This year my friends and I were determined to win the costume contest with our group of friends in an annual party that grows every year. Since it is the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters we decided that was a WONDERFUL theme! With the help of a dear friend, I designed and made all the Homemade Ghostbusters Costumes for all the characters in the movie.
Here are the Ghostbusters! All the packs are different and all made with recycled stuff found in my house, well, besides the lights and painted water guns of course!
For all 4 proton packs, I found boxes that would fit the bodies of the guys being the Ghostbusters and started from the bottom up. Using paper plates, medicine bottles, bottle lids, soup containers, old screws, bolts, paper towel rolls and really anything found in junk drawers. I hot- glued everything on the boxes and sprayed it all black. Then I got the battery operated LED Christmas lights from the hobby store and strung them all over the packs. I printed off replica labels for the packs, glued them on, added a few little touches of color and they became working proton packs!
Every pack is unique and all resemble the original. All the guys then purchased khaki flight suits and we attached the name tags and logos to their suits.
I also made the goggles, ghost catcher and slimmer. Every pack had some sort of FUN adult accessory (beerbong, gun with shots, Dixie cup holder)
The four of us obviously got this Homemade Ghostbusters Costume idea from the movie "Ghostbusters." It took awhile to think of what to use for the costume. We used a white hooded suit, that is similar to a hazmat suit - which ended up being extra larges when we got them in the mail, but we worked with it. We printed out, laminated Ghostbusters signs, and put them on our shoulders, chest, and backpacks. It was hard to get them to stay taped to the backpacks, so we hot glued them.
We finished the look with accessories. We all wore black belts, black elbow pads, science goggles, paint masks, and black gloves. We held black tubes that we found (I believe they are typically used in cars), and hooked a keychain of keys, flashlights, glow in the dark frisbees and necklaces, and other various things around the house to our belts. The outfits get so hot when worn fully.
I started working on this Ghostbuster Costume in 2009 and it took me 3 months to build. It is built with things I purchased online, some things from home depot, and some things lying around the house. It is all functional. All the lights work, and all of the switches are located on the “thrower”, I even added a rumble pack from an n64 to make the thrower shake.
It is painted in layers. The primer coat is all silver, so over time when the black paint wears off, it will give it a more authentic Ghostbusters movie feel.
The uniform is just a flight suit purchased off eBay with sewn on patches. I also purchased the name tag with my name sewn into it.