For our homemade Reno 911 Dangle and Clementine costumes we bought Dickies shorts (for Dangle), pants (for clementine) and button-up short sleeve shirts (for both) in khaki. Dangle's shorts were cut very short (and purchased a size too small).
I stitch-witched the hem and added brown tape on the sides for stripes. I did the same to make stripes on Clementines pants (also purchased too small - to make it more authentic). I also had to take in the shirt for Clementine b/c the small was way too big for me! Then I cut out brown fabric to fit the pocket flaps on both shirts and stitch-witched that on.
We bought costume badges and ordered authentic patches off eBay. Authentic police belts were also ordered off eBay. We both purchased aviator sunglasses. I teased my hair and wore tacky make-up.
We bought gold hair color to make his hair look blond. We bought a brown mustache at a costume shop (they didn't have blond) so we colored it with the same gold hair spray. The black gloves for dangle were purchased from a sporting goods store.
We both purchased black Velcro tennis shoes from Wal-Mart.
I am a big fan of Reno 911 so I decided to dress up as Lt. Dangle for Halloween 2007 because he is hilarious. I saw all the cheap costumes that the Halloween stores were selling and knew that wasn't good enough for me.
I decided to venture out and find the clothing and altered it to the correct size. I ordered the authentic patches for the arms and replica badge. I knew the clothing wasn't good enough so I asked a local retired police officer who is also a good friend of mine if he had anything I could borrow. He hooked me up with everything he had, including real cuffs.
Everybody was getting arrested that night! Everything else such as the aviators, shoes, gloves and underwear, I had to round up myself. Plus the hair and mustache are mine so I didn't have to buy those.
My fiance and I were planning these costumes for months back in the summer of 2006, before all of the Reno 911 costumes were available to buy.
We happen to know someone in law enforcement and were able acquire some old uniforms. We created shorts for Lt. Dangle and created a phony seal to go over where the patch is, to be sure that it said Reno Sheriffs Department. We made shorts for him and found some great boots to wear. We purchased cap guns, fake handcuffs, some police-style mirrored sunglasses and a few other necessities.
We even went outside our apartment complex and reenacted an arrest with one of our other costume party attendees!
All total we spent probably $50 on the costumes (since we got the outfits for free). Thankfully, since we came up with this idea before it became mainstream, we got great reaction from everyone and those costumes are still talked about to this day.
We have a good friend in the Sheriff’s department that gave us a few of his old shirts for our Reno 911 costume. Another friend in the Highway Patrol loaned us the belt I’m wearing.
I bought Reno 911 badges and his gloves off of eBay, and had name badges made through the trophy shop. I ironed brown fabric stripes to my khaki pants, and hemmed up some clearance-sale shorts for him. I bought my wig and his mustache at the costume shop and his wig at the thrift store.