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History Day Costumes: Viking Quest


Our Viking Quest History Day is a little over 3 weeks away, and we know some of you have already started planning your costumes! Dressing up for History Day is one of the fun, hands-on ways we make history come alive here at SLO Classical Academy. We will be celebrating the end of our first trimester together as a community, Viking-style, and it’s always a blast to see everyone dressing the part. 

If you're new to SLOCA, and wondering exactly what this History Day thing is all about, click here to read an inspiring and informative history day blog post from last year, written by Track B mom Kate Scott.

While costumes are not required, and we want you to come to History Day even if you don’t dress up, we know the kids always enjoy wearing them (and they love it when the adults are in costume too!). When we dress up for history day, it creates a dynamic effect and makes the whole event more memorable. 

Costumes need not be elaborate! Do what suits your personality and budget. Here are a few great tips to help get you started:

1. Did you know that SLOCA has a Pinterest page with tons of ideas? There’s a whole board for History Day Costumes — Click here to check it out. There are links for items you can make, as well as pictures with ideas of “the Viking look”  to help you piece your own costume together. Oh, and you don’t have to be a seamstress to make a costume… you can do a lot with a simple tunic, faux fur, peel and stick fabric tape, (or duct tape!) hot glue, safety pins, and/or a few made or bought accessories.


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2. Obviously this is the time of year when costume shops and thrift stores carry lots of costumes. Our own Fred & Betty’s thrift store has costumes right now, and you never know what you’ll find! Peruse these shops with history day in mind. Sometimes you’ll find a complete costume, but even if you don’t, you can often find pieces here and there that can be used to make a homemade costume pop — a piece of jewelry, an apron, a belt, a hat, a headband, a scarf, a sash, a weapon… Again, looking at photos of Viking and Medieval dress can help you know what types of items to look for. Go for the overall effect, don't worry too much about fine details. 


3. (NEW!) There's a little place called Pismo Beach Party and Costume that carries a wide array of costume accessories if you just need a few things to round out your Viking attire. They are located on the corner of 13th St. and Trouville in Grover Beach, so if you're down that way and need a finishing piece or two, stop in and check it out.

So happy costume hunting — we look forward to hanging out with our band of Viking brothers and sisters next month!

If you have any additional tips, stores to check out, or helpful websites with Viking costume ideas, please share in the comments below!

SLO Classical Academy is not affiliated with any of the above mentioned websites or businesses.

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