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Tombstone Costume Guides

Dress like Your Favorite Tombstone Characters

Browse through Tombstone character costume guides from this 1993 American Western film based on real people and events. Join the heroes, famed peackeeper Waytt Earp and gambler and gunslinger Doc Holliday in their showdown against the lawless gang that call themselves the Cowboys. Saddle up and turn back the clock to the days of the lawless Wild West where sunset showdowns, train ambushes, and full-blown shootouts are the norm. Browse these costume guides with step by step instructions dress up as your favoritee gunslinger from this classic Western. We’ll help you stick to the good and avoid the bad and ugly.

Doc Holliday

Doc Holliday Costume

Played by Val Kilmer, Doc Holliday is a gambler and gunslinger that’s always well-dressed and has a cocky demeanor. He moved to the town of Tombstone on account of his Tubercolisis, hoping for relief from the warmer weather. He soon teams up with his friend Wyatt Earp against the Cowboys gang and he and Ringo instantly develop a hatred off each other. As a great duelist, he helps Wyatt kill many of the outlaws and is the one that finally shoots and kills Ringo after he becomes leader of the Cowboys. However, in the end, he succumbs to his illness and dies peacefully in his bed.

Doc Holliday Costume
Doc Holliday Costume Guide
Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp Costume

Wyatt Earp is the main protagonist of Tombstone and a famous retired U.S. Marshall looking for a quiet life in the growing city of Tombstone with his wife. Played by Kurt Russel, he is a serious individual with a stately appearance, usually suited up in black. Although he was hoping to avoid trouble, he can’t help but stand up for what’s right when a gang called the Cowboys starts threatening the peace, especially with his successful business interests at stake. Once he loses a brother to the Cowboys, there is no going back and he and Doc Holliday set out for revenge. As he becomes estranged from his Laudanum addicted wife, he also falls for the traveling performer Josephine.

Wyatt Earp Costume
Wyatt Earp Costume Guide

Tombstone Cosplay Costumes

In Tombstone, the lawless West really comes alive through its fantastic ensemble of characters based on larger-than-life historical individuals. On the side of justice and order, you have the famous U.S. Marshall Wyatt Earp, the unflappable gambler and gunslinger Doc Holliday, and other good people from the town of Tombstone. On the bad side, you have the Cowboys gang lead by notorious outlaws like “”Curly Bill”” Brocius and Johnny Ringo.

Your next costumed event doesn’t need to feel like your about to duel for your life at a noon showdown. With these easy to follow, step by step guides, your most difficult choice will be which gunslinger to go as. Dress up as Tombstone characters with your friends to recreate some of the movies most epic fight scenes. We’ll tell you exactly what to do and what props you need to faithfully replicate these legendary cowboys and crooks.

Tombstone Costume Tips & FAQs

Step back into the dusty streets of the Wild West with our “Tombstone” FAQ section, dedicated to fans of this iconic 1993 Western film. Starring Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday, and a cast of characters who find themselves embroiled in the lawlessness of Tombstone, Arizona, this film captures the essence of friendship, honor, and the quest for justice. Whether you’re looking to embody the steely resolve of Wyatt Earp, the dapper yet dangerous charm of Doc Holliday, or any other memorable character, this guide will help you recreate their looks and mannerisms for your next cosplay event or themed party.

For Wyatt Earp, focus on a black or dark frock coat, a vest, a white dress shirt, and black trousers. Add a Buntline Special revolver replica as a prop to signify his status as a lawman. A wide-brimmed cowboy hat and a mustache styled in the fashion of the era will enhance the authenticity. Embodying Earp’s calm yet authoritative demeanor is essential for a convincing portrayal.

Doc Holliday’s costume should exude his Southern gentleman persona mixed with his reputation as a deadly gunslinger. Opt for a long, dark coat over a vest and a lighter-colored dress shirt, with a red sash around the waist. A gambler’s hat and a replica of his weapon of choice, such as a Colt Single Action Army revolver, are crucial. Don’t forget his signature mustache and the consumptive, cough-ridden yet charming demeanor.

Johnny Ringo, known for his dark, villainous persona, requires a black cowboy hat, a long black coat, and dark clothing throughout. Adding a red or black sash can differentiate him from the Earp faction. Arm yourself with a replica revolver to signify his gunslinger status. Embodying Ringo’s menacing presence and cold demeanor will make for a memorable costume.

For Virgil and Morgan Earp, adopt a similar aesthetic to Wyatt with slight variations. Virgil should wear a badge to represent his role as Tombstone’s marshal, along with a heavier coat. Morgan’s look can be younger, with a lighter coat and less formal attire, reflecting his more impulsive nature. Both characters should carry replicas of period-appropriate firearms and share the Earp commitment to law and order.

Integrating memorable quotes from “Tombstone” can add depth to your costume or themed interactions. Here are a few iconic lines:

“I’m your huckleberry.” – Doc Holliday

“You tell ’em I’m coming, and hell’s coming with me!” – Wyatt Earp

“It’s like I’m playing cards with my brother’s kids or somethin’. You nerve-wrackin’ sons of bitches.” – Doc Holliday

“You can’t beat the truth out of me, Ike. You just can’t do it.” – Virgil Earp

“Well… I didn’t think you had it in you.” – Johnny Ringo

Choose quotes that resonate with your chosen character and practice delivering them with the appropriate accent and intensity to truly embody the spirit of “Tombstone” at your next event.


About Tombstone

Tombstone is a 1993 American Western film directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Val Kilmer and Kurt Russel. It’s based on real people and events that mostly took place throughout the 1880’s in the growing mining town of Tombstone. It follows the retired U.S. Marshall Wyatt Earp and the gambler and gunsliner Doc Holliday who are old friends that meet again when they both settle back the small town for different reasons.

Their interests and good nature soon put them at loggerheads with the local group of outlaws that calls themselves the Cowboys. In classic Western fashion, tit for tat slights spill out of hand leading to full-blown war and historical gun battles like the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the Earp Vendetta Ride which culminates in the Cowboys murdering Wyatt’s brother. Train robberies, ambushes, and pistol duels abound in this era piece from this exciting place and time in American history.

Tombstone Costumes