How to Make a Rambo Costume

Camouflage pants are Rambo's trademark.
Camouflage pants are Rambo's trademark. (Image: camouflage image by KALISTE A from

Rambo is a well-known character portrayed in books, films, comic books, video games and even an animated television series. Due to Rambo's tough-guy attitude and action heroics, males of all ages may want to dress up as Rambo on Halloween. As a Vietnam War veteran on the run from the law, Rambo is usually seen covered in dirt and sweat while wearing camouflage pants and carrying a gun in his hand. You can mimic this look at home with a few key items.

Things You'll Need

  • Camouflage pants or dark green khaki pants
  • Black tank top
  • Black mullet style wig or black spray-on hair dye
  • Long strip of black cloth
  • Black combat boots
  • Bullet belt
  • Black face paint
  • Brown face or body paint
  • Toy machine gun

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Begin the costume with a pair of camouflage pants. If you cannot find camouflage pants, you may also use a pair of dark green khaki pants.

Choose a tight black tank top for the upper half of the costume.

Purchase a black mullet style wig with bangs from a local or online costume store. Alternatively, you can also use spray-on black hair dye. Use your fingers to mess up your hair and give it that shaggy look.

Cut or rip off a long thin strip of black cloth. The cloth can be purchased from a fabric store, or you can use an old black T-shirt. Tie the strip of cloth around your head and under your bangs. Make sure the knot is tied above the right ear for authenticity.

Wear a pair of black combat boots on your feet. Other types of black boots or shoes may be substituted in.

Sling a bullet belt over your right shoulder so that it is draped diagonally across your torso.

Smudge black face paint under each eye with your fingertips.

Smudge brown face or body paint over your arms. This gives your arms the appearance of being covered in dirt.

Hold a toy machine gun in your hand.


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