How to Dress Like a Football Player for Halloween

Things You'll Need

  • Sweatpants

  • Black electrical tape

  • Felt

  • Scissors

  • Hot glue

  • Football jersey or an oversized T-shirt

  • Foam padding

  • Safety pins

  • Black eyeliner

  • 2 wristbands

  • Athletic socks

  • Cleats or sneakers

  • Football helmet

  • Football

Every football team has its own team colors.

Football is one of the most watched sports in the United States. Every year, millions of people gather in front of their television sets to watch the two best teams in the National Football League play each other in the Super Bowl. While not everyone can become a football player in the NFL, anyone can dress up as one on Halloween. A football costume is inexpensive and made up of many items you may already own.

Step 1

Begin with a pair of sweatpants. Add two strips of black electrical tape, spaced about an inch apart, down the outside of each pant leg. If you'd rather have colored stripes to match your favorite team, cut four 1-inch-wide strips of felt long enough to cover the length of the sweatpants. Glue two strips on the outside of each pant leg with hot glue. Roll up or cut the sweatpants to a length below the knees.

Step 2

Purchase or make a football jersey. If you are making the jersey, find a plain, oversized T-shirt in the color of your choice. Draw an outline of your favorite number on a piece of felt, and layer another piece of felt beneath it. Cut the number out. Place a piece of cardboard or paper inside the jersey. Hot glue the first set of numbers onto the front of the T-shirt, then glue the second set onto the back of the T-shirt.

Step 3

Create shoulder pads out of foam padding. Layer foam padding to the desired thickness. Place the padding on each shoulder, then put the jersey on. Use safety pins to fasten the padding to the jersey.

Step 4

Color two black smudges under each eye with black eyeliner. Smudge the eyeliner with your fingers for a more authentic look.

Step 5

Wear a pair of wristbands around your wrists and athletic socks and cleats on your feet. If you do not have cleats, wear a pair of sneakers. Complete the football player look with a football helmet and football.


If you do not have hot glue, sew the pieces of felt onto the costume either by hand or with a sewing machine. You can also use fabric paint to paint the numbers onto the T-shirt.