Make this Ghostbusters DIY costume with homemade proton pack for Halloween. Ghostbusters is a classic film and I love the original as well as the new all female remake. With some simple supplies and a tan jumpsuit you can make an authentic looking Ghostbusters costume on the cheap. Dressing up as the gang from Ghostbusters is a great group costume for your and your friends to try this year. Check out the full tutorial to make your own.
Ghostbusters DIY Costume
I love to dress up as characters for Halloween. As an adult it’s still fun to get dressed up, even if you are just going to take your kids trick or treating.
I made this Ghostbusters diy costume with mostly recycled supplies and it actually looks like an authentic Ghostbusters jumpsuit and proton pack.
Ghostbusters is one of my favorite movies. It’s definitely on my “must watch” list at least once a year. I loved the all-female remake that came out a couple of years ago.
This blog post was super fun to create and my husband and I had fun going out and taking photos 🙂
If you’re wondering where this creepy old house is, it’s on our family property. My husband grew up in this house and it was built about 100 years ago by his grandfather. It’s been left to rot and collapse upon itself so we don’t dare go in there anymore. It does however make a good creepy prop for projects like this.
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for… tutorial time.
How to make a Ghostbusters costume with a proton pack
Supplies for diy Ghostbusters costume:
- Khaki colored coveralls
- Combat boots
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DIY Ghostbusters Proton Pack:
- Shallow plastic bin
- Assortment of recyclable boxes and tins
- Black spray paint
- Bicycle reflectors
- Old cords and wires
- Black Electrical tape
- Battery operated Christmas lights
- Old backpack straps
- Vacuum hose
- Handle from an old vacuum
The jumpsuit can be purchased from a hardware store or garden supply store or you can purchase the one above from Amazon. Boots, gloves and goggles are available at Walmart. The goggles I used are night vision goggles. Why did we have a pair of night vision goggles lying around? I have no idea, but they worked perfectly for this costume.
The proton pack is a little more complex, but it’s still totally DIYable.
What exactly is a proton pack?
The proton pack is what the Ghostbusters use to capture and kill the ghosts.
Designed in 1984 by Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz (these are characters from the original movie fyi), the Proton Pack counters the negative energy which ghosts are made of with a Proton Stream, a stream of positively charged ions which can harness a ghost- Seems legit, right?
To make the proton pack begin by taking your plastic bin and flipping it over. Then, glue on old boxes, lids or plastic pieces. I used regular superglue but a hot glue gun will also work. Once the glue is completely dry, spray the entire thing with black spray paint. Spray two coats and then let it sit overnight to dry.
The next day you can add you embellishments. Add bicycle reflectors, plastic lids to look like buttons, old wires and cables and battery operated Christmas lights. I also added a doorbell and some small metal bits and pieces I found at the bottom of the junk drawer (there are benefits of never throwing anything away!) I used black electrical tape to help reinforce some of the heavier objects like the tape recorder I attached to the side and the wires.
I cut off the straps of an old backpack and used duct tape to secure them to the inside of the plastic bin, then I taped the vacuum hose and handle from the mop all together to look like the gun.
When you are ready, suit up, flip the switch on your battery operated lights and head out to go catch some ghosts!
Depending on which version of the Ghostbusters costume you want to make you can add a few other accessories. In the new remake, the Ghostbuster women had orange reflective tape on their jumpsuits. Both versions of the costume had the Ghostbusters logo patch on the arm. I didn’t have time to order one but they do sell them on Amazon if you want to pick one of those up too.
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