Hunger Games Halloween, Part 1: The Tributes

Okay, now we’re talking about those types of costumes!

Too early, you say? FALSE. We’ve found that a good costume requires time and careful planning! A penchant toward showiness is welcome but not required, because it’s Halloween, when grown adults eat candy and drink at a friend’s house IN COSTUME!

There are A LOT of options for Hunger Games costumes out there. To be fair to them all, we’ll be covering them bit by bit, starting off with the most obvious option:


Let’s start with Training Outfits, shall we?

Step One: NECA, who has an official license to all things Hunger Games, sells a movie replica District 12 training shirt:

It’s a great shirt, but therein lies two problems. One – The shirt is specifically for D12, so if you’re dressing as one of the other tributes, you’re mislabeled. Two – It runs between $49.99 and $163.99, depending on your size. Possible solution:
The Hunger Games District 12 Training Shirt at Hot Topic is only $36.

The movie tributes have matching pants, but as far as our research has told us, they do not exist on the Internet! So…

Step Two: Bust out those black Dickies, skinny jeans, or if you’re really adventurous, spandex pants! Also, a pair of kickass, shiny black boots!

On to Arena Outfits!

There’s a little more flexibility here because everyone wears the same thing.

Step One: Black or dark green t-shirt (depending on your preference to either the movie or book). Khaki cargo pants. Available in pretty much any store in existence.

Step Two: Arena Jacket!

The Arena Jacket also has the “official merchandise” problem: It runs between $68.99 and $119.99. The jacket has pretty positive reviews, so it’s totally cool if you’re willing to invest the cash! We just know that some people aren’t that dedicated the Halloween (and then a really freaking awesome autumn jacket!) There’s not any other option out there for jacket replicas, unless you have a black, hooded nylon jacket you’re willing to play with… or, ya know… going without the jacket.

Want to represent your District of choice while in arena garb AND have a nifty place to sneak all that booze into your friend’s dorm keep your stuff? Snag a nylon District bag like this one, available for every district:

Note on these: District 12 bags are MORE THAN DOUBLE the cost of any other district! Yikes!

What if being a tribute isn’t enough? What if you need to be KATNISS FREAKING EVERDEEN?! We got you covered for that too!

Step One: Assuming you don’t have easily braid-able dark flowing locks of hair, there’s a wig for that! Of course, it’s not officially license by Lionsgate and is thus only known (somewhat hilariously) as the “Arena Girl” wig!

Step Two: Get yourself a Mockingjay pin! Otherwise, you’re just some random tribute with braided brown hair!

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin

Step Three: Pick up a (fake!) bow!

Yes, there is indeed an official replica of Katniss’ hunting bow from the beginning of the film:

The Hunger Games Katniss Hunting Bow

And it’ll only set you back $80! *cough* … Or you could just cheat across fandoms and snag a Adult Legolas Bow and Arrow Set for $15! If your friends notice the difference, we applaud your friends!

Step Four: Swap your booze stuff from those nylon bags to THE ORANGE BACKPACK!

Or its mini-equivalents for 1/4 the price!

That’s all for this round, but we’ll be back with more Hunger Games related costume designs soon!

We Are Masters of Disguise (Which is Why Everyone Knows Our Real Names, Obviously!),
The Girl With The Pearl


  1. Have you found an orange backpack that is a replica from the movie without the mockingjay and number 12 on it. Or should is it just best to buy some regular orange backpack at the store.

    1. As far as we’ve found in our research, there’s no exact replica of the backpack used in the film. If you don’t like the look of the official merch backpack, buying a plain ole orange backpack is probably your best bet!

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