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Old Man Costume Characters

Updated on September 22, 2014
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Dress up as an old man - Fun costume idea

The classic old man costume is easy to make, can be homemade, and is great for adults and kids as well as men and women. Grab some old clothes, throw on some makeup, and crown the old man costume with a wig or a bald head.

If you want to really get into the role, you'll discover examples of various types of old men, wonderful old man faces and characters, examples of different old man costumes, stage make-up and accessory applications, and even videos that show you how to do make-up for old man characters and costumes. You'll even find a few performances by well-known actors who have done outstanding performances of old men characters that are available for you to study.

There are plenty of old man characters perfect for Halloween

For starters, think about the grumpy old man, the crazy old inventor, the bald old man, and the dirty old man. All are iconic old man costume characters that appear every Halloween and do their fair share of trick or treating. The beauty of the old man costume is that it can be as inexpensive as an old shirt and pants coupled with a bit of white powdered hair to a carefully crafted portrait of a realistic elderly man, complete with costume.

Why dress up like an old man?

Old men come in all shapes and sizes. The face of an old man speaks of life. Artists are drawn to the challenge of capturing that life played out on the face and in the body. Actors relish the freedom and the challenge of sinking into a character with a history and physical attributes that are so unlike their own. Why not look at a Halloween costume in the same way?

A Halloween costume challenge

Why be content to slap on a wig, slip on some old, baggy clothes and suspenders, and assume your work is done? Take that basic store bought Halloween costume or easy to make homemade costume and turn it into something special. Halloween brings out the inner actor in all who put on Halloween costumes enter into the world of pretend. Decide now: What kind of old man will you be?

Read on for more tips, suggestions and ideas to help you create your Halloween old man costume.

Not every old man is a grumpy old man

Not every old man is a grumpy old man
Not every old man is a grumpy old man | Source

How to make homemade costumes - Create a simple and easy Halloween costume for adults or children

Costuming Made Easy: How to Make Theatrical Costumes from Cast-Off Clothing
Costuming Made Easy: How to Make Theatrical Costumes from Cast-Off Clothing

If you want a practical book with easy directions, this will fit the bill. Great for inspiration, too. Wonderful help if you've never tried to make a costume before.

 

Roberts Blossom's many old man faces

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5 Tips on how to act like an old man - Create an old man personality

  1. Sound like an old man. What does an old man sound like? Does your character have a particular phrase or favorite words he likes to say? Is his voice strong or does it quiver?
  2. Move like an old man. Does your old man character use a prop like a cane, a walker, or a wheelchair? What else might he use?
  3. Fix hair like an old man. Does he have hair or is he a bald old man? If he has hair, is long or short? Does it stick out like a wild man or does he comb his hair over a bald spot?
  4. Act like an old man. What about his physical characteristics? Does your old man stoop when he walks or does he stand erect? Does he limp? Think about how an aging person might feel, the pains, the injuries and how they change the way that person walks and talks.
  5. Think like an old man. What do you know about this old man? What's his story? How can you use that when you pretend you are him?

Faces of Old Men

Ceramic sculptor Philippe Farautâs sculpts an old man's eyes
Ceramic sculptor Philippe Farautâs sculpts an old man's eyes | Source

Learn how to look like a very old man

Study the faces of old men

If you plan to turn yourself into an old man for Halloween, then there are a few things to study in order to do it justice. Young people have smooth faces, the lines of time haven't been written yet. Being an old man for Halloween probably means you will wear stage makeup. Where will you apply frown lines? What about wrinkles? Are there other scars or marks? It's helpful to study the faces old men. In the following photographs, you will see they are not all the same.

Play the role of an old man from the 1960s

Play the role of an old man from the 1960s
Play the role of an old man from the 1960s | Source

Think about old men from other countries

Think about old men from other countries
Think about old men from other countries | Source

What about a spiritual teacher?

What about a spiritual teacher?
What about a spiritual teacher? | Source

Don't forget about glasses or hearing aids

Don't forget about glasses or hearing aids
Don't forget about glasses or hearing aids | Source

Clothes and actions help create a character

Clothes and actions help create a character
Clothes and actions help create a character | Source

Old men make great clowns

Old men make great clowns
Old men make great clowns | Source

Creating a Character

How to create an old man character

Watch how to use theatrical makeup for an old man

Add some gray to the hair for that "old" look

Costumes and Accessories

The many varieties of old men

You may be very surprised to discover the many faces of old men and the number of costume masks and costume accessories you can find to create your own special "old man" character. Some of the latex full-faced masks are amazing but you can also employ a few accessories like a pipe, a wig, glasses, even eyebrows to create your own old man costume. Check out the variety below and start imagining.

Become an old man with a cane

Forum Novelties Men's Uncle Bert Old Man Adult Costume
Forum Novelties Men's Uncle Bert Old Man Adult Costume

Try this old man costume for Halloween and create an old man character with these costume accessories. A wig, glasses, suspenders, and a cane and you're ready to play the old man. Make sure those pant legs are a wee bit too short.

 

Easy Old Man Costumes

Here are two easy old man costumes that have everything you need for a basic old man costume. Use them complete or take these elements as the basic framework to build your own character of an old man.

  1. Old man's wig
  2. Suspenders and stuffed pants
  3. Attached shirt and belt

The rest is up to you.

Funny old man

Old Man Adult Costume - Adult Std.
Old Man Adult Costume - Adult Std.

This is a great old man costume that provides a great opportunity for you to improvise. You only need a few items to make the magic happen.

 

Who's your old man? - Use old man masks, old man wigs, old man kits, and old man hair

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This is a terrific old man look that you can achieve through a latex face kit. Supersoft Old Man Adult Mask One Size Fits Most Adults
This is a terrific old man look that you can achieve through a latex face kit.
This is a terrific old man look that you can achieve through a latex face kit. | Source
Supersoft Old Man Adult Mask One Size Fits Most Adults
Supersoft Old Man Adult Mask One Size Fits Most Adults

Stan the Man full-face mask

Zagone Studios Llc Men's Stan The Man Mask Multicoloured One Size
Zagone Studios Llc Men's Stan The Man Mask Multicoloured One Size

I love this mask. The face has great features and has emotional impact. This mask is made of latex. If you're looking for something that will provide you with a quick, great old man look, give this a try. Pick up some old or vintage clothes and you're on your way to a terrific costume.

 

Quick and easy Old Man Costume items

Rubie's Costume Co Halloween Old Man Foam Latex Appliance Face Kit, One Size
Rubie's Costume Co Halloween Old Man Foam Latex Appliance Face Kit, One Size

Throw on a black t-shirt and a hat and use these facial costume tools to create a unique old man costume look.

 

Comb-over Wig

Try a full-face old man vinyl mask for a complete look

Disguise Men's Male Oldie Adult Vinyl Costume Mask
Disguise Men's Male Oldie Adult Vinyl Costume Mask

Looking for a full-face mask for an old man character? Give this one a try. It's inexpensive, very cool, and guaranteed to scare the little ones. Be sure and check out the video from one of the happy customers who enjoyed using this mask.

 

Become an old Sherlock Holmes in minutes

Star Power Adult Sherlock Hat & Pipe 2pc Accessory Kit, Grey, One Size
Star Power Adult Sherlock Hat & Pipe 2pc Accessory Kit, Grey, One Size

Here's a great Sherlock Holmes detective-style costume accessory kit that is inexpensive and fun. Add these to your grey wig and you're close to accomplishing your task.

 

Want a more sophisticated old man look?

Enigma Wigs Men's Comb Over
Enigma Wigs Men's Comb Over

Great comb-over costume wig accessory that will give you a bit more of an edge, especially if you add a pipe. You could even use this to enhance a Sherlock Holmes old man costume. Add a pipe and a Sherlock Holmes hat and pipe and you're good to go.

 

Don't forget these old man facial accessories

Old Man Eyebrows and Moustache Kit
Old Man Eyebrows and Moustache Kit

For simple and easy fun, all you need are some bushy eyebrows and moustache to amp up your old man face.

 

Don't forget the make-up!

Make-up, especially stage make-up, is a great way to truly capture an old man's look. There are many ways to apply make-up to capture your desired character. Below you'll find a video and a few books on the craft that will help you pull-off an awesome costume.

Try out different makeup styles, tools, and techniques

Stage makeup tips and costume makeup accessories

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Stage Makeup: The Actor's Complete Guide to Today's Techniques and Materials (Watson Guptill Famous Artists)
Stage Makeup: The Actor's Complete Guide to Today's Techniques and Materials (Watson Guptill Famous Artists)
Stage Makeup: The Actor's Complete Guide to Today's Techniques and Materials (Watson Guptill Famous Artists) | Source

Go for the gold with these professional make-up tools and ideas

Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics
Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics

This is a great book if you are truly serious about creating a any character and will help you capture that old man costume look. Plenty of ideas and instructions.

 

Check out "the bible of stage makeup"

Stage Makeup
Stage Makeup

If you are really into playing up the old man character, this book will give you plenty of advice and know-how on how to achieve the look you want. This is pretty much a one-stop shop for how-to when it comes to learning how to apply stage make-up to create any character.

 

Use movies to capture an old man's behavior

You have the look you want. You've created the face. Now it's time to complete the role. Part of the fun of playing the role of an old man comes from the movement and what you put into the role.

A great way to learn all the many behaviors of old men is to watch them in real life and in movies. The great thing about movies is that you can pause and rewind. You can play a moment over and over and practice until you have it perfected. Here are a few movies that will provide you with all the material you need to create a wonderful old man.

Watch and Learn from these great actors

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Double your dose of grumpy old men

Grumpy Old Men/Grumpier Old Men (2pk)
Grumpy Old Men/Grumpier Old Men (2pk)

Talk about an iconic film about old men, Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men are great ways to study the wonderful behaviors of old men. You'll laugh and learn your way into a great old man character for yourself.

 

Great old man study

Gran Torino
Gran Torino

Give Clint Eastwood a look as he portrays an old man. He scowls and snarls his way through the movie. Eastwood is a great actor and a great one to study for his portrayal of an old man.

 

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So what do you think about the old man character costume? - What would you do?

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      'Vikk Simmons 2 years ago from Houston

      Actually, I have Adventuretravels. :) Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. These have been fun to do.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      I wonder if you've done an old woman! Here in the uK we dress to scare people - you know ghosts and witches etc - not so in the States? Great hub.

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      Oneshotvariety LM 4 years ago

      Definitely a one of a kind lens! Well done.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

      Come copy my wrinkle away, please.

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      halloweenprops 4 years ago

      Interesting costume idea! :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I enjoyed reading in your blog how you came to make this web page about old man costumes. Guess I'd probably choose the old lady one.

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      Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      Very creative old man costumes. They look so fun!

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      Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Some of us don't need much make-up to look like this LOL! ;)

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