Dark Knight Halloween Costume Ideas

You've trained for years, vowed to die for your kingdom, and now it's time to put your deadly sword skills to the test. Er, or maybe just impress your friends at your next Halloween get-together. Regardless of your mission, you'll need a knight costume that impresses even the most fearsome of foes.

Medieval Knight

A knight is vulnerable without his armor, so first you're going to have to find a set to put on. This armor can be as cheap as a plastic chest plate, or as classic as real leather. If you're willing to spend a lot, you could also splurge on some chainmail for a truly authentic look.

• The Armor

Since you're trying to look dark and menacing, wear as much armor as you can, it has a de-humanizing effect that is unnerving, especially when combined with the right headgear. Also, if you're covered from head to toe, you can just wear your regular clothes underneath and not have to worry so much about changing if you need to take the costume off.

As for shoes, a pair of nice leather boots should suffice. Try not to pick ones that are too modern-looking, and in fact they will look better if they're a little torn up. Since you're a dark knight, find boots that are bigger than your usual shoes if you can, something that will make you seem taller and your footprints seem bigger.

• Headgear

Headgear is sort of optional, but part of keeping yourself protected from the arrows being flung all around you is having a helmet. Depending on what kind of warrior you are, your helmet should be different and should reflect your class and culture. If you're going for a dark, evil look, though, it's probably best to get a helmet and mask that cover your whole face if you can manage it-unless it makes you too sweaty.

• Weapons

Finally, what is a warrior without his weapons, right? This is where you get to decide what kind of fighting strategy you're going to take. Are you the kind of guy who likes to target enemies from afar and deliver a deadly blow quickly? Maybe you should try a bow and arrow. Or maybe a fake sword witch is a lot scarier for for Halloween night.

Templar Knight

It's time to dig out some old clothes or visit the local thrift shop. You can make the central part of your templar knight costume with two simple layers: a dark long-sleeved hoodie and a white lab coat, trench coat or oversized jacket with the sleeves chopped off.

Use a large square of red cloth to cut out the cross, which you'll then glue to the chest area. You can also make your costume look like it came straight from the battlefield by snipping some extra holes into the material, fraying the ends and smudging some dirt on the cloth.

• The Accessories

No templar knight is ready for battle without a shield, sword and belt. With a healthy supply of paint and cardboard, your shield and sword can be made in a few minutes, with an old belt to hold your weapon at your side. Finally, a popcorn bucket spray-painted silver can easily pass as your majestic helmet - just don't forget to cut out the eye-slits. With this costume on your side, your next Halloween will undoubtedly be a knight to remember.

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