Ghost of Christmas Future DIY Costume Guide

Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come costume

Do you want to know how to make your own Ghost of Christmas Future costume from “A Christmas Carol”? Read below for where to find everything you need and our easy outfit guide.

The Ghost of Christmas Future (also known as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) is the third and final spectral entity to visit Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve.

It is typically depicted as a hooded and silent figure, shrouded in darkness and with a foreboding air. It communicates entirely with visions of the future; the future Scrooge can expect should he continue down his present path.

Scrooge is shown the funeral of an unnamed man. The few individuals who are in attendance show little sympathy or affection for the deceased man. To his horror, Scrooge realizes this is his own funeral and the fate that awaits him unless he changes his ways.

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The Ghost of Christmas Future forces Scrooge to confront the consequences of his actions and acts as the final catalyst for his redemption. Upon returning to his bed, Scrooge quickly sets about righting the many wrongs of his present life to ensure the future foretold by the third entity never comes to pass.

Ghost of Christmas Future Costume

Ghost of Christmas Future (A Christmas Carol) costume guide

Buy Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come costume items:

  1. Black hooded robe
  2. Skeleton shoes
  3. Skull mask
  4. Skeleton gloves
  5. Grim Reaper scythe
  6. Gothic lantern

1. Robe: The Ghost of Christmas Future is described as being shrouded almost entirely in a deep black garment, with only a beckoning hand visible. You might want to distress and tatter your new robes to get the right look.

2. Shoes: Remember, This entity is covered from head to toe in a deep black robe. However, in many screen and stage adaptations, a skeletal creature is revealed to lurk underneath. A pair of skeleton shoes are ideal in case anyone is brave enough to peek under the robe.

3. Skull mask: In Scrooge (1970) we actually get a glimpse under the hood and see that The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come actually has a ghastly (and slightly corny) skull for a face. Alternatively, a black full-face mask or glowing red eyes are other great options.

4. Gloves: This is a must-have accessory for any Ghost of Christmas Future costume. There are two consistent character design choices across the vast majority of popular interpretations: the black robes and the skeletal hand that beckons Scrooge forth.

If the skeleton look is not your vibe, then a simple pair of black gloves also works well.

5. Scythe: Most “A Christmas Carol” adaptations lean into the parallels with the Grim Reaper to some degree. If you feel this outfit needs an accessory to really take it to the next level, then you can’t go far wrong with a badass scythe.

6. Lantern: Alternatively, a chic gothic lantern can come in handy when you’re busy ferrying lost souls beyond earthly bounds.

How is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come described in the book?

A Ghost of Christmas Future costume is certainly one of the less ‘festive’ options from “A Christmas Carol” but it is one of the most impactful. Here is how the third – and final – entity is described by Charles Dickens:

When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible, save one outstretched hand. But for this, it would have been difficult to detach its figure from the night and separate it from the darkness by which it was surrounded.

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