We have been obsessed with 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 launching "The Splat" tonight, a nightly programming block airing from 10PM to 5AM, which will feature the best, best, BEST Nick game 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 DIY 90s costumes are going to be especially big on Halloween this year, we put together 5 different DIY looks from our favorite Nickelodeon game shows. Many of these Nickelodeon costumes revolve around 90s Nickelodeon t-shirts, but we'll show you how to spice them up for a fully costumed look. It's about to get WILD AND CRAZY, KIDS!
1. DIY GUTS Contestant Costume
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 90s 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 GUTS! cosplay, and made sure not to skimp on the shoulder pads.
The Finished 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.
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
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 old Nickelodeon game shows 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.
2. DIY GUTS "Mo" Costume
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 stopwatch, 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
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.
Women's Referee Romper - Shop Referee Whistle - Shop
Brown Bob Wig - Shop Headset Prop - Shop
3. DIY Legends of the Hidden Temple Contestant Costume
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 Legends of the Hidden Temple Costume
The only thing this DIY 90s 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 to make Legends of the Hidden Temple t-shirts, and we 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.
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
If we didn't know any better, the Temple Guards from Legends of the Hidden Temple costume (one of our favorite "old" Nickelodeon game shows) looks like it came straight from a horror film. They have the same characteristics, after all: 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
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.
Men's Gladiator Costume - Shop Feathers from Native American Headdress - Shop Mask - Shop
Gold Headpiece with Feathers - Shop Hulka Skirt - Shop Brown Strappy Sandals - Shop
5. DIY Double Dare Contestant Costume
The Double Dare stage sure was a messy one, this nobody can deny. (It WAS a famed Nickelodeon slime game show, after all!) 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 costume. Just remember: ALWAYS take the physical challenge! What else are ya there for?? YOLO.
The Finished Double Dare 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.
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 inspired by Nickelodeon costume? What were your favorite 90s Nickelodeon game shows? 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!