If you arrived at this post by Googling the question “why are there no Loki helmets for kids?” you probably want to know the answer. Like you, I wanted to know the same thing just a few weeks ago when creating my family’s costumes for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Last year we had a Star Wars theme and this year we decided to go as Asgard Royalty. Thor and his family are very popular at the moment, so I thought it would be as simple as ordering a few costumes. Of course, that would be too easy!
Star Wars Family – 2014
Sidenote: I know we don’t have many more years of costume-matching ahead of us, so I plan to soak up every photogenic moment.
Oscar was all set to be Thor with his outfit. It took me two clicks to buy Thor’s helmet and Mjölnir (hammer). Naturally, Calvin would be Loki and it would be the perfect family costume. Jerry and I even decided to complete the family tree as Odin and Frigga, Thor’s parents. I found a costume shirt and cape for Jerry, repurposed a dress for myself and just needed a Loki costume and helmet.
UPDATE! There is now a LOKI costume on Amazon (affiliate link)! Finally. If you’re hoping to skip the DIY route, this may be just the thing for you.
I found a ninja costume online that had the right lines, so I bought that and added some gold detail with Duck tape. I did the same over the logo on a green cape we already had (Thanks @GoGoSqueeZ!). That part was easy.
You should see the Loki costumes in the cosplay community. They are so detailed and incredible. I watched a video of one guy who spent weeks crafting his Loki helmet. And the results were awesome. I wasn’t going for awesome as much as recognizable so I spent about 4 hours and a can of spray paint to get the look right for our Loki helmet.
How I made our Loki helmet (a description – not a tutorial)
I really didn’t know what I was doing so taking photos of my steps was far from my mind. That said, if you’re into DIY and want to give it a shot, I can at least explain what I did.
I started with a foam safari hat from Michaels and cut off the brim. I glued those pieces to the hat with hot glue to make the sides and back of the helmet. For the horns, I used poster board and masking tape. I cut out two curved pieces for each horn and taped them together on one side. Then I stuffed the horns with newspaper and taped the third side.
I created tabs with masking tape and cut small slits through the hat to attach the horns. Then I ran beads of hot glue all around the edges to secure them.
Once the horns were attached, I added another strip of foam on top of the helmet for some added detail. Then I spray painted the whole thing gold. And just like that, LOKI!
I’m not gonna lie, y’all. I am so thrilled with how the costume turned out. It was so fun to see people’s eyes light up when they saw the tiniest Loki ever. Calvin loved his costume and even though I had planned to let him take it off if it got cumbersome, he kept it on the entire night. I will admit our Loki helmet didn’t stay on as much, especially in the stroller, but it served its purpose and made it all the way back to Raleigh. Oscar had a blast being Thor and Jerry and I had fun being their parents, as always.
I still don’t understand why a Loki costume with a Loki Helmet is not all over stores right now. I had no intention of making costumes this year, but I am glad I gave it a shot. I never would have considered myself capable of making a helmet. I guess you never know until you try, right?
Are you planning to DIY any Halloween costumes this year?