The Blockbuster 80s - Childhood Heroes Costume Ideas

Anyone who lived in the 80s as a teenager or young adult will undoubtedly remember the endless string of blockbuster movies. It was one weekend after another for 10 years that movie goers were treated to one major movie event after another. For those not yet part of this planet, they surely missed out on one of Hollywood's golden eras.

 

This presents a wonderful theme idea for a 1980s style party: The Blockbuster 80s. The possibilities are endless with costume options depicting some of the greatest characters in movie history. Here is a list of some irresistible ideas for the next 80s themed party.

 

Jake LaMotta

Raging Bull


"Raging Bull" - This costume is simple and easy to find. The final touches should include some version of LaMotta's battered face.

 

E.T.

E.T.


"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" - Surely, some of these costumes still exist after being the most popular of any generation.

 

The Princess

The Princess Bride


"The Princess Bride" - All those ladies out there love a Medieval classic and a chance to dress like a little Princess.

 

Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones


"Raiders of the Lost Ark" - He may not look like a superhero, but in the 80s, he was icon to say the least.

 

Darth Vader & Luke Skywalker

Darth Vader

Luke Skywalker


"The Empire Strikes Back" & "Return of the Jedi" - As part of the original Star Wars Trilogy, there are many costume options available from these two classics.

 

NASA Astronauts

The Right Stuff


"The Right Stuff" - This Academy award winning pictures gives everyone the chase to reflect on the childhood dream of being an astronaut.

 

Wolfgang Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


"Amadeus" - It might be kind of fun to put on the wig and play the crazy loon of a genius that became one of the greatest composers in history.

 

Marquise de Merteuil & Cécile de Volanges

Marquise de Merteuil & Cécile de Volanges


"Dangerous Liaisons" - These 18th century French beauties taught us there is a little evil in everyone.

 

Eliot Ness & Al Capone

Eliot Ness

Al Capone


"The Untouchables" - A touch of Prohibition era Chicago provides a classic looking gangster/hero.

 

Shoeless Joe Jackson
"Field of Dreams" - This is one of the greatest baseball films of all-time and Shoeless Joe was the perfect anti-hero.

 

Gunnery Sgt. Hartman

Gunnery Sgt. Hartman


"Full Metal Jacket" - What would a costume party be if no one came dressed in military garb. Gunnery Sgt. Hartman gave us a glimpse of the classic Marine drill Sargent.

 

Dr. Emmett L. Brown

Dr. Emmett L. Brown


"Back to the Future" - Who could ever forget the zany, lovable Doc who sent Marty McFly back to the future.

 

John Merrick

John Merrick


"The Elephant Man" - It's not all glamor and glitz as we learned in this modern day Hunchback of Notre Dame story.

 

David Kessler

David Kessler


"An American Werewolf in London" - Only in the 1980s could there be a horror film that was actually a comedy. One very strange looking werewolf as well.

 

Puyi

Puyi


"The Last Emperor" - How often do you get a chance to dress like Chinese royalty?

 

Ariel

Ariel


"The Little Mermaid" - This costume is sure to bring back sweet memories for all those little girls in the late 80s. This will also be a favorite with the guys, to look at, of course.

 

Terminator T-800 Model 101

Terminator T-800 Model 101


"The Terminator" - The former Governor of California made a promise he would be back, and he was, several times.

 

Kahn

Kahn


"Star Trek II - The Wrath of Kahn" - Never mind Captain Kirk or Spock, this is a classic costume from one of Star Trek's most memorable villains.

 

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