If Netflix was sentient, it would be judging me for how often I go back to Stranger Things.
It’s just a perfect show. As a period piece, it’s spot on. The plot is classic and unique at the same time. And for everyone who grew up watching E.T., it scratches that nostalgia itch.
With season two being released on October 27th, there’s a good chance a lot of us will be binge-watching Stranger Things around or on Halloween. It’s already on everyone’s minds this Halloween so let’s get into the spirit with Stranger Things Halloween costumes.
A nice thing about dressing up as Stranger Things characters is that a lot of them are costumes you can put together by carefully curating regular clothes with accessories. I’m sure you could go into a Halloween store and pick up a thin polyester jumpsuit that looks like a retro shirt and jeans if you want, but a lot of these costumes are made up of clothes that you could wear again after Halloween. Sure, not all of them, but for certain characters it’s just about finding the perfect retro clothes.
So that’s what I’ve been doing–searching through the wide expanse of the internet to find the combinations of a few items that together make the perfect Stranger Things costumes.
I think you’re going to like it.
1. Eleven All Dressed Up
Be your best Eleven. This pink dress and blonde wig will have you feeling pretty. The dress is a perfect replica of Eleven’s dress in the show down to the tiny jeweled accents on the front. It’s designed to be a girl’s dress, since that’s what Eleven is, but it will fit adults as long as you’re taking a good look at the sizing. If you’re worried this won’t fit, Spirit Halloween does make an adult-size Eleven dress. This blonde wig for $15.99 saves you from having to figure out how to look bald. You can pick up her blue windbreaker from 14.99 and the iconic tube socks are a must for $14.99. If your Eleven has been getting into some scrapes on Halloween, this viscous, and highly pigmented stage blood for $7.50 won’t dry out on you and has a great drip effect perfect for nosebleeds. If you like getting down into the details, you can use a black tattoo pen from this tattoo pen set to draw your own “011” tattoo for $9.99.
Lastly, this PowerTRC Grocery Basket Playset may leave you with some extra fake food, but for $7.65, it will get you a plastic waffle to walk around with.
Price: From $56.99
Buy the Miccostumes Pink Eleven Dress here.
2. Everyone Loves Barb
It’s hard not to love Barb. Many of us knew her in high school and some of us were her in high school. This Como Vintage Women’s Ruffled Plaid Button-Down Top matches Barb’s wardrobe and is an excellent foundation for a Barb costume. Just make sure you tuck it in and button it all the way up to your chin in true Barb style. This red wig for $40.99 will get you Barb’s curls and these eyeglasses complete the look for $9.95. You may want to pop out the lenses so you don’t stain your eyes though. Vintage high riding jeans from Evensleaves from $25.88 will land you right in the 80’s, and we know Barb’s not going anywhere without her binder for $19. Just make sure to stay away from pools.
Price: From $17.99
Buy the Como Vintage Women’s Ruffled Plaid Button-Down Top here.
3. Chief Hopper
If you’re looking to be the law in the town of Hawkins this Halloween, check out this amazing replica of Jim Hopper’s uniform shirt. It comes with a Hawkins Chief of Police badge, American flag patch on one arm, and the Hawkins Police patch on the other. Matching slacks from $13.94 complete the uniformed officer look. Hopper just isn’t Hopper without his hat so pick up this Indiana Jones style hat from $7.41, but you may want to remove the band to be true to the show. This brown costume holster with prop revolver will get you close to matching Hopper’s sidearm while being orange enough to keep everyone safe.
Buy the Costume Base Stranger Things Replica Shirt here.
4. Will Byers in The Upside Down
Seeing Will in the Upside Down and how sallow and sickly he was always made my stomach drop–and that makes this a great idea for a Halloween costume. You can put together a Byers outfit by layering this Legendary Whitetails Men’s Flannel Shirt for 29.99 over a white undershirt, which you probably have lying around at home, but if you don’t this one runs from $15.99. Add a red vest for $12.68 and some vintage looking Lee jeans from $14.99 and you have Will’s outfit. Now ruin it. Get it dirty, bloodstained, or even torn. Check out my post on the best Halloween makeup palettes for inspiration, but if you can only grab one thing, get this bruise wheel from Mehron for $14.88. This will give you all the colors you need to get that sick, green skin tone.
This outfit is geared toward more masculine types, but if you’re rocking a more femme body type, you can get a comparable plaid shirt, undershirt, vest, and jeans for your Will costume.
Price: From $29.99
Buy the Legendary Whitetails Men’s Flannel Shirt here.
5. Joyce Byers Has Zero Chill
Joyce Byers might be my favorite character, or maybe it’s just that Winona Ryder acted her butt off in that role. If you’re looking to copy Joyce’s frazzled, desperate, ragged Mom style for Halloween then check out this green Vintage Button Down Denim Shirt, striped red shirt from $28, and vintage corduroy blazer for $18.99 to complete a Joyce Byers outfit. If you’re not blessed with dark wavy hair, this $10 wig will fix that, but you’re going to want to distress it. Joyce’s hair has never looked that put together. To pull the whole thing together grab some Halloween face paint from my best Halloween makeup palettes guide or at least throw some blue eye shadow under your eyes for that “I haven’t slept in three days” look.
It’s the little details and accessories that really make a costume so check out these fake cigarettes for $6.49, old corded telephone for $15.97, and two foot long plastic axe for $4.49.
Buy the LE3NO Women’s Vintage Button Down Denim Shirt here.
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6. The Wall
A neat couples costume is for frantic Joyce Byers to be accompanied by the wall. These unisex Alphabet Wall Tee Shirts turn you into Joyce’s living room wall, but without all the paint stains. These mobile battery-powered Christmas lights for $10.99 make a great addition to wrap yourself up in. They run on three AA batteries and the string is just under 13 feet long so take into consideration if you’re cool with that amount of costume.The bulbs have eight different light modes so you can have different bulbs flashing on and off for a perfect Stranger Things look which I think makes the length totally worth it. This is a quick, cheap costume that still looks clever.
Buy the Alphabet Wall Tee Shirt here.
When we first meet Eleven, she’s still in her hospital gown as she’s running away from the facility. Costume Base has matched her gown down to the unique pattern. One change they made is doing away with the string ties which is a huge plus because those always end up coming undone without warning. For the cropped hair look, skip the bald caps and go for a wig cap like this one for $4.99. A wig cap will hold your hair down and give you the shaved head silhouette but the color of your hair showing through under the mesh will create a buzz cut look. I’m including the same nosebleed stage blood here for $7.50 in case Eleven has to throw some people around with her mind.
To really stand out as an authentic battered Eleven, skip your shoes and go barefoot–sort of. These Barefoot Shoes from $6.99 protect your feet while still giving the appearance of being barefoot. They’re waterproof, anti-slip, and biodegradable. They won’t protect your feet form being stepped on so be mindful, but the effect it gives the costume in dramatic.
Buy the Eleven Hospital Gown here.
Dustin is precious and maybe the second most recognizable character after Eleven. It’s the hat. The hat is almost the whole costume and for $6.94, that’s not a bad start. Add to it the exact same Waupaca shirt he wears in the show for $13, a denim jacket from $15.27, and baggy tan pants from $20.99 and you’ve got a full Dustin costume. Throw on a backpack and this compass with neck lanyard for $9.70 and start wandering around talking loudly about compasses–you’re set!
I know I’m leaving out the obvious fact that Dustin doesn’t have any front teeth in the show. Plenty of people cosplaying Dustin have used costume makeup to black their teeth out. Now, it’s entirely your call, but the character, and the actor, both have cleidocranial dysplasia which caused the lack of teeth and the fact that he doesn’t have any collarbones. It’s a disability and that’s the word actor Gaten Matarazzo uses for it. To me, that makes blacking out your teeth a little complicated eithics-wise. That’s your call to make because while it is a disability, it’s also nothing he or anyone should be ashamed to show.
Buy the Dalix Two Tone Trucker Hat here.
9. Jonathan Byers: Monster Hunter
First off, can we just talk about the fact that the actor who plays Jonathan is British? Charlie Heaton nailed the accent. Okay, back to work. For a monster hunting Jonathan Byers you want his Lined Denim Coat, a plain brown shirt from $8.29 if you don’t already have one, and a pair of straight leg jeans from $18. Looking generally dejected will also go a long way for a Johnathan costume. This fake plastic camera for $15.99 is actually a piggy bank so once Halloween is done, it’s got another use. This replica of Jonathan’s nail-studded baseball for $75 will make you fully armed and ready for whatever comes through the wall next.
Buy the HZCX Men’s Casual Fleece Wool Lined Denim Coat here.
10. Lucas on a Mission
When Lucas means business, he means business. As soon as he threw on this Camo Sweatband, I lost it. For a Lucas Halloween costume, throw on the sweatband with a blue Ringer Tee Shirt and bright red Casual Lapel Jacket. For equipment, make sure you’re carrying your walkie talkie and yellow wrist rocket.
Since modern walkie talkies are all sleek, small, and no longer the big honking pieces you see in the show, I’ve picked out a $4.99 Police Toy Set that includes a fake walkie talkie with the blocky look you need–but you end up with some fake handcuffs along the way. It won’t be as large as the ones on the show, but it has the right shape. One note about the $9.99 wrist rocket–this thing can shoot objects over 100 miles per hour so please be careful with it. It’s for demigorgons protection only. Since you might not want to be carrying those two things around all night, throw on Lucas’ denim backpack with brown bottom so you can easily stow your equipment and all your Halloween candy.
Price: $15.24 (10 percent off MSRP)