80s cartoon character Halloween costumes
80s cartoon Halloween costumes
It's never too early to start thinking about your Halloween costume. There are the obvious choices; Dracula, one of the Avengers or Justice League; you know, the ones where you spend all that time and effort on a costume and somebody else turns up in the same one. How about this year trying an 80s cartoon theme for your costume? From Ghostbusters to He-Man, Captain Planet to the Thundercats, this lens will hopefully give you some great ideas.
Photo of Skeletor and He-Man costumes courtesy of 5of7 - wikimedia commons
The Ghostbusters uniform is a great one to use for Halloween. It looks great, it's a good Halloween themed costume and it works very well if you are going in a group with other Ghostbusters.
To make this costume you will need some light brown overalls, black boots and gloves, some Ghostbuster sew-on patches and whatever Ghostbusters style equipment you can get hold of. You can still find the toy versions of the backpacks on eBay or try a modern Ghostbusters style backpack. Alternatively, you can make your own equipment using different size boxes and margarine tubs.
Simply sew a Ghostbusters logo onto your right sleeve and then either another logo, or even better, your own name red on black, onto the left side of your chest, slip on your black boots and gloves, put on your backpack and you are ready to go Ghostbusting. Who you gonna call?
Photo of Ghostbusters costumes courtesy of Ghostbuster Ennui- wikimedia commons
Captain Planet costume
To make a Captain Planet costume you will need a green wig, red gloves and boots, a red t-shirt with Captain Planet logo (see the video below to make your own Planeteer costume or buy the one below from Amazon) and some red shorts. You would need to make some alterations to the t-shirt as the Captain's comes down to just below his pecs. You could pin it up if you want to be able to use it as t-shirt again afterwards. Alternatively, if you really want to look the part, you can do some alterations (or get somebody nice to do it for you).
If you really want to go the whole hog, you can paint yourself in silver body paint, but you then won't be able to sit down or touch anything all evening.
Make your own Planeteer costume
Masters of the Universe costumes
One of the greatest cartoons of the 80s, The Masters of the Universe featured He-Man and his allies fighting the evil Skeletor. Why not dress up as one of the classic characters? Ladies could even dress up as He-Man's twin sister, She-Ra
He-Man, the strongest man in the whole universe. I love this T-shirt! It uses something called Sublimation to create a slight rippling effect for the muscles, but otherwise this is an ordinary t-shirt. Great for costumes or just slipping on with a pair of jeans to go and visit the shops.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume
This is another costume great for a group to wear, especially if there are four of you. The basis of the costume is some green trousers and a green jumper (a green t-shirt will do if you can't find a jumper). Make the front shell of the costume using some cardboard, painted yellow and cut into shape. The back can be made using a suitable size box, or even a washing up bowl painted brown. Then of course you need the bandanas. These can be made from felt, or painted on using face paint. You will need blue for Leonardo, purple for Donatello, orange for Michelangelo and red for Raphael.
The weapons can be sourced from various places.
Leonardo's katana swords can be any made from strong cardboard, or buy a couple of cheap plastic swords from a toy shop.
Donatello's Bo staff can be made by removing the head from a broom.
Michelangelo's nunchucks can be made from two kitchen roll inners fastened together with a decent width string.
Raphael's Sai daggers can be made from garden forks or again cut from strong cardboard.
If there are five people in you group, once person can be Splinter by wearing a simple martial arts costume (and brown face paint if they are really keen).
Photo of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles courtesy of Nick Hotel - Wikimedia Commons
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles accessories
Leonardo's mask and Katana sword.
Favourite costume idea
Which of these is your favourite costume idea?
Have a look at this cool Transformers costume!
This guy dressed as Bumblebee actually transforms into a car.
More cool Transformers costumes.
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Dress up as a Transformer this Halloween with these fantastic costumes.