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Arnold Shortman Costume Guide
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Best Arnold Shortman Costume Guide

Arnold Shortman is the main protagonist of the popular and well-loved Nickelodeon animated series, Hey Arnold! In the television show, Arnold is a fourth-grader who lives with his grandparents, Phil and Gertrude. The animated show follows the ins and outs of his life as a fourth-grader in PS 118 and features many other quirky characters such as his best friend, Gerald, bully Helga, and the many tenants who live in the boarding house run by his grandparents. The unique thing about him is that his head is shaped like a football; people are often calling him “football head” because of it.

Get the look of the personable football head with this Arnold Shortman costume guide. People will be saying, “Hey, Arnold!” when they see you pass by in a crewneck sweater pulled over a red and yellow flannel paired with blue jeans. Finish off this ensemble with black shoes, a blonde wig, and a baseball cap.

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Arnold is a very kind, optimistic, and down-to-earth kid. His personality may be why he’s so well-liked by his peers in PS 118 as well as the people he lives with at his grandparents’ boarding house. He’s much more mature than his friends, displaying emotional intelligence when faced with conflict or struggles (as far as conflicts and struggles are for a fourth-grader, that is). It is then no surprise that people gravitate toward Arnold and are continually asking for his advice! His friendliness also may be why Arnold is the one person who is openly bullied by Helga Pataki. On the other hand, it may be because she has a long-standing crush on him.

Of course, Arnold has his bad days too. There are moments when he is seen frustrated by the way his friends are acting or by a situation he can’t control. Either way, you can gather the whole gang to dress up as the Hey Arnold crew as an ode to the top 90s Nickelodeon show. Your friends can dress up as other characters such as Helga, Gerald, Harold, and Sid.

About Arnold Shortman

One of the main themes of Arnold’s character is the fact that he grew up without his parents. His parents were said to be humanitarians and environmentalists, always flying off to remote jungle communities that they needed to help. When Arnold was a young boy, his parents had to leave him with his grandparents for urgent business in a remote jungle community. They never came back. While the consensus was that they had gotten into an accident and passed away, Arnold always held on some hope that they were lost in the jungle and that one day, they can reunite.

His need for true paternal love drives his complexity as a young boy despite being close to his grandparents. His grandparents consider him as their child in their own right. The good thing is as he has a great set of people around him who act as his support system on good and bad days.

Arnold Shortman

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