DIY 90s Nickelodeon Game Show Costumes

90s Nickelodeon Game Show Costumes

 

We have been obsessed wtih all things 90s since, well, THE 90s, and it turns out we're not alone in our overwhelming feelings of nostalgia for this delightful decade. Nickelodeon will be lauching "The Splat" tonight, a nightly programming block airing from 10PM to 5AM, which will feature the best, best, BEST Nick shows of our collective youths. Is this real life?? Do we really to get to re-watch Legends of the Hidden Temple contestants get captured by terrifying Temple Guards? Do we really get to cheer for the red contestant on GUTS, as they vie for a piece of the Aggro Crag? YES! The answer is yes.

 

In honor of this most fantastic new television offering, and because 90s nostalgia costumes are going to be especially big on Halloween this year, we put together 5 different DIY looks from our favorite Nickelodeon game shows. It's about to get WILD AND CRAZY, KIDS!

 

 

1. DIY GUTS Contestant Costume

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D-d-d-d-d-do you have it, GUTS! (Are we the only ones that answered the TV? "YES! WE DO! WE HAVE WHAT IT TAKES!") GUTS was one of the best Nickelodeon game shows around - it had great hosts (Mike O'Malley and Moira "Mo" Quirk), awesome physical competitions, lots of bungee harnesses action, and something worth fighting for: a piece of the Aggro Crag! We had a blast putting together this costume, and made sure not to skimp on the shoulder pads.

 

The Finished Look

Nickelodeon GUTS costume

 

Who would have thought that a Silk Spectre costume from Watchmen, would be the perfect base for a Nickelodeon game show costume? As odd as it sounds, it made for the perfect spandex-ee jumpsuit to get us started. On top of that, we layered on a tee made with our custom t-shirt creator, and accented that with a full body harness and a pair of fingerless gloves. We spray painted a green army helmet yellow, added an oversized award medal, and all that was left to do was create some easy shoulder/knee pads. To create a set of these pads for yourself, simply: 

  • remove the plastic shoulder pads from our children's football pad set.
  • Adhere the pads, using hot glue, to pieces of black elastic.
  • Slide them on and trim the elastic to fit!
  • We used the elastic holsters from our Tomb Raider costume, but elastic is widely available at craft stores.

 

Products Used

How to make a Nickelodeon GUTS costume

Women's Blank Red T-Shirt - Shop      Helmet (Spray Painted Yellow) - Shop      Fingerless Gloves - Shop

White Socks - Shop      Jumbo Award Medal - Shop      Silk Spectre Romper - Shop

Top Gun Body Harness - Shop      Shoulder Pads (used as knee and elbow pads) - Shop

 

DIY Aggro Crag

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Let's be honest. You don't want to be just any GUTS contestant this Halloween, you want to be a winning GUTS contestant! As such, you'll need proof of your prowess in the form of a chunk of the old Aggro Crag. You could go all out and rig something up using glowing green lights, but there's really no need, when something fashioned from poster board, cardboard, and spray glue will do the trick just fine.

 

DIY Aggro Crag from GUTS

 

 

2. DIY GUTS "Mo" Costume

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How will you ever know "your official results" without a Mo costume to compliment your GUTS contestant ensemble? All you really need to convey the essence of Mo is a referee outfit, a whistle, a very official looking stop watch, and, of course, YOUR BEST BRITISH ACCENT! We can help you out with most of those things, but you're on your own for the accent. Maybe you can catch a GUTS re-run on The Splat?

 

The Finished Look

DIY GUTS Mo Costume

 

OH yes - don't forget the headset! That's how Mo and Mike O'Malley communicated between athletic challenges. Our "diva headset" is a must.

 

Products Used

How to dress as MO from GUTS for Halloween

Women's Referee Romper - Shop      Referee Whistle - Shop

Brown Bob Wig - Shop      Headset Prop - Shop

 

 

3. DIY Legends of the Hidden Temple Contestant Costume

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Did you and your siblings each pick a team to root for, and then take it as a deeply personal offense if they turned out to be duds? DANG YOU, BLUE BARRACUDAS! Whichever team you hitched your wagon to most often, wouldn't it be fun to dress up as a member of that team for Halloween? Yes it would, is the answer. We went with a relative underdog, a Purple Parrot. (Pay close attention - Olmec will be quizzing you on this DIY later.)

 

The Finished Look

Legends of the Hidden Temple Contestant Costume

 

The only thing this costume is missing is a ridiculously oversized mouth guard - may we suggest using a big slice of orange peel on Halloween? Again, we used our handy custom t-shirt creator to print off the Purple Parrot graphic, and completed the costume with our DIY knee and elbow pads. The khaki shorts are actually part of a Reno 911 police costume! This time we painted our green tactical army helmet a shiny gold, and gave the model some key accessories, including a full pendant of life, and a name tag.

 

Products Used

DIY Legends of the Hidden Temple costume

Women's Blank Purple T-Shirt - Shop      Khaki Shorts - Shop      Helmet (Spray Painted Gold) - Shop

Shoulder Pads (used as knee and elbow pads) - Shop      White Socks - Shop      Fingerless Gloves - Shop

 

 

4. DIY Temple Guard Costume

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The Temple Guards from Legends of the Hidden Temple may as well be characters in a horror film. They have the same characteristics, afterall: scary masks, crazy costumes, and the element of surprise! You never know which dark corner of the temple obstacle course run they'll be lurking in. We managed to find a few images that gave us a good idea of how to create a Halloween costume modeled after the elusive Temple Guard. Study the DIY closely, but don't stare too long or he might just decide to snatch your pendant of life!

 

The Finished Look

Legends of the Hidden Temple Temple Guard Costume

 

Pretty cool, hey? A surprisingly large amount of the items included with our men's gladiator costume served as the bulk of this look. To it, we added a shortened grass skirt, simple leather sandals, and the most important element, the mask and feathered headpiece. Our gold and silver Venetian masquerade mask worked perfectly after removing some of the extra bangles and dangles, and for the headpiece, we used hot glue to add bright feathers from an Indian headdress onto the feathers that already come attached to our gold fabric gladiator helmet.

 

Products Used

Temple Guard Legends of the Hidden Temple Costume DIY

Men's Gladiator Costume - Shop      Feathers from Indian Headdress - Shop      Mask - Shop

Gold Headpiece with Feathers - Shop      Hulka Skirt - Shop      Brown Strappy Sandals - Shop

 

 

5. DIY Double Dare Contestant Costume

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The Double Dare stage sure was a messy one, this nobody can deny. The copious amounts of slime, whipped cream, glitter, and more slime, is probably why contestants constantly wore protective helmets, goggles, and padding. Robin couldn't be there for every single slip and fall, after all - she's only one woman! Here's a simple way to put together the perfect DIY Double Dare contestant costume. Just remember: ALWAYS take the physical challenge! What else are ya there for?? YOLO.

 

The Finished Look

DIY Double Dare Halloween Costume

 

Besides the look on our model's face, our favorite part of this costume has to be the slime bowl on the helmet. To make it, all we did was hot glue a clear plastic bowl onto the helmet (which was pre-painted yellow, of course), mark off "slime lines" with black electrical tape, and smear a whole bunch of green body paint all over the inside of the bowl! The pads were created using the same method detailed above, and you guessed it, the shirt was printed with our custom t-shirt creator. We're pretty sure Marc Summers would whole-heartedly approve of this costume.

 

Products Used

How to dress like a Double Dare contestant for Halloween

Men's Blue T-Shirt - Shop      Blue Costume Pants - Shop      Goggles - Shop     

Helmet (Spray Painted Yellow) - Shop      Shoulder Pads (used as knee and elbow pads) - Shop

Green Body Paint - Shop      Clear Plastic Bowl - Shop

 

So. Our post: d-d-d-d-d-did you like it? (GUTS!) What was your favorite 90s Nickelodeon show? Is there any series you'd tune into The Splat at 4AM for? Do you think they'll honor the members of the midnight society by playing Are you Afraid of the Dark at the stroke of 12AM? Let us know your answers to any of these musings in the comments section below!

Aleksandra Sobic

Aleksandra is HalloweenCostumes.com’s brand manager and senior Mario consultant. She believes that her stature, hair, passion for pink, and reverence of cake, make her the ideal candidate to play Princess Peach on Broadway. Some additional interests include crafting, wine, correcting people’s grammar, obsessing over Jurassic Park (remember, women inherit the earth!), and brainstorming ways to make sexy costume representations of typically un-sexy pop culture characters. Donkey Kong was a breeze but Jabba the Hutt is proving formidable.


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