Rocky Horror Picture Show Costume Ideas

Updated on October 10, 2019
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These ideas will help you make your own costume this Halloween.
These ideas will help you make your own costume this Halloween. | Source

These Rocky Horror Picture Show costumes are wild and fun to make and to dress up in. If you liked the movie and soundtrack, these outfits are perfect for you to wear to a Halloween party—the costumes can stand alone or can be used for a group costume theme. Practice your singing and dancing and put on a show for your fellow revelers! Which character will you dress as: Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Columbia, Magenta, Riff Raff, Brad, Janet, or the newly-created man, Rocky?

It's usually cheaper to make your own costume for Halloween, but don't stress about it. You can find many of these costumes for sale at various online stores: Do what's easiest for you.

In this article, we'll look at ideas for dressing up as:

  1. Dr. Frank-N-Furter
  2. Columbia
  3. Riff Raff
  4. Magenta
  5. Janet
  6. Brad
  7. Rocky
  8. Betty Munroe Hapschatt

An example of a group costume with Rocky, Columbia, Brad, Janet, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and Magenta.
An example of a group costume with Rocky, Columbia, Brad, Janet, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and Magenta. | Source

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Dr. Frank-N-Furter in his lab costume.
Dr. Frank-N-Furter in his lab costume. | Source

Dr. Frank-N-Furter Costume Ideas

This cult classic has one mad scientist in it—in fact, he has been called an evil, psychotic scientist and an alien to boot. This guy has two looks. One look is as a wild-haired doctor in a pearl necklace and a bloody, green lab coat. The other outfit is completely wild: It's his Transylvanian costume, complete with stockings and heels.

Dr. Frank-N-Furter wears the corset outfit for most of the film, and it is the most recognizable of his outfits. The lab coat costume is a bit less "showy" for those who are a bit shy about going out in public dressed in lingerie. You could always add a cape to cover up the look.

Lab Doctor Costume

  • Green Lab Coat (stain it with costume blood or food coloring)
  • Pink Latex Gloves
  • Pearl Necklace (make sure they're big pearls)
  • High Heels
  • Wild Brown Wig (or mess up your hair with gel and spray)
  • Makeup: White Foundation, Dark Blue Eyeshadow, Black Eyeliner, Dark Red Lipstick
  • Red Triangle (cut from felt or cloth—for the top left side of the lab coat)

Transylvanian Costume

  • Pearl Necklace (again, make sure they're big pearls)
  • Black Corset
  • Black Women's Underwear
  • Black Garter Belt
  • Black Fishnet Stockings
  • High Heels
  • Black Cape (optional)
  • Wild Black Curly Wig (or mess up your hair with gel and hairspray)
  • Makeup: White Foundation, Dark Blue Eyeshadow, Black Eyeliner, Dark Red Lipstick

Some Frank-N-Furter essentials.
Some Frank-N-Furter essentials. | Source

Video: Dr. Frank-N-Furter Makeup Tutorial

Columbia Costume Ideas

Are you more interested in making a Columbia costume for Halloween? Columbia is Dr. Frank-N-Furter's assistant and wears a few different costumes in the movie, so you have some outfits to choose from. One is a sequined number she tap dances in—get the sequins and glitter! Find a pair of tap shoes (the local consignment/thrift shop might be a good place to look). Practice tap dancing to "Time Warp"! And don't forget that Columbia also wears a pair of blue socks.

Another Columbia costume look is created by putting an apron over your costume and wearing a face mask. One more Columbia costume matches Dr. Frank-N-Furter: a corset and stockings. Then, of course, there is the blue-and-white striped men's pajamas look that she wears with open-toe black shoes, Mickey Mouse ears, and lipstick.

Tap Dance Costume

  • Sequin Top
  • Shorts
  • Tap Shoes
  • Blue Socks

Costume to Match Frank-N-Furter

  • Corset
  • Stockings
  • Heels

Pajama Costume

  • Blue-and-White Striped PJs
  • Mickey Mouse Ears
  • Open-Toe Black Shoes

Columbia's tap dance costume.
Columbia's tap dance costume. | Source

Video: Columbia Hair & Makeup Tutorial

Riff Raff Costume Ideas

The Riff Raff costume is iconic. Riff Raff wears what is best described as a butler's costume: black pants and a black jacket with a white shirt. His head is bald on the top and he has long hair at the sides. With dark circles around his eyes, he is an imposing figure. I love the white button spats worn to give his shoes the spectator look. He wears this outfit the entire movie until the end when he is dressed up as a spaceman. He reminds me of Lurch, the manservant from The Addams Family—Lurch was a bit scary and ghastly-looking, just like Riff Raff. I love freaky films with butlers. And as we all know from old classic movies: "The butler did it!"

Riff Raff Costume

  • Black Pants
  • Black Jacket
  • White Shirt
  • White Button Spats (for shoes)

A Riff Raff costume.
A Riff Raff costume. | Source

Video: Riff Raff Makeup Tutorial

Magenta Costume Ideas

Thinking about making a Magenta costume for Halloween? Magenta is dressed as a maid throughout most of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She wears the typical black maid's dress, a white apron, and a white maid hat. I say "typical," but nothing really looks typical on Magenta, does it? Thigh-high sheer black stockings add a bit of wildness to her costume—and you can wear some some black heels.

Magenta has a spectacular full head of deep red hair that's worn down and curly. You might need a wig to recreate her gorgeous tresses. Her eyes are dark and sultry, so gather lots of dark eye makeup for this costume look. Her skin is on the pale side, which is easy to achieve with a light foundation. Some bright red lipstick finishes her costume makeup look. That is her look throughout the entire movie until the end, when—like Riff Raff—she dresses up in a spaceman costume...or is it spacewoman?

Maid Costume

  • Black Dress
  • White Apron
  • Maid's Hat
  • Black Stockings
  • Black Heels
  • Curly Red Wig

Spacewoman Costume

  • Silver-and-Black Space Outfit

An example of Magenta's maid costume.
An example of Magenta's maid costume. | Source

Video: Magenta Makeup Tutorial

Janet Weiss Costume Ideas

If you want to dress up as sweet Janet Weiss, you can look in your closet or attic to see if you have any clothes that look like hers. Janet wears a pink dress, a white sweater, and a fancy dress hat. At one point, she is seen in a white slip, a white bra, stockings, and a white purse. She also wears a lab coat at one time in the film. At the very end of the movie, Janet gets dressed up in a corset with some thigh-high stockings.

Fancy Dress Costume

  • Pink Dress
  • White Sweater
  • Hat

Lab Costume

  • White Lab Coat

Costume to Match Frank-N-Furter

  • Corset
  • Thigh-High Stockings
  • High Heels

Janet and Brad in their white lab coats.
Janet and Brad in their white lab coats. | Source

Brad Majors Costume Ideas

Brad is a nerdy kind of guy and his outfit screams it: That means it is easy as it can be to recreate this look.

Nerdy Costume

  • Tan Jacket (with an elastic waistband)
  • Blue V-Neck Sweater Vest
  • Light Blue Shirt
  • White Sleeveless Undershirt
  • Gray Pants
  • Black Belt
  • Brown Loafers
  • Dark-Rim Eyeglasses

Lab Costume

  • White Lab Coat

Janet Weiss costumes are easy to throw together, and so is Brad's outfit.
Janet Weiss costumes are easy to throw together, and so is Brad's outfit. | Source

Rocky Costume Ideas

I think Rocky's is the easiest costume to make, because all he wears the entire movie is a little pair of gold pants—like small swimsuit-type short-shorts, not gold surf shorts. Rocky also wears gold wrestling shoes: You can spray paint an old pair of wrestling shoes or high tops to achieve this look. He also has a scene where he wears an orange bedsheet.

Rocky Costume

  • Short, Tight Gold Shorts
  • Gold Wrestling Shoes (or any wrestling shoes and gold spray paint)


  • Orange Bedsheet

Rocky's costume looks like gold short-shorts—this is not a Rocky Balboa costume!
Rocky's costume looks like gold short-shorts—this is not a Rocky Balboa costume! | Source

Betty Munroe Hapschatt Costume Ideas

Betty Munroe Hapschatt is in the wedding scene at the very beginning of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Janet goes to the wedding and then...well, then everything goes a bit crazy, and we are glad it does. To make your own Betty Munroe wedding dress, look for an older wedding gown with long sleeves and a high collar. The only problem with the Betty Munroe Hapschatt costume is: No one will know who you are unless you tell them or go in a group costume with your friends dressed up as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Columbia, Riff Raff, Janet Weiss, Brad, and Rocky!

Betty Munroe Costume

  • Bridal Gown (with long sleeves and a high neck)
  • Wedding Bouquet
  • Bridal Veil

Dress up like Betty by dressing like a bride.
Dress up like Betty by dressing like a bride. | Source

About the Movie

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic. Fans have seen it over and over again since 1975, and it gets new fans every year. Sometimes it runs in theaters around Halloween. This comedy-horror show tells us the story of Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, travelers on a rainy night who come across a spooky mansion filled with some unique—and alien—characters.

After getting engaged, Brad and Janet find that their car breaks down in the woods and the only place nearby is a spooky-looking castle. Just as you would expect, the door of the mansion is opened by a freaky-looking butler: Meet Riff Raff. There's a party going on in the mansion, and this is where Janet and Brad meet the strange group that has gathered. This group includes Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a completely mad scientist who believes he is from another planet; his assistant, Columbia; and his maid, Magenta.

Dr. Frank-N-Furter shows off his Frankenstein-style creation, a man wrapped up in a liquid-filled tank. Instead of revealing a frightening monster, Frank-N-Furter reveals a hot hunk with blond hair and a body clad in a pair of small gold shorts. What does this hunk do? He starts to sing. Who shows up next? Meat Loaf dressed as a biker dude looking for his ex-girlfriend, Columbia.

If you haven't seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show, watch it. It's fun, it's weird, and it's perfect for Halloween. If you have seen this strange film, watch it's FUN!

The main cast of the film.
The main cast of the film. | Source

Who Is Your Favorite Rocky Horror Picture Show Character?

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      James K. West 

      10 months ago

      I vote for Columbia, she's intense

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      18 months ago

      I'm gona be Columbia

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      2 years ago

      I made my costume (Columbia) and my boyfriend's costume(Eddie) I ordered it Columbia outfit online and it looks cheap so I fixed it up. But I made Eddie's vest jacket out of a vest . Where can I post my pictures


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