Halloween 2013: ‘Cool Runnings’ Group Costume

Cool Runnings.
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

Get ready to feel old, y’all! Seriously, grab a seat. *waits for entire interweb audience to sit down* It’s been 20 years since the initial release of Cool Runnings, everyone’s favorite feature film loosely based on the 1988 Winter Olympics debut of Jamaica’s national bobsled team. Yep. October 1993 kicked off with this movie, and in celebration of its 20th birthday, we’re kicking off October 2013 (and our always anticipated Halloween costume series) with a little DIY Cool Runnings group costume. We’ll get to the Lady Gagas and Katys and (DUH) Mileys in a bit, but first things first. Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time!

Cool Runnings DIY costume ideas.
Photo: Capezio/A1 Skateboards/Amazon/Office Depot/Staples/Walmart

Assuming you’ve already rounded up three friends to do this with you, you’ll need four black long-sleeved unitards, four yellow helmets, and a lot of CRAFT SKILLZ. Use yellow and green duct tape to create the Jamaican flag details of the team’s uniforms (you can also use paint, but tape means you don’t have to figure out where to dry everything). You could probably fly with just that, but around here, we don’t do things half-way. Wanna take your Cool Runnings look to the next level? Add a bobsled. Not an actual bobsled, of course, because then, you also need to get your upper body strength in check before All Hallows’ Eve and that’s a lot to ask.

You can recreate the look of a bobsled with four pieces of poster board, two pieces joined together to cover either side of you and your three friends lined up in racing position. Punch holes in the poster board pieces in front of and behind where each person will be standing, then use black craft cord to create shoulder straps for each spot. That way, you can just sling the cords over your shoulders, leaving your hands free for texting/tying your shoes/whatever. Finish the “bobsled” off by adding team insignia with yellow and green paint pens.

+ Black Unitard: Capezio Long-Sleeved Unitard ($35.00)
+ Yellow Helmet: Protec Classic Rental L-Gloss Yellow Helmet ($27.99
+ Yellow Duct Tape: Duck Brand Colored Duct Tape ($3.74)
+ Green Duct Tape: Duck Brand Colored Duct Tape ($5.25)
+ Black Cord: Pepperrell Braiding Macrame Braid Craft Cord ($9.32)
+ Green Paint Pen: uni-Paint Marker ($5.83)
+ Yellow Paint Pen: uni-Paint Marker ($3.49)
+ Black Poster Boards: Office Depot Brand Poster Boards, 22″ x 28″, Pack Of 5 ($5.99)

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