Karate Kid Costume Ideas

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Karate Kid Costume Ideas
Dress like the karate kid for Halloween. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Wax on, wax off has become more than a movie line, it's a phrase that calls to mind one of the most popular movies of 1984, "The Karate Kid." The movie tells the story of Daniel LaRusso, a boy who is bullied at school and wants to learn karate to defend himself. There are plenty of costume ideas from this classic movie.


During the movie the characters attend a Halloween dance. The bullies, also known as the Cobra Kai, attend the dance dressed as skeletons. They are wearing all black costume with skeleton bones on the front. Daniel goes to the party dressed as a shower. To make this costume, you will need to piece together a few PVC pipes and place the shower curtain on to them. Daniel's girlfriend, Ali, went to the party dressed as Princess Leia in the classic robe and side buns.

Competition Outfits

During the end scenes of the movie, the Cobra Kai battles it out with Daniel for the karate championship. The Cobra Kai boys are seen wearing black gis with the yellow and black Cobra Kai symbol on the back. They have black headbands tied around their heads and are barefoot. Daniel is wearing a white gi, with a black and white patterned headband and a black belt. He is also barefoot.

Ali Mills

Daniel's girlfriend, played by Elisabeth Shue, is a preppy, popular girl. She is seen wearing the stereotypical '80s preppy uniform. Pleated skirt, argyle sweaters, headbands and loafers make up Ali's wardrobe. She has blonde, feathered hair that is curly. This would be a great idea for a couple costume alongside a Daniel costume for Halloween.

Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi is Daniel's mentor and karate teacher. He is an older Japanese man who wears button down shirts and slacks, and sports a black and white headband exactly like Daniel's. He likes to play with chopsticks and has grey, thinning hair and a beard. He says phrases like, "Look eye, you must always look eye" and "Banzai!" A Mr. Miyagi costume would be a great accompaniment to a Daniel and Ali costume.

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