80s Party Costume Ideas: Ralphie from A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story was released in 1983 and became an instant holiday classic. Watching the sentimental family comedy about Ralphie, who oh-so-desperately wanted a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa, is still an important part of many of our holiday traditions. We love Flick, who froze his tongue to a pole, and Randy, in his ridiculously puffy snowsuit, but Ralphie is totally the coolest.

Because Ralphie had several iconic outfits, you’ve got a few options if you want to conjure him up. For ALL the Ralphie looks, you need a pair of round tortoiseshell glasses. I suggest buying a cheap pair of reading glasses and popping out the lenses. You’ll also need to pomade your hair with a wet-look product, give it a side part, and comb it neatly.

Ralphie from A Christmas Story costume idea

Ralphie Wearing Bunny Suit from Aunt Clara

  • A replica of the pink bunny suit that Aunt Clara gave Ralphie for Christmas.

Ralphie Bunny Suit costume idea

Christmas Morning Ralphie

  • Plaid flannel pajamas, robe, and slippers
  • Red Lifebuoy soap in your robe pocket
  • Toy BB rifle (here’s an inexpensive option if you don’t just happen to have a BB gun in your closet)
  • Optional: Crack the lens on one side of the glasses and leave it in the frame. Patch that eye with gauze and medical tape. You shot your eye out!

Christmas Morning Ralphie costume idea

Ralphie in Daywear

  • Plaid flannel shirt and handknit sweater. Be sure to spread the shirt collar wide over the neck of the sweater.
  • Toy BB rifle
  • Lifebuoy soap
  • Optional: Cracked lens and bandaged eye, like Christmas Morning Ralphie

Ralphie in Daywear costume idea

If you’re going to an outdoor party, modify the Daywear look and add a boiled wool jacket, plaid wool scarf, toboggan, and earmuffs. Have a great time, kid, but don’t shoot your eye out!

Author: Alli Denning

As the Owner / Editor of Like Totally 80s, Alli is just a little obsessed with all things 80s (well, not ALL things, but most). Alli still has her Swatch, her cassette tape collection, and her Converse Chucks. When not making friendship pins or listening to Depeche Mode, she can be found at denning e-solutions, LLC, her web design business.

Share This Post On

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>