resident Crazy Cat Lady at HalloweenCostumes.com, where she is an assistant editor and covers tutorials, crafting and pop culture. Angela has created costumes and props for Halloween events, conventions and Renaissance festivals.

Some of her favorite costumes include 90s Rogue, a custom Jedi, warrior elf, and some nameless Renaissance pirate. (She’s still figuring out how to make a Jedi light-chakram.) You can find her on Twitter @AngelaPoch1 or her cats on Instagram @stardustnebulanova.


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