How to Make a Napoleon Dynamite Costume

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Creating a Napoleon Dynamite costume is a cinch because Napoleon is just a normal guy, sort of. He dazzled movie audiences with a bizarre mixture of vulnerable nerdiness and an endearing, brave heart. The desire to walk in his moon boots is a natural extension of our fascination with Napoleon, a new kind of hero.

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Things you need

  • Red afro wig
  • Glasses
  • Screened t-shirt
  • Black skinny jeans or parachute pants
  • Moon boots

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  1. 1

    Don the famous red afro hairstyle. The color is more of a strawberry blond, not bright red like a clown wig. Part it on the left.

  2. 2

    Find some nerdy glasses; think big, clear aviators.

  3. 3

    Choose a screened t-shirt. Napoleon wears several styles in the movie, but the most recognizable is the "Vote for Pedro" tee. The "Vote for Pedro" tee also captures the essence of the movie.

  4. 4

    Squeeze into some black skinny jeans, or if you prefer a more comfortable alternative, parachute pants work just as nicely.

  5. 5

    Put on the moon boots. These might be hard to find. If you don't have any luck at second hand stores, substitute a similar boot.

  6. 6

    Assume the Napoleon-like presence. Start by imitating his facial expressions. You have two options, the scowl or the open mouthed, bass expression. After you've mastered the open mouthed, bass expression, add a long Darth Vader exhale. Also, try running without moving your arms.

  7. 7

    Learn some sweet dance moves.

Tips and warnings

  • Brush up on your Napoleon Dynamite quotes for the occasion. If it's been a while since you've seen the movie, try reading "Napoleon Dynamite: The Complete Quote Book."
  • Consider asking a friend to go as Pedro or Deb.

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