Jason Voorhees, the wordless killer from the Friday the 13th film franchise, is one of the most recognizable villains in movie history. Wearing his iconic hockey mask, tattered clothing, and sharp machete, Jason strikes fear in the hearts of Camp Crystal Lake's naive counselors. Putting together a Jason costume for Halloween or a themed party doesn't take a lot of work, and it gives you a bit of freedom in the exact look you want.
Method 1 of 3: Dress Up as Jason in the Hockey Mask
Step 1. Buy a dark blue or gray romper
Jason's burly frame is usually dressed in a dirty, stained onesie. Look for a one-piece romper or a pair of overalls like the ones mechanics wear. Go for a dark shade, such as charcoal gray or navy blue, and buy a size large enough to get the right scruffy look. This is the easiest way to take care of the body part of the suit.
Rompers and overalls can usually be purchased cheaply in the workwear sections of large stores such as Walmart
Step 2. Cover yourself with loose, dark clothing
In some of the later movies, Jason's look evolved to include tattered black clothing and a brown oversized jacket. Get a black button-down work shirt, a pair of basic black pants, and fold them up yourself at home. Find a loose brown coat to wear over your shirt. You won't earn any points in style, but you will have the cheerleaders on the run for their lives.
- Look for cheap second-hand clothes to wear in your costume.
- Try to find a jacket made of a softer material like cotton so that it better shows off the wear and tear you put on it.
Step 3. Find a pair of black boots
Jason needs sturdy footwear to stomp on terrified campers. Look for a pair of thick, black work boots made of leather, canvas, or some other heavy material. If desired, smear them with mud or fake blood to make them look old and used. This will complete the effect of the costume from top to bottom.
- Visit a thrift store to get a suitable old pair of boots that won't cost you a lot of money.
- If you can't find the right pair, a pair of black rubber rain boots will do the trick, as they'll still be hidden by the legs of the pants.
Step 4. Put on a movie-correct hockey mask
This is the characteristic for which Jason Voorhees is universally known. The hockey mask you choose should be yellow or slightly white and have red triangles on the forehead or under the eyes. Smear some black and brown makeup on the mask or smudge it on the outside to make it look like it has followed you to the grave and back.
- Since the hockey mask is one of the most important elements of the costume, you'll have to be willing to spend a little more time, money, and attention to make sure it's okay.
- Most Halloween costume stores sell masks that are designed to look like the ones used in the Friday the 13th series.
Step 5. Wield a fake machete
Without his trusty machete, Jason would be just a clumsy mouth breather with a questionable sense of fashion. Do the costume justice by buying a plastic machete and using it to terrorize your friends. A bit of fake blood will make it look ominously like it was recently used.
Never carry a real machete or any other dangerous weapon or tool. You could easily get hurt or hurt someone else around you
Method 2 of 3: Dress as Jason with the Bag on Your Head
Step 1. Get a cheap pair of overalls
In Jason's first adult appearance on Friday the 13th Part 2, his clothing style hadn't developed beyond "hillbilly chic" yet. Capture the forest brutality of her original outfit with a pair of dark blue jumpsuits. This will give you the spooky childish aesthetic you're looking for and make you take care of most of the suit, leaving you only having to worry about a few of the other pieces.
Overalls are another unadorned piece of clothing that is inexpensive and can be found in many places
Step 2. Wear a plaid shirt underneath
To complement the country theme started by the overalls, don a plaid button-down shirt underneath. The shirt Jason wore in the movie was a faded blue and brown pattern, so go for something as close to this color combination as you can. Put on your shirt and overalls while you are alone and you will get a little scared.
- Don't worry if you can't find a shirt exactly like the one used in the movie. Almost any rustic looking pattern will work when the rest of the costume is put together.
- Get your shirt dirty a bit before putting it on to go out.
Step 3. Slip your feet into a pair of brown work boots
Earth tones are the theme of Jason's costume in Friday the 13th Part 2, and his boots are no exception. Dig up a pair of heavy duty brown work boots your size, the older and sturdier the better. If you can't find the right pair of brown boots, it's fine to wear black, gray, or another dark neutral color. Just make sure they look like they've taken a lot of moonlight walks through the forest.
Step 4. Hide the face with a pillowcase
It is not personal. Jason is a bit shy when it comes to showing his face. Before he stumbled upon the hockey mask that would define his image, he kept his features hidden with a dirty, old pillowcase with an eye hole cut out. Fortunately, this part of the costume is extremely easy to reproduce. For best results, use a different pillowcase than the one you plan to bring your Halloween treats later.
- To poke a hole in the eye and ensure visibility, put the pillowcase over your head, mark with a pencil where your left eye is, and then use scissors to carefully cut the hole for the eye.
- If you want to be especially precise, keep the pillowcase secured around your neck using some string or butcher's thread.
Step 5. Carry a prop ax or pickaxe
For his first foray into bloodshed, Jason used various farming tools to cut, slash, and prick, without yet having discovered the versatility and portability of the hardware store machete. See if you can find a props version of a woodcutting ax or mining pick that reflects this. Once you get your hands on one of Jason's makeshift weapons, you'll feel ready to make fancy hash with some rude teens.
Do not bring real weapons or agricultural implements for the disguise. You could accidentally gouge one eye out
Method 3 of 3: Add additional touches
Step 1. Mistress the costume for a more authentic look
There are no laundries in the forest surrounding Camp Glass Lake. If you want the costume to look real, artificially age it until it looks more like Jason from the movies. Wash the garments several times to soften them, then bury them in the ground, drag them behind a car, or cut them strategically with scissors for a convincing look. The more ragged the garments, the scarier you will inspire!
- Buy used clothing from thrift stores or consignment stores for a bargain so you can tear them up without feeling like you're wasting money.
- Use a steel brush or coarse-grit sandpaper on different sections of the clothing to make it look naturally frayed.
Step 2. Dress up in some of Jason's other accessories
Jason was ready for anything, and you should be too. Although her appearance subtly changed between film and film, certain accessories could almost always be found. A pair of thick yellow work gloves, for example, a utility belt with pouches, or a holster for a hunting knife can make the difference between a generic Jason outfit and a more detailed one.
These accessories will look best when paired with a basic jumpsuit, echoing Jason's formative look in Friday the 13th Parts 4, 5 and 6
Step 3. Wear a grotesque mask under your hockey mask or pillowcase
At the end of every Friday the 13th movie comes the big reveal when Jason's mask is removed and the hideous face underneath is exposed. Mimic these shocking scenes by wearing a mask under your hockey mask or pillowcase that gives a disfigured appearance and turns your stomach. You can even find fancy Halloween masks that cover Jason's ugly face with removable hockey masks.
- Try to find a thin rubber mask that fits comfortably and allows the hockey mask or pillowcase to fit over it easily.
- If you don't want to bother wearing two separate masks, simply put a bald cap under the hockey mask so your own hair is not visible.
Step 4. Wrap yourself in fake chains
Jason's only true fear is water, and he once nearly met his fate while chained to a rock at the bottom of Crystal Lake. To add a little extra detail, try wrapping a length of fake chains around your body and let the world know that it can't keep you down. You can find plastic chains at most Halloween costume vendors, or you can find some cheap chains made from real metal for a more realistic jingle as you stagger through the menacing bums.
Small touches like this are a great way to win favor with horror movie fans
- Make sure you have all the parts you need for the suit ready before you wear it.
- Save money by shopping for costume accessories at thrift stores, consignment stores, or even yard sales.
- Fill the space around the eyes with dark makeup to make your face look scarier under the mask.
- Go overboard when you mistreat the clothes you've chosen for Jason's costume! Even if it falls apart by the time you're done with it, this will only make it more convincing!
- Jason is mute, and never runs when chasing his victims. Stick to character by keeping quiet and walking wherever you go.
- Have your friends dress up as camp counselors and follow them all night for a fun group costume.
- To make a striped hockey mask look like it did in the latest movies, scratch it with a knife or stone; try to make sure you don't scratch in a circular formation. Then rub the mask into a thin layer of mud and let it dry.
- Horrible costumes such as Jason Voorhees can be quite intense. Find out if your costume is appropriate to wear before you go out with it. You don't want to inadvertently traumatize "trick-or-treating" youth.
- Machetes, axes, and other implements are extremely dangerous. You should never play with real tools and weapons.
- Even prop weapons can look real, especially when it's dark. Make sure it's okay to carry a fake gun with you wherever you go.