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Indiana Jones Costume Guides

Dress like Your Favorite Indiana Jones Characters

Browse through the Indiana Jones costume and cosplay guides from the Lucasfilm award-winning adventure franchise. Following the famed archaeology professor Dr. Henry Walton, aka Indiana Jones, the first film chronicles his journey to find and save the Ark of the Covenant from the Nazis. Now, you can bring your favorite adventure-seeking professor to life at your next costume party with this easy-to-follow costume guide. With guides for characters found throughout the Indiana Jones franchise, you can see how to dress just like the cast. Get the right look no matter where your adventure takes you—the deserts of Egypt or the Amazon rainforest of Brazil.

Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones Costume

One of the most iconic film characters of all time, Dr. Henry Walton Jones, aka Indiana Jones, is a world-renown American archeologist professor teaching at Marshall College. Set in 1936, Indiana Jones has the task of racing the Nazis to find the lost Ark of the Covenant. Threatened by Hitler’s world domination, Indiana Jones, played by Harrison Ford, sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. Throughout the franchise, Indy saves the world from threats spanning from political figures to supernatural characters. As an archaeologist, Indiana Jones is tasked with discovering the power of lost objects while trying to navigate the struggles in his own life.

Indiana Jones Costume
Indiana Jones Costume Guide
Short Round

Short Round Costume

Wan Li, aka Short Round, is orphaned during the Japanese bombing of Shanghai. Surviving as a pickpocketer on the streets of his home town, Short Round meets Indiana Jones when he attempts to rob someone. Indy stops him in his tracks. As a young boy, Short Round becomes an ally to Indiana Jones and accompanies him to India to save the world from Mola Ram. The leader of the Thuggee cult plans to use the holy Sankara Stones to take over the world. Even though Short Round, played by Ke Huy Quan, is young, he is extremely loyal and protective. He is not only willing to risk his life but also becomes an asset to Indiana Jones through his knowledge of karate when fighting off the bad guys.

Short Round Costume
Short Round Costume Guide

Indiana Jones Cosplay Costumes

The debut of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 introduced viewers to the most adventurous archeology professor of all time. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Indiana Jones begins the franchise by fighting Nazis to prevent them from finding the Ark of the Covenant to make them invincible in war. Now, you can bring this adventure to life through cosplay! Recreating each character’s signature outfit for a costume party or [Halloween] event can be just as adventurous.

Recreating the looks of your favorite characters doesn’t have to be as challenging as saving the world from power-craving Nazis! Most of the outfits, as seen throughout the Indian Jones franchise, can be easily put together by following the step-by-step costume guides. Check out each DIY cosplay guide to determine the exact pieces you need to look like Indiana Jones, Short Round, Sallah, and other favorites.

Indiana Jones Costume Tips & FAQs

Embark on an adventure into the thrilling world of Indiana Jones, the iconic archaeologist and action hero who has captivated audiences with his daring escapades, quick wit, and profound knowledge of ancient civilizations. This FAQ section is your guide to embodying Indiana Jones, whether you’re braving the jungles, exploring ancient ruins, or dodging booby traps at a cosplay event, Halloween party, or any gathering that calls for a touch of adventure and discovery. From his signature fedora to the whip that’s always by his side, we’ll help you capture the essence of this beloved character, as portrayed by Harrison Ford in the film series directed by Steven Spielberg.

To cosplay as Indiana Jones, focus on his signature adventurer’s attire: a brown leather jacket, a light khaki shirt, brown trousers, and a leather belt with a large buckle. Indiana’s iconic fedora is essential, as is a whip, which can be carried coiled or hanging from your belt. Don’t forget a pair of rugged, brown boots and a satchel or shoulder bag for carrying ancient artifacts. Adding a prop revolver in a holster will complete the look. Embodying Indiana’s courage, determination, and scholarly demeanor will bring depth to your portrayal.

For a Marion Ravenwood costume, inspired by her appearance in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” opt for a white blouse tucked into high-waisted, khaki pants or a long skirt, depending on the scene you’re recreating. Marion’s rugged yet feminine style can be complemented with a leather belt and boots. For her bar scene look, include a red patterned scarf tied around your neck. Marion’s spirited and resilient nature, along with her ability to hold her own in any situation, should guide your portrayal.

To cosplay as Sallah, Indiana’s affable and loyal friend, wear a fez hat, a light-colored, button-up shirt, and a vest. Sallah’s warm personality and stout physique can be emphasized with padding if needed. For Mola Ram, the menacing antagonist from “Temple of Doom,” focus on his dark priest attire, complete with a skull headdress and black, red, and gold robes. Makeup to mimic his intimidating facial paint and a prop human heart can enhance the authenticity of the costume. Capturing the essence of these characters, from Sallah’s joviality to Mola Ram’s malevolence, will enrich your cosplay experience.

Creating props like the Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant involves a mix of craftiness and creativity. For the Holy Grail, you can paint a simple chalice to resemble the cup’s appearance in “The Last Crusade.” For the Ark of the Covenant, use cardboard or wood to construct a box, then apply gold paint and add details like the winged figures on top, based on descriptions in the film and historical references. These iconic artifacts can serve as impressive accessories or centerpiece decorations for your Indiana Jones-themed costume or event.

Including memorable quotes from Indiana Jones can add character and authenticity to your costume or themed interactions. Here are a few iconic lines:

“It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.” – Indiana Jones

“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” – Indiana Jones

“I’m making this up as I go.” – Indiana Jones

“Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.” – Indiana Jones

“That belongs in a museum!” – Indiana Jones

Choose quotes that fit your character and the situation, and be ready to deliver them with the appropriate mix of humor, seriousness, or bravado for a truly immersive experience.


About Indiana Jones

Premiering in 1981, Indiana Jones began with Raiders of the Lost Ark where archaeologist, Indiana Jones, is hired by the U.S. government to beat the Nazis in a race to find the Lost Ark. With the power to make you invincible in war, the Ark is coveted by Adolf Hitler, who wishes to abuse power and use it for world domination. Throughout the franchise, Indiana Jones travels across the world to go on life-saving adventures. Saving the world from the threat of Hitler to racing the Soviets to locate a sacred crystal skull, Indy has no shortage of action and adventure.

Wanting to create a James Bond-like film, Spielberg decided to take on the Indiana Jones franchise after writer, George Lucas, presented him with the idea of Indiana Jones. Spielberg loved the initial concept, and from there, one of the most well-known film franchises was brought to life.

Indiana Jones Costumes