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Gale Hawthorne Hunger Games Costumes

Updated on March 11, 2013

How to Dress Like Gale Hawthorne, Based on the 2012 Hunger Games Movie

Gale Hawthorne, Katniss Everdeen's rebellious best friend and hunting partner in The Hunger Games, is an easy, inexpensive costume for guys. With the highly anticipated Hunger Games movie set to hit theaters in March 2012, Gale's laidback look is sure to be a hit this Halloween.

Here you'll find costume descriptions from The Hunger Games, photos of Liam Hemsworth's outfits from the movie and budget-savvy ideas for recreating Gale's rugged District 12 outfits.

Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne - Dress Like Gale in the Hunger Games Movie

Order your Blu-ray or DVD copy of The Hunger Games on Amazon today! The 2-disc DVD and Blu-Ray features three hours of behind-the-scenes footage, including an eight-part documentary about the making of The Hunger Games, interviews with director Gary Ross and the cast and the full-length Capitol propaganda film shown during the District 12 reaping ceremony.

Gale Costume #1: District 12 Hunting Gear - Gale's District 12 Hunting Gear From The Hunger Games

Gale District 12 Hunting Costume
Gale District 12 Hunting Costume

Gale's District 12 hunting costume is ideal for budget-savvy fans because most of the clothing you'll need to buy is cheap, easy to find and reusable. To start, purchase a gray long-sleeve thermal shirt with a crew neck and visible white stitching.

Remember! Gale's family lives in the Seam, the most impoverished part of District 12, so his wardrobe is mostly made up of tattered hand-me-downs. For an authentic Gale costume, be sure to distress your thermal shirt using sandpaper, coffee, dye and lemon juice.

Gale's brown hunting vest is a signature part of his District 12 wardrobe. This practical accessory allows Gale to keep his trapping tools close while he and Katniss scour the woods for a filling meal. For your Hunger Games costume, choose an oversized brown or olive green vest with lots of pockets.

Rothco Vintage Ranger Vest, Olive Drab, Medium
Rothco Vintage Ranger Vest, Olive Drab, Medium

This distressed olive green vest sports eight front pockets, a rear game bag and a zip-up collar.


In the Hunger Games movie, Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale, wears a pair of loose, dark cargo pants. Stick to a natural color scheme and choose either dark brown or olive green pants. For extra authenticity, use scissors or a cheese grater to shred the bottom of each pant leg then add a patch or two to one of your knees.

Dockers Men's Comfort Cargo D3 Classic-Fit Flat-Front Pant, Covert Khaki - discontinued, 42W x 30L
Dockers Men's Comfort Cargo D3 Classic-Fit Flat-Front Pant, Covert Khaki - discontinued, 42W x 30L

Lots of 4- and 5-star reviews recommend these comfortable, classic fit cargo pants, which are available in a wide range of lengths and widths.


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The complete Hunger Games soundtrack is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon! The album features 16 songs by a variety of popular artists including Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Arcarde Fire, Kid Cudi, Miranda Lambert and The Decemberists. Purchasing the entire Hunger Games soundtrack is a steal (just $0.59 per song!) but individual tracks are, as usual, available for $0.99 each.

Gale Costume #2: Reaping Outfit - Gale's Reaping Clothes From The Hunger Games

Gale Reaping Costume
Gale Reaping Costume

District 12 residents like Gale can't shell out extra cash for fancy clothes so why should you? Rather than purchasing a new shirt or pair of pants, thumb through the racks at Salvation Army, Goodwill or a local thrift store. You'll most likely be able to dig out a vintage gray long-sleeve button-down and well-worn brown slacks for less than $5 each. With little money spent, you won't have to feel guilty about aging your outfit with a few well-placed stains and tears.

Keep in mind, though, that Panem's citizens are expected to wear their best clothes to the Reaping, so don't go crazy with the distressing!

Dickies Men's Original 874 Work Pant Dark Brown 34W x 32L
Dickies Men's Original 874 Work Pant Dark Brown 34W x 32L

Make yourself Reaping-ready with this pair of Dickies work pants. With a permanent crease and classic fit, you won't feel embarrassed by the Capitol's cameras if Effie Trinket draws your name.


Official Music From The Hunger Games

The complete Hunger Games score, featuring original music composed by James Newton Howard, will be available for download on March 26. The album features 18 songs by Howard, the man behind the scores of Batman Begins, Unbreakable and I Am Legend. Purchasing the entire album is a steal (just $0.53 per song!) but individual tracks will, as usual, be available for $0.99 each.

Gale Hawthorne Costume Options - Outfits Worn by Liam Hemsworth in the Hunger Games Movie

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Author Suzanne Collins' young adult novel The Hunger Games tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who volunteers to replace her little sister after she is chosen to participate in a nationally televised fight to the death. Katniss then struggles to survive the 74th annual Hunger Games with the help of her district's male tribute, Peeta Mellark, and alcoholic mentor, Haymitch. The wildly popular post-apocalyptic novel has spent more than 160 weeks on the New York Times best sellers list since its publication in 2008 and was followed by two sequels -- Catching Fire in 2009 and Mockingjay in 2010. Together, the trilogy has sold more than 16 million copies in the United States.

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