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Alphabet and Letter Parties
In costume party season, the pressure is on to host a fun, unique party. One idea for a fun party theme is encouraging your guests to choose a costume that starts with a specific letter of the alphabet.
Here are some ways to do that:
- Allow guests to dress up in a costume related to their initials (or just their first names if you want to narrow their choices).
- Ask guests to dress up in costumes related to your initials.
- Choose one or two letters to inspire their costumes. These could be randomly or deliberately chosen.
When you first send out invitations, it's possible that your guests will be confused about what you're asking them to do. To avoid confusion, be sure to explain the idea thoroughly—if your guests are confused, they might not dress up. Even worse, they might skip your party altogether.
This article will give you some ideas for costumes that start with the letter "G," some based on famous characters or people.
Have a fantastic party!
Gangster — The classic Roaring Twenties gangster has a double-breasted two- or three-piece dark suit, a black shirt, a white tie, a trilby or fedora, and spats over black shoes. Though you shouldn't carry a replica gun for safety reasons, a shoulder holster can also give you the appearance of being armed.
Gangster's Moll — A moll is a female assistant or companion to a gangster. Wear a 1920s flapper dress or lady's gangster costume; these are available to hire and buy. You can also purchase accessories such as Trilby hats and braces to make up your own costume.
G, Ali — To be this cult character created by Sasha Baron Cohen, wear a yellow shell or tracksuit with matching cap, tinted wraparound glasses, a goatee, and bling jewellery. It wouldn't hurt to brush up on his style of speaking by watching a few videos.
Gaga, Lady — Lady Gaga is a recent pop star noted for her innovative and often outrageous style. Some of her more famous looks include a dress made entirely out of meat, a prison outfit, a dress that looks like a collection of bubbles, and a black-and-white harlequin-inspired dress. You can find some of these looks available for purchase in stores or online. In addition to her highly designed costumes and makeup, she has a range of tattoos including one that reads, ‘Born this way’ on her upper thigh, an inverted peace symbol on her inner wrist, and white daisy designs on her shoulder.
Garbage — This is a fun costume to whip up in your kitchen or at home with a bin liner and whatever else comes to hand from the rubbish and recycle bins. Let your imagination run wild!
Gardener — You can easily create this costume with some work clothes, Wellington boots, and hand fork accessories. Elements like gardening gloves and a sun hat can also help you get the look.
Garden Girl — Garden Girl is a themed can-can character from the film Moulin Rouge (2001). Get her look with a floral can-can costume with a red and green underskirt.
Gargoyle — A gargoyle is a grotesque carved human or animal face or figure projecting from the gutter of a building, typically acting as a spout to carry water clear of a wall. You can get the look by wearing grey or green clothing or body paint and styling your outfit with lichen, ivy, or similar materials. You can style your hair with clay hair product prior to painting or spraying it to match your face and body.
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Gary Glitter — Gary Glitter is a former English glam rock singer-songwriter and musician whose long and successful career was tarnished in the late 1990s by revelations of sexual misconduct. Get his look with a larger-than-life silver space-suit with a deep v-neck and shoulder pads. Don't forget a big black wig and high silver platform boots.
Gendarme — A gendarme is a French authority figure which became well-known in Britain through a gendarme depiction in the British TV comedy series 'Allo, 'Allo!. Wear a black uniform, a black cape, white gloves, and a French kepi hat to get the look.
General George Armstrong Custer — General Custer was an American soldier killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn while fighting the Sioux. That battle is also called Custer's Last Stand. Wear an American Civil War era costume and a wide-brimmed hat.
General Ulysses Simpson Grant — General Grant led the Union forces during the American Civil War, going on to become the 18th American president in 1872. Wear a Union's general costume.
Gene Simmons — Gene was the lead singer of the rock band Kiss. Although an official costume exists, you can wear any heavy metal rocker outfit but be sure to go all out on your hair and makeup since the members of Kiss were known for their mask-like black and white looks.
Genghis Khan — Genghis Khan was a Mongolian conqueror, warrior administrator, and ruler. Wear an Asian-style mustache, a fur-lined helmet, and Mongolian armour.
Ghostbusters — In this popular film from 1984, a group of scientists set up a ghost disposal unit in New York City and end up with a problem on their hands that's bigger than what they bargained for. Their uniform consists of a jumpsuit emblazoned with the iconic logo, and a ghost removal machine that looks like a wearable vacuum cleaner.
George Dawes — George is the bald-headed drummer and scorekeeper from the British TV series Shooting Stars (1993). The character was played by Matt Lucas, an actor later seen in television comedy series Little Britain. In early shows, he dressed as a large baby in a pink onesie.
George Washington — Washington was the first president of the United States of America. Get his look with a colonial or Georgian outfit and a white wig. You could also use a tricorn hat to recreate his outfit from the famous painting of him crossing the Delaware River.
Georgian Lady — The typical lady in Georgian clothing is depicted in a dress with a V-shaped stomacher, wide skirts with panniers, and narrow sleeves that go to the elbow with voluminous lace frills fanning out at the bottom of the sleeve. Lace is also used around the neckline of the dress. Women often wore wigs or hair dressed in rolls with lace, feathers, or an elaborate hat and had pale makeup with pink lips and cheeks.
Georgian Man — To get the typical Georgian look for men, wear an ornate frock coat with a full skirt, a long waistcoat, a frilled lace collar and cuffs, over-the-knee breeches, tights, and buckled shoes. Wigs were long and elaborately coiffed in dark colours or white and grey.
G.I. Jane — G.I. Jane is a character played by Demi Moore in the 1997 film of the same name about a woman determined to become a G.I. You can get her look with a buzz cut or buzz cut wig, a dark green shirt, camouflage pants, combat boots, and dog tags.
G.I. Joe — G.I. Joe is a well-known American character that started as an action figure but has gone on to inspire movies and other pop culture creations. You can get the G.I. look with battle fatigues and combat boots.
Geppetto — Geppetto was the puppet-maker and father to Pinocchio in the popular children’s story and Disney cartoon film. He wore shoes with buckles, breeches, tights, a brown apron over a blue collared shirt, and spectacles. A grey wig will finish the look.
German National Costume for Women — Wear a green dirndl skirt with a lace petticoat showing underneath and an elaborately embroidered top and waistcoat. You can accessorize with an apron, though the corset or basque approach is also a good option.
Giant — For this concept, people often choose to dress up as a well-known giant from pop culture, such as the Jolly Green Giant or a giant robot. You could also, however, use a costume or props to make yourself taller and more giant-like.
Ghost — Aside from the classic white sheet variety, you could also go as Elvira from Blithe Spirit or the ghost of Hamlet's father from Shakespeare's Hamlet or Banquo from Macbeth. Ghosts such as Nearly Headless Nick also appear in the Harry Potter series of books and films.
Gibson Girl — The Gibson Girl was the personification of the feminine ideal of beauty as portrayed by Charles D. Gibson in the late 1890s to the early 20th century. Typically, she wore a starched linen blouse, an Ascot square-ended scarf, a habit-back tailored skirt, hair in a pompadour style, and a sailor hat.
Gimli — Gimli is a fearless dwarf warrior from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Wear a very long red beard and red wig, a cloak, a helmet, and bring an axe! There are official costumes available for purchase as well.
Gingerbread Man — The Gingerbread Man is both a delicious cookie seen most often around Christmas time and a character in the Shrek movies famous for his gumdrop buttons. There are official costumes available to purchase, though you can also make your own using brown clothing with white piping and some colorful decorations for the details of the face and body.
Ginger Rogers — Ginger was an American actress and frequent dance partner to Fred Astaire in 1930s and '40s musicals. Her most well-known look was a white floor-length gown in the style of the '30s or '40s. She was also known for her elaborate use of feathers.
Ginger Spice — Ginger Spice was the stage name of Geri Halliwell, member of the British group Spice Girls in the 1990s. She was best known for her short Union Jack dress, platform ankle boots, and straight, ginger-streaked hair.
Gladiator — Gladiators were men who were trained to fight other men or animals for entertainment in ancient Rome. The most well-known gladiator nowadays is Maximus, the character portrayed by Russel Crowe in the film Gladiator (2000). Wear strappy sandals, Roman armour, and a red cape.
Giraffe — To get the giraffe look, you can either go for a patterned top and matching pants with a giraffe headband or go all out with a mascot head and neck. It's up to you!
Gladys Pugh — Gladys Pugh was a character from the British TV sitcom, Hi-de-Hi which revolved around the life and struggles of the staff and campers at Maplins Holiday Camp. Gladys was the Chief Yellowcoat, sports organiser, and Radio Maplin announcer. She wore a yellow coat with lapels and had dark hair that was cut short.
Glamazon — Glamazon is the fifth studio album released by drag queen Rue Paul. The music video for the song "Glamazon" features some very fierce looking drag queens prowling through the city of New York in a video game setting.
Glam Rock Singer — Glam or glitter rock was a style of music developed in Britain in the 1970s in which performers wore elaborate outfits, makeup, hairstyles, and oftentimes lots and lots of glitter. The look was typified by artists such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop.
Glinda — Glinda is the good witch of the south is from the book and movie, The Wizard of Oz. Her most well-known look is a silver and pink ball gown with a wand, wings, and a tall crown, similar to a fairy godmother.
Gloria Swanson — Gloria Swanson was a star of the early silent and talkies cinema who is most remembered for her role in Sunset Boulevard, where she played a fading actress who kept reliving her golden days. Wear black and white in 1940s-style glam.
Gnome of Zurich — Gnome of Zurich is a nickname for Swiss bankers due to their secretive practices. Wear a fancy suit and tie.
Gnomes — Gnomes are most frequently seen nowadays gracing the garden with a white beard, a pointed red hat, a long blue jacket, black boots, and a black belt.
Goatherd — While goats are herded around the world, this costume is best known in its Alpine rendition. Wear a colourful, embroidered waistcoat over a white shirt, lederhosen, and mountain walking boots. This is a great costume for events based on The Sound of Music!
Goblin — Goblins are of a similar genre to elves, gnomes, and dwarves, but are usually more disagreeable characters that have uglier and pointier features. Wear a goblin mask and a cloak.
Godfather — The best-known rendition of the Godfather costume is Marlon Brando's dark-suited outfit from the movie of the same name. Wear a tuxedo with the signature red rose in the pocket.
Godiva, Lady — Lady Godiva was the wife of the Earl of Mercia in 11th century Britain who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in order to prevent her husband from taxing the locals further. Her long hair was said to have protected her modesty, and you can recreate the effect with a body-stocking and a long Rapunzel wig. The horse accessory may be best served by a hobby-horse.
Gods of the Greeks and Romans — The Greeks and Romans had a god or goddess for almost every aspect of their lives. A typical deity is dressed in a white toga (Roman) or chiton (Greek) edged with gold or silver trim, and carries a symbol of their power. For example, Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, might have an owl while Diana, the goddess of hunting, would carry a bow and arrow. If you don't feel like rustling up a symbol of your power, throw on a white beard and just play the Old Testament God.
Gold Digger — This is a term used for a person (usually a woman) who enters into a relationship only for the money of the other person. Kanye West's song, "Gold Digger" describes the concept fairly well. This costume's style is open to interpretation as well as individual taste.
Goldilocks — This traditional storybook character is famous for invading the home of the Three Bears and eating their porridge. She can be created with a short frilled dress, pop socks, and a blonde bunched or plaited wig.
Goldfinger — Goldfinger is the villain in the James Bond film and book of the same name. The role was acted by Gert Frobe in a film where Goldfinger masterminded a plot to contaminate the US's gold reserves. Wear a suit, casual wear, or a traditional golfing outfit.
Goldfinger Girl — In the film, Goldfinger, the character of Jill Masterson meets her death when she is painted gold from head to toe as the price of betraying her employer, Auric Goldfinger. Whilst you can recreate the gold effect with gold makeup, body paint, and hairspray, this can take more time (and daring) than most wish to invest and the result can be disappointing if not done well. A gold catsuit and supplementary gold makeup and hairspray may be a better option. Where gold makeup is used, you may need to define features such as your eyes and lips.
Goldie Hawn — Goldie was an international celebrity who starred as a ditsy blond in a bikini and body paint on the 1960s American TV satire show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. She has since starred in films such as Private Benjamin and Death Becomes Her.
Goldmember — Goldmember is the villain from the third Austin Powers film. In the film, the villain is Dutch, owns a discotheque, suffers from a skin disorder, and had an accident which resulted in his unusual appendage. Wear a gold velour track suit and bleach blonde hair and facial hair.
Gomez — Gomez is the husband of Morticia in the television series The Addams Family. He wears a broad striped gangster-style pinstriped suit with a cigar and a moustache.
Gondolier — Steering his gondola through the canals of Venice, the gondolier is an iconic representation of Italy. Typically he wears a striped jumper and a be-ribboned straw hat with dark pants.
Goose — This animal is very well-known from nursery rhymes including Goosey Goosey Gander. Wear a standard goose outfit or Mother Goose costume which would feature a bonnet and a large ribbon.
Gorilla — This is a popular costume that is easy to come by in stores, though it might be a little difficult to make on your own.
Goth — Historically, a Goth was a member of one of the ancient Germanic tribes known for their conflict with the Roman Empire. Nowadays, the term goth is used to denote a fashion sub-culture characterised by a passion for black clothing, hair, and makeup.
Gotham Girl — Gotham Girls was an American Flash Animation series that focused on several of the female characters from Gotham City, including Batgirl, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn.You could go as any one of these characters. Better yet, get a group together!
Granny — Aside from the standard granny, like the one featured in The Little Red Riding Hood, there are several novelty granny costumes available such as the flashing granny. In general, you'll want to wear a white wig, spectacles, and a frumpy dress with comfortable and out-of-fashion shoes.
Governor — This title of power means different things in different contexts. In the United States, states have governors which are elected political representatives. The term was also used for His or Her Majesty's representatives in the British colonies, or the overseer of a prison. Dress according to the context you wish to portray.
Gracie Fields, Dame — Dame Gracie Fields was a well-known comedienne and music hall star from the early twentieth century. She starred in several morale-booster films, notably Sally in Our Alley and Sing as We Go in the 1930s. Your costume or outfit will depend on the role being played.
Grand Vizier — In the Ottoman Empire, the Grand Vizier was the prime minister of the Ottoman sultan, with absolute power of attorney and, in principle, dismissible only by the sultan himself. Wear a Turkish turban, a dark robe, and a long white beard.
Grapes, Bunch of — This is a very fun D-I-Y costume achieved simply by attaching green or purple balloons to a black T-shirt and jeans or a jumpsuit. Avoid anyone wielding sharp objects with evil intent!
Greek Hero — There are a range of Greek heroes to choose from, including Jason, Perseus, and Odysseus, though Hercules is an obvious choice. Wear sandals, Greek armour, and a headband.
Green-Cross Man — Green-Cross Man is a TV public service announcement character of the 1970s and '80s designed to encourage road safety, played by David Prowse (who later played the physical body of Darth Vader in Star Wars though the voice was provided by James Earl Jones). Wear a tight white outfit with a green cape and shoulder caps, with a green cross across the chest.
Gretel — Gretel is a character from the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm. Wear a German or Austrian blouse, waistcoat, skirt, and plaited wig.
Green Fairy — The green fairy is a character from the film Moulin Rouge (2001), played by Kylie Minogue. The fairy is the personification of absinthe, a green-colored spirit which used to be vilified as an especially addictive type of alcohol. Thus, for all her twinkly attitude and costume, the green fairy is inwardly wicked, a trait symbolised by red eye makeup.
Green Goblin — The Green Goblin is the super-villain in one of the more recent Spiderman movies and is the alter-ego of industrialist Norman Osborn. Noted for high-tech weapons, Osborn derived his powers from a special serum which also caused him to become deranged. Costumes are available to purchase.
Green Hornet — The Green Hornet is a masked vigilante who fights crime and injustice with his sidekick Kendo and a weapon-laden car. Originally this character appeared as a comic strip and TV series in the mid-20th century, but his story was revived in a film in January 2011. Wear a trench coat, dark pants, a hat, and a green eye mask.
Green Lantern — The Green Lantern is a superhero and an intergalactic police officer in the DC Universe. The weapon he wields is a power ring that translates his ideas into green energy using the strength of his willpower. In 2011, the character was featured in a film by the same name. Get his look with a green spandex suit and a green eye mask.
Green Man or Woman — The Green Man is a symbolic figure dressed head to toe in green leaves and branches often seen at May Day celebrations in Britain. The female equivalent is the Earth Mother or Gaia figure who has green mottled skin and clothing in earth tones.
Green Pepper — A common garden vegetable in Britain and the US, a green pepper is a fun novelty costume.
Grim Reaper — The Grim Reaper is usually portrayed as a cloaked and hooded skeleton with a scythe and an hourglass.
Grinch — The Grinch is a furry, humanoid, goblin-like character from the Dr Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He is covered in green fur and his most memorable costume was when he impersonated Santa and dressed up in a red jacket and Santa hat.
Grisabella — Grisabella is the glamour cat who has fallen on hard times from the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Cats. Apart from a costume which suggests a fur coat that has seen better days, her makeup is elegant but flawed with runny mascara, smudged lipstick, etc.
Gromit — Gromit is the popular dog companion to absent-minded inventor Wallace in the Aardman animation TV programmes and feature film about the duo’s adventures. You can find an official costume on the market for purchase.
Groom — To go as a groom, you could either dress up as a horse trainer, or someone who is about to be married. Dress for the role that you want.
Grotbags — Grotbags is an green-faced witch who was a popular children's television character from the late 1980s and early '90s. She wore a classic witch outfit with a black cape, black hat, curly green wig, and green makeup.
Gunslinger — Gunslinger was a character in the sci-fi movie, Westworld, played by Yul Brynner. Wear a terminator-style cyborg mask combined with a cowboy outfit to create this theme park droid that went bad.
Groucho Marx — One of the famous Marx Brothers, film stars of the 1930s, Groucho Marx was legendary for his witty one-liners and put-downs. Wear a 1930s evening suit, bushy eyebrows, a painted-on moustache, and large black glasses. Don't forget a cigar!
Gru — This lovable would-be villain's full name is Felonius Gru, star of the popular Despicable Me animated feature films. Although a licensed costume is available, his look is very much similar to the bald-headed Uncle Fester from The Addams Family. He wears a grey jacket and a grey-and-black striped scarf.
Guardsman — The most famous guardsman outfit is the classic toy soldier costume, of busby or bearskin, with a red uniform jacket, and black trousers. The outfit may also be used for the nutcracker soldier at Christmas.
Guinevere — Guinevere was the wife of King Arthur, a legendary British hero of the Dark Ages of early English history who was also reputed to have been in love with Lancelot, one of the Knights of the Round Table. Her costume is the classic medieval or renaissance gown with a bejewelled necklace, long flowing hair, a crown or circlet, and a veil.
Guy Fawkes — Guy Fawkes was the famous member of a gang who planned to blow up the British Parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. His exploits are still commemorated on November 5th with bonfires and the ‘burning of the guy.' Wear a cavalier-style costume and a Guy Fawkes mask.
Gypsy Rose Lee — Gypsy Rose Lee was an American entertainer famous for her striptease act whose 1957 memoir was made into a stage musical and film called Gypsy. Wear a burlesque costume.