All Saints’ Day Costume Ideas for Boys

Coming up with ideas for All Saints Day costumes should be fun, not stressful! Don’t make your kids skip the All Saints’ Day party because you’re afraid of coming up with costumes. You do NOT need to know how to sew to pull it off. This post includes more than 60 ideas for boy saint costumes!

Most saint costumes are going to start with a basic robe. One way to make a simple robe costume is to take a piece of fabric, cut a head hole in the top, put it on the child and tie a rope or piece of fabric around the waist. You can also wear solid colored clothes and then safety pin a sheet around yourself. For smaller children, cut a head hole and arm holes in a pillow case, place over them, and tie a rope around their middle. Wear some sandals.

Many boy costumes can have a beard. You can either use a little face paint to draw one on, buy a fake beard, or click here to see directions on how to make a beard yourself.

Saints Who Wore Armor– You can easily find plastic armor at stores around Halloween time, or you can make your own. Just cut your armor out of cardboard, hold together with duct tape, and cover in foil. I love this idea to create helmet armor by covering a bike helmet in aluminum foil. Here are some great tutorials for making cardboard swords, paint stick sword and pizza pan shield, and a paper mache shield with a cross.

  • St. George– Dragon slaying saint. Very superhero. If you want to wear armor, but not wings or a crown, this is your guy.
  • St. Michael– Archangel. Wear armor, carry a sword, and you’ll need some wings and sandals.
  • St. Longinus– Roman soldier with a spear. Here’s a great tutorial on how to make a cardboard Roman soldier helmet.
  • Also, see the section on “Royal Saints” below.

Royal Saints– Many of the kings can also wear armor and carry a sword. Of course, kings also wear crowns. There are plenty of royal saints to choose from:

 

Archangels– I think St. Michael is one of the most common All Saints’ Day costumes I see, and why shouldn’t he be? He’s awesome!

 

Brown Robes– These costumes start with a brown (preferably hooded) robe, a rope around the waist, and sandals. All the Saints who were Franciscans will dress pretty much the same, but can have different props.

  • St. Francis of Assisi– Franciscan, brown robes. Find directions here on making a St. Francis hairpiece. Safety pin some stuffed animals around your robe, or a bird on your shoulder.
  • St. Anthony– Also a Franciscan. Patron saint of lost objects, so tape commonly lost objects (such as keys and tv remotes) around your robe. He if often pictured carrying the Christ child, so you could alternately carry a baby doll or little sibling. He has the same tonsure haircut at St. Francis.
  • St. Anthony the Abbot– Carry a crutch and a book.
  • St. Rocco– Carry a stuffed dog.
  • St. Pascal Baylon– Carry a chalice and a host cut out of card stock.
  • St. Benedict– Pin a stuffed raven to your costume.
  • St. Padre Pio
    Wear a brown robe, a cross around your neck, put on a beard, and don’t
    forget your stigmata rags! The ones below are made with masking tape and
    red marker. We’ve also made them with white cloth and red food coloring.

Priests– A priest costume can be easily put together by using some black pants, and a black turtle neck. Just tape a white square of paper onto the collar (or use a square of masking tape) and welcome to the priesthood! The colorful robes that priests wear on top would be optional for a costume. You can make priest vestments from sheets, or even cloth napkins!

  • St. Ignatius
    Founder of the Jesuits. Mostly pictured in black. He was a soldier when
    he was younger, so you could actually wear armor if you wanted.
  • St. John Bosco– Also generally pictured in black. He loved to juggle! Carry 3 balls.
  • St. John Vianney
    Black robe with a white shirt over the top and a green sash or scarf over your shoulders for his stole. Add crosses to the stole by hot gluing ribbon, or sticking on pieces of yellow electrical tape.
  • St. Jose Maria– Wear glasses.
  • St. Francis Xavier– Black robes.
  • St. Vincent de Paul– He wears black robes and a black skull cap. You can find directions for making a skull cap out of paper here. These could also be made from felt.
  • St. Francis de Sales– Carry a sword and a scabbard in the shape of a cross.
  • St. Andre Bessette– Andre worked as a farmhand, shoemaker, baker, blacksmith, and factory worker.
  • St. Martin de Porres– This little St. Martin de Porres is carrying a pair of play-dough scissors because St. Martin was a barber.

 

Bishops– To make a bishop costume, see the links above for making priest vestments.Then add a bishop hat (miter) and a staff if you like. Find some great directions for making a paper bishop or pope hat here. I also love these colorful paper mitres. My friend actually made the bishop hat on the left by gluing fabric around an oatmeal container. She then added a piece of elastic for under the chin.

 

 

CardinalSt. Charles Borromeo– Wear a red robe and skull cap.You can find directions for making a skull cap out of paper here. This could also be easily done with felt.

Popes– Dressing like a pope will look an awful lot like dressing like a Bishop. See tips for that above. Also, some popes like to wear red shoes. There are lots of saints who were popes, but here are a few.

 

Apostles/Biblical Saints– Start with a basic “robe” costume with a rope tied around your waist, and wear sandals. Here are 2 easy techniques to make a headdress.

  • St. Peter– Wear some keys tied to your belt
  • St. Joseph– He was a carpenter. Carry a hammer and ruler on your belt.
  • St. James or John– Carry a string of fish or a fisher’s net.
  • St. John the Baptist– Wear fur and carry a cross and a shell.
  • St. Matthew– Carry a money bag since the Lord called him while he was a tax
    collector. His symbol is an angel, so you could alternately carry an
    angel.
  • St. Phillip– Carry a cross or loaves and fish.
  • St. Andrew– Carry a “St. Andrew’s Cross“.
  • St. John– His symbol is an eagle.
  • St. Paul– Carry a sword and a book.
  • St. Mark– His symbol is a winged lion. Pin a Lion stuffed animal onto your robes.
    You could even cut your lion some wings out of paper and tape them on.
  • St. Jude– Carry an axe.

Altar Boys

PrisonerSt. Maximilian Kolbe, prisoner from Auschwitz. Wear striped pajamas, a beard, glasses, and a prison ID tag.

Mexican IndianSan Juan Diego. Check out how to make a simple tilma out of a paper bag. Or check out my directions on how to make a San Juan Diego costume. Wear a sombrero and carry roses. If you have a sister, it would be great to pair this costume with Our Lady of Guadalupe!

FirefighterSt. Florian. You can put together an easy firefighter costume by putting strips of duct tape and electrical tape around the bottom of khaki pants. Add some red suspenders and a hat- you’re ready to go!

Viking PirateSt. Olaf. So if you have a viking costume or a pirate costume, you’re ready to go.

FarmerSt. Isadore. A farmer costume is easy to throw together at the last minute! Denim? Check! Plaid? Check!

 

 

Even More Costume Ideas

Thank you to everyone who contributed pictures to this post, especially The Cotter Family, Dawn-Marie, The Helgoths, Tiffany, Elizabeth, Amanda, and Roxanne!

I finished up these costume posts last year, but I added some new links, pictures, and ideas, so I’m running them again! Very excited about All Saints’ day this year! 🙂
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Comments

  1. Thanks for taking the moment to consider this, I believe powerfully about it and love learning more on this topic.

  2. Great ideas! 🙂 there’s also St Louis de Montfort and St Paul of the Cross! 🙂 http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=4306 http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=810

  3. Do you have any ideas on what to do for a Saint Christopher costume? HELP. Thanks.