Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Halloween is upon us! I love Halloween because I love dressing up and getting creative with costumes.

For me, Do It Yourself costumes are always more exciting and creative than the store bought ones. With that in mind, I’ve got a bunch of unique, classy and fun ways to wear your traditional dirndl for Halloween that isn’t the “St. Pauli Girl." 

Now, pull out your traditional German dirndls and let's get creative! Just a few DIY in additions to your dirndl dress, and you have a new costume ready for any party!

#1 Marionette

This fun costume can go in many ways and work with just about any traditional dirndl, a marionettist’s stick and some makeup!

We literally just have the dowel rod stuck down the back of our dirndl dresses!

For this costume you’ll need:

  • The In Bloom (or any dirndl dress for that matter)
  • Long sleeve t-shirt
  • Dirndl petticoat
  • Red, white and black details (bows, ribbons, chokers, etc)
  • Marionettist’s Stick thing  (dowel rod, cork sheets glued together to make the +, yarn, and paint)
  • Nylons (colored with sharpies to make joints)
  • Makeup
Two women using dirndl dresses as a marionette costume


#2 Red Riding Hood

This is a classic fairytale character that only needs a few extra pieces to bring it all together. Nicki used a vintage cape along with one of her custom black dirndl dresses to make this look.

For this costume you’ll need:

Red-Riding-Hood-Costume with traditional bavarian clothing

#3 Viking

Embrace your inner Norse-woman with this fun costume.

While in this photo I made a quick vest using a German dirndl bodice pattern, you can easily use a dirndl vest.

For this costume you’ll need:

  • A Dirndl Vest
  • Tattered or leather pants
  • Long sleeve shirt (the wrinklier the better)
  • Random leather straps, strings and belts
  • Layers of antique looking jewelry
  • Some dirt for your face (or brown/black makeup)
Couple wearing a viking costume. Woman used pieces from her dirndl and the man is wearing tracht

#4 Flight Attendant

While Sam made this dirndl dress specifically for her PANAM Stewardess costume, you can use any modern dirndl to be a Lufthansa flight attendant!

For this costume you’ll need:

  • A Dirndl with an apron
  • Serving tray or cart with beverages
  • A pin with wings
  • Some small snack like nuts or cookies
  • Stud earrings
  • A neck scarf or hat

flight-attendent dirndl costume

#5 Snow White (and the Apple or the Huntsman)

Last year I suggested using the In Bloom Dirndl to create a Snow White look and I LOVE that Diane did exactly that. 

This costume idea can really go in a variety of ways, so take a look at your dirndl dresses and get creative! 

For this costume you’ll need:

  • The In Bloom Dirndl with yellow skirt – Any vintage German dirndl
  • Blue Off-the-Shoulder Blouse – White Blouse
  • A red apron to use as a cape – white apron
  • Huntsman – Apple
  • Dark hair


 #6 Mime

While this photo (from http://www.thejoyoffashionblog.com/) is obviously not a traditional dress, you can easily use a black dirndl instead of the black pants and suspenders.

Everything else, the shoes, the hat, the makeup and the shirt would be the same as this great picture!

For this costume you’ll need:

  • The Little Black Dirndl (or any black dirndl dress)
  • Black and white striped long sleeve shirt
  • A black beret
  • White gloves
  • Black shoes
  • Makeup

mime costume

Head to your closet and go through your favorite black dirndls and put this costume together like THAT! 

 #7 Queen of Hearts

In this photo I’m wearing a contemporary style dirndl that I made specifically for this costume, but you can replicate this look with a plain black dirndl, red dirndl, or the In Bloom Dirndl.

Adding details like cards and hearts, the hat and the collar piece… bada-bing bada boom!

For this costume you’ll need:

Dirndl dress used as Queen of Hearts costume with red hearts on the dirndl skirt

 #8 Vampire

A black dirndl like the Little Black Dirndl mixed with other red or purple pieces, blouse, petticoat etc.

Mixed your dirndl with perhaps a cape and makeup, teeth and bit of blood - and you are set for an epic evening! 

For this costume you’ll need:

  • The Little Black Dirndl (or any black dirndl)
  • Red long bell sleeve blouse
  • Red ribbon or chain lacing
  • Black nylons
  • Vampire teeth
  • (optional baby bat)
  • Makeup

Vampire Costume with Dirndl

#9 Minnie Mouse

This is a picture that Petra sent me and she looks so adorable in her black dirndl with red polka dots and white apron.

She added her own Minnie Mouse details to pull the whole look together!

For this costume you’ll need:

Woman wearing a dirndl with white blouse to look like Minnie Mouse

 #10 Witch

This classic costume doesn’t take much, but it might just be the perfect way to give the kiddos a good scare on Halloween Night!

For this costume you’ll need:

  • Little Black Dirndl (or any dark dirndl. Raven Dirndl pictured here)
  • Black blouse or long sleeve shirt
  • Witch’s Hat
  • Broomstick
  • Makeup

Witch-Dirndl costume

And lastly… you could always wear your more traditional dirndl and be Maria von Trapp from the Sound of Music. Traditional dirndls are great because there are so many vintage costumes you can recreate! 

What do you think of these ideas? Are you wearing your German dirndl this year for Halloween in a unique and interesting way?

German dirndls can be so versatile! Share your ideas and pictures in your dirndl dresses with me in the comments!


Karolina said:

I use my regular dirndl as a “Swiss Miss Cocoa Girl”

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