One of the most iconic creatures associated with Halloween is the werewolf. Along with vampires werewolves are creatures that everyone expects to see on Halloween because no celebration of everything dark would be complete without some wolf/human hybrids running around. But the origins of the legends of werewolves are even darker than Halloween. Legends going back to ancient Greece mention humans with the ability to transform into wolves and other animals. Every culture around the world has at least one legend related to werewolves, and werewolves figure prominently in folklore and fairy tales in many cultures. European culture, which strongly influenced both American culture and the creation of the Halloween holiday, mentions werewolves quite regularly in stories and myths going back to the early Middle Ages. There are many mentions of how to avoid werewolves, what to do if you are bitten or scratched by a werewolf and how to kill werewolves in tales and books from France through all the European countries with most of the tales centered in Eastern Europe, where a lot of the popular vampire tales come from.
Werewolves are still a part of cultural lore today being featured in films, TV shows and books. The BBC America show Being Human which was adapted for America by the SyFy channel features a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost living as roommates and interacting with the human world. The Harry Potter books and films also feature werewolves among other fierce monsters. Shows like Faked or Faked and Destination Truth and Monsterquest have sent teams of researchers around the globe looking for evidence of real werewolves and other monsters. So it’s natural that werewolves would be a Halloween staple. It wouldn’t be very much fun to celebrate everything scary and dark without werewolves, vampires and witches. Just make sure that if the moon is full on Halloween night you are not caught out alone in the moonlight or else you might find yourself trying to outrun werewolves roaming the neighborhood in search of Halloween treats.
There is as much variation in werewolf costumes as there is in werewolf legends. Some costumes focus on the human aspect of a werewolf and feature raggedy clothing, dirt smears, scratches and bruises. Others focus on the wolf and involve elaborate masks, professional quality special effects make up, contact lenses that are designed to look like a wolf’s eye and furry paws and arm pieces that are soft and realistic. And no werewolf costume would be complete without the teeth. The thought of coming face to face with a supernatural wolf is made even more terrifying when you add long, slashing fangs to the picture. Werewolves are brutal killers when they are in wolf form, and large razor sharp teeth are one of the most terrifying aspects of a werewolf. You can buy very realistic looking teeth caps that fit over your own teeth to make your werewolf costume even scarier, or you can use dental appliances that fit over your teeth to give you the kind of animalistic look that is necessary to make a truly scary werewolf costume.