Make This Screen Accurate Ghostbusters Costume with 80% Available from Amazon Prime

Make This Screen Accurate Ghostbusters Costume with 80% Available from Amazon Prime
Straight-forward but detailed. This Halloween, make 5 year old you proud.
Easy, Screen Accurate Ghostbusters Costume with 80% Available from Amazon Prime!

This is the homemade DIY Ghostbusters costume I've wanted to make for 30 years. I've taken everything I learned, and broken down all of the parts so you can easily order everything for your own Ghostbusters uniform.

Tell me if this sounds familiar. It's been years since you've taken Halloween seriously, let alone put any time and effort into finding a real costume. A week or two before All Hallows' Eve you check in with some of your friends to see if there are any plans for the holiday; everyone seems to agree they're not planning on doing anything. Then, every year like clockwork, come Halloween you get invited to some party or costume event and you have to scramble to pull some crappy cowboy ensemble together and feel like the lamest one there.

Well, no more. This year you'll be prepared. Heck, you'll be so prepared you might even make plans before the 31st. The best part about finally putting some time into it is you'll be able to pull this in to last-minute service for Halloweens to come.

My Ghostbusters costume version 1.0.

Like most of you, Ghostbusters was a major part of my childhood. I watched the movies non-stop, recorded the cartoon every Saturday, asked for new toys for every gift-giving holiday. One of my earliest memories is pining after that blue toy Proton Pack after first seeing my cousin Mike's, I couldn't have been more than 3 years old at the time. In fact, one of my first lessons in finding courage among fear is riding through the Haunted Mansion at Disney World, crying and scared out of my mind. My dad turned to me and said, “I thought you were a Ghostbuster?” I sat up straight and for the rest of the ride I had a blast wielding a pretend particle thrower, busting the ghouls and learning we're only scared of what we allow ourselves to be scared of.

Earlier this year I rewatched the first film with some friends and I was reminded of all the happiness the franchise brought me growing up. I started to briefly research some things and stumbled across forums of fans creating costumes and building proton packs. The more photos I saw, the more I knew what I wanted to do for Halloween. This year I wouldn't be forced to show up in a BS police outfit – this year I'd give myself something I had always wanted as a kid. This year I'd make 5 year old me proud.

The more I researched how to make a Ghostbusters costume, the more scattered everything became. While there were countless first-hand accounts of fans making costumes, what parts they used, where they got them, there was always a large feeling of improvisation instead of detailed specifics. People would list certain things you could buy online, but then simply say they found the rest of the miscellaneous parts locally. I decided I wanted to put together a Ghostbusters costume completely from items on Amazon.

I quickly discovered that while a majority of the items for a Ghostbusters uniform were available on Amazon, some of the essentials weren't. For example, you can find the Ghostbusters No Ghost logo patch for sale, but if you look closely and read the reviews, you'll find the patches aren't screen accurate and don't look very good. (Don't trust the main image, look in the reviews.) I also decided I wanted to do a custom Ghostbusters name patch; and while making the DIY Ecto Goggles is insanely easy, the cheap PVC connectors that cost only $.36 at Home Depot were being sold for upwards of $10 each on Amazon. So almost all of the pieces you need can be bought on Amazon with free Prime shipping, but for accuracy and cost, there are a couple of items you'll need to pick up locally.

It also didn't take me long to realize that constructing a proton pack that I'd want to wear was just too time intensive. I decided instead to create a costume for the weathered, tired everyday Ghostbuster. We see the guys like this multiple times throughout the film, meandering through the firehouse in between calls, days since they've had a good night's sleep. Their uniform is stained with slime, they're huffing on a cigarette to just get through the day. Because we don't have a pack, the extra attention to the details, like the goggles, and the different elements of the utility belt, really complete the look.

What follows is long, but don't mistake that for meaning it will take you a long time to put together. Once you order all the items from Amazon and make one trip to pick up the few remaining items, this Ghostbusters costume can easily be done in a couple of hours on a weekend afternoon. I included a lot of reference photos from the movies and dove into how I specifically made things. My goal is that you, or a future fan researching how to make a Ghostbusters uniform, won't have to do all the digging and researching that I did. A huge shout out to all of the amazing fans and contributors on forums like GBFans, whose detailed research, screenshots, and prop making made this project possible.

Ghostbusters Costume: Buy the Parts

Ghostbuster costume parts

Color Legend

Available on AmazonAvailable on eBayAvailable on Amazon but is cheaper locallyAvailable locally only

If something says it's sold out on Amazon, be sure to check the “other sellers” list.

The Ghostbusters Uniform

Tru-Spec Khaki Jumpsuit, $45

The military spec jumpsuit. This version, made by Tru-Spec, is the one commonly recommended by the fan community. The Ghostbusters wear them baggy, so don't order it too small. I'm a small/medium in most things and ordered a medium. The legs are long, but they get tucked into the boots anyway.

eBay – No Ghost Logo and Custom Name Patches, $19

These iron-on patches are size and shape accurate and come from the go-to source for the forum fans, eBay seller katarra8. She's super fast, mine arrived in 3 days. If you want to order from Amazon you can try these, but they're not as accurate.

gray knee pads for ghostbusters costumeUpdate! When published, we had to paint white knee pads gray, but gray ones are now available on Amazon! New links are here, but I'll leave the instructions below as is.

Gray Volleyball Knee Pads, $18

Or, if you're willing to spend more and have time for shipping, you can buy completed pads from GBFans.

Gray Spray Paint for Knee Pads, $7

If you're painting white knee pads gray instead of buying the updated ones above, as originally shown below.

Black Undershirt, $5
PVC Pipe Union, 1/2″ Female, $5.57

This is used to connect the hose to the leg.

PVC Pipe Nipple Male, 1/2″, 1-1/8″ length, $.58

This goes in the pipe union as a part of the hose connector.

1/2″ Clear Vinyl Tubing, 10 foot, $8.47

This can also be bought locally for about $.30 per foot. You'll need 5 to 6 feet.

Vietnam Era Combat Boots, $31
Slime – 3M Wire Pulling Lubricant, $10

Stainless, non-toxic gel to create a wet slime look.

Fake cigarettes, $3.99

The Utility Belt

White Military Web Belt, $7.89

These are one size and are adjustable.

RIT Gray Dye, $2.49 for belt

Super fast and easy.

Chemical Gloves, $5.70
2 x Dog Leash – Dollar Store, $2

For creating the key fobs. I found these at Rite-Aid.

1 Large calculator – Dollar Store, $2

For creating the Belt Gizmo. I bought this at The $.99 Store.

DIY Ghostbusters Ecto Goggles

Hobart Welding Goggles, $11

If these sell out, here is another Amazon alternative. They can also be found locally.

1″ x 3/4″ PVC Female Adapter, $.64

Goggle lens. These fittings, while standard sizes, come in different shapes, so if you can't find these exact ones, you can use the one's your local store has.

3/4″ x 1″ PVC Female Adapter, $.64

Goggle lens.

1/2″ PVC Female Adapter, $.36

Goggle lens extension.

Two 5/16″ x 1/2″ Shoulder Bolts, $1.57 each

These are used as the lens adjusters.

Dark green spray paint, $6.45
Silver spray paint, $4

You could skip this and just use the gray paint you're using for the elbow pads.

Total Price as Listed: $195.92

$159 if you already have black boots and a black t-shirt.


These instructions are grouped by part for ease of reference, but all the painting (elbow pads, goggles) and hot glueing (hose connector, belt fobs, and gizmo) can be done at the same time, while dyeing the belt.

1.1 Ghostbusters Uniform

The khaki jumpsuit should be worn baggy to match the look of the films. The Tru-Spec suit has the correct assortment of pockets, rounded collar, zipper, and tone of the film. I wear a small or a medium in most shirts and ordered a medium. The pants are really long and baggy, but if you wear clothing underneath as they're intended and tuck the legs into the boots, the fit fills out.

Each Ghostbuster always wears a black crew neck t-shirt underneath.

1.2 Ghostbusters Patches

The most iconic parts of the Ghostbusters costume after the khaki jumpsuit are the No Ghost logo and name patches. These are super easy to apply, no sewing required!

Begin by removing the attached velcro name patch that comes on the jumpsuit. I had considered, and you can as well, leaving this on and using it to afix the custom name patch to the suit so that it could be swapped for other names later if I wanted. The reason I didn’t go this route is because the name patch would be raised due to the extra velcro behind it, and because the placement is incorrect according to the movie.

Notice in these screenshots that the left edge of the name patch is almost touching the main zipper. This is so when wearing a proton pack the straps don’t cover any of the name, which would happen with the traditional military placement.

Removing the velcro is a cinch, simply turn the suit inside out and use a knife to cut the thread loops holding it to the suit.

The No Ghost logo patch goes on the upper right arm. For proper placement, put on your elbow pads (tuck the extra material underneath the pads to recreate the movie look) and place the patch approximately half way between the edge of your shoulder and the top of the elbow pad.

The name patch goes on the upper left chest, and the left edge is approximately half an inch from the main zipper.

Iron on Instructions

The patch seller as well as many forum members suggest sewing the patches on in addition to ironing. I chose not to do this because I don’t anticipate wearing it that often, but it’s always something you can do later if you need to.

Turn your iron to full heat. Place an old t-shirt between the iron and the patch and press and hold for 15 to 20 seconds. Pull the sleeve inside out, place the t-shirt between the iron and suit and press and hold to heat the back of the patch for another 15 to 20 seconds. Heating both the front and back ensures the adhesive is properly attached to the uniform.

Repeat this process for the name patch.

1.3 Ghostbusters Hose & Hose Connector

DIY Ghostbusters costume leg hose

The long, draping hose is an iconic part of the Ghostbusters costume, which you shouldn’t omit. It adds visual complexity and texture, and without it the costume won’t look complete, even if an onlooker can’t put his finger on why.

The hose’s function is never addressed in the films, though in interviews Dan Aykroyd has suggested they’re astronaut / fighter pilot inspired catheter tubes. Which makes sense, if a common part of your job is getting the piss scared out of you.

The hose in the first film is a transparent yellow color and in Ghostbusters II it’s clear. Many on the forums suggest using yellow RIT dye, the same kind used on the belt, to tint the hose, but unfortunately when I tried that the color didn’t stay at all. Others suggested some other tinted liquids but I just didn’t think it would create a uniform stain to be worth experimenting with it. So, our hose is from Ghostbusters II.

Ghostbusters leg hose

In the film, the tube attaches to the uniform by a small connector that is sewn on, with several thread points around the perimeter:

I chose to use a screw on PVC connector because it looks almost identical in shape to the real one, but also because it isn’t a permanent solution. It can be added and removed as necessary.

The PVC union has three parts, (A) a front connector that is threaded (this will be the visible part on the suit), (B) the back part that screws on to that on the inside of the uniform, and (C) a removable non-threaded female plug on the other end. We don’t need that part, so you can put that aside.

We use a threaded 1/2” PVC pipe nipple with a 1-1/8” length screwed into the front connector (A) to create a shape similar to the film’s. The 1/2” vinyl tubing slides into the nipple freely and to ensure it stays in, glue the inside of it with a little bit of hot glue.

The hose drapes down to about knee level or a little below, then comes back up and slides in to the back of the belt. Surprisingly, this is how the hose is connected in the films, it’s literally just tucked into the belt, which you can see at several points in the film, including in the photo of Ray above.

With the belt sized properly, you shouldn’t have a problem with it coming loose, but you could use another PVC union as we use on the front on the back if you’d like to create a more finished look.

1.4 Ghostbusters Boots

Ghostbusters Boots Reference

If you already have black boots that have a combat boot design to them they should work just fine. The real boots from the movie are Vietnam-era Paratrooper Jump Boots, but those are hard to find for less than $100 so for this costume we’ll use Vietnam-era Jungle Boots for a similar look and profile. These are available on Amazon for around $30, and should also be readily available at your local Army Navy store. If you’re looking to create a super accurate version look specifically for Corcoran model 995 jump boots, these are available on Amazon for $150. (The boots in the film were made by Carolina.)

The flight suit legs tuck into the top of the boots and create a billowy look. If you want to adopt the laissez-faire attitude like Venkman, you can just let the legs fall over like normal pants. However, your flight suit legs will almost certainly be too long so you’d need to tailor them. You could use this method to shorten the legs without any sewing.

1.5 Slime

DIY Ghostbuster slime

Since we're going for the pack-less, tired and weathered Ghostbuster, we need some slime to show how hard we've been working. Finding a slime solution that wouldn't stain the uniform was surprisingly tricky. At first I thought using laundry detergent would be smart: It's the right consistency and the color works. Unfortunately quick research led me to discover that laundry detergent will stain if you let it dry on clothing.

So I went to the Ghostbusters boards and found an unlikely fix. The fine fans on the forum suggested wire pulling lubricant gel, which by design is clear, odorless, non-toxic, and doesn't stain. I picked some up on Amazon and did some tests, and what do you know, it works as advertised.

It will dry eventually, but much slower than if you just used water alone. Don't be afraid to really layer it on, the more you use, the longer it'll last.

2. Ghostbusters Elbow Pads

DIY Ghostbusters costume elbow pads

The elbow pads have an inconsistent color throughout both films ranging from light gray to a very dark gray, so no matter how you go about coloring them they’ll be screen accurate.

Ghostbusters elbow pad film reference

The elbow pads are created by spray painting white Volleyball knee pads. The knee pads have a distinct three section design, and also feature a black square patch on the inside elbow. At the time of this publishing, the ones I bought on Amazon are out of stock, likely because of Halloween coming up, but you can find similar ones at places like Dick's Sporting Goods, or if the three section design isn’t important to you, you can get these single section knee pads for on Amazon. Alternatively, GBFans sells screen accurate gray elbow pads for $25 on Amazon available with Prime.

The Ghostbusters forums frequently mention dyeing the knee pads with the same RIT dye as the belt, but when I tried this I found the actual foam pad didn’t take any color at all, and the non-cotton parts of the elastic band didn’t either, resulting in a white pad with a striped band.

Everyone else spray paints theirs, which is fast and easy and creates a great looking finished product. The paint does make the pads a bit fuzzy, but close inspection of the film reveals their pads also have this texture.

Spray paint Ghostbusters elbow pads film reference

To ensure the elastic is a consistent gray when expanded on your arm, slide the pads onto a large cylinder such as a protein shake tub. Use a good quality gray spray paint like the Krylon linked above. As with all spray painting, you’ll want to hold the can about 15 inches from the pads and slowly cover the area. The pads dry quickly so give it 2-3 coats to make sure you get into all the nooks.

Once that’s done mask off a square on the inside of the band and paint that black.

Ghostbusters Elbow Pads Inside

3.1 The Utility Belt

DIY Ghostbusters Uniform Belt

The gray belt is equally important as the gray elbow pads and leg hose for creating the screen accurate look. To create the belt, we’re using a white cotton web military belt and dyeing it gray with RIT fabric dye.

Do not be intimidated by the dye process, it’s extremely simple and is super fast. When using RIT dye you can use a bucket or use a washing machine. I live in a building with shared laundry so I chose the bucket method just in case any stray dye was left in the machine for the next person.

Pour extremely hot water into a bucket – I used an electric kettle – along with the powdered RIT Dye and 2 cups of salt, per the package instructions. Stir the powder into the water and then place the belt in the bucket. Press it into the gray water to ensure equal coverage.

RIT Gray Dye

Be careful with getting the stain on your hands, it can take awhile to get off. If only we had some sort of rubber gloves we could use…oh yes! Use your black chemical gloves that you bought for the costume to protect your hand from the stain.

Leave the belt in the stain for an hour, checking in and re-submerging it every 15 minutes or so. Once the belt is the color gray you like, remove it from the dye and let it dry, obviously being careful with what you let it touch. When mine was dry the metal parts of the belt had a gray coating on them that wiped off with a wet paper towel. Make sure you do that so it doesn’t get on anything else.

The belts are sizable, simply find the folded over end with the two hooks on it and place them in the appropriate holes to give you the long enough length.

3.2 The Ghostbusters Key Fobs

Ghostbusters belt keyfobs

In the film each Ghostbuster has their own set of key fobs attached to their belts above their right leg. These are used to store both the neutrona wand from the pack as well as the trap.

Ghostbusters keyfobs

Unfortunately this is one of the items that isn’t available on Amazon at a decent price. Created with a combination of bolt snaps, key rings, and leather loops, similar real-world options are $10+ each. Even at a local hardware store, the bolt snaps are $4 a piece.

The solution is dirt cheap! Go to your local dollar store and buy two dog leashes. I actually found these brown leashes at Rite Aid for $1 each.

Take one of the leashes, and starting from the bolt end, cut the leash about 8 inches, leaving it attached to the bolt. Create a loop that is big enough for the belt to slide through and hot glue the cut end back to the bolt end.

Remove the bolt from the second leash and connect it to the looped bolt. Voila! $2 belt fobs.

3.3 DIY Ghostbusters Belt Gizmo

DIY Ghostbusters Belt Gizmo

Above the Ghostbuster’s uniform hose connector is an electronic gadget holstered on the belt that’s known as the Belt Gizmo. This item is never explained (some speculate it's some type of readout for the proton pack) and is just present to beef up the utility belt.

Ghostbusters Belt Gizmo

This item is the least screen accurate part of our Ghostbusters costume. The film’s gizmo is created with a Sanyo ICC-808D calculator circuit board, some nixie tubes, a coiled wire, as well as some various other electronic components and is attached to the belt with a black leather holster. I felt recreating this was a little too far down the rabbit hole for this project. However you can find plans on building your own or you can buy them off of eBay.

To create something with a similar effect, buy a large button calculator from the dollar store. Remove the faceplate by unscrewing the screws on the back. Inside you’ll find rubber or plastic buttons, a paper circuit board, small solar panel, and the screen. Take a moment, play with it and be surprised at how something so simple can calculate complex math. Incredible.

Anyway, take your hot glue gun and glue the screen, solar panel, and paper circuit board in place. Cut a 5 inch section of your dollar store dog leash and hot glue that to the back of the calculator to create a belt loop.

3.4 Gloves

Ghostbusters Costume Gloves

While you can wear the gloves if you want, I like draping them over the belt like the Ghostbusters do. It adds more complexity to the belt, and your hands won’t be sweating the whole time.

The chemical gloves from Amazon are long; longer than they should be for the first film. The second film’s gloves are about as long as the Amazon ones, but I like the way the shorter ones look both when worn and when draped over the belt.

Simply measure the gloves to about 12 inches and cut them with scissors.

Ghostbusters Gloves Length

4. Ecto Goggles

DIY Ecto Goggles

The Ecto Goggles are shown in use during the Sedgwick Hotel scene in Ghostbusters, as well as in the montage of Ghostbusters II, but are seen resting atop Ray and Egon’s heads throughout both. It may be tempting to skip the goggles, and if you’re in a mad dash to finish the costume you could forgo them, but having them on your head really takes the Ghostbusters costume to the next level and they’re super cheap and super easy to put together.

Ghostbusters Ecto Goggles DIY Reference

The real goggles were created by using the base of surplus military night vision goggles model number AN/PVS-5a, which you can find on eBay if you want. A lot of dedicated fans and prop makers use the real deal for their goggles, unfortunately due to the demand from the Ghostbusting community, these non-working useless military surplus command prices of $50+. You can also splurge and pay $110 for the Mattel version.

Instead, we’re going to use similarly shaped welding goggles from Hobart. Our DIY version will cost less than $17, with the most noticeable difference between these and the real deal is the third strap that goes over the top of the head. The only other parts to the goggles are three PVC pipe pieces, two shoulder bolts screwed into the pipes to mimic optic adjusters, spray paint, and free printable labels.

The welding goggles and spray paint can be picked up on Amazon, the labels can be printed for free, but unfortunately the 3 PVC pipe parts need to be purchased at your local hardware store. Locally they cost around $.68 each but on Amazon they’re upwards of $9. That’s crazy.

The external lenses are made of three PVC parts. The lens on the actor’s right are made of two pieces, to create a 3 tiered shape, and the lens on the actors left is made of one piece that is about half as long as the completed right piece.

Here’s what you need.

  • 3/4” x 1” reducing female adapter ($.64 at Home Depot)
  • 1” x 3/4” PVC female adapter ($.64 at Home Depot)
  • 1/2” female adapter ($.36 at Home Depot)
  • Two 5/16″ x 1/2″  shoulder bolts ($1.57 at Home Depot), which are in the drawers in the fastener section
  • Green and silver/gray spray paint.

These are common fittings but they do come in different shapes, so if your local store doesn't have the exact ones I used, you should be able to find something that will still work.

DIY Ecto Goggles

The welding goggles are a green/teal color already so if you’re short on time you can skip painting them the olive drab color. To paint, remove the strap and the various black plastic vents from the goggles. They just pop out and are easy to pop back in. Cut out two circles the size of the base of the two largest PVC parts from masking tape and place them on the front lens of the welding goggles.

Drill a hole in the side of each of the two lens bases for the shoulder bolts to screw into. These are our “lens” adjusters. Where you drill in the bases doesn’t matter, you’ll place the bolts based on their orientation when you glue them to the goggles.

Spray paint the goggles dark green. Spray paint the two larger PVC parts black, and the smaller 1/2” female adapter silver. If you don’t want to buy silver spray paint, you can use the same gray that you used for the elbow pads. Take two of the black plastic vents that you removed from the goggles and paint those gray also. These will mimic the knobs on the goggles.

As with the elbow pads, do multiple passes for consistent coverage.

Once everything is painted, remove the two masking tape circles from the goggles.  Screw in the two shoulder bolts. Glue the silver female adapter to the smaller 3/4” adapter. I used black silicone to connect those two pieces, as well as attach the lenses to the goggles, but you could also use hot glue. Use whatever is convenient and quick drying.

Once everything is dry and glued together. the last step is to stick on our labels. The labels below were created and donated to the community by Hprops and Ghosthead. Click on those links and print out the labels at 100%. (Both sets of labels have extras.) Cut out the labels and use a glue stick to place them.

Label placement diagram by Demon Vice Commander

5. Cigarette

All of the Ghostbusters except for Egon are shown smoking throughout the first film. They're hard-working exterminators and it was the 80's. You could skip the cigarette but then you'd miss out on doing the classic Ray-surprised-by-Slimer look. It's a fun touch for any DIY Ghostbusters costume, especially if you don't have a proton pack.

The Ecto-1

I want to give a shout out to Sean B., whose immaculate Ecto-1 is featured in our photos. It's identical to the film version, and I was genuinely blown away when I saw it in person.  A true artist, most of the components were custom made from measurements Sean took from the real vehicle when it was sitting rotting on the film lot. In fact, after the recent restoration of the film car where some liberties were taken, Sean's Ecto is actually more screen accurate than the real thing. And if his Ecto-1 doesn't have you jealous yet, he also has a wall of Proton Packs and used to own a converted DeLorean Time Machine. A huge thanks to Sean for letting us photograph with his beautiful car and for being one of the nicest guys I've ever met.

If you make your own costume, I'd love to see it! Share it with us in the comments or on Instagram and tag @primermagazine! I'll add them here for everyone to enjoy.

Primer reader Mike's contest winning uniform!

Primer reader Mark H's uniform with upgraded gizmo and trap!


Check out this awesome uniform put together by Primer reader James

ghost busters halloween costume

James also made an amazing proton pack!

Primer reader Jamie's costume turned out perfect

Primer reader Jamie's costume turned out perfect


Jamie's goggles turned out great, too

Jeffrey shared his costume with @primermagazine on Instagram. Nice!

Jeffrey shared his costume with @primermagazine on Instagram. Nice!

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.


  • Reply October 14, 2015

    Shane Martin

    This is the most epic thing I have ever seen

  • Reply October 20, 2015


  • Reply October 21, 2015

    AJ Quick

    Can’t go wrong with these:

  • Reply October 25, 2015

    Lonnie Lee

    This is the craziest but coolest post ever .

    has great content for your everyday motivation

  • Reply November 1, 2015

    Mark Hancheroff

    Thanks again for the ideas! it worked like a champ!

    • Reply November 2, 2015


      Thanks so much for sharing!! I’ve added it to the post.

  • Reply May 10, 2016


    How do you get your makeshift hose connector to stay on your uniform? You never mention how to do it. It doesn’t have the holes the rubber one has to sew through. I need to know before I spend any money.

    • Reply May 10, 2016


      You screw it on, stick the back part inside the leg and twist the outside part into it. Stays firmly in place and doesn’t leave a permanent mark.

  • Reply August 28, 2016


    What a fantastic article Andrew! Thanks so much for the excellent tips! I’m an 80’s girl grew up on Ghostbusters and the cartoon as well.😊 I like to dress up when I take my kiddo out trick or treating, and I also attend horror cons usually every year and I also like to dress up for that. I think this year after the GB reboot I HAVE to make my very own GB costume. Your article has been so helpful in telling me where to even start. Only question I have is that I’m more of a Melissa McCarthy plus size 😉if you will Ghostbuster. Anyone know where I can get a bigger flight suit? I don’t wanna look like a stuffed sausage 😄. Thanks!

    • Reply August 28, 2016


      That’s awesome! You’re so welcome! The tru spec flight suits on Amazon go up to XXL in men’s sizes so you should be able to find one that fits.

    • Reply October 15, 2016


      Heather, I’m sure that you’ve already found your suit but I wanted to second what Andrew said. I’m a curvy gal (22/24) and the Tru Spec XXL flight suit fit me perfectly. My hubby and I are also dressing up with our kiddos this year. I hope your suit turned out well!

  • Reply September 7, 2016

    James K. Hamilton

    Couldn’t have put my costume together without help from this site!

  • Reply October 14, 2016

    Annah Marie Taylor

    how did you connect the tube connector to the flightsuit leg?

    • Reply October 14, 2016


      Take the back piece and put it on the inside of the flight suit and then screw in the front part of the connect with the flight suit fabric in between.

    • Reply November 5, 2016


      That’s bizarre, are you using the goggles I linked to? I didn’t have that issue at all and I know others have made them successfully.

  • Reply October 17, 2016

    Rob Jestus

    Dying the tube with Urinary Relief pills works g reat to get a nice dark yellow tube.

    • Reply October 17, 2016


      Oh wow! I hadn’t heard of that, what kind of pills did you use? How long do you soak it?

      • Reply October 17, 2016

        Rob Justice

        Any Urinary Relief pills with Phenazopyridine Hydrochloride should work (watch out for Cranberry pills, those don’t work.) I used:

        Run enough warm water to soak the tube, throw in 4 pills, stir until the water turns a nice yellow, then slide the tube in. Make sure to get water inside otherwise the thing will try to float. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes, rinse with warm soapy water (otherwise it’s a bit sticky) and you’re done.

        • Reply September 29, 2017

          Ken F. Innes IV

          I had used this same technique but used only 1 pill and it turned out great.

  • Reply October 25, 2016


    So awesome. I intend to follow this guide to a “T”. Thank you for it. I’ll post a pic when I’m done.

    • Reply October 25, 2016


      Awesome!!! Can’t wait to see it

  • Reply October 27, 2016


    Great article, helped me win 1st prize in the office costume comp 🙂 I got lucky and managed to snag a CWU/27P flight suit from eBay.

    • Reply October 31, 2016


      That’s so awesome!!! I’d love to see a pic 🙂

  • Reply October 31, 2016

    Jamie Dabetic

    • Reply October 31, 2016


      You’re so welcome!!! Your uniform came out perfectly! Looks just like they do on screen. Thank you for sharing the photos!

  • Reply November 5, 2016


    The goggles became really sticky and paint comes off after I sprayed the goggles with the camouflage spray. I don’t know how to not make it sticky. I’m talking about the rubbery part you look through. Frustrating.

    • Reply November 7, 2016

      Jamie Dabetic

      I also had the same problem, and I sprayed mine 3 days before I added the eye pieces. I just dealt with it. Tried not to touch them, used them as a head piece for show.

    • Reply July 18, 2017


      Hey Josh, Do you mean the inside part is sticky? The part that touches your face? I only sprayed the outside.

    • Reply March 8, 2018

      Mike Pennock

      Sprayed mine with a spray clear coat and the tackyness went away within 5 hours

  • Reply February 12, 2017

    Brian Nicolosi

    Do you know how to builded a proton pack

  • Reply July 18, 2017

    Matt McGee

    I’m still working on my costume, but I thought I should share a trick I just figured out for coloring the tube yellow that is super simple and pretty cheap….TURMERIC! Just throw the vinyl tube in a pot of boiling water, add a tablespoon or so of turmeric, stir it around for a few minutes and make sure water is going through the tube as well, then take it out and rinse it off. Boom! It will come out with a slightly neon tint, but at least it’s yellow! Be sure to stir with a metal utensil, as anything wood or plastic may also be dyed. (I don’t know why the pictures are upside down…)

    • Reply July 18, 2017


      Whoa! Great trick! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply August 11, 2017


    This guide looks amazing! I am sourcing the pieces. Amazon does not seem to have the PVC Pipe Union in 1/2 (only 1/4 and 3/8). Any ideas on the 1/2 inch version? Do you think this one will do the trick ( ?


    • Reply August 11, 2017


      Unfortunately I’m not quite sure what the difference is since they have different product numbers and I don’t want to tell you the wrong thing.

  • Reply September 13, 2017

    Nicholas Tosoni

    Hmmm…That idea for the belt gizmo sounds neat. Might I suggest 1) liberating the works from its housing, 2) sticking a curly DC-12 phone charger cord onto the back of it, and 3) for the Nixie Tubes, attaching the barrels of click-pens onto the part that you’re not going to see.

  • Reply October 25, 2017

    Ian Murphy

    Hi I used tee exact paint on my Hobart welding goggles and it’s still sticky/ tacky after 24 hours. Is this typical? Should I apply a clear coat?

    • Reply October 25, 2017


      Hmm that didn’t happen to me! How thick did you pi the paint on?

    • Reply October 26, 2017

      Mike R

      thats common on the gbfans forum for the hobart goggles. i used plastidip clear coat spray with several coats to get rid of that nastiness.. so far so good a week later

  • Reply January 21, 2018

    Stéphane Tabardon

    Hello to everyone. Sorry from my english. I am french (nobody is perfect!!! 🙂 ) and i am a real fan of ghostbuster (the first one… i am 49…). I found this wonderfull website and I plan to create my costume. But the difficulty is to choose the size of the suit. I am 1,87m high (6,14feet)and i weight 95kg (210lbs) . Which size would you recommend me? Thank you for your help. Stephane from Malaucene (at the feet of the mount ventoux for those who are fan of cycling…)

  • Reply April 19, 2018

    Nicholas Tosoni

    Just to let you know: Go to your local craft store (Michael’s is my favored haunt) and look for Craft-Smart Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint. I’m currently using that stuff to paint the goggles, and it works amazingly well once it dries.

  • Reply May 4, 2018

    Van Loggins

    great article, but it looks like a lot of the reference pictures either have moved to a different spot on the site or have been deleted. I’d like to see a updated version of this article as there are plenty of new build guides,etc. available on since this was published that could help to take this already epic guide to the next level.

    • Reply May 4, 2018


      Hi Van, thanks for the note, I just checked and all the photos in each section are still loading correctly, could you relay?

      • Reply May 4, 2018

        Van Loggins

        Hi Andrew, thanks for replying. I just checked again and now all of the pictures are showing up. Very strange, maybe my internet connection was acting up. Before your pictures were showing up fine, but a lot of the reference pictures were showing the broken picture icons on them.

        • Reply May 4, 2018


          Oh good, glad it’s working! 🙂 Thanks!

          • December 19, 2018

            Van Loggins

            Hey Andrew, I never got around to sharing my picture for my uniform. This is from my first group event. I’m wearing a modified Spirit Halloween Proton Pack for this photo. I recently purchased a Karnivorous Creations proton pack to use for events. The Modified Spirit pack will be used for convention events or any other type of event where there is a risk that someone could bump me cause damage to my pack.


            I also wound up co-founding a new Ghostbusters cosplay group called the North Georgia Ghostbusters.

          • December 19, 2018


            Van! This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing. Jealous of your KC pack, is that a kit or did it come assembled? I’ve heard the Anovos kit is nice but requires a bit of work to make holes line up etc.

          • December 19, 2018

            Van Loggins

            I bought it assembled, all I had to do was attach the proton gun and cable as KC ships it as a separate package to ensure nothing bounces around inside the package for the pack that could damage the proton pack during shipping. It took a while for KC to build it for me, but it was worth the wait. I also have heard various things about the anovos pack kits, holes not lining up, rusted screws, wrinkled up decals that were messed up so badly that they couldn’t be used. A lot of experienced ghostheads cancelled their pre-orders for their anovos packs, which is probably why they included the pack kits in their recent black friday sales as they had too many of them sitting in stock.

          • December 19, 2018


            Man that’s such a bummer. Glad yours came out great, how long did you have to wait?

          • December 19, 2018

            Van Loggins

            I commissioned the pack around the end of February, middle of March. I took delivery of the pack the third week of August. The attention to detail on the pack is excellent. I want to do some weathering on the pack to look used and abused, but it was so pristine and beautiful that I’ve been hesitant to change it. I’ve already made a few changes to the electronics inside the pack, I swapped out the original 12 Volt 9800 mAh battery pack for a 20,000 mAh 12V pack, I used a DC camera splitter cable to let me power everything except the sound board from the 12 volt battery pack, and I have plans to add a on/off switch to the pack for the sound board as sometimes if I flip the toggle switches too quickly it will cause the sound board to glitch and it stops working until I disassemble the pack and remove the AA batteries going to the sound board and then put them back in. by adding in a on/off switch on the positive lead for battery pack it will let me cycle the power to the sound board without having to take it apart. I plan on also installing a bluetooth receiver that will run into the aux input on my sound amplifier so I can play music from my phone through the subwoofer inside my pack.

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