Make a Mario Costume…or Dr. Mario!

I’ve got a simple little Mario costume that gets a few kudos. I was able to pick up all the pieces online or at local stores for very little cash. First a quick shot of Mario:
Alright, time to break down the pieces:

The dark blue denim suspenders: 15 bucks at Rural King. You can find suspenders at clothing stores or Wal-Mart’s, but they are more premium brands that jump up to 30 dollars. Not for this outfit. It’s also possible to find these at the Goodwill or used clothes store of your choice.

Long-sleeved red shirt: I’ve seen a lot of people using short sleeve red shirts, but you gotta find the long sleeve to do it right! I found mine at Old Navy for 8 bucks. If you have no luck there (because it did take a bit of searching to find it), then the internet is your friend.

Plain brown shoes: Wal-Mart, but this could be an easy used find on the cheap as well.

The hat: Came from Amazon. The one I linked looks the most accurate. It’s the “newsboy” style and it fits great. The hat lacked the iconic “M”, but I picked up sheets of red and white sticky back felt at Hobby Lobby, cut out the appropriate shapes, and slapped them on.

Everything else: As for the mustache, I looked at plenty of professional real hair pieces. But honestly, the best and most accurate one I found was a $4 novelty piece at the costume shop. The plunger was an extra accessory picked up at Lowes. The white gloves also came from the costume shop for a few bucks. DONE.

Sorry I seem to be only able to find doofy photos at the moment, but hopefully you get the point.

There’s really no reason anyone should ever go to “Halloween SuperCity” or any other BS store and buy one of the mass producedoutfits. Also no reason to go to Target to buy one, since they’re pretty much assholes who think families working together to make a unique costume are ghetto-poor and failures at life.

So, there are plenty of reasons that this costume is great.

A) Easy – Look at the steps above for proof.
B) Recognizable – The youngest kid to the oldest adult loses their shit over Mario. After all, he is more recognizable than Mickey Mouse.
C) Comfortable – You’re basically dressed in farm hand clothes. The mustache is the only annoying piece. But hey, it’s a costume.

I wanna talk about one other great part of this costume — customization. Mario can be armed with a plunger, a fire flower, a mushroom, or any other accessory… You can slap on ears and a tail and be a Tanooki from Super Mario Brothers 3 (or a goddamned furry)… You can even make a giant boot or go-cart and be fully decked out…
The options are only limited by the number of Marios you can remember, and there are a ton. As I was on the last second Halloween costume train this year, I wanted to throw something together and possibly integrate Mario. The “OMG I’m Almost Out-Of-Time” idea I have?

Dr. Mario!

Dr. Mario!

This was (and still is) one of my favorite NES puzzle games. I picked up the new version on Wii which is even better. The music, the gameplay, and the competition against friends, all make this a game that many people remember and still love. Mario was really an afterthought once you got into the gameplay. He tossed pills in the bottle, but that’s about it…

So, to make this costume, I’m going to throw nearly every piece of the costume aside except the mustache. I’m borrowing a stethoscope (great to have nurse friends!). How about a doctor’s coat? Well, I actually went to HalloweenTown (after saying not to go there!) and saw terrible pun names burned onto doc coats (Dr. “Feltersnatch” anyone?) The best answer was to drag my ass to a scrub shop where they sell the actual coats. It looks great and has an assload of pockets for Halloween night traveling. As for the head piece, I bought a yard of elastic and trimmed and sewed it up to fit on my head. For the silver part I cut out a circle of sintra (PVC sheets basically) and used silver Rub-N-Buff to make it shiny (letting it dry a day). Then the sintra was glued on the band.

Now to the accessories to make this recognizable. In the game there are usually only 2 things people remember…the pills and viruses. First the viruses. I drew several from an image I found on net onto sintra. I carefully cut them out, sanded the edges, and painted them their appropriate blue, red, and yellow colors. It was a bit of a rush job and if I did it again I’d take a little more care. For the pill, I’ve seen a couple people make a two-dimensional pill carried around or taped on an arm. I really wanted an actual giant pill. For this I purchased a cheapo wood cylinder at Hobby Lobby, along with a clear plastic sphere that split into two pieces. Conveniently, each half of the sphere fit closely on the cylinder. They were a little big, but I had an idea to fix that problem. Getting them home, I hot-glued one half sphere to each side of the cylinder. Then I wrapped and hot-glued a cut piece of foam around the cylinder to fill in the gap. After that, I painted the pill, first with Guesso as a primer, then with a couple of layers of red and blue paint. Considering the rush, I was happy with the pill. Check the image below:

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It’s a good trio with liquor and the mysterious beaker.
Also, here’s the final outfit, with the viruses velcroed to my doctor’s coat:
Dr. Mario

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So that’s about it. Simple, easy, and fun. Sometimes it’s good to get a costume out of the way so you can get on with the good times. The pill was certainly the most popular accessory of the night. Warning, most people treat it like a suppository. Yeah.

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