WARNING: If you haven’t finished the latest season of Stranger Things, there may be spoilers ahead.
Whether you were born in the eighties, nineties, aughts or none of the above, it’s hard to deny the cultural phenomenon that is Stranger Things. This widely successful Netflix show has only grown in popularity, and given the positive impact of the most recent season, it looks like the show is set to become one of Netflix’s most popular ever. If you’re already a fan of this Indiana-based, sci-fi spectacular, you get why so many people love it. And if you’ve yet to indulge in this funny and caring emotional roller coaster of a television show, it’s only a matter of time.
As with any good show, there’s plenty of scope when it comes to Stranger Things Halloween costumes. Whether it’s an October party, trick or treating with your kids or even the release date of a new season, dressing up like your favorite character is all part of being a fan. Thankfully, Stranger Things has an impressively high number of memorable moments and characters, so finding a costume is fairly easy, but choosing which character to be is a tough task.
For those who are arriving at this page completely uninitiated with the show, here’s a little guide as to who’s who. These characters would be considered the major players in the show, which means they’re more widely recognized than mega fan niche characters. They include:
- Eleven (Jane Hopper)
- Jim Hopper
- Mike Wheelen
- Dustin Henderson
- Lucas Sinclair
- Jonathan Byers
- Will Byers
- The Demogorgon
Secondary options, which may be preferred for parties or occasions where lesser characters or quirky ideas will be more appreciated by big fans of the series, include:
- Billy Hargrove
- Steve Harrington
- Dr. Alexi
- Murray Bauman
- Eggo Waffles
- Dr. Brenner
- The Alphabet Wall
Below, you’ll find a list of the top 20 costumes from Stranger Things. With ideas including everyone’s favorite characters, like Eleven and Steve, as well as some fun curveballs, like the creepy alphabet wall and everyone’s favorite treat — waffles, there’s a costume choice for every level of Stranger Things fan.
1. Men’s Stranger Things Jim Hopper Halloween Costume
If there’s a more popular character in the series than Chief, we’d like to hear about him or her. Sacrifice, comedy and heroism make Jim Hopper a fan favorite, and in this Men’s Stranger Things Jim Hopper Halloween Costume, you can enjoy that popularity for one night. Forgetting any occurrences in season three (surely it can’t be the end!), slip on this comprehensive outfit and act like there’s nothing to worry about. The set includes the shirt, pants, hat, belt and badges for a complete look that fans of the show are going to love.
2. Lucas – Rothco Large Camo Bandana
As one of the four main characters from the start of season one, Lucas Sinclair has been there throughout the highs and the lows. And while originally skeptical of the intentions of Eleven, it wasn’t long before he came around to welcome her into the fold. Slip this Rothco Large Camo Bandana over your head to give yourself that recognizable camo-bandana look Lucas loves to sport.
3. Adult Stranger Things Baby Face Costume Mask
BEST FOR GROUPS
If you’ve seen the episode in season two, then this Adult Stranger Things Baby Face Costume Mask will speak to you straight away. Worn during Eleven’s search for her home, the reference may be a little niche for the uninitiated, but Stranger Things fans are sure to love it. You can even band together with friends to complete the whole mask-wearing group. This mask is easily paired with a black shirt and a pair of jeans for a more complete look.
4. Dr. Brenner – Sovoncare Temporary Hair Color Wax
Got a work suit, a dark tie and some hair on your head? Then you’re only a couple of bucks and a few minutes away from looking like the Hawkins’ resident creep who likes to experiment on children. Use this Sovoncare Temporary Hair Color Wax to give yourself the character-identifying grey hair. Although after all the goings-on in season one, no one is too sure whether he’s actually dead or alive. And while some clues suggest he may not quite be gone forever, we’re going to have to wait until season four to find out. Maybe.
5. Mike Wheeler – Amazon Essentials Slim-Fit Cotton Pique Polo Shirt
BEST WARDROBE ADDITION
If you want a costume that looks great on Halloween and can be added to your personal wardrobe after use, you might want to consider this Amazon Essentials Slim-Fit Cotton Pique Polo Shirt. For Mike’s season three look, you’ll want to pair this aqua polo with uncomfortably high gym shorts, ankle-high socks and hair that requires some kind of dessert bowl. This is also a great option if you’re looking for a couple’s outfit from the series, as Mike and Eleven are definitely a top choice among Stranger Things fans.
6. Dr. Alexei – JM Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses
BEST FOR STRANGER THINGS-THEMED PARTIES
He may not have been the most complicated nor the most visually recognizable character, but that doesn’t mean the funny and adorable Dr. Alexei wasn’t loved by fans. As one of the most memorable characters from the last season, it’s perfectly acceptable to throw together these JM Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses and a white shirt, scruff up your hair and put on a half convincing accent to become everyone’s favorite Russian scientist. While the average person may not have a clue who you are, your fellow Stranger Things fans are sure to approve.
7. Stranger Things Alphabet Shirt
BEST LAST-MINUTE OPTION
It may not be an exact “costume” as it’s quite hard to dress as a wall, but the Stranger Things Alphabet Shirt will surely give other fans plenty of chills. By reminding your friends of one of the creepiest scenes in the series, this t-shirt is sure to go down well. And hey, if it doesn’t, just… R… U… N. Pair with a pair of dark jeans or even throw in an extra set of twinkle lights if you can spare them.
8. Stranger Season 3 Cosplay Things Demogorgon Mask
They may look a little bit like the piranha plants from Super Mario, but in comparison the Demogorgon makes those video game villains look like puppies. With this Stranger Season 3 Cosplay Things Demogorgon Mask, you can transform your head into a Demogorgon with its mouth wide open, revealing its muscles and intimidating teeth inside. The mask is made from latex and is by far the scariest costume option on our list. Plus, the minimal effort required for this makes it a great last-minute costume choice.
9. Murray Bauman – Yuehong Fluffy Bald Head Wig
BEST UP AND COMING
With his quirky and rather eccentric behavior, you can’t deny Murray Bauman is entertaining. It should then come as little surprise that rumors suggest Murray Bauman is going to be playing a bigger part in the up-and-coming season. If that sounds like great news to you and you fancy yourself a budding private investigator, you might want to don this Yuehong Fluffy Bald Head Wig, add a pair of glasses and a tell-it-like-it-is attitude and turn up to your Halloween get together as Mr. Bauman himself.
10. Steve Harrington – Miss U Hair Short Wavy Brown Hair Wig
MOST VERSATILE OPTION
Go back to how you first felt about Steve Harrington at the very start of season one, and it’s hard to imagine how beloved a character he would become. After being dumped season two, Steve has now found his way into the hearts of fans everywhere, and with this Miss U Hair Short Wavy Brown Hair Wig, you get to know what that feels like for one night. This replica wig should be combined with a gray Member’s Only jacket, a pair of jeans and a pair of dishwashing gloves.
11. Billy Hargrove – Rock Star Style Wig
BEST FOR THE WANNABE REBEL
Love to play the part of the most hated new kid in town? Well then, Billy Hargrove is most definitely the choice for you. If, like us, you couldn’t have disliked him much more after his introduction in season two, we can only imagine the complicated feelings you experienced during the season finale of three. When it comes to pulling off a convincing Billy Hargrove costume, the number one, go-to item is his wonderful hair. Pair this Yuehong Long Rock Star Style Wig Halloween Cosplay Wig with a denim jacket, and you’re good to go. Also, if you want to really commit to your costume, you can grow out or draw on a fractional amount of stubble on your top lip.
12. Dustin – Party City T-Shirt for Adults
BEST FOR EVERYDAY WEAR
Dustin may have cultivated a baby Demogorgon, but he’s only human. After all, you can’t get everything right all of the time. And outside this rather ill-advised activity, Dustin is pretty great. In this Party City Stranger Things Dustin T-Shirt for Adults, you’ll have everything you need to begin your transformation into Hawkin’s favorite little rascal. This officially-licensed t-shirt is ideal for combining with a hat and wig for a complete Dustin look.
13. Fun World Adult Waffle Costume
BEST WHEN YOU KNOW YOU KNOW
To the average person, turning up to a party dressed as a waffle would mean little more than perhaps you really like cooked breakfast food. However, turn up to a Stranger Things Halloween party, and your waffle attire will say a whole lot more. Since the very first season when Eleven showed her penchant for Eggo waffles, these fluffy breakfast staples have been a running theme. For a great couple costume, don this Fun World Adult Waffle Costume with your partner dressed as Eleven. Or, simply go as a single waffle to throw a curveball at family and friends who love the show.
14. Eleven – Battle Shirt Costume
If you really want to go as a recognizable Stranger Things character this Halloween, Eleven has to be at the top of your list. In season three, she was back and looking better than ever with a number of standout outfits that sat perfectly with the show’s 80s feel. Perhaps the most recognizable of these outfits was her bright yellow and black battle shirt. If you’re happy taking on a female character, this Dark Paradise Eleven Battle Shirt Costume includes the recognizable shirt, straps and an eye mask to complete the outfit.
15. Jim Hopper – Dark Paradide Vintage Shirt
SEASON THREE PICK
Picking the top moment from the third season is mighty difficult. However, picking the top outfit worthy of Halloween dress-up is actually pretty easy. Jim Hopper’s Magnum P.I.-esque Hawaiian shirt surely inspired plenty of purchases over the summer, and if you’re yet to add one to your wardrobe, you’ll never have a better excuse than this. To complete your Hopper season three look, pair this shirt with a pair of light-colored jeans and a false mustache if you aren’t already rocking some styleable under-nose facial hair.
16. Will – Rubie’s Stranger Things Wizard Outfit
BEST FOR WANNABE NERDS
Not everyone can be a hero. Yet equally as important in any story is the damsel in distress. For the first season of Stranger Things, this void was most definitely filled by Will Byers. With this Men’s Stranger Things Will Byers Wizard Costume, you’ll be able to show off Will’s love for Dungeons and Dragons and look pretty cool yourself at the same time. The outfit includes both the hat and robe, meaning it’s also a versatile option for any time you want to dress up as just a normal wizard, too.
17. Eleven – Spirit Halloween Costume
As Stranger Thing’s resident superhero, Eleven had to have a place on our list. And even though it’s a ladies costume, Stranger Things fans will certainly be impressed by your knee-high socks, knee-length dress and long blonde locks. In this Spirit Halloween Eleven Stranger Things Replica Costume, the biggest questions you’ll be asking yourself won’t be, “What am I doing?” Or, “why are my knees so cold?” Instead, the more pressing matters will be something akin to, “Do I have what it takes to protect my friends from the Upside Down and an impending Demogorgon attack?” We’re betting you do!
18. Demogorgon – Halloween Stranger Things Costume
The Demogorgon is so scary, we featured it twice. The complete Halloween Stranger Things Demogorgon Deluxe Adult Costume provides everything you need to scare the crap out of your friends. It’s attracted to blood, telekinetic and able to move between realities. In short, don’t mess with this scary-ass creature. Because of the Demogorgon’s scary appearance, this full suit is a great option for Halloween parties and other occasions wherein people may not know the character, but easily frightened.
19. Steve – Party City Scoops Ahoy Halloween Costume
Surely some of the most memorable outfits from season three are Robin and Steve’s Scoops Ahoy work get-ups. In this Party City Steve Scoops Ahoy Halloween Costume, you too can work at everyone’s favorite ice cream parlor as this costume includes the shirt, shorts, white apron, “Steve” name tag and an ice cream scoop holder. It’s hard to imagine that this eye-catching Stranger Things costume won’t be one of this year’s most popular.
20. Jonathan Byers – Levi’s Men’s The Trucker Jacket
BEST FOR SENSITIVE TYPES
As the older of the Byers brothers, a lot responsibility fell on Jonathan’s shoulders when his younger sibling went missing. Unsurprisingly, this traumatic and stressful event lead to Jonathan enduring a rather torrid time. If, like Jonathan Byers, you’re tougher than you look and fall into the sensitive and artistic category, you’re halfway there already. Just let your hair down, put on this Levi’s Men’s The Trucker Jacket with some plaid and a t-shirt underneath, and you’ve got yourself a pretty convincing Jonathan Byers look.