Demogorgon Costume Guide

The Demogorgon, a monstrous predator from the Upside Down, is one of the most terrifying and iconic figures in the world of "Stranger Things." With its menacing presence and flower-like head, this creature strikes fear into the hearts of Hawkins residents and viewers alike. This costume guide will provide detailed instructions for crafting your own Demogorgon outfit, complete with tips on capturing the creature's distinctive mannerisms. Whether you're a seasoned cosplayer or a DIY newbie, we'll share the insights and expertise you need to bring this formidable monster to life.

Our Verdict:

  • Difficulty: 9/10
    • This costume requires a moderate level of crafting skill. Building the headpiece, texturing the bodysuit, and modifying the extensions demand some experience and creativity.
  • Can you build it from your own wardrobe: 
    • The bodysuit might be found in your closet, but other elements (headpiece, extensions) likely won't be. Thrifted items could work but finding a suitable bodysuit could be difficult.
  • Scare factor: 10/10
    • The Demogorgon is a truly terrifying monster! A well-made costume, coupled with the predatory movements, will undoubtedly frighten and impress.
  • Cost: $$$$$ Here's a rough breakdown:
      • Basic (from your wardrobe or thrifted): ~$25-$50
        • (assuming you need to purchase paint, cardboard, and other crafting supplies)
      • Mid-range (mix of new and pre-owned items): ~$75-$150
        • (if you need to purchase a bodysuit, gloves, specific fabric, stronger materials like foam for the headpiece)
      • High-End (replica pieces): ~$300+ (If seeking a perfectly accurate costume pieces.)

Additional Notes on Cost:

  • This costume benefits greatly from resourcefulness. Bubble wrap, cardboard, and leftover fabric can dramatically reduce expenses.
  • The complexity of the headpiece will be the biggest cost driver. Consider alternatives, like papier-mâché, if seeking a budget-friendly option.

Demogorgon Costume Essentials

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How To DIY The Demogorgon's Iconic Look

Channel the Demogorgon's nightmarish presence by crafting its iconic look. We've covered ready-made costume options above, but if you're ready to unleash your creativity (and save some cash), let's build this monster from the ground up. Remember, the Demogorgon's head, with its horrifying flower-like face, is the star of the show!

The Headpiece

What You Need:

  • Large cardboard box or sturdy poster board
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape or duct tape
  • Brown and black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Elastic band
  • Black sheer fabric or mesh (optional)

How To Do It:

  1. The Foundation: Sketch the basic shape of the Demogorgon's head on the cardboard or poster board. Get creative and reference images from the show.
  2. Fleshed-Out Form: For dimension, crumple newspaper or tissue paper and attach it using masking tape. Build out the layers until you're happy with the general shape.
  3. Petal Power: Cut out five or six petal shapes from cardboard, tapering towards a point. Attach these around the mouth portion of the headpiece using tape or hot glue.
  4. Unleash the Beast: Paint the headpiece brown, then add details with black paint. Consider adding textural effects for a realistic, weathered look.
  5. Secure and Obscure: Attach two elastic bands inside to secure the headpiece like a mask. Optionally, you can glue a piece of black fabric across the face opening to make it harder to see your face.

Bonus Tips:

  • Experience Speaks: I've experimented with papier-mâché for costume pieces and found fantastic results. Substitute newspaper with paper towels and white glue for added strength!
  • The Devil's in the Details: Study Demogorgon images closely. Don't be afraid to add extra flaps or teeth for a touch of gruesome realism.

Textured Bodysuit

What You Need:

  • White bodysuit (long-sleeved)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Brown spray paint
  • Dark brown or black acrylic paint
  • Paint brush or sponge

How To Do It:

  1. Bulking Up: Cut pieces of bubble wrap and loosely attach them to the bodysuit using safety pins or a loose basting stitch. Focus on areas like the shoulders and chest.
  2. Skin of a Monster: Lay the bodysuit flat. In a well-ventilated area, lightly spray brown paint over the entire suit, paying attention to crevices around the bubble wrap.
  3. Weathered Flesh: Dip the brush or sponge in the dark paint and dab it over the brown areas. This will add depth and a sense of age to the creature's skin.

Bonus Tips:

  • Personal Touch: "I think painting in multiple thin layers is key to achieving a realistic weathered look. Be patient and add more paint as needed.
  • Less is More: Start with less bubble wrap and paint than you think you need. It's easier to build-up than tone down.

Eerie Arm Extensions

What You Need:

  • Cardboard or foam piping insulation tubes
  • Duct tape or masking tape
  • Brown spray paint
  • Dark brown or black acrylic paint
  • Sponge or brush

How To Do It:

  1. Creature Limbs: Cut the tubes to a length that extends slightly past your elbows when your arms are bent.
  2. Structural Integrity: Strengthen the tubes by wrapping them in tape.
  3. Unnatural Coloring: Spray paint the tubes brown, then add the dark paint for depth, following the same technique as the bodysuit.

Bonus Tips:

  • Creature Comforts: To wear the extensions, you might consider attaching strips of elastic or fabric to the inside portion near your upper arm, or simply hold them in place.

Claws and Feet

What You Need:

  • Long black gloves
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black fabric or mesh (optional)

How To Do It:

  1. Formidable Fingers: Sketch claw shapes onto the cardboard. Cut them out, keeping them long and slightly curved.
  2. Attaching the Talons: Using hot glue, attach one claw to the tip of each glove finger.
  3. Repeat for Feet: You can either use a pair of shoes and attach claws in the same fashion, or create foot covers out of brown-painted fabric for a more seamless look.

Demogorgon Cosplay

The Demogorgon strikes fear through its presence as much as its appearance. By adopting the creature's unsettling movements and chilling demeanor, your costume will transcend mere imitation and become something truly terrifying.

How to act like a Demogorgon at the Halloween Party:

Predatory Stance

What to Do: The Demogorgon possesses a predatory hunch, conveying a sense of constant readiness to strike.

How to Do It:

  • Uneven Posture: Keep your weight balanced slightly forward, knees bent, shoulders hunched. Avoid a perfectly symmetrical stance.
  • Head Tilt: Tilt your head down, as though sizing up your prey before an attack.
  • Arm Position: Let your arms hang slightly forward, fingers slightly curled, mimicking the position of claws.

Bonus Tips:

  • The Hunger Within: Imagine you are ravenous, constantly on the hunt. This inner tension will naturally translate into your posture.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Rehearse this stance in front of a mirror to fine-tune your form. Pay attention to how different positions make you feel.

Unsettling Movements

What to Do: The Demogorgon's movement is both jerky and fluid, like a predator that hasn't quite mastered smooth human-like motion.

How to Do It:

  • Jerky Steps: Take short, uneven strides. Occasionally incorporate a sudden lunge or twitch.
  • Twitchy Head: Incorporate sudden head-snapping motions, as though constantly scanning your environment for threats or prey.
  • Tension Release: Mix jerky motions with moments of tense stillness, then release the energy with an abrupt pounce-like motion.

Bonus Tips:

  • Trustworthiness First: Avoid sudden, aggressive movements towards others. Your safety and the safety of those around you are paramount.
  • Know Your Setting: In crowded spaces, adjust the intensity of your movements. Focus on the predatory stance and less on wild lunges.

Threatening Vocalizations

What to Do: The Demogorgon's primary communication is through terrifying screeches, roars, and guttural sounds.

How to Do It:

  • Note: Always be mindful of your volume and your surroundings when practicing!

  • Experiment: Play with low growls that originate deep in your throat, and build to high-pitched screeches.

  • The Power of Silence: Silence can be just as unnerving. Pair your guttural sounds with moments of intense stillness broken by sudden vocal outbursts.

Bonus Tips:

  • Source Inspiration: Study scenes from "Stranger Things" where the Demogorgon is vocalizing. Pay attention to the rhythm and pitch variations.
  • Know your Limits: Avoid straining your voice. Keep practice sessions short and stay hydrated.

Reacting to a Threat

What to Do: The Demogorgon, when threatened, displays aggression but not fear. It sees everything as either prey or a challenge to its dominance.

How to Do It:

  • Intensified Predator: Amplify the behaviors we've already covered. Hunch lower, tense your muscles, and open your "mouth" wide.
  • Unapologetic Roar: Unleash your most guttural, powerful sounds. Let loose any fear of sounding goofy and channel raw power.
  • Lunging Mock Attacks: Pair the sounds with sharp, sudden movements forward. Avoid actual contact, but give onlookers a sudden jolt.

Bonus Tips:

  • Expertise Unleashed: "Stranger Things" depicts the Demogorgon being driven back by fire and powerful forces. You can play into these vulnerabilities if interacting with characters who might carry flame or other "weapons".
  • Respect for All: Even while playing the monstrous role, be respectful. Check-in with those around you to ensure your performance is fun and not genuinely frightening.

By mastering these unsettling behaviors, you'll transform into a Demogorgon that sends shivers down spines. Next, we'll discuss how others can enhance your monstrous presence!

Couple, Group and Family Costume Ideas

Expand your Demogorgon presence with these thematic couple, group, and family costume ideas! Tap into the rich world of "Stranger Things" to create an unforgettable ensemble.


Couple Costume Ideas

  • Idea 1: Demogorgon and Its Prey This option is my favorite couple costume idea. Someone dresses as the Demogorgon, while their partner dons the attire of a fleeing victim, perhaps a Hawkins resident or one of the iconic kids (a great option if you love Eleven's look!).

  • Idea 2: Upside Down Duo Pair your Demogorgon with another monstrous denizen of the Upside Down. The Mind Flayer's shadow form, or a terrifying Demodog would create a visually striking duo.

  • Idea 3: Clash of Dimensions Venture beyond "Stranger Things" with a crossover pairing. The Demogorgon alongside a predator from another horror franchise (think Pennywise the Clown, or a "Jurassic Park" dinosaur) creates an exciting clash of worlds.

Group Costume Ideas

  • Idea 1: The Hawkins Heroes Assemble your squad as Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will, and Max! Include props like walkie-talkies, bikes, or Eggo waffles for added authenticity.

  • Idea 2: Creatures of the Upside Down Embrace the monstrous! Your Demogorgon can lead a pack of Demodogs, or be joined by a Mind Flayer, and perhaps even a corrupted version of a "Stranger Things" character.

  • Idea 3: Crossover Chaos Unleash a multiversal monster mashup! Imagine the Demogorgon alongside characters from other popular franchises with a horror or sci-fi bent (Ghostbusters, Aliens, etc.)

Family Costume Ideas

  • Idea 1: The Byers Family This one is great for families who love the core dynamics of the show. Have adults dress as Joyce Byers and Jim Hopper, while kids take on the roles of Will, Eleven, Jonathan, and even include a furry friend as the beloved family dog!

  • Idea 2: A Broader Upside Down Invasion Tap into a variety of characters and creatures. Parents could be scientists in hazmat suits, kids could be "Stranger Things" heroes, and even include younger children as adorable (or creepier) Demodogs!

  • Idea 3: Billy Hargrove and his many faces Billy Hargrove is a complex and multifaceted character. Some members of the family can portray his different versions throughout the series, from the typical 80s heartthrob to the corrupted flayed version of himself.

Additional Tips

To truly take your Demogorgon costume and Halloween experience to the next level, here are some additional tips to consider:

  1. Create an Upside Down atmosphere: Set the mood by decorating your Halloween party space with elements inspired by the Upside Down. Use string lights, cobwebs, and eerie props to recreate the haunting ambience of the alternate dimension.
  2. Sound effects and music: Enhance the atmosphere by playing spooky sound effects or the Stranger Things theme music in the background. This will immerse you and your guests in the world of the Demogorgon and add an extra layer of thrill to the festivities.
  3. Group costumes: Coordinate with your friends or family members to create a group Stranger Things costume theme. You can have others dress up as Eleven, Mike, Dustin, or any other beloved character from the show. It will make your Halloween experience even more fun and interactive.
  4. Stranger Things-themed activities: Organize Stranger Things-themed activities or games at your Halloween party. You can set up a scavenger hunt, trivia contest, or even recreate scenes from the show through a skit or performance. Get creative and engage your guests in the Stranger Things universe.
  5. Upside Down treats: Serve Stranger Things-inspired snacks and drinks that resemble the Upside Down. You can create Demogorgon-themed cupcakes, Eleven's favorite waffles, or Upside Down-inspired cocktails. These tasty treats will add an extra touch of creativity and delight to your Halloween gathering.
  6. Share your experience: Capture memorable moments of your Demogorgon Halloween adventure by taking photos or recording videos. Share them on social media platforms and join the Stranger Things fan community. Engage with fellow fans and relish in the excitement of the Halloween season.

Remember, Halloween is a time to let your imagination run wild and embrace the fantastical world of your favorite characters. With these additional tips, your Demogorgon experience will be truly unforgettable and leave a lasting impression on everyone around you.

Wishing you a thrilling and chilling Halloween filled with Stranger Things magic and Demogorgon frights! Stay safe, have fun, and enjoy the spooky festivities.

About The Demogorgons

The Demogorgon is more than just a terrifying monster. This predatory creature, with its origins shrouded in mystery, commands a strange fascination among "Stranger Things" fans. Let's explore what lies behind those horrifying flower-petal jaws...

Character Overview

  • Role in "Stranger Things": The Demogorgon functions as a primary antagonist, embodying the predatory forces of the Upside Down and serving as a destructive agent for the Mind Flayer.

  • Portrayal: While primarily realized through special effects and creature design, the Demogorgon's physical performance is credited to actor Mark Steger.

Background and Personality Traits

  • Personality: The Demogorgon is purely predatory. It displays limited intelligence but possesses a keen sense of smell for blood, relentless determination, and savage brutality.

  • Appearance: Its key features include the grotesque head with its petal-shaped mouth, the humanoid but elongated form, and the razor-sharp claws.

Role in the Story

  • Catalyst for Chaos: The Demogorgon's escape from the Upside Down to Hawkins unleashes a wave of terror and destruction throughout the series.

  • Agent of the Mind Flayer: Its actions, while brutally independent, ultimately serve the larger purpose of the Mind Flayer - weakening Hawkins and opening larger gateways.

Cultural Impact

  • Horror Icon: The Demogorgon has become a widely recognized figure in modern horror, known for its shocking design and relentless aggression.

  • Symbol of Otherness: It embodies the fear of the unknown and uncontrollable forces, a monstrous representation of a world beyond our understanding.

With this deeper understanding of the Demogorgon, you're well-equipped to bring its terrifying power to life – whether through your fearsome costume or by embodying its monstrous essence.

Further Reading


You've crafted a monstrously detailed costume, mastered the Demogorgon's predatory stance, and tapped into its terrifying essence. From the Upside Down to your neighborhood, fear awaits! This guide has provided the experience and insights to make your Demogorgon costume absolutely unforgettable. Now, go forth and unleash the chilling presence of this iconic monster!

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