How to Make a Policeman Costume

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How to Make a Policeman Costume
Mimic a police officer by dressing in navy. (Police image by Zeno from

A policeman is a popular and classic Halloween costume choice for kids and adults alike. It's a relatively simple costume to put together, and after you've got the basics of the costume made, there's a whole range of options for fun accessories. If you don't have the clothing basics for a policeman costume, check out your local thrift store for inexpensive button down shirts, trousers and belts. To get that police utility belt look, gather electronic accessories such as cell phone holders and old PDAs and clip them to a black belt.

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Things you need

  • Blue button down shirt
  • Blue trousers
  • Black belt
  • Black shoes
  • Cardboard
  • Tinfoil
  • Small notebook
  • Pens
  • Police cap
  • Black paint
  • Safety pins
  • Assorted electronics accessories with belt clips
  • Toy handcuffs
  • Toy walkie talkies
  • Toy gun holster
  • Plastic truncheon

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  1. 1

    Cut a badge shape out of cardboard and wrap it in tinfoil. Use a safety pin to affix it to the right breast pocket of the button down shirt. You can find badge templates in the Resource section.

  2. 2

    Put on the button down shirt, blue trousers and black shoes. Shine the shoes and belt the trousers with the black belt.

  3. 3

    Clip the electronic accessories to the black belt. Include toy walkie talkies, handcuffs and a fake gun holster if you have them.

  4. 4

    Put a small notebook and several pens in the breast pocket of the jacket for writing "tickets."

  5. 5

    Finish off the costume with a police cap and a plastic truncheon.

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