Stranger Things Halloween Costume Ideas

August 22, 2016 separator DIY Tutorial

DIY Stranger Things Halloween Costume Ideas


Like so many, Andrei and I got completely hooked on Stranger Things. From little El with that deeply expressive face to sweet, toothless Dustin and the forever underappreciated Barb (speaking of Barb…!), it’s my newest favorite show, and I’m trying to pull myself out of a cave of sadness now that it’s over.

If you’re looking for Stranger Things Halloween costume ideas — either for yourself, as a couple (Eleven and Mike!), or for a whole group of friends, look no further. I’ve put together collages of the different elements for each of my favorite characters.

Stranger Things Halloween Costume Ideas

Since Stranger Things is set in Indiana in 1983, everyone’s dressed in their early 80s finest. Key factors to note? Nothing too fashion-forward; this wasn’t New York or LA. We’re also talking about some adorably geeky tweens and little girl who just escaped the institution from hell.

Your best bet for sourcing a lot of the costume elements is going to be your local thrift store or opp shop. For anything you can’t find — that Peter Pan collar dress is pretty specific, I’ve included affiliate links to purchase online. A lot of the links are Amazon, so if you have Amazon Prime, take advantage of the free two-day shipping to throw together a last-minute Halloween costume! If you don’t have Prime, you can do the 30-day free trial and then cancel before it expires.

Want suggestions for a character I haven’t featured here? Leave a comment, and if enough people are looking for someone, I’ll pop in and add a new collage!

Stranger Things Halloween Costume - Eleven


  1. Men’s jacket in navy
  2. Peter Pan collar for dress
  3. Knee-length blush dress
  4. Fake blood
  5. Striped knee high tube socks
  6. Eggo waffles
  7. White Converse high tops
  8. Wig – you’ll need to trim it


Stranger Things Halloween Costume - Mike


  1. Khaki jacket
  2. Rugby shirt
  3. Grey or khaki skinny pants
  4. Khaki backpack
  5. Calculator watch
  6. Retro Pumas


Stranger Things Halloween Costume Ideas - Lucas


  1. Burnt orange jacket
  2. Blue ringer tee
  3. Toy binoculars
  4. Blue backpack
  5. Grey skinny pants
  6. Digital watch
  7. Grey Puma tennis shoes
  8. Camo bandana


Stranger Things Halloween Costume - Dustin


  1. Dark denim coat
  2. Waupaca tee
  3. Khaki cord pants
  4. Chambray backpack
  5. Tooth blackout
  6. Compass
  7. Trucker hat


Stranger Things Halloween Costume - Barb


  1. Blue puffer jacket
  2. Ruffled plaid shirt
  3. Baggy mom jeans
  4. Tiny silver hoop earrings
  5. Trapper Keeper
  6. Band Aid
  7. Oversized clear frame glasses
  8. Brown flat boots


  1. Slim fit jackets are a stylish and versatile option for men of all ages. They can be dressed up or down, making them perfect for a variety of occasions.

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  5. I LOVE this. Our whole family is doing Stranger things (Me (Hopper) my wife (Joyce), my daughter (11), and my son (Will). The only hangup is that I have been completely unable to find THE vest that will wears in the first episode. The red/gold two tone is seemingly impossible to find. Have you found anything even approaching that look in your searchings?

  6. Great job on these! All of the ideas are really accurate with the show and I am just overall impressed! I ordered Dustin’s shirt, because my friends and I are participating in our “Senior Halloween Costume Contest,” and we are going all out. Thank you for putting these on here!!

    1. I’m so glad to hear it, Mac! And your group HAS to win with those costumes! I was so excited to find the exact replica of Dustin’s shirt. 🙂

  7. oh em gee YESSSSSSS. My friend and her kids went to comicon in Boston the other week. The night before her daughter decided she wanted to be El, so she was up until 3am making the most wicked costume ever!

    1. Oh my gosh I bet it was amazing! I wish I were better at sewing because her dress is everything!

  8. Lindsay, these are so perfect!!! I wanted to be Queen Cersei, but you’ve definitely given me pause. Well done!

  9. Just finished watching the entire series (in one day) and LOVED it. So many references to the 80’s (I’m at 80’s child from Lima, Peru) Awesome post! Pinned!

    1. Thanks so much, Ursula! ♥ I tried to drag the show out as long as possible because I didn’t want it to end. I think I managed to make it almost two weeks before we broke and watched the finale! lol

      P.S. I looove Peru!

    1. So, spoiler alert: when I shot the Eleven and Mike costumes IRL with Andrei yesterday, I FORGOT THE WAFFLES! 🙁

      1. This actually helps so much! I have been told way to many times I look like an older dustin and was told I should be him for Halloween haha. Thank you 🙂

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