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With Halloween right around the corner, it’s best to start shopping for costumes as early as possible and if you’re a TV fan in search of a cool costume idea look no further than “Squid Game.” The insanely popular South Korean survival series that premiered on Netflix last month follows hundreds of cash-strapped, down on their luck adults that agree to participate in high-stakes and potentially deadly children’s games such as “red light, green light,” in hopes of winning a handsome cash prize.
Korean filmmaker Hwang Dong-hyuk created, directed, and wrote the series which stars Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun, a divorced father and debt-ridden chauffeur who accepts an invitation to play the game along with 455 others. Each of the contestants have similar debts to pay off but they must decide if the risk outweighs reward (there’s always a catch!). The games are overseen by the Front Man while players are watched at all times by masked individuals in pink jumpsuits with guns. If you lose the game, you die (spoiler alert: a lot of the players die in the first episode), but every death adds to the overall grand prize. The cast of “Squid Game” includes Park Hae-soo, O Yeong-su, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung.
After debuting in September, “Squid Game” shot into the Top 10 of popular Netflix content, which could be why the wardrobe from the series is becoming one of the must-have costumes for Halloween. As you might guess, the more people fall in love with “Squid Game,” the greater the potential demand for costumes. Luckily, you have a few different retail options, and we rounded up some of them for you below. Whether you’re thinking of dressing as a player, one of the masked guards, or as another character on the show, keep reading for some of the better costume options on the web. And if you’re in the mood for more Halloween gear, check out this list of classic horror movies worth adding to your film collection.
It’s not always easy to shop online for costumes, but a sweatsuit is a pretty safe option to purchase from the web. If you want to dress as one of the players from “Squid Game,” this Minidora jumpsuit for adults is versatile enough to sport on Halloween or around the house, and it costs less than $45. It’s made from a blend of polyester and spandex, and skin friendly with “high breathability and elasticity” according to the seller.
The sweatsuit jacket features numbers that correspond with players from the series (456 for Seong Gi-hun; 067 for Kang Sae-Byeok; 001 for Oh II-Nam, etc). The sweatsuit is made for petite frames so you’ll want to go up a size (or two) when ordering. They come in sizes ranging from XX-Small to 4X, and several colors including blue and dark green. You can also get them in red with a triangle, circle, or square design in place of the numbers. And if you’re an Amazon Prime member, they can be delivered to your home in as quickly as a couple days (if you’re not already signed up, you can join via a free 30-day trial).
Another costume option, this Squid Game Unisex Track Suit Jacket and Jogger Set available at Walmart. The company recently announced a partnership with Netflix for exclusive merchandise, and more. In the event that the costumes sell out, you might want to try a Squid Game joggers set from Etsy. There’s also another Etsy version of the popular jumpsuit and like those pictured above, they also have numbers on the front that correspond with the series’ characters. One main different between this selection and the option above: The price point is slightly higher at $130.
Want to disguise yourself as one of the gun-toting pink soldiers? All you need is a pink jumper, and a few props like a harness and a toy weapon. This pink jumpsuit on Etsy is a pretty good deal even though it doesn’t come with a mask (you can get one here). The jumper features breathable, lightweight material and includes a belt and strap similar to what the characters wear on the show. Etsy can sell out quickly so you’ll want to have additional options, like this jumpsuit for $67.
Because your costume wouldn’t be complete without a square, circle, or triangle mask, we found a couple of different options from Amazon and Etsy that will cost you between $14-$35. If you have a 3D pinter, you can make the mask yourself with this 3D printing model.
If you’d like to transform into the deadly robot girl from the series, you can try this costume dress. For DIY, an orange baby doll dress will certainly do the trick. Add a yellow shirt (such as this affordable blouse) and a pair of white, thigh-high tights to complete the look.
Finally, there’s the Front Man. Dressing up as this enigmatic leader will take a little creativity, but that’s part of the fun. It’s a pretty simple costume — all you need is a trench coat or maybe a cognac-colored or mud brown coat with a hooded sweatshirt, gloves and a mask — but you might have to shop around to get all of the items (another case where Amazon comes in handy).
For the face covering, head over to Etsy and purchase this customizable Front Man adult mask. It’s printed on PLU plastic, and measure 8.22″ x 5.81.” If you’d like to adjust the size, the seller suggests lightly heating the mask with a hair drier or heat gun. The mask comes in black but contact the seller if you’d like to personalize the color.