Since Stranger Things debuted on Netflix in July 2016, it’s been one of the most talked about shows out there – and it also seems like it was tailor made for perfect Halloween costumes. The characters are colorful, bold, and unique, wearing clothes that makes them instantly recognizable to those ~in the know~ (AKA anyone who has ever watched Stranger Things). They also aren’t too difficult to DIY, and one of them even comes with the wonderful option of eating Eggo waffles all night long.
The only bad thing about Stranger Things costumes? They’re starting to get a little bit played out, even the show’s second season hasn’t even started yet. Dressing up as Eleven is particularly popular (it’s those Eggos!). Since no one wants to wear the same costume a lot of other people are going to be wearing, this can be a little bit of a turn-off, which is a bummer if you want to pay homage to one of your favorite TV shows. The answer? Get a little more creative! Here are some unique DIY Stranger Things costume ideas you’ll definitely be inspired to try out – and they’ll really get you in the mood for the start of the second season.
Eleven and Eggos Couples CostumeIf you and a friend or a significant other both love Stranger Things and want to do a costume together, try this one: one of you goes as Eleven, the other as Eggo waffles. It's adorable! It's fun! It's a slightly different spin on the standard Eleven costume! And it allows you to get a little creative. You can't go wrong with it. Source: Instagram/@mrs_steele_x
The DemogorgonThe monster (the demogorgon) from Stranger Things is obviously the star of the show. But a lot of people avoid dressing up as him (her?) because it's not an easy costume to put together. Look at the skill that went into this one! So, if you're ready to get seriously crafty, make something like this. Everyone will be super impressed and you'll definitely win Halloween. Source: Instagram/@glamslackerpaula
ElevenThe standard Eleven costume features the character as we knew her best: pink dress, denim jacket, blonde wig, waffles in hand. But remember when Eleven was first around and she was just walking around in a giant yellow shirt? That's a super simple costume AND it's just obscure enough to make even elite fans jealous without making people wonder who TF you are. Source
The WallThe wall in Stranger Things is a super popular costume option, which is kind of surprising since it's, you know, a wall. This girl does an excellent job with the look, turning a dress into the wall. It looks professional and unique! If you're this crafty, go for it. Source: Instagram/@missmake
Dead BarbOkay, um, spoiler alert, Barb dies. If you didn't already know that and looked through this post anyway, I don't know what to tell you. And if you somehow made it on the internet this long without figuring that out, I'm impressed. Anyway, Barb is a super common costume choice, but dead Barb? This is the first one I've seen, and damn, it's good. Gross, but good. Source: Instagram/@robynsala
The Wall featuring The DemogorgonHow freakin' impressive is this version of the wall? The dress alone is done perfectly, and the hand reaching out? I mean, come on! It's not fair for some costumes to be this good. Put this together and you'll definitely have the coolest costume out of everyone you know. Source: Instagram/@kittiecosplay
DustinI think we can all agree that Dustin is the fan favorite out of the boys, right? Right. So, you don't have to be a dude to be able to dress as Dustin this year. This makeup look combined with the clothing is A+, not to mention extremely comfortable. Source: Instagram/@petchpit
Group CostumeDoing the group thing? Instead of going as the group of boys with Eleven, try a few other characters: Eleven, one of the creepy medical dudes, the demogorgon, and what looks like Eleven when she was just a patient (victim). This is so cool! Source
Nancy and SteveLooking for a simple couples costume? Nancy and Steve will do the trick. The clothes are easy - you probably already have various versions of them. Then all you need to do is add some blood and props. Nancy and Steve might not be the couple everyone is shipping, but it will be a unique costume idea. Source: Instagram/@verilyvictoria
JoyceJoyce is another character that offers a pretty easy costume - the clothes are basic, and from there, all you need is a crazed look in your eyes, some Christmas lights, and a fake axe or a telephone to carry around. It's a costume that you can have a lot of fun with! Source: Instagram/@spookycamera
Joyce and The WallsHere's a perfect three person Stranger Things costume: Joyce featuring two versions of the wall. One is the writing that we're all familiar with, the other one is the look of someone trying to reach through. This is pretty damn genius. Source: Instagram/@mrs_steele_x
BarbBarb is a popular character to dress up as, because despite her short time on the show, she became a quick favorite. It's also not that hard to go as a Barb: you just need an old shirt, big glasses, and a vintage hairstyle. Source: Instagram/@misskmichael
Dustin and ElevenOne of my favorite couples or BFF costume choices from Stranger Things? Dustin and Eleven. They're both really fun to dress up as, they're both beloved characters, and they're both relatively simple to make on your own. Sure, they aren't a couple, but they're friends, so whatever! Source: Instagram/@sydneymcbride
Nancy and BarbIf you're looking for a cute and easy best friend costume, you can't go wrong with Nancy and Barb. It puts a little bit of a unique spin on two popular costume choices, and honestly? They're better when they're together. Source: Instagramfirstname.lastname@example.org_
Eleven and MikeAnother version of Eleven: Eleven with Mike. This is an easy look to put together at the last minute, and it's pretty ideal for the guy who doesn't want to get really dressed up, because the clothing is so basic. Source
The WallThe wall is a great costume choice, but it can be tough to put it together - some of the outfits require a lot of time and crafting! If you want to try something a little more simple, do this: wear a polka dot dress, write letters on it, then wrap Christmas lights around you. Simple! Source: Instagram/@lizaldag
NancyEleven might be the most popular female character to dress as, but Nancy is a good costume choice too! It's also super easy to accomplish on your own. Source: Instagramemail@example.com
Joyce and The WallOkay, honestly, I love this couple's costume: Joyce and the wall! I love all of the lights happening here. Source: Instagram/@josezer96
BarbJust because Barb is a popular costume choice doesn't mean you can't wear it too. The link below gives a great tutorial on how to really nail Barb's look, which is comfortable and stands out in its own way. Source
ElevenSometimes you just want to stick with the basics, you know? You can't go wrong with this classic Eleven costume. Who cares if a lot of other people are wearing something similar? You look awesome, you get a reason to eat Eggos, and that's all that matters. Source: Instagram/@haleylpratt
Which one of these costumes is your favorite? Tell us in the comments.