Suzie Costume Guide

Suzie Bingham, a captivating character from the popular series Stranger Things, is known for her intelligence, quirkiness, and surprisingly pivotal role in the show's plot. This DIY costume guide will provide you with everything you need to transform yourself into this endearing and memorable character. We'll cover the specifics of Suzie's iconic outfit, explore how to embody her personality, and even offer suggestions for incorporating others into your Suzie-inspired costume experience. With a little creativity and the insights I'll share, you'll be ready to impress fellow Stranger Things fans and channel the spirit of this beloved character.

Our Verdict:

  • Difficulty: 2/10
    • Most elements can be modified from existing pieces. The sewing required is beginner-friendly. The hardest part might be finding the perfect floral dress/nightgown.
  • Can you build it from your own wardrobe: 
    • This depends on how stocked your closet is! The dress/nightgown is the most significant piece you might need to source secondhand. Most accessories are more likely to be found at home.
  • Scare factor: 0/10
    • Suzie's a sweetheart, not a spooky character! This costume is more about nerdy charm than fright factor.
  • Cost: $$$$$ Here's a rough breakdown:
      • Basic (from your wardrobe or thrifted): ~$10-$30
        • (if you need to purchase a dress/nightgown, basic glasses, and some ribbon)
      • Mid-range (mix of new and pre-owned items): ~$30-$60
        • (if you need to purchase new elements like a telephone cord, specific colored ribbon, and/or more elaborate glasses)
      • High-End (replica pieces): ~$80+ (if you want an exact replica dress custom-made, precise vintage glasses, etc.)

Additional Notes on Cost:

  • Thrift stores can be treasure troves for this costume!
  • The cost increases if you're factoring in a wig to mimic Suzie's hairstyle exactly.

Suzie Costume Essentials

You will need the following items for your Suzie Poo Halloween costume:

  1. Floral Nightgown
  2. Pink Ribbon
  3. Pink Hair Tie
  4.  Earrings
  5. Vintage Glasses
  6. Turquoise Bracelet
  7.  Desk Mic
  8. Stranger Things Suzie's Book (A Wizard of Earthsea)
  9.  Dustin's Hat (The hat that belonged to Dustin in Season 1-2 is now placed in Suzie's room, on the nightstand

How DIY Suzie's Iconic Look

Suzie's sweetly nerdy style and modest Mormon upbringing might make you think her look is hard to replicate, but fear not! With a bit of resourcefulness, we'll transform you into this brainy sweetheart of Hawkins. We've already covered ready-to-wear options, so this section is all about crafting a budget-friendly Suzie costume from scratch.

The Floral Nightgown

Suzie's most distinctive feature is her long-sleeved, vibrantly patterned nightgown.

  • What You Need:

    • A vintage floral nightgown with long sleeves (thrift stores are your friend!)
    • Fabric dye in similar colors to the nightgown (if needed)
    • Fabric scissors
    • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • How To Do It

    1. Find the Base Nightgown: Prioritize nightgowns with long sleeves or sleeves you can easily lengthen. Don't worry if the color isn't a perfect match, as we can adjust that!
    2. Dye if Necessary: If your nightgown lacks the bright, '80s-inspired colors, a quick fabric dye will add the right vibrancy. Follow the dye instructions carefully.
    3. Alter for Fit: Take in the waistline if needed to create a more fitted look. If the sleeves are too short, add extensions with fabric from the nightgown hem for a seamless style.
  • Bonus Tips:

    • I've successfully sourced nightgowns like this from both thrift stores and online vintage clothing retailers. Keep an eye out for sales!
    • If precise color matching is important to you, consider visiting a fabric store with a photo of Suzie to find materials for sleeve extensions or accents.

The Pink Hair Bow

A large pink bow is essential for that touch of youthful charm that Suzie embodies.

  • What You Need:

    • Wide satin ribbon in bright pink
    • Needle and thread (matching the ribbon color)
    • Hair tie or barrette
  • How to Do It:

    1. Cut and Shape: Cut a long length of ribbon, at least 12 inches. Fold the ribbon in half lengthwise and sew or glue the long edges together.
    2. The Bow: Create loops with the ribbon, making a figure-eight shape. Pinch the center of the figure-eight tightly and secure it with a few stitches.
    3. Attach to Hair Accessory: Wrap a smaller piece of ribbon around the center of the bow and attach it to your chosen hair tie or barrette.
  • Bonus Tips:

    • If you struggle with the bow, consider hot-gluing the loops in place for stability. Just be careful not to burn yourself!

The Pink Coil Cord Bracelet

Suzie's pink coil bracelet isn't just an accessory; it reflects her love of technology.

  • What You Need:

    • A pink telephone coil cord (try online vintage tech shops or craft stores)
  • How to Do It:

    1. Size and Secure: Carefully uncoil the cord and test the length around your wrist. Cut to the desired size, leaving enough room for a comfortable fit.
    2. Finishing Touches: Melt the ends slightly with a lighter or candle to prevent fraying. Be extremely careful not to burn the cord excessively.
  • Bonus Tips:

    • If melting the ends feels too risky, a small dab of superglue can help secure the shape of the bracelet.

The Glasses

Suzie's round, thick-framed glasses are synonymous with her smart, quirky image.

  • What You Need:

    • Inexpensive round reading glasses (check drugstores and dollar stores)
    • Acrylic paint in the desired frame color (if needed)
    • Small paintbrush
  • How To Do It:

    1. Color Match: If the frames aren't the right color, carefully apply a thin layer of acrylic paint. Let it dry completely before adding a second coat if needed.
  • Bonus Tips:

    • I often customize glasses like this! Removing the lenses before painting makes the process easier, and you can always pop them back in later.

With a bit of creativity, you've transformed ordinary items into the foundation of Suzie's adorable look! Next up, we'll learn how to channel her bright personality and endearing presence to truly become Dustin's "Dusty-Bun".

Suzie Poo Cosplay

Wearing the outfit is only half the fun! Mastering Suzie's enthusiastic personality and loveable quirks will truly elevate your costume. Let's delve into some key traits:

How to act like Suzie at the Halloween Party:

Infectious Enthusiasm

Suzie doesn't just like things; she loves them unabashedly. Whether it's singing with Dustin or geeking out over science, she's genuinely excited.

  • What to Do: Imagine yourself as Suzie discovering something wonderful for the first time.
  • How to Do It: Raise your voice slightly with a hint of childlike wonder. Let your smile widen naturally, and don't be afraid of exclamation points!
  • Bonus Tips: Memorize some of Suzie's exclamations like, "Dusty-Bun!" or "It's the most important equation in the world!" Practice delivering these lines with joyful emphasis.

A Touch of Shyness

Despite her enthusiasm, Suzie's sheltered upbringing means she likely has moments of social awkwardness, especially around people she doesn't know well.

  • What to Do: Think about how you might act slightly nervous in a new group of people.
  • How to Do It: Soften your voice at times, and occasionally look down or away as if unsure of what to say next. Fidgeting slightly with your hands can also add to this effect.
  • Bonus Tips: Suzie's shyness never fully disappears, even around Dustin. Remember, it's part of what makes her so endearing. Allow that endearing awkwardness to shine through at times, even during moments of excitement.

Sweet and Sincere

At her core, Suzie is kind and surprisingly mature for her age.

  • What to Do: Focus on the meaning behind her words, not just getting them out quickly.
  • How to Do It: Speak a little more slowly and deliberately than usual. Look directly at the person you're addressing, offering your full attention.
  • Bonus Tips: While I wouldn't suggest adopting her religious references unless it truly fits the setting, a touch of formality in your speech ("Can I help you?" vs. "Whatcha need?") can mimic her respectful politeness.

Unleashing Her Nerdy Side

Suzie isn't afraid to get into the nitty-gritty of her interests, even if others find it odd. That's part of her charm!

  • What to Do: Dive into the technical aspects of your favorite hobbies or a topic that fascinates you.
  • How to Do It: Use specific terminology, explain the "why" behind things you love, and don't hesitate to geek out a little!
  • Bonus Tips: When asked about the Planck Constant, Suzie doesn't oversimplify. Channel her confidence in her own knowledge, and rattle off that number with pride!

By combining these elements, you'll portray the cheerful, slightly awkward, and genuinely sweet spirit of Suzie. Remember, her enthusiasm is contagious, so have fun with it and let your own personality shine through!

Couple, Group and Family Costume Ideas

Let's elevate your Suzie costume experience by adding others to the mix! These ideas range from sweet to spooky, perfect for Halloween or any geeky gathering.

Couple Costume Ideas

Dustin and Suzie
Dustin and Suzie

  • Idea 1: Suzie and Dustin

    • Why it Works: This iconic pairing embodies the show's mix of sci-fi, nerdy fun, and heartwarming romance. Plus, the contrast between Suzie's floral nightgown and Dustin's trucker hat is visually striking.
    • Difficulty: Easy
  • Idea 2: Suzie and the Demogorgon

    • Why it Works: This represents both sides of Suzie's story – the sweet girl next door and the savior who helped defeat a terrifying monster!
    • Difficulty: Moderate (mainly due to the Demogorgon costume)
  • Idea 3: Suzie and Princess Leia (Star Wars)

    • Why it Works: Both characters are strong females with a hidden nerdy side. Braids and iconic '80s hair accessories can tie their looks together.
    • Difficulty: Easy

Group Costume Ideas

  • Idea 1: The Hawkins Middle School AV Club

    • Why it Works: This core crew is a perfect mix of personalities with recognizable looks. Think Mike, Lucas, Will, Dustin, Max, and even include Eleven!
    • Difficulty: Moderate (some characters require specific props or outfits)
  • Idea 2: The NeverEnding Story

    • Why it Works: Suzie's love for this story makes it a perfect theme! Dress as Atreyu, Falkor, the Childlike Empress, and even the menacing Gmork.
    • Difficulty: Challenging (creature costumes require more effort)
  • Idea 3: 80s Pop Culture Icons

    • Why it Works: Suzie fits right into the vibrant '80s aesthetic. Include characters like Madonna, Ghostbusters, or even Bob Ross!
    • Difficulty: Varies depending on character choices

Family Costume Ideas

  • Idea 1: The Byers Family

    • Why it Works: Suzie's potential future in-laws! Embrace Joyce's frantic-mom energy, Will's earnestness, Jonathan's protective brother vibes, and even include little Holly.
    • Difficulty: Easy
  • Idea 2: Things Get Strange on Sesame Street

    • Why it Works: Perfect for families with young kids! Adults can dress as Stranger Things characters while little ones become adorable versions of Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Elmo, etc.
    • Difficulty: Moderate

These are starting points! My favorite part of group costumes is seeing the creative interpretations people bring to them.

About Suzie

Suzie may have limited screen time, but her impact on Stranger Things – both within the story and on fans – is undeniable. Let's uncover what makes this devout Mormon girl with a hidden love for science fiction so intriguing.

Character Overview

  • Role in... Stranger Things Seasons 3 and 4. Suzie initially appears as Dustin's mysterious girlfriend, but she plays a crucial role in saving the day (twice!).
  • Played By: Gabriella Pizzolo

Background and Personality Traits

  • Personality: Intelligent, determined, yet surprisingly sheltered due to her upbringing. She's enthusiastic, slightly awkward, and has a surprisingly mature side that emerges when the stakes are high.
  • Appearance: Often seen in long, floral dresses, her signature pink hair bow, and round glasses. Her style is youthful with a touch of '80s flair.

Role in the Story

  • Major Plot Points: Dustin contacts her seeking Planck's Constant, a vital number needed to defeat the Russians. Later, she aids Dustin and the gang in tracing a computer's location.
  • Impact on Narrative: Suzie's assistance is crucial. Without her, the characters likely wouldn't have succeeded in their missions.

Cultural Impact

  • Fan Reception: Suzie quickly became a fan favorite! Her quirky personality, singing duet with Dustin, and unexpected heroics make her endearing.
  • Thematic Significance: Suzie embodies the idea of hidden depths. She reminds us not to underestimate people based on appearances or assumptions.

With this deeper understanding of Suzie, you're well-equipped to bring her to life—whether through your costume or by channeling her captivating spirit.

Further Reading


With a DIY floral nightgown, some nerdy accessories, and a touch of Suzie's enthusiastic awkwardness, you're ready to embrace this quirky, lovable character! Whether you're joining a group costume or rocking a solo Suzie look, I'm confident you'll shine. Remember, Suzie proves that brains, bravery, and a love for epic duets make a memorable hero. Now go forth, and get ready to impress your fellow Stranger Things fans!

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