How to Dress Up as the Rat From "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"


Splinter is the mutant rat master of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a '90s animated series that spawned several live-action films, merchandise and additional animated series. Splinter's origins vary depending on which series you follow--some regard him as a man who was transformed into a rat by the same green ooze that changed the turtles, while others believe he was a pet rat also affected by the ooze. Create a Splinter costume that mimics his appearance in the live-action films or the animated series, depending on your preference.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown or burgundy robe
  • Scissors
  • White bandages
  • Medical tape
  • Rat mask or nose
  • Brown face makeup (optional)
  • Black eye pencil (optional)
  • Faux beard (optional)
  • Prepurchased or homemade rat tail
  • Belt (optional)
  • Brown walking stick
  • Use scissors on a brown or burgundy robe to give it a tattered appearance. Splinter's robe is a light brown in the live-action films and ranges from brown to burgundy in various "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" animated series. Purchase a ninja robe from a costume store or browse consignment shops for old robes. Look for a robe that is already worn and comes down to the knees if possible.

  • Wrap white bandages around the feet and up around the ankles. Use medical tape to secure them.

  • Do one of the following to create a rat-like appearance: Paint the face in brownish-tannish makeup colors and use black eye pencil to create whiskers; use faux beard materials to put hair on the face if desired; or purchase a rat mask or a rat nose and use makeup as needed.

  • Use a belt to secure a prepurchased rat tail, or make your own by wrapping tan-colored tape around craft wire.

  • Carry a wooden walking stick to complete the costume.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try practicing Ninja moves to further enhance your Splinter costume.


  • Photo Credit Will Ragozzino/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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