The story of Little Red Riding Hood revolves around a young girl who goes walking through the woods on the way to visit her sweet old grandmother. Little Red Riding Hood wears a red hooded cape as she is walking through the woods to keep her shoulders warm. While walking through the woods Little Red Riding Hood encounters a wolf walking down the same path. The wolf immediately knows that this Little Red Riding Hood would make the yummiest of snacks and is very tempted to eat the young girl for lunch. The wolf knows however, that he could be caught eating the girl and decides to lure her somewhere private where he can eat her in peace.
The wolf asks Little Red Riding Hood where she is going that afternoon. Little Red Riding Hood thinks nothing of this cunning wolf being dangerous, and tells him in all honesty that she is on the way to visit her sweet old grandmother. The wolf tells Little Red Riding Hood that he must be going and departs. Though Little Red Riding Hood is walking toward her grandmother’s house the wolf is indeed faster than the little girl. The wolf goes straight to the grandmothers house and beats Little Red Riding Hood There.
This wolf has a great appetite for humans and cannot help but to eat the little girl’s grandmother when he arrives. After the wolf eats the grandmother he cleverly slips into her night gown and cap, slides under the blankets in the bed and awaits the arrival of Little Red Riding Hood.
When Little Red Riding Hood arrives at the grandmother’s house she is started by the strikingly odd appearance of her grandmother. She tells her grandmother, “my, what big hands you have” when she notices the larger than average size of her usually petite grandmothers features. Little Red Riding Hood cannot help pointing out how strange her grandmother’s features are, and when she finally gets to observing her grandmother’s teeth she says, “my, what big teeth you have”. The wolf responds with, “all the better to eat you with my dear” and gobbles down Little Red Riding Hood who is never to be seen again.
Little Red Riding Hood is an iconic figure and dressing up as the fairy tale character can be quite fun. There are many costumes available to dress up in for children, tweens, teens and adults. People of any age can have fun being in character as Litttle Red Riding Hood. There are some main components that every Little Red Riding Hood costume must have but every costume is a little bit different. Little Red Riding Hood looks a little bit different in each version of the tale.
Every Little Red Riding costume must feature the red cape that she wears. Little Red Riding Hood is known for her red cape and she would not be the character without it. In the different versions of the Little Red Riding Hood story the cape length always varies. Some tales depict Little Red Riding Hood wearing a very long red cape and other versions maintain that she wears a very short red cape. There are many different versions of the costume and each version has a cape of a different length. Some capes are very long and trail down to the floor, other capes hit right at the mid thigh, and some capes are just little shoulder capelets that do not extend down the back at all. A cape length can be chosen based on personal preference or if adhering to a particular version of the story. Some costumes even have red velvet capes or pretty sheer red capes that flow right down to the floor.
Underneath the cape Little Red Riding Hood wears a cute dress. Usually this dress has a red skirt with a little white short sleeved top tucked into a wide black belt or black bustier. There are many versions of this costume for infant/toddlers, children, tweens, teens, adults and plus sized women. Each version of this costume is basically the same format with a skirt, top, and belt/bustier but each costume differs slightly for age appropriateness. There is a long and short version of the children’s costume, knee length and shorter versions for tweens and teens, and the adult costumes are have shorter skirts with bustiers and tops that are more form fitting, revealing and sexy. Though Little Red Riding Hood is a young girl in the story it does not mean an adult cannot wear the sexy adapted version of the costume with a short skirt, some fishnet stockings and patent leather high heeled boots.
In the tale Little Red Riding Hood is carrying a little woven basket full of treats to bring to her sweet grandmother. Though a woven basket is not included in many of the costume sets, it truly makes the costume for Little Red Riding Hood to carry a woven basket. Though this item is not included in the costume sets a woven basket can be purchased separately to be worn with the costume to stay true to the character and the story. Though the costumes do not usually come with shoes, shoes can also be purchased separately to be worn with the costume. Little Red Riding Hood usually wears a cute pair of flat or high heeled black Mary Janes to complete the costume.
Accessorizing Your Costume
Accessorize your Red Riding Hood Costume with great items to get the look you want. Red Riding Hood needs a basket in hand to take along goodies to grandmother’s house and collect treats on Halloween night. No Red Riding Hood Costume would be complete without a bright red cape complete with a hood. Many choose to accessorize the look with a wig of gorgeous pigtails adorned with red bows. Some choose to braid the pigtails for a special touch. You might want to keep in mind the cooler weather that usually occurs during the season of Halloween. You might consider putting a long sleeve t-shirt and white leggings on your child to keep them warm and cozy while out in the neighborhood collecting treats.
Measuring for Your Costume
Even the big bad wolf wouldn’t wish for your Red Riding Hood costume to be less than well-fitting! Luckily, it doesn’t have to be! You can easily take your measurements and find the best size to fit you. Just measure your hips, chest and waist, and note your height before checking out the size chart for the costume that you wish to buy. If everything matches up, you have found the right size for you. Keep in mind that if you wish to wear something under your costume for warmth, you may wish to go ‘up’ a size.
Little Red Riding Hood is a very popular fairy tale character and girls of all ages wear such costumes to Halloween parties or masquerade balls. There is a wide range of Little Red Riding Hood costumes and you can find the right costume for you, your young child or your teen. While all the costumes have a few components that are the same, such as the red cape and a cute basket, the dress beneath the cape, the shoes, etc. are different. You can go in for a cute schoolgirl look, a sexy siren look or a look that is uniquely you.