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Awesome 80s Costume Ideas

Updated on June 9, 2014

1980s Halloween Party Costumes

If you are looking for cool 1980s adult costume ideas then you have come to the right place. Collected here are some hot eighties looks that will stand out at any halloween or retro 80s fancy dress party.

Check this lens for sexy Madonna costumes, laid back Miami Vice cool, privileged Preppies or lovable geek looks. Find everything you need to make or buy an awesome eighties halloween costume that will make you a star!

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80s Inspiration

Creating an awesome 80s costume.

Wondering where to start? Look for inspiration in any 80s clothing or props you may already have laying around. All it takes are some cool shades, funny t-shirt, sexy boots or a shiny jacket and you have an 80s costume ready to happen.

Check out the pictures and articles in this lens for inspiration and invent an 80s niche costume no one else is suspecting!

Once you have one or two items selected the rest of your costume should fall into place, find the finishing touches with accessories from eBay or Amazon and you will have a great looking eighties costume put together for almost nothing.

Rip a T-Shirt 80s Style

Instructions on how to DIY a sexy eighties t-shirt with some strategic cuts.

Also includes a look at some 80s accessories ideas.

Scroll Down for Part 2 and learn how to cut a t-shirt into a halter-top.

Womens Flash Dance Costume - Get ready to sweat 80's style ladies!

Miami Vice 1984

Miami Vice 1984
Miami Vice 1984

80s Sunglasses on eBay - I wear my sunglasses at night...

Eighties shades look cool all year round and are an inexpensive way to add some vintage 80s authenticity to your costume. Pick some up for cheap on eBay and you're rockin.

You don't have to be Tom Selleck to be 80s detective Magnum PI this halloween, just assemble these simple items and you will be solving crimes around Oahu in your Ferrari in no time.

- Detroit Tigers Baseball Cap

- Mustache

- Hawaiian Shirt

- Private Eye ID

- Sandals

- Ferrari 308 GTS

Okay, you might have to skimp on the Ferrari but the rest is easy, a simulated hairy chest can also add some laughs to this classic eightes TV look.

Magnum PI Costume Hat - Detroit Tigers Baseball Cap

Detroit Tigers Relaxed Fit GW920 Adjustable Cap by New Era
Detroit Tigers Relaxed Fit GW920 Adjustable Cap by New Era

Detroit Tigers baseball cap like Magnum wears. Adjustable closed back elastic fits everyone on the beach or in the crowd.

 

Magnum PI Hawaiian Shirt - As seen on 80s TV show.

Made famous by Tom Selleck, in the 1980s Hawaiian detective television series, Magnum P.I. The Original Magnum P.I. Jungle Bird shirt was donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. It is better known as Jungle Bird. This popular print, has had subtle changes over the years, but the basic pattern has not changed.

All Paradise Found Hawaiian Aloha Shirts have pockets that amazingly disappear as they seamlessly match the print backgrounds. The buttons are made from genuine bamboo wood. These shirts are sewn to fit comfortably.

Madonna - Like a Virgin (not!)

Madonna - Like a Virgin (not!)
Madonna - Like a Virgin (not!)

Womens Madonna Costume - Get it on Amazon and be ready to party!

Madonna Costumes - Colorful 80s pop star costumes from Amazon.

Madonna launched her career in the 80s with hits like Material Girl and Like a Virgin . Combining her sexy 80s image and dance skills she quickly moved up top the top of the pop charts. Don't forget to vote for your favorite Madonna outfits!

Beetle Juice 1988 - Michael Keaton & Winona Ryder

Beetle Juice 1988 - Michael Keaton & Winona Ryder
Beetle Juice 1988 - Michael Keaton & Winona Ryder

Vote for the Hotest Women's 80s Wigs - The bigger the hair, the closer to god!

Spice up your 80s costume with a hot wig in sassy, classic, rocking or boogie nights style. So which of these sexy wigs is your favorite? Vote below and let us know!

Ghostly Goth Makeup

Ghost Stories Makeup Kit, White, One Size
Ghost Stories Makeup Kit, White, One Size

The Ghost Stories TM Makeup Kit is a must have to enhance the look of your "undead" costume - - without it, you don't stand a ghost of a chance in pulling off the look. Makeup kit includes: 0.25 oz. cream makeup, 0.25 oz. makeup tray, 1 makeup crayon, 2 blending sponges and one applicator.

 

Axl Rose and Slash at CBGB - Guns n Roses

Axl Rose and Slash at CBGB - Guns n Roses
Axl Rose and Slash at CBGB - Guns n Roses

Get Your 80s Rocker Gear Here! - Buy Hair Metal wigs and accessories at Amazon.

Whether you want to be an 80s hair band star, a red neck southern rocker, or metal head these awesome wigs and studded wrist bands are the details that will make any eighties metal costume. Which look do you think is the most rocking? Vote and let us know!

Michael Jackson Ruled the 80s

Michael Jackson Ruled the 80s
Michael Jackson Ruled the 80s

80s Costumes at eBay

Check ebay for some good deals on 1980s halloween costumes like Michael Jackson and Madonna. These live ebay listings are all reasonably priced under $50

Rhinestone Michael Jackson Glove - The Best Quality King of Pop Glove

Rhinestone Glove (Cotton Glove with Individual Bright Rhinestones on Each Side)
Rhinestone Glove (Cotton Glove with Individual Bright Rhinestones on Each Side)

1 striking rhinestone glove. Double sided rhinestones so the glove can be worn on the left or right hand. This glove is studded with individually placed rhinestones. This glove got the best reviews on Amazon and seems the most well made!

 

Cut an 80s Halter Top from a T-Shirt - The Second How to Cut a Shirt Video

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper

Fun 80s Girl Costumes - Be a pop star or fly girl this Halloween

Girls just want to have fun so why sweat over a costume - take the easy way out and get a complete costume already assembled delivered right to your door by Amazon!

Womens Accessories

Don't just be sexy, be deadly hot sexy glamorous with the addition of a few slutty halloween accessories.

Blues Brothers - Always a Classic Buddy Costume

Blues Brothers - Always a Classic Buddy Costume
Blues Brothers - Always a Classic Buddy Costume

Mens 80s Costumes

From Ghostbusters to Video Games and ROck n Roll, these guys 80s costumes are all party ready! Go ahead and vote your favorites up!

Mens Eighties Accessories - The Dude is in the Details

Costume accessories that will make any outfit into a rocking halloween party costume. Voice your style and vote for your favorite mens acessories below.

Ghostbusters 1984

Ghostbusters 1984
Ghostbusters 1984

DIY Ghostbusters Costumes

Ghostbusters was a fun movie with a great cast of characters and is always a popular 80s Halloween costume. You can make your own DIY Ghostbusters costume with just a few easy to find items you probably already have.

  • Jumpsuit - Mechanic or Painter coveralls, embellish with a Ghostbusters patch on the arm and name tag on breast pocket area.
  • Black Boots - tuck in your jumpsuit legs. Army surplus or even rubber boots will do fine.
  • Utility Belt - Check the dollar store for lightweight accessories for your utility belt such as flashlights and plastic tools. Army surplus stores have a variety of good belt options.
  • Ghostbuster Backpack - get creative with cardboard, packaging materials and silver spraypaint to build your own pack with hose gun extension. The glue gun is your friend. Scavenge back alleys or thrift stores for a vacuum hose.
  • Elbow Pads - if you don't have any borrow them from a rollerblader or skater friend, thrift stores have these too.

More Mix Tape Apparel styles available.

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