Kick butt this Halloween by creating your own ‘Cobra Kai’ costume! While martial arts accessories — like a belt, headband & patches — can add up, we’ve picked out 6 DIY items under $35 for you to shop!
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Since 2018, Cobra Kai has captured the hearts of dedicated Karate Kid fans all over the globe, which is why it makes for the perfect DIY Halloween costume! Yes, we’re going to help transform you into a kick a** martial arts star. Now, we’ll leave the decision up to you whether you want to recreate Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) or Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) character. Luckily, we provided a wig for both in our DIY list, below.
Creating your own Cobra Kai costume will make you a stand-out at any Halloween event. And hey, maybe it’ll inspire you to take up martial arts in real life. If you’re not feeling that ambitious, hopefully, you’ll tune into the Emmy-nominated Netflix series, which is headed into its third season (January 8!). Cobra Kai — a sequel to the cult classic movie, The Karate Kid — takes place 34 years after the All Valley tournament that changed Daniel and Johnny’s lives forever. Without giving anything away, we will tell you that the series begins with Daniel and Johnny’s longstanding rivalry being reignited after Johnny reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo as part of his redemption mission.
Now that you’ve got the basics down, let’s get to shopping! Below are our six DIY picks to create the ultimate Cobra Kai Halloween costume. Take a deep breath and have fun, because we did all of the work for you! Keep in mind that the core item of this costume is a black karate outfit and some sort of Cobra Kai accessory. So, you can mix and match, and choose which items fit your style.
1. A Karate Uniform
2. A Blonde or Brunette Wig
This Smiffy’s Men’s Wig (one size) is totally optional, however, it’s on sale for less than $25. If you’re truly dedicated to emulating Daniel or Johnny’s look, this short, pull-on wig is the way to go. $20, amazon
3. A Cobra Kai Headband
Our favorite! Every karate pro needs a stylish headband. This Cobra Kai Sports Headband (unisex) doubles as a workout band and it can be styled in multiple ways. Bonus: This headband is super easy to clean because of its absorbing material. $20, amazon
4. Cobra Kai Patches
Make your costume legit and authentic as ever with these top rated Cobra Kai Patches. You can easily customize your martial arts uniform by adding these detailed designs in the place(s) of your choice. — That way, everyone will know who they’re dealing with on Halloween night. $7, amazon
5. Karate Belts
For those who love accessories, these BlackBeltShop Karate Belts are a nice touch for any Cobra Kai costume. While they’re an optional item, these belts (sizes: 0 to 9) are an easy way to brag about your level of karate expertise. $11, amazon
6. A Cobra Kai Face Mask
Usually, we wouldn’t recommend wearing a face mask with this costume, however, in today’s climate, it’s paramount that you consider purchasing these Cobra Kai Face Masks. If you already have protective face gear, that’s great, but this would be a safe and awesome addition to your Cobra Kai costume! They’re soft, comfortable and it has easy-to-put-on, stretchable ear flaps, plus, adjustable straps. $12, amazon