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80s Party Costume Ideas:
Ralphie from A Christmas Story

Ralphie from A Christmas StoryA 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 Wearing Bunny Suit from Aunt Clara

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!

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
 

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!

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