How to Make a Terminator Costume

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How to Make a Terminator Costume. Many children of the 80s remember a time when Arnold Schwarzenegger was not a governor, but royalty among action superstars. In 1984, he cemented this title when he starred in the Terminator. As imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, there may be some of you who'd like to dress as the villainous cyborg for Halloween. Here are some tips for how to make a Terminator costume.

  • Hit the gym! This is, of course, the longest step of the preparation process. It is only recommended if you are an adult and have plenty of time to devote to the illusion. Make weight machines your friend and invest in a set of dumbbells. If you don't have the time or energy for this step, that's fine. You'll still look pretty cool when the rest of the costume comes together.

  • Find a basic, form-fitting black t-shirt. This will be the cheapest piece of the costume and the easiest to obtain.

  • Scout the local motorcycle shops and biker specialty stores for the remainder of the clothing: black leather pants, a black leather jacket and some heavy-duty motorcycle boots. The overall effect should be over-the-top masculine. If you put these clothes on and feel like you could kick some serious butt, you're practically there.

  • Locate the perfect pair of tough-looking black shades, a trademark terminator accessory, after all.

  • Consider going to the barber for the perfect Terminator haircut. Bring a picture with you if you feel the need, but most barbers will know exactly what you want if you simply ask for "Arnold, circa Terminator era."

  • Find an eyeglass store that sells specialty, Halloween-style contact lenses. If they have them, get fitted for bright red lenses that will cover the entire eye. For the costume, wear one of them.

  • Surround the red eye with tinfoil, a metal plate, a Terminator mask, etc. If you have any, surround the metal area with stage makeup skin putty to give the illusion of flesh tearing away from the eerie metal skeleton.

  • Practice delivering speech in a deep, monotone Austrian accent. If you want to make things really easy, limit your evening conversation to two trademark phrases: "Sarah Connor?" and "I'll be back."

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