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Recess Costume Guides

Dress like Your Favorite Recess Characters

Find the best Disney Recess costume guides to dress up like the students that rule the playground at Third Street Elementary School. The 90’s animated series documents six fourth-graders as they interact with a government and class structure, set against the backdrop of a typical school playground. See how to cosplay T.J. Detweiler and his pals before approaching the playground ruler, King Bob.

Ashley Spinelli

Ashley Spinelli Costume

Ashley Funicello Spinelli is the headstrong tomboy that really dislikes her first name so, the kids on the playground simply refer to her as “Spinelli.” She is known as being the toughest kid on the playground and is second in command of the Recess gang to T.J. Detweiler. It is also implied during the show that T.J. has a crush on Spinelli (and vice versa). Her outfit is predictable as she is always found to the show to wear the same outfit. This includes her signature light orange cotton ski cap.

Ashley Spinelli Costume
Ashley Spinelli Costume Guide
T.J. Detweiler

T.J. Detweiler Costume

Theodore Jasper “T.J.” Detweiler is the main character and the leader of the Recess gang which includes six friends that have stuck together since kindergarten (except Gus). He’s a chubby fourth grader that is always found sporting a red baseball cap backward. T.J. is kindhearted, but also has a good sense of humor who is always up for a good time. He’s known for orchestrating schemes on the playground make improve the wellbeing of the Recess gang.

T.J. Detweiler Costume
T.J. Detweiler Costume Guide

Recess Cosplay Costumes

Dressing up as one of the characters from the Recess gang at Third Street Elementary School is a blast from the past. The late 90’s Disney animated series, Recess, was a favorite on ABC network’s Saturday morning cartoons. The six main characters are elementary students who always wear the same outfits. Their predictable looks will ensure that you are instantly recognizable when dressing up as the main characters.

Though the television show appeared in the ’90s, the characters that appear on the show wear everyday clothing items that are still easily accessible today. Follow the step-by-step costume guides to ensure you have the identical clothing of each of the characters. And because the recess gang is a group of six friends, it’s an excellent choice for group cosplay!

About Recess

The popular 90’s animated series, Recess, created by Disney portrays the lives of students from the Third Street Elementary School. Though set against the backdrop of a typical school playground, Recess focuses on the children establishing their own society with a ruler, government, and class structure. The main characters of the animated comedy are fourth graders T.J. Detweiler, Vince LaSalle, Ashley Spinelli, Mikey Blumberg, Gretchen Grundler, and Gus Griswald.

Nearly every episode features one of the main characters and documents their conflict with the social order that has been established on the playground. T.J. Detweiler, as the leader, helps the group navigate their individuality and conformity to the playground class system. First airing on ABC in 1997, Recess lasted for 6 complete seasons due to its popularity. In addition to the 65 episodes, Walt Disney released 2 movies based on the television show: Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade and Recess: All Growed Down.

Recess Costumes