Jason Voorhees Costume Ideas

Written by gary hill
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The "Friday the 13th" series of films featured (in one form or another) Jason Voorhees as the character responsible for the killings. The first film set Voorhees' character up as child who drowned at Camp Crystal Lake years earlier. As the hockey-masked villain was defeated, it turned out to be Voorhees' mother Pamela. In subsequent films, though, it was Jason himself seeking revenge for his mother's death. The iconic look of the character works nicely for Halloween costumes.

Basic Look

The most basic Jason Voorhees costume is very simple. The key element is the hockey goalie's mask. The mask in the films varies a little, but a white goalie mask with red accents is the most accurate. In terms of clothing, dark and grungy works best. Stick with black, grey, drab green, brown or very dark blue. While a coverall can be worn, work trousers and shirt with a work coat over the top also serve the costume well. Heavy work boots should cover the feet.

Undead Jason

Some of the later films featured an undead, or reanimated Jason Voorhees, sort of a zombie version. To create the look, use make-up on the face. Create wounds and rotting flesh, much like a zombie, but not as severe. Occasionally Voorhees' face was seen with worms crawling in it. Plastic worms can be attached with spirit gum. Either cut away parts of the hockey mask to expose the make-up or wear it to the side or carry it. The clothing choices are the same as in the basic costume, but cut, tear and otherwise distress the clothing.

Pamela Jason

In the first "Friday the 13th" film, the villain was thought to be Jason Voorhees, but was actually his mother Pamela. In addition, the iconic hockey mask was not yet part of the look. Create that legend of Jason Voorhees look with the same trousers and boots as the other costumes. Wear a light grey sweater. For women with short blond hair, the look is basically done, it just needs to be curled. Otherwise a short, blond, curled wig should be worn. Over the face, though, a mask should be made from a tan sack cloth or pillow case with some eye holes cut in it.

Other Ideas

Jason Voorhees wore the same sack mask as his mother had in the second movie. So, that type of look could work for a Jason (rather than Pamela as Jason) costume. Adding dirt, blood and worn spots on the clothing adds realism to any of the costumes. Of course, with all Jason Voorhees costumes weapons (a prop machete is the best choice) should be carried. Add some blood stains to the weapon for good effect. A spear is another viable choice as it has precedence in the films.

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