Purim 2023 is coming… so soon! I’m honestly not ready for the Jewish holiday, which begins on the evening of March 6.
Last year, I wrote about how pajamas make the best Purim costumes, and I still maintain that. But if you’re looking to take things a bit further, here are some easy and inexpensive costume ideas for Purim 2023 that go beyond the regular Queen Esther, Vashti, Mordechai or Ahasuerus (no shade if this is your costume of choice, gotta love a classic).
If you’re looking for more fairly easy DIY costume inspiration, I highly recommend Primary’s DIY costume pages. This is not sponsored by Primary in any way, but I do love their soft cotton clothes, and I love that you can reuse the costume in day-to-day wear (and if you’re looking for an even cheaper alternative, Hanes has similar cotton basics).
Netflix’s “Wednesday” has been a delightful family binge for many of us, and dressing up like Wednesday and her fam is pretty easy!
All you need to dress up as Bluey, Bingo, Chili or Bandit are two-piece outfits that are blue or orange. You can deck them with some fabric markers for spots or some felt. Add some ears or a mask and done.
Or you know, just go and buy the costume because it’s less than $30 dollars and you don’t have time for that.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Honor a Jewish legend with this super easy costume. Just get yourself, or your kid, a black gown and a jabot. Maybe a gavel and some vintage glasses if you’re fancy. Et voila.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about Peppa, but if your kids like the British pig, getting a Peppa Pig costume is quite simple.
Red pants, red shirt, Elmo hat! Three easy steps to becoming everyone’s favorite little monster from “Sesame Street.”
All you need is some foam board, paint, glue and a couple of straps and white or nude basics to wear underneath to become your favorite carb for Purim. What Jew Wanna Eat has a really great bagel and lox costume instruction, but you can totally strip it down and just make yourself or your kid an everything bagel.
All you need is lots of felt, a hot glue gun and scissors for this costume. I think a baby hamantaschen would be super cute.
Or buy a hamantaschen costume if you can’t be bothered.
Jamie Lee Curtis from “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
A mustard turtleneck and a pair of gray pants is, I’d argue, all you really need to get into Jamie Lee Curtis’ iconic character from one of the best movies of the year. Zhuzh it up with a mustard statement necklace and a little button-up vest; a white wig and glasses complete the look.
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Sarah Jessica Parker’s viral Carrie look from “And Just Like That…”
Is this one of the most iconic TV outfits of all time? I say yes. All you need is a pink nightgown or muumuu, a navy sweatshirt, a pair of pink plastic kitchen gloves (though you might opt to use actual gloves because sweaty plastic glove hands suck), a scarf, a pair of sunglasses, some white shoes or high heels and if you’re extra, a cigarette, candy or otherwise. BOOM. Best costume of the year.
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Rachel from “Fleishman Is In Trouble”
Get yourself a pair of yoga pants (we know you have some in your closet). Get yourself a shirt that says “You Can Go Home Now.” Get yourself a haunted, harried, mom face (I already got that one!). Done.
Midge Maisel from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Looking for an excuse to buy a chic 1960s fit? Look no further. Get yourself a nice vintage dress, maybe a big hat, paint your face (the way Bubbe would!) and you got it.
Dress up like everyone’s morning savior, Ms. Rachel! All you need is a pink hairband, a pink shirt, and a pair of overalls. You can use them all year round. Also, this is an adorable kids’ costume!
It’s you, Mario! Mario and Luigi’s popularity remains immortal. All you need is a red or green shirt, blue pants, suspenders and some felt for extra touches.
Max from “Where the Wild Things Are”
Did you know that “Where the Wild Things Are” is a love letter to Jewish children? Share that love back with a white footie pajamas or jumpsuit, a little crown and a felt tail. It’s so easy and it’s probably the cutest baby costume ever.