From affordable options to easy DIY creations on Amazon, costumes from Netflix’s hit South Korean show “Squid Game” are indispensable this Halloween.
The costumes of the scripted show are delightfully simple. In the “Squid Game”, financially troubled contestants play traditional Korean children’s games on a secluded island for a cash prize. The losers are killed immediately. The desperate contestants competing in the show’s twisted game all wear basic white slip-on sneakers and forest-green tracksuits with their assigned numbers stitched on the left. Even less complicated are the pink-red jumpsuits worn by the menacing guards of the show.
The costumes align with the ubiquitous, intricate Halloween costumes of the past, such as the “Napoleon Dynamite” “Vote for Pedro” T-shirt, or the “Reservoir Dogs” suit and tie. DIY-minded fans, or those invited to a last-minute party, could easily replicate the “Squid Game” costume at home with an Adidas tracksuit and some ironed-on numbers. There is already a cottage industry of posts online with instructions on how to properly apply the points to complete the “Squid Game” competitor uniforms. More intrepid Halloweeners can consult a Youtube video With over 14,000 ideas explaining how to 3-D print the perforated black masks worn by the show’s guards.
Lazy revelers don’t need to spend a lot for a “squid game” costume. On Amazon, piles of sub-$20 plastic masks covering the faces of guards and numbered “Squid Game” tracksuits can be had for about $30. The most common numbers are 456 and 067, representing the show’s heroes Seong Gi-hyun (played by Lee Jung-jae) and Kang Sa-byok (played by Jung Ho-yeon).
In contrast to, say, with the “Star Wars” or “Marvel” franchises, there are officially licensed “squids” for sale at giant Halloween retailers such as Spirit Halloween, Party City or even Target.com. Games” are not costumes. netflix webshop The official “Squid Game” doesn’t offer costumes—though it does sell shirts and hoodies featuring iconography from the show. The Amazon marketplace for costumes thus exists in a gray area of sorts to capitalize on the show’s popularity. The companies that make unapproved “squid game” gear on Amazon aren’t household Halloween names, but more unmistakable concerns like Smart.A, PreSmile, and Jayamala. Often, the “squid game” costume is the only Halloween costume these vendors sell. Through a representative, Amazon declined to comment on the unofficial nature of the costumes on its site.
Viewers’ “squid game” obsession is driving interest in these costumes, for sure. But there’s also the straightforward nature of the characters’ outfits—especially tracksuits. A “Squid Game” uniform isn’t some attention-grabbing “Barney” outfit with a dangling tail that can whip around and finish off one’s cocktail. This is just a low-key tracksuit that has been worn by many workmen over the past year. Actually, broadly speaking, tracksuits are trendy. You can find sporty zip-up sets at a variety of price points, from $39 BoohooMan options to Gucci’s $3,650 versions. However, only the most foolish Halloweenr will iron out the numbers on a four-figure investment to make it into a fleeting costume.