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Daryl Dixon Costumes

Updated on September 4, 2015

Daryl Dixon: The Most Popular Guy on The Walking Dead

It's interesting to see how our favorite redneck Daryl Dixon has really come to the forefront of AMC's The Walking Dead. Daryl Dixon costumes are HOT this year, but you can't find them in any store! Instead, you'll have to improvise, but no worries, I can help with that.

On this page, you will find out exactly how to copy Daryl Dixon's style. Chances are, you already have most of the stuff you need in your closet or at the nearest Goodwill. Cheap is the way to go with most of this costume. Except possibly the crossbow, but we'll get to that in a minute.

Apparently, Daryl Dixon costumes aren't just for Halloween! Visitors to this page keep pouring in! Way to show some Dixon love!

Ready to get going? Read on for the best ways to create your own Daryl Dixon costume.

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Daryl's Look

Daryl Dixon is a zombie hunter. He adapted pretty darn fast to the new world order and you can usually find the dude popping zombies in the head with assorted weapons. His favorite, though, is his crossbow.

For all that stealthy zombie killing and running away from the undead, Dixon requires comfy clothing that lets him move easily and quietly. He's also a redneck, which may account for some of his taste. This guy wears cargo pants most of the time and shirts with the sleeves torn off. That's pretty easy to replicate, but just a pair of tan cargo pants and a checked, sleeveless shirt, won't turn you into the Zombie Killing King. You need a few extra touches. First, though, we'll figure out the easy part: the clothing.

If it's too cold out for bare arms, add a black leather jacket to your ensemble.
If it's too cold out for bare arms, add a black leather jacket to your ensemble. | Source
  • Pants: You're going to want a pair of cargo pants with lots of pockets, ideally in khaki, brown, or olive green. If you don't have any cargo pants already, I recommend asking a friend.
  • Shirt: Hit the thrift store or your closet to find some shirts. You're looking for plaid or checked button down shirts that you can tear the sleeves out of or t-shirts in grey and dull green. Blending is key here. When you get a shirt, tear that sucker up.
  • Vest: You might also want to look for a vest with pockets. He wears those quite often, as well. Basically, Daryl Dixon can carry everything he needs to survive in just his clothes, so go for that kind of a look.
  • Jacket: Bare arms are a signature Daryl look, but if it's cold where you live and you need a jacket, go for a battered black leather jacket.
  • Boots: You'll need sturdy hiking boots to complete the look.
  • Dirt: Fighting zombies and living in a post-apocalyptic world makes for dirty folks. Going out in a Daryl Dixon costume while clean is just wrong. If you don't want to rub dirt or mud on your face, you can buy fake dirt at a drugstore or costume shop. Personally, I like to make a puddle of mud in my backyard, smear it all over myself, and then add some ketchup to the mix.

Daryl Dixon's Crossbow

Daryl couldn't live long without his pretty awesome crossbow, so it makes sense that you'll need one for your Daryl Dixon costume. You have two options here:

  1. Make a fake crossbow out of household items. Do this if you only want the crossbow as part of a costume and you don't need it to actually function. It isn't very hard to make a fake crossbow: just take a long, thin piece of wood, glue a curved piece of wood or cardboard to the end, add a handle and paint the whole thing black. The video above uses an old windshield wiper, which is pretty awesome, but you can make it look pretty good with any curved piece.
  2. Buy a toy crossbow. Toy crossbows are actually pretty awesome. Amazon sells so-called "toy" crossbows that are completely functional weapons. If you buy one of these, you can have a lot of fun with it long after Halloween, killing all the squirrels in your neighborhood. You can even kill some in advance and use real squirrel skins and blood for your Daryl costume. Gross! (Seriously, don't do that unless you actually know about hunting.)

Tactical Crusader Hand Held Hunting Archery 50LB Pistol Crossbow Gun
Tactical Crusader Hand Held Hunting Archery 50LB Pistol Crossbow Gun

This toy crossbow has a 50 pound draw and can kill small animals from 25 feet away. Be very careful where you point it!

 

Other Weapons

  • Knife: Daryl Dixon always has several weapons on him. The actual knife that he carries is a Busse TG, but for the purposes of a Daryl Dixon costume, you might want to stick to a rubber knife or make a fake one out of cardboard. That's a bit safer, anyway!
  • Gun: Again, Dixon uses several different weapons. If you have a toy gun lying around, stick it in your waistband and add it to your arsenal. With these three weapons, you will be ready for the zombie apocalypse.

Accessories

The three accessories Daryl always has on him are his red handkerchief, his ear necklace, and his collection of squirrel skins.

  • Red handkerchief: One of the things you will notice about Daryl in the show is that he always has a red handkerchief tucked into his back pocket. To make your costume true to the show, you will need one, too. Use a square of red fabric, a red bandanna, or cut up an old t-shirt. Then use it to mop the zombie blood off your face.
  • Ear necklace: In the Chupacabra episode, Daryl gets lost in the woods and comes back with a necklace made out of zombie ears. This necklace has become an icon of Daryl's particular brand of badass. The cheapest, easiest way to make your own is just print out a few pictures of ears and put them on some string. If you want your necklace done right, you'll need to find or make fake ears.
  • Squirrel skins: If you want to be authentic, you're going to need some dead squirrels hanging off your belt. If you don't want to kill your own like Daryl did, I suggest going to a pet store and getting a couple of dog toys. It's a lot easier to find dog toys that look like squirrels than it is to find plush squirrels.

Dixon in Action

Why do you like Daryl Dixon? Will you be wearing this costume for Halloween?

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      dc 2 years ago

      Nice

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      sandi_x 3 years ago

      Interesting ideas for costumes ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: prove it :p

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Im not convinced

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Im going to a signing in toronto with norman, micheal rooker and laurie holden and instead of a biker vest, i was going to put the angel wings on a plain black dress but therehasnt been a single website that has helped me

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Made a deal with a friend that I'd go to the Halloween dance if I got to go as Daryl Dixon. I DO have most of this stuff. Just need a fake crossbow. I love Norman Reedus. He's flipping awesome (As is Sean Patrick Flanery). I, too, would like to meet them both someday, but til then, I'm a die hard fan of Daryl and TWD.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like Daryl because his attitude reminds me of my boyfriend. Also, he's portrayed by Norman Reedus, one of my favorite actors.

      Everyone makes fun of the rednecks until there's a zombie apocalypse.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Does anyone know what brand of pants DD wore in season 3?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes I AM The Real Daryl Dixon

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: Thanks I'm The Real Daryl In The Television Seires AMC'S The Walking Dead

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      gregs411 4 years ago

      I have not seen the show yet, (where have I been)? Looks like I need to check it out.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A good alternative to the zombie dirt is to burn a sheet of paper and use the ashes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All though im a girl im totally still being daryl dixon he is my favorite character i would do any thing to see norman reedus in person and yrs walkong dead you only need four words walking dead is beast! :) <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: me too! he's just the right blend for justice and awesome!

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      daryl!! he's easy to portray since he doesn't change his clothing style throughout the season. just get an arrow and you're daryl right away! :)

      I LOVE THE WALKING DEAD!

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      MostInteresting 4 years ago

      A string of squirrels or other (fake) critters would also be a good thing to have.

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      nicks44 4 years ago

      Now I don't really like Daryl Dixon and No, I won't be wearing one of those costumes ... Ah, what am I even doing here? ... Nah I kid! Off course I like that poor bastard, but still I won't get a suit! I don't like him that much :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really enjoy Daryl Dixon on the Walking Dead, This is really very interesting! :)

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Very nice guide - plus, who doesn't want an awesome crossbow?

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      aussiejon 4 years ago

      Daryl is the boss! very cool Halloween costume idea :)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      My husband would love to go as Daryl.

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      I love Walking Dead, and this costume rocks!

      Daryl it's unique! Two thumbs up for this lens!

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      wattyan 4 years ago

      Cool! I also love Daryl.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      What a great idea!

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      Wendy Leanne 4 years ago from Texas

      I love Daryl. The group would be in bad shape without him. He's a super handy guy to have around.

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      MillBucks 4 years ago

      I really enjoy Daryl Dixon on the Walking Dead, he totally rocks!

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      lucky izan 4 years ago

      I love the walking dead movie, great lens

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      success4ever lm 4 years ago

      Love this guy in The Walking Dead... Too bad that he is not yet revealed in comic book!! He is a total bad ass ;)

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      Gayle 4 years ago from McLaughlin

      I love Daryl Dixon and Walking Dead--I don't like any other zombie show!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes!!! LOVE Darryl Dixon!!

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      Pinasheart 4 years ago

      He is my absolute favorite character on the show. This is an awesome lens!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Great lens!