How to Make a Dexter Costume

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How to Make a Dexter Costume
Dexter, a TV character who is a blood splatter expert, is an easy costume to create. (blood image by Sergey Galushko from

"Dexter" is a Showtime TV show about Dexter Morgan, a serial killer who works for the Miami-Dade Police Department. At a young age he witnessed his mother's murder, and after that developed a blood lust. His adoptive father taught him to kill only those who deserve it. If you are planning to dress up as Dexter for Halloween or for a costume party, you can use items you probably have around the house to create either his "kill" outfit or his everyday look.

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Things you need

  • Thermal shirt
  • Khaki cargo trousers
  • Silver watch
  • Lear driving gloves
  • Black socks
  • Black boots
  • Black rubber apron
  • Garbage bag
  • Newspaper
  • Fake knives
  • Red paint
  • Dress shirt
  • Khaki trousers
  • Loafers
  • Work badge
  • Silver metal briefcase

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  1. 1

    Wear a thermal shirt. Choose one that is long-sleeved, with Henley-style buttons. Choose one in a dark khaki green colour. Leave the top two to three buttons undone.

  2. 2

    Wear matching green khaki cargo trousers. If possible, choose a pair with only one cargo pocket on the left leg.

  3. 3

    Add a silver watch on your left wrist and a pair of black leather driving gloves.

  4. 4

    Wear black socks and black work boots to complete the general look.

  5. 5

    Add accessories. There are a number of accessories you can choose to complete the look. A black rubber apron is one option. Another is a garbage bag. Fill the bag with newspaper or rags to give it shape. You could also carry fake knives with red paint on them to create a bloody look.

  1. 1

    Wear a dress shirt in a light or pastel colour. Choose one with long sleeves. Leave the shirt untucked. Roll the sleeves up past your elbows. Leave the top two buttons undone. Dexter has a casual look in his everyday life.

  2. 2

    Wear light khaki trousers. Choose a casual pair.

  3. 3

    Wear a pair of light coloured loafers.

  4. 4

    Add accessories. The same silver watch on the left wrist can be worn with the work and casual outfits. Add a work badge by making a laminated card with "Dexter Morgan" on it. Carry a silver metal briefcase to represent his blood kit.

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