Purim Costume Ideas for Adults and Kids

by |February 12, 2021

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. 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 Costume Ideas

Adult Mordecai CostumeAdult Esther CostumeAdult Haman CostumeAdult Queen Vashti
Child Mordechai CostumeChild Esther CostumeChild Haman CostumeChild King Achashverosh

During Purim celebrations, it is a tradition to read aloud the story of Esther, which tells 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. Mordecai 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

Adult Purim Costume Ideas

Gryffindor Quidditch UniformAdult Mandalorian CostumeRed Riding Hood CostumeDark Knight Batman Costume
Cobra Kai UniformBlack Widow CostumeMen's Sparrow Pirate OutfitStar Wars Rey Costume

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

Girls' Purim Costume Ideas

Girls' Renaissance Princess DressGirls' Wonder Woman CostumeWizard of Oz Dorothy CostumeGoldilocks Costume
PJ Masks Owlette CostumeChild Ravenclaw RobeGirls' Alice CostumeKids' Sheep Onesie

Superheroes and royalty are popular Purim costumes for kids, 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 storybook characters and animals are common enough, too.


Purim Costumes for Boys

Boys' Purim Costume Ideas

Kids' Tiger CostumeChild Spider-Man CostumeDonatello TMNT CostumeBoys' King Outfit
Fox in Socks CostumeBoys' Cowboy CostumeBoys' Racecar Driver UniformThe 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.


Baby Purim Costumes

Baby Purim Costume Ideas

Baby Ghostbusters DressBaby Yoda CostumeLisa Frank Leopard CostumeToddler and Baby Robin
Toddler and Baby Paw Patrol SkyeInfant Astronaut CostumeBaby Unicorn CostumeBaby Puppy Outfit

Purim is a family affair, and even the smallest members of your squad will look adorable when you dress them up for Purim! You can have them match as part of a family costume theme, or just pick the cutest baby or toddler costume that suits your fancy. Make the most of their early years while you still get to choose your child's outfit!


Masquerade Accessories

Masquerade Mask Ideas

Carnival MaskGold and White MaskMardi Gras MaskWhite Phantom Mask
Karneval Beige MaskGold Sequin Feather MaskVelvet Black MaskBlack Glitter Eyemask

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.