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Odd Halloween: How to Make a Ghostbusters Costume

October 11th, 2007 · 10 Comments

Getting ready for Halloween and looking for a great costume? What could be more impressive than going as an 80’s movie character. Here is how to make a very realistic Ghostbusters costume. Just about all of the pieces can be found online.

GhostbustersFlight Suit

The uniform wore is a standard Air Force flight suit. They can be purchased from just about any military surplus store will work. There are many military surplus stores online and most sell between $30 to $40.

The color that is closest to original film is khaki. These khaki flight suits tend to be more tan then the film’s however if you want to be more accurate there is a way to gray them up. Most people die the suit using Pearl Gray RIT dye.

Pearl Gray can be found at most of the major craft store chains like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. If Pearl Gray can not be located it is possible to use Black in smaller amounts. The Black is more readily available at stores like Wal-Mart. The flight suit may require several boxes and some experimenting to get the color to your liking.

The actors in the film all wore black t-shirts under their flight suits.

GhostbustersElbow Pads

The elbow pads worn by the Ghostbusters appear to be knee pads. It is widely recognized that the Markwort Volleyball Knee Pads are the closest available. They can be purchases online for under $20.

The knee pads only come in white but can be died using RIT Dye to your liking.


Just about any pair of black boots will do in a pinch. Military style black boots can be purchased from surplus stores for a reasonable price. Paratrooper style black boots can be found in the $25 to $35 range.


The belt is a military style canvas pistol belt. The belt has three holes which can sometime be hard to find. Military surplus is your friend. Here is a link to a three hole white pistol belt for $5.99. It can be died grey using RIT Dye. Other web or pistol belts can be found at surplus stores.

Ghostbusters Patch

In recent years it has been much easier to acquire the Ghostbusters logo patch. A simple search on eBay should reveal a dozen or so choices. They come in both iron-on and sew-on varieties. The patch is located on the right shoulder. The patch usually comes in 3 or 4 inches sizes. The 4 inch size is recommend as the closest match.

Name Tag

Ghostbustes Logo PatchIf you are looking for a personalized name tags the best bet may be those custom embroidery shops found in most malls around the country. If you prefer to goes as ‘Venkman’ or ‘Stantz’ eBay is a good resource.

Yellow Hose

To take your Ghostbusters costume to the ‘next level’ you’ll need to add the yellow hose. This tube is clear with a yellow tint and it attached to the left leg of the suit. The other end is attached to the back of the belt. The hose connector can be purchased from the Ghostbusters Prop Archive store.

Hoses can be found at hardware store like Home Depot or Lowe’s. The outer diameter is 1/2 inch.


Black chemical resistant gloves can be found at hardware stores.


The Ghostbusters Prop Archive store has an impressive selection of hardware to complete your authentic Ghostbusters outfit. Handy items include elbow pads, belts, hoses, and patches.

Patch Geeks has for Ghostbusters logo and name tags available.

Military surplus clothing stores that carry flight suits and paratrooper style boots:

Tags: Halloween

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dustin // Nov 9, 2007 at 11:41 am

    HaHa I’m hella gay

  • 2 Samantha // Dec 4, 2007 at 5:39 am

    Thanks for all the help. I’m making part of this costume for my brother for Christmas.

  • 3 MrHockey // Jul 24, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Anyone who says ”Hella” sure is gay in my book!

  • 4 Nybernator // Oct 10, 2008 at 7:19 am

    This is the best site with a full description of useful things to add. We decided to go as slimer and Venkman for halloween caus i really wanted to be a ghost. This is PERFECT!!!! Any Cool ideas to make slimer super cool????

  • 5 Halloween is my Fav. Holiday! // Oct 14, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Great Info thanks! My group at work decided to go as the ghost busters thanks for the help!!!

  • 6 kitkat09 // Oct 12, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    You don’t have to pay $30 to $40 for flight suits! We made this costume last year for Halloween and got them at QC Supply. Here is the link:

    We got some boots there too for only 11 bucks!

    It turned out to be a great costume, easy and affordable!

  • 7 Kellyswife // Oct 30, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Thanks for all the great info. I just finished making my son a Ghost Busters costume last night. Except I had to make him the jump suit from scratch since he’s only 3 years old.

  • 8 shaylene // Feb 19, 2010 at 8:07 am

    i want to be a gostbuster for life

  • 9 Bobbeano // Oct 22, 2010 at 7:16 am

    If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?

  • 10 Michael // Oct 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    The leg hose fitting can be subed from Tractor Supply. Look in the hydraulic hose department for rubber dust covers. Cut off the retaining ear, cut open the center with a knife, scissors etc. and sew on. They are rubber and come in black, green, and red. Pack of 2 is $3.99 U.S. Also their welding goggles are great for making the ecto goggles. Instructions on the web. Have fun, I know I am.

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