Stranger Things Family

Stranger Things Family Costume

Here’s the story of our family’s Stranger Things Halloween:

Stranger Things is one of our family’s favorite shows.  When a child behavioral therapist suggested cutting my two-year old daughter’s hair short to curb a hair pulling habit, my wife was devastated.  Until, that is, we realized it made her look like Eleven.  All at once we knew what we had to do for Halloween this year.  We decided that our daughter would be Eleven, I would be Hopper, and my wife would be Joyce.

The Eleven dress was bought on Etsy, the blue jacket was a thrift store find, and the socks and shoes were from Walmart.  I did buy a backup “close enough” dress at a thrift store just in case the Etsy dress didn’t arrive in time for Halloween  (it was being shipped from the Ukraine).  That turned out to be a good idea, because while the dress did arrive in time for Halloween & was perfect, it didn’t quite arrive on time for our church Halloween party (the Etsy dress is pictured here).

90% of the Joyce costume came from the thrift store, with the wig & axe being the only officially licensed costume accessories, and a set of battery-operated christmas lights from Amazon.  My wife trimmed the wig slightly, mostly the bangs, and applied lipstick in a similar shade to what’s on the show.

The Jim Hopper costume came from Spirit Halloween, with a couple modifications.  First, I replaced the hat that came bundled with the costume with a costume Fedora (also Spirit Halloween), because the hat that came bundled with it was horribly inaccurate.  Then, I picked a few stitches in the left breast pocket flap to make a “pen pocket” (so that the pen can be slid into the pocket with the flap closed).  Then I bought some brown shoes at a thrift store, a blue braided scunci at a local grocery store (a small, lesser known costume detail) and a pen in the same style used on the show.

Oh, and I grew my facial hair for the first time in my life for this costume.

Stranger Things Family

Submitted by: Skyler Hall

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