Fra_Angelico_082 Art/Photography: The Coronation of the Virgin, Fra Angelico, PD/CC/SA,

At my children’s school the students get to dress up twice at the end of October, once for Halloween and again for All Saints Day. I’m so delighted by our school’s approach to the season and beautiful presentation of the faith that I don’t even mind coming up with six different costumes. It does, though, present a small challenge for moi who can’t sew and who maybe put things off to the last minute, ahem.

In case you find yourself in a similar position, I thought those of us non-sewing procrastinators could all brainstorm some so-easy-Meg-could-do-this saints costumes from things we might already have at home. I’ll go first:

-If you have a king/prince costume at home, your child could be: St. Wenceslaus, St. Constantine

-Queen/princess costume: Mary, Queen of Saints (an appealing choice to those little ladies who like to be in charge), St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Helen, St. Margaret of Scotland

-Knight costume or sword and shield: St. Michael the Archangel (angel wings would be a bonus; fairy wings, my son stated emphatically, are not appropriate for the Prince of the Heavenly Host), St. Joan of Arc

-Farmer’s clothes/overalls and plaid shirt, straw hat: St. Isidore the Farmer

-Stuffed lion or cat to carry (white robe or toga a bonus): an early Church martyr like St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Perpetua, or St. Felicity

-Disney Frozen Elsa costume: Our Lady of the Snows? Maybe a stretch...

-Disney Frozen Anna costume: I'm stumped! Who do you think Anna looks like?

-Green/Irish-looking clothes: St. Patrick or St. Brigid

-Santa hat: St. Nicholas

-Tool belt: St. Joseph

-Pocahontas costume/Native American dress: St. Kateri

-Fishing pole, rain boots: St. Peter or St. Andrew

-Hipster clothes/Converse, thick black glasses, beret: young St. JP II!

All right, friends. That's what I've got. Now it's your turn.

Do you have any easy saint costume ideas? Please share to help those of us who are scrambling for ideas this week!

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