Stranger Things Halloween Costume Ideas For The Whole Barkada
Netflix’ Stranger Things has flooded the ratings by being one of the hottest series around especially in today’s pop culture. Set sometime in the ‘80s, it’s a story that revolves around a suburban neighborhood in search of a missing boy, and a mysterious girl appears out of nowhere. No doubt, it’s going to be one of the biggest inspirations for Halloween this year! So here are some Stranger Things Halloween costume ideas that will inspire you and your barkada to take on the challenge.
She is a young girl with special powers (Think Roald Dahl’s Matilda) who is just settling in the real world. Eleven has two signature looks in the series which will probably be the most sought after among these Stranger Things Halloween costume ideas. The first one is quite simple: walk around barefoot in a hospital gown. If you can rock the buzz cut just like her, why not go for it? Just kidding! Get a flesh-colored swimming cap and use a brown permanent marker to complete the ‘do.
Eleven’s memorable outfit consists of a baby pink dress with a white round collar, paired with an oversized blue jacket. Throw in an awful-looking blonde wig, knee-high white retro socks, and dirty white retro sneakers, and you’re done! To give it a more realistic approach, fake a nosebleed or carry a small bottle of red food coloring that you can whip out (tada!) for an instant nosebleed. Oh, don’t forget that signature cardboard box of Eggo!
Since Eleven isn’t much of a talker, you can practice by keeping quiet most of the time and mastering that intense gaze. Holding your right hand in front of you and concentrating as if trying to move an object will capture the essence of Eleven.
We have to thank Will’s disappearance for giving us Stranger Things (sorry Will, but it’s the truth). Like most guys you’ve dated, he appears in the beginning and is gone most of the time. We can vividly remember him in his last outfit before he disappears. He sports a plaid long-sleeve shirt folded neatly to the elbows worn over fit plain white sleeves and topped with a red puffy vest (talk about some serious layering). Finish your ensemble with faded denim jeans and sneakers.
Don’t forget to wear a backpack and that signature black watch that everyone seems to have. Find a bike with a single light switched on smack in the middle. If you can sport a bowl cut, then great! If not, find a brown wig with the same haircut (if not, cut one yourself) that will complete the look.
One of the most loveable and highly adored characters from Stranger Things, Dustin acts as the group’s clown as well as the peacemaker. To steal his look, purchase a curly brown wig just below the ears and his signature white, red, and blue cap. If you don’t have one, you can always find a plain white cap and color the sides with paint. Wear a large dark blue denim jacket over a vintage All-American graphic t-shirt, brown corduroy pants, and sneakers.
His light blue backpack should be filled with all kinds of snacks and treats (he loves his pudding!). Finally, wear a gum-colored mouth guard or just cover your entire front teeth with chocolate on the top jaw. Please fight the urge to lick off that delicious chocolate goo.
He is the most skeptical and hot-tempered out of everyone in the group, so if someone wants to be Lucas, he just has to act negative and roll his eyes most of the time. Grab a colorful striped shirt, gray pants, red corduroy jacket, and a pair of sneakers.
Don’t forget that signature camouflage bandanna worn around his head with a walkie-talkie or slingshot in his hand. Wear a light blue backpack and that black watch as well.
Although he is the courageous leader of the pack, he tries hard not to show his true feelings for Eleven. To nail his look, wear a striped shirt with a white collar and buttoned all the way up. Layer this with a puffy khaki colored jacket. Finish off with jeans and a pair of sneakers. Get your hair styled like his or wear a black wig.
Plus points if you (or your friend) are tall and lanky. Bring a fairly large walkie-talkie. Get into the character by getting all nervous and tongue-tied when Eleven is nearby.
Jonathan keeps to himself most of the time. His clothes are rather casual, so his look could be the easiest to pull off among these Stranger Things Halloween costume ideas. Just wear a brown plain round neck t-shirt, light-colored jeans, sneakers, and a light-colored denim jacket. Wear a wig that closely resembles his shaggy hair if you can.
Bring a camera around and casually take pictures from time to time or bring a bunch of “Have You Seen Me?” posters to hand out to other people.
She is your typical simply beautiful girl-next-door teenager. In her combat mode, slip your brown hair (or wig) into a messy high ponytail. Wear a plain green shirt underneath a red jacket. Pair these with dark jeans.
Look badass by wrapping your hands with a long white bandage (or white boxing wraps) and unleash your inner Katniss with a baseball bat. A Demogorgon is going to die today!
She is Nancy’s BFF who doesn’t respond well to social activities and tries to avoid them at all costs. Barb is a real trooper because she doesn’t want Nancy to get in any trouble. Despite her attitude, her outfit is the real epitome of the ‘80s.
Picture her stylish red locks, freakishly big glasses, a printed top with plenty of ruffles, and high-waisted Mom jeans that over a pair of brown loafers. Bring a purple binder around to show others who’s boss!
He’s the most popular guy around the school so crank that level by turning on that charm. He puts a lot of effort into his hairdo, and don’t be afraid to go overboard with the wax!
Put on a green long-sleeved shirt, light-washed pants, and white sneakers. Turn into an instant tough guy by putting a bloodied face while carrying a baseball bat with fake nails sticking out.
Like any other confused parent who has “lost” a child, Joyce goes over the edge and looks entirely mad especially to a community full of squares. Play the part by acting sleep deprived and act a little bit crazy like believing that you are talking to your son through Christmas lights.
Wear your brown hair in a disheveled bob, and put on a striped maroon shirt, brown jacket or an olive-colored long sleeve shirt. Slip into your brown pants and white sneakers. For props, bring a ball of Christmas lights or a rubber ax around.
He comes into the scene with an attitude and seems to be mad at the world every damn day. Fake a heavy beard and mustache on your face. Get a hold of a sheriff’s khaki-colored outfit complete with the medal and hat.
Carry a fake lit cigarette by coloring its end with a gray marker. Now, play the part by being bad-tempered towards everything around you. That should help you prepare for his role.
With a little bit of ingenuity and sheer determination, you and your barkada can easily fill in for the cast of Stranger Things. But if you and your barkada don’t plan on joining the Halloween festivities this year, just bookmark these ideas for an awesome low-budget hang out another time! Do you have any other Stranger Things Halloween costume ideas for any of these characters? Share your ideas with us through the comments section!
All photos are from Netflix.