How to make a Rambo costume

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How to make a Rambo costume
Camouflage trousers are Rambo's trademark. (camouflage image by KALISTE A from

Rambo is a well-known character portrayed in books, films, comic books, video games and even an animated television series. Due to Rambo's tough-guy attitude and action heroics, males of all ages may want to dress up as Rambo on Halloween. As a Vietnam War veteran on the run from the law, Rambo is usually seen covered in dirt and sweat while wearing camouflage trousers and carrying a gun in his hand. You can mimic this look at home with a few key items.

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Things you need

  • Camouflage trousers or dark green khaki trousers
  • Black tank top
  • Black mullet style wig or black spray-on hair dye
  • Long strip of black cloth
  • Black combat boots
  • Bullet belt
  • Black face paint
  • Brown face or body paint
  • Toy machine gun

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  1. 1

    Begin the costume with a pair of camouflage trousers. If you cannot find camouflage trousers, you may also use a pair of dark green khaki trousers.

  2. 2

    Choose a tight black tank top for the upper half of the costume.

  3. 3

    Purchase a black mullet style wig with fringe from a local or online costume store. Alternatively, you can also use spray-on black hair dye. Use your fingers to mess up your hair and give it that shaggy look.

  4. 4

    Cut or rip off a long thin strip of black cloth. The cloth can be purchased from a fabric store, or you can use an old black T-shirt. Tie the strip of cloth around your head and under your fringe. Make sure the knot is tied above the right ear for authenticity.

  5. 5

    Wear a pair of black combat boots on your feet. Other types of black boots or shoes may be substituted in.

  6. 6

    Sling a bullet belt over your right shoulder so that it is draped diagonally across your torso.

  7. 7

    Smudge black face paint under each eye with your fingertips.

  8. 8

    Smudge brown face or body paint over your arms. This gives your arms the appearance of being covered in dirt.

  9. 9

    Hold a toy machine gun in your hand.

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