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Hey Arnold Costume Guides

Dress like Your Favorite Hey Arnold Characters

Check out all the characters to cosplay from Nickelodeon’s animated television series, Hey Arnold. Premiering in 1996, Nickelodeon introduced the iconic football-shaped head character, Arnold, who navigates elementary school in a big city. Even though he’s only nine-years-old, Arnold takes on the responsibility of helping his friends get out of sticky situations. Now, you can bring your favorite Hey Arnold characters to life and find looks for the looks for each of these characters. From the main protagonist, Arnold, to his biggest bully, Helga, who secretly loves Arnold and keeps a shrine of him in her closet. With each easy-to-follow costume guide, you can see how to dress like your favorite character and bring the streets of Hillwood to your city!

Helga G. Pataki

Helga G. Pataki Costume

While Helga is undoubtedly known for her blonde pigtails, pink dress, and unibrow, she is perhaps best known for being a bully to Arnold. However, Helga is only a bully to hide her genuine love for Arnold. She even hides a shrine of him made entirely out of bubblegum in her closet. Though known for her typical pink dress, Helga is a tomboy in nature who enjoys playing sports with the boys. She despises any girly stereotypes that people throw her way. Helga, who resorts to cynicism and violence, often takes advantage of her best friend, Phoebe. Despite this behavior, she is still known to show her softer, caring side when she finds herself alone.

Helga G. Pataki Costume
Helga G. Pataki Costume Guide
Gerald Johanssen

Gerald Johanssen Costume

Best known for his hi-top fade hairstyle, Gerald is Arnold’s best friend. He is also known for being one of the cool kids at school. As P.S. 118’s class president, Gerald prides himself on being well-known and liked around the school. He enjoys the attention of friends, especially since he suffers from middle-child syndrome at home, where he is often ignored. While Arnold is incredibly optimistic and enjoys helping others, Gerald provides some balance by assuming the worst in people being initially distrustful. This viewpoint causes some conflict between their friendship, but the pair always ends up staying best friends appreciating one another for their differences.

Gerald Johanssen Costume
Gerald Johanssen Costume Guide

Hey Arnold Cosplay Costumes

The debut of Hey Arnold on Nickelodeon in 1996 introduced viewers to the lives of elementary school kids living in the big city of Hillwood. The show follows the life of nine-year-old Arnold who lives with his grandparents and tries to help his friends when they get in trouble. Now, you can fulfill your Hey Arnold fantasies by bringing your favorite characters to life through cosplay. Relive the 90s and early 2000s with your friends and take on your next costume party dressed as one of the members of the P.S. 118 crew.

Trying to look like your favorite Hey Arnold is easy than you think. In fact, you’ll find recreating your favorite characters is super easy with these step-by-step instructional costume guides. Each DIY cosplay guide includes the exact pieces you will need to complete the looks of your favorite Hey Arnold. Characters like Arnold, Gerald, and Helga.

Hey Arnold Costume Tips & FAQs

Welcome to the urban adventures of “Hey Arnold!” with our FAQ section, a tribute to the animated series that captured the hearts of a generation with its blend of humor, warmth, and life lessons. Set in the fictional city resembling New York, the show follows Arnold, a boy with a football-shaped head, and his diverse group of friends as they navigate childhood in the big city. Whether you’re aiming to capture Arnold’s cool calmness, Helga’s fiery passion, or any other character’s unique charm, this guide will help you embody the spirit of Hillwood for cosplay events, Halloween, or any themed gathering that calls for a dash of nostalgia.

To cosplay as Arnold, focus on his iconic outfit: a plaid kilt over untucked flannel, with a blue sweater and a small blue cap that barely covers his large, football-shaped head. Don’t forget the white undershirt and his high-top sneakers. Achieving Arnold’s head shape might require a custom headpiece or creative use of a hat. Embodying Arnold’s optimistic, level-headed personality will bring your portrayal to life.

For a Helga Pataki costume, her pink dress and white shirt with a pink bow are essential, along with her black shoes and white socks. Helga’s unibrow is a distinctive feature, so drawing it on with makeup can be effective. Her blonde hair should be styled in pigtails, emphasizing the volume at the sides of her head. Carrying a locket with a picture of Arnold or a replica of her “Arnold” gum sculpture can capture her secret affection for him. Emphasizing Helga’s tough exterior and sensitive interior will enhance your portrayal.

To cosplay as Gerald Johanssen, Arnold’s best friend, wear a red 33 jersey (representing his athletic nature), blue jeans, and high-top sneakers. Gerald’s high-top fade hairstyle is iconic and may require a wig or creative hairstyling. Accessories like a gold chain can add to his cool, confident vibe. Embodying Gerald’s charismatic, storytelling prowess will make for a convincing representation.

Phoebe Heyerdahl’s costume includes her green dress, yellow collar shirt underneath, knee-high socks, and Mary Jane shoes. Her short black hair with distinctive cuts at the ends and her round glasses are key to achieving her look. Phoebe is known for her intelligence and shyness, so carrying books or school supplies can complement her character’s studious nature.

Including memorable quotes from “Hey Arnold!” can add authenticity and fun to your costume or themed interactions. Here are a few iconic lines:

“Move it, football head!” – Helga Pataki

“Stoop kid’s afraid to leave his stoop!” – Stoop Kid episode

“You’re a bold kid, Arnold.” – Various characters

“I’m okay.” – Arnold, often in the face of adversity

“Hey Arnold!” – Various characters, usually when seeking Arnold’s help or attention

Choose quotes that fit your character and the situation, and be ready to deliver them with the appropriate emotion and context for a truly immersive experience.


About Hey Arnold

Nickelodeon premiered Hey Arnold and introduced audiences to the iconic football-head shaped character known for his optimism and always doing the right thing. Set in a big city similar to that of Seattle or Portland, Hillwood offers an abundance of adventure for the P.S. 118 students. The main character, Arnold, lives with his grandparents and struggles, not knowing where his parents are. Despite having these internal struggles, Arnold is friendly and enjoys hanging out with friends like Gerald. He consistently finds himself helping out his friends.

The students of P.S. 118 might only be grader schoolers, but they do far more than go to school and play games. The show teaches viewers some valuable life lessons like family is what you make it and trying to understand what bullies are going through at home. Hey Arnold has allowed audiences to be entertained while learning valuable lessons along the way.

Hey Arnold Costumes