This Halloween, my girlfriend and I wanted to do a couple's costume, but we wanted to steer clear of the typical Halloween cliches. Since we're both big fans of the Indiana Jones series, we thought it'd be fun to try out a couples twist on the familiar Indiana Jones attire. The result, "Indy-Anna" Jones and her dear old dad, Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. (made famous by Sean Connery).
We spent the night party and bar-hopping throughout Washington, D.C., and the Homemade Indiana Jones Couple Costume was a massive hit everywhere we went. And best of all, both costumes were cheap and easy to put together.
TOP: The tan shirt is an "Adventure Girl" costume top (which you can find online or in Halloween stores), but it was really just a long, khaki-colored top. The brown canvas jacket was purchased at Marshall's. We'd initially wanted to wear a brown bomber jacket, but ultimately we found that the brown canvas was both cheaper and more feminine than the conventional dusty, beat-up leather alternative.
ACCESSORIES: "Indy-Anna" gave the costume some shape and femininity by wearing a thick brown belt around her waist, and she hung the whip ($7 from a costume shop) from an old leather watch band from off of the belt. The hat was an inexpensive replica from the same costume shop ($12).
BOTTOM: For the lower half of the costume (not pictured), "Indy-Anna" just raided her closet. Underneath her long shirt in lieu of actual pants, she wore a short black pair of "boy shorts" (I'm a guy, so I don't know what they're actually called -- pretty much the female equivalent of men's boxer briefs) over tan leggings. As footwear, she wore a pair of brown, just-short-of knee-high women's boots which she already had in her wardrobe.
Total cost: $40.
DR. HENRY JONES, SR:
HEAD: I already have a beard and glasses, but finding the proper "Dr. Jones" hat can be tricky since it's something of a cross between a fedora and a bucket hat (study photos of Sean Connery from the film, you'll see what I mean). I got lucky on eBay for about $13. Once I had the hat, all I had to do was use a can of that costume hair-color-stuff to spray-paint my actual beard ($3).
ACCESSORIES: Bow ties are cheap and easy to find (clip-ons work just as well). The black umbrella, however, took a bit of searching since most modern umbrellas are squatter, plastic, and/or more compact. But the pointy black umbrella is crucial -- so keep looking (or spray-paint another pointy umbrella if you have to)! I managed to find mine at Burlington Coat Factory for $7.
SUIT: In the movie, Dr. Henry Jones wears a grey tweed three-piece suit. If you can't get an exact match, don't sweat it. People tend to think the suit was tan or brown anyway (likely because the movie was set in a desert), and thrift stores are great place to find perfectly acceptable grey and tweed substitutes. As long as it's a three-piece suit in a neutral-colored earth tone (NOT black - that's too "James Bond"-esque!), you're good to go. I found mine (a three-piece camel-colored corduroy) years ago at a thrift store for $10, and it matched the hat perfectly.