How to Make a Nun Costume

Whether you're a sinner or a saint, making a nun costume for Halloween requires no divine intervention.


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Put together a great Halloween costume with the ideas in this Howcast video series.

You Will Need

  • A long black dress or graduation gown
  • Rope
  • White poster board
  • Scissors
  • Black fabric
  • A hot glue gun
  • Glue
  • A crucifix or rosary beads
  • Tunic sewing pattern (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Make the habit

    Make a habit from a long black dress with long sleeves, or a graduation gown.

  2. For added authenticity, purchase a pattern for a tunic at a fabric store and sew the tunic yourself.

  3. Step 2

    Make a belt

    Tie a piece of rope around your waist as a belt.

  4. Step 3

    Make the ring

    Take a strip of white poster board, and cut it to fit around your head.

  5. Step 4

    Finish the veil

    Cut the piece of black fabric into a large square so that the veil is the length you desire. Hot glue the fabric to the poster board ring to complete the veil.

  6. Step 5


    Accessorize the costume by adding a crucifix or rosary beads.

  7. In 2008, an Italian priest attempted to organize a beauty pageant for nuns, but his superiors quickly suspended the event.