DIY Babadook Pride Costume and Makeup Tutorial

Babadook Meme Costume for Pride

If someone told you a few weeks ago that the Babadook would become the most popular symbol of 2017's Pride Month, you wouldn't have believed them. But, if the past year and a half have taught you a single lesson, literally ANYTHING can happen. Thank goodness for us, this time that "anything" was something incredible. The Babadook is a horror movie released in 2014 about a single mother and her kid being tormented by a storybook character. Pride is a celebration of LGBT rights, love, and acceptance. So, why is the Babadook a gay icon? Well, many reports say that Netflix accidentally added the film to their LGBT section, and as the internet is known to do, the joke took off. Whether that origin story is true or not, we don’t really care, because we love the Babadook’s new inclusion at Pride events around the country. Since we are, and this is too amazing to not take part in, we created our own DIY Babadook costume perfect for you to wear to Pride or for Halloween this year.


The Babadook Meme Halloween Costume

The Inspiration

LGBT Babadook


Tumblr artist @muffinpines did the world the most incredible solid when she drew this portrait of Babashook going to his first Pride. After looking at many, many, many images of costumes and fan art online, we knew that Kylie's drawing was the one we wanted to model our DIY costume after. Plus, Babashook is the best Babadook shirt pun, so we couldn't pass that up.


The Finished Babalewk

How To Dress Like Babadook for Pride

Perfect, right?! To quote one of our favorite signs we've seen, "Shantay, you Babastay." Makeup aside, this DIY costume was very easy to put together. While in the movie, the Babadook was ghastly, ghaunt, sinister, and even a liiiittle murderous, pride-Babadook is the opposite: bright, excited, and full of smiles.



Products Used

DIY Babadook CostumePurple Boa      Black Gloves      Black Skin Suit      Black Pants

Black Top Hat      Pink Glasses      White T-Shirt

Alright, here's what we did! Take that shirt and use a black marker to write "Get Ready To Be Babashook" on the top and then crop it! Just cut the bottom half off to show off those Baba-abs. For this DIY, we included the full body black suit to give you a creepy, unearthly skin-tone to match the black and white illustrated style of the movie monster. Great news: the solid black skin really makes the rainbow suspenders look even brighter.


Babadook Makeup Tutorial


Babadook Memes

Market research for this DIY included multiple Google image searches to find the best Babadook outfits from Pride parades and events over the past few weeks. We know, we know. It really is hard work, but someone has to do it. Here are a few of our favs.

Babadok Costume[Source]


Babadook Costume[Source]




Babadook Costume





Can you please show us your favorite Babadook costume? Let us know what you think in the comments! If you don't want to jump on this phenomenon quite yet, we have another Pride DIY Costume showing you how to make your own IRL Facebook filter!

MaDonna Flowers
MaDonna Flowers

MaDonna is a Brand Specialist at and has dressed up as a cat well over a dozen times in her life for the holiday. Last year, she dressed as her favorite skeleton, Jaunty.