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Get Ready to Loot in a Viking Costume

Feel like looting and pillaging the village this Halloween? Consider being a Viking warrior! Valhalla needs new recruits.

A Viking costume can be as elaborate or as basic as you want. What’s important is that you truly embrace the Viking experience, and this means calling out the inner warrior inside. Before putting on a football helmet, remember that the Vikings were heathen Scandinavian warriors from around the 8th to 11th centuries A.D. Also called the Norse, they raid and colonized much of Northern Europe, including the British Isles, Normandy and around to Sicily. They explored as far as Newfoundland in Canada, Constantinople in Turkey and even reached as far as Baghdad. If you’re Norse, be proud!

Acknowledge their heroic spirit by being one for the evening. For that, you can simply put on a horned Viking helmet and party like it’s 1099, but Odin would want you to be more elaborate than that.

Being a Viking Warrior

Everybody should know the Viking warrior outfit – there’s the horned helmet, the fur-trimmed tunic or cloak, wrist guards and big fur boots. Basically, if it has dead animals on it, you’re good. Of course, you’ll likely opt for faux-fur trim. Carry a big sword or double-axe, and add a snarl to your face. You are friendly to those you share hearty mead with, but most of the world sees you as a ferocious and feared warrior dude. Long braided hair and a bushy mustache and beard complete your barbarian outfit.

This costume is great for the ladies, too, and her Viking can be a warrior who’s ready for battle, a Viking maiden, or a sexy pillager. In all cases, this is a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it.

A Fearsome Valkyrie

Though most Viking warriors were men, women warriors feature large in Norse literature. Of course, you have to look stylish and sexy too, right? Try an aggressive fur-lined corset and a jagged-edge suede skirt, and use your bad-ass boots to stomp men into the good. The Valkyries were fearsome servants of Odin, flying over the battlefield looking for slain warriors to recruit on Odin’s side in the preordained battle at the end of the world. Because they fly, Viking costumes for women often feature wings on their helmet instead of horns.

If you head to the party as a couple of Vikings, you can have a lot of fun with the other guests at the party. You might threaten to “loot and pillage” anybody who crosses your path (make sure the partygoers are all open to such ribbing) or you might head to the party with dirty hair and an unshaven look. Vikings, after all, don’t have a lot of time to spend on their appearance.

For a fun twist, bring lots of spam, and offer it to your fellow party-goers. Vikings really love spam, according to Monty Python. You don’t have to eat it though – a good mug of ale and a couple mock battles will quench your warrior appetites, until you and your shield maiden head back home together and do battle any way you wish.

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