A perchten is a mythical being that exists in the folklore and legends of isolated alpine towns in several European countries. Some of the countries that pass down stories about perchten include Austria, Germany, If you have never seen an image of a perchten before, in European folklore they are ancient goddesses that have furry, animal-like bodies and fear-inducing faces. While perchten definitely are scary, each year locals select alpine cities in Europe dress up as perchten during annual festivals, in order to drive away evil spirits. If you’re interested in making your own perchten costume or purchasing pieces for a perchten costume, simply continue reading to discover a handy guide!
How to create a perchten costume:
Create a perchten mask:
The most important part of your costume will be your mask. As perchten have giant horns that come out of their heads, you may find it easier to transform a store brought devils mask into a convincing perchten mask. If your chosen devil’s mask is red, purchase some craft paint, so that you’ll be able to paint your perchten mask a more realistic color. If you’re curious most perchten masks are either black or white. One effective way to turn a mask into a perchten mask is to attach a fake beard to the chin of your mask. As perchten tend to have long white beards.
Wear contact lenses:
If you want to wear a mask that has holes for your eyes, you can easily take your outfit to the next level by choosing to wear scary contact lenses. Such as contact lenses that make your eyes appear pure white or black. You can even option for spooky contacts that make it look like you have goat eyes which feature a line down the center of each eye ball and is guaranteed to spook anyone that you bump into, in your costume.
Consider using a yeti suit as the base of your perchten costume:
As perchten have giant, fur-covered bodies, you can save yourself a lot of valuable time by using the body of an inexpensive yeti suit as the base of your perchten costume. Alternatively, you may want to use a faux fur blanket as a makeshift fur cape which you can wear over a plain black, brown or white outfit, to look like a perchten. This is a particularly great option if you’re pressed for time and don’t have time to track down or order a yeti costume to use as the base of your perchten costume.
Pair your yeti costume with boots;
Ideally, faux fur boots would look amazing paired with your perchten costume. However, if you don’t want to purchase fur boots or to cover your boots with faux fur, you can opt to pair leather boots or ugg boots with your frightening perchten costume.
So if you want to attend a festival to chase away bad spirits or you simply want to dress as a perchten for an upcoming costume party, it’s well worth using the guide listed above in order to create the perfect perchten costume.