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DIY Rocky Balboa and Adrian Halloween Costumes

The author grew up watching action movies in the '80s and loves coming up with creative "Rocky" costume ideas.

Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa

Rocky Halloween Costume Ideas With Adrian, Apollo Creed, and Clubber Lang

Ah, Rocky—the eternal optimist with the "never say die" attitude who inspires us all. Who better to dress up as for Halloween than Philadelphia-born boxer Rocky Balboa?

If you're looking to strut your stuff on Halloween as the Italian Stallion, read on for instructions on how to create an amazing Rocky Balboa Halloween costume. You'll find Rocky Balboa robes, Rocky boxing trunks, Rocky boxing gloves, and even a little gadget that makes you sound like Rocky, slurred speech and all. Oh, and if you can't quite pull off the Sly Stallone look, we've also got some villain costumes and an Adrian costume. (Yo, Adrian! Sorry. Couldn't help myself.)

Ladies and gentlemen, boxing fans around the world . . . let's get ready to rumble! (And special thanks to Sylvester Stallone for this inspiring, motivational character!)

Rocky Balboa statue

Rocky Balboa statue

Rocky Balboa Halloween Costumes From Each Rocky Movie

Rocky's look has changed significantly over the years, from his "just learning fitness" phase in Rocky I and Rocky II to Stallone's almost nonexistent body fat in Rocky III. The final movie, simply titled Rocky Balboa, showed a much bulkier Rocky than in years past, though, of course, he was still completely ripped. You could see the effects of a serious bodybuilding injury in his right pectoral muscle from an earlier bench pressing contest with former Mr. Olympian Franco Columbo. Sly really kicked himself for that one.

Read on for a complete selection of Rocky Balboa Halloween costumes from each of the Rocky movies. We even include Rocky's grungy street clothes (aka the jogging outfit). Yo, Rocko!

What You'll Need to Be Rocky: Extras

If you want to go above and beyond in your Rocky costume, you might want to go out and get:

  • Rocky Balboa mask
  • Rocky wig
  • Muscle man chest plate (fake muscles)
  • Black tank top
  • Set of Rocky quotes so you can play the role!

Rocky in Your Pocket: Sound Just Like Rocky on Halloween!

Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky"

Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky"

What You'll Need for Rocky's Outfit in Rocky 1

Here's what you'll need if you want to dress like Rocky from the first Rocky movie:

  • Red and yellow Rocky robe
  • Red boxing gloves
  • Red and white boxing trunks (or athletic shorts in a pinch)
  • Red high-top boxing boots
  • Red and white socks
Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky II"

Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky II"

Rocky's Outfit in Rocky II

In Rocky II, Rocky goes for a black and gold color theme instead of the red and white one he had in the first movie. If you want this look, you will need the following:

  • Black and yellow Italian Stallion Rocky Robe
  • Black boxing trunks with yellow trim
  • Black and yellow bumblebee socks
  • Black boxing gloves
  • Block boxing boots

Rocky's outfits in Rocky III are a combination of his black and yellow theme in Rocky II and his American flag colors in Rocky IV. If you want to be this Rocky, you have your pick of a couple of different options.

  • Yellow boxing shorts with black trim or American flag striped shorts
  • Red boxing gloves or white wrist wraps
  • Yellow or red robe
  • White socks with black and yellow striped trim
  • Black or red boxing boots
Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky IV"

Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky IV"

Rocky's Outfit in Rocky IV

In Rocky IV, Stallone continues the red, white, and blue color scheme begun in Rocky III. If you want his outfit from this movie, you'll need:

  • American flag boxing shorts
  • White robe or an American flag robe
  • Red boxing gloves
  • Champion boxing belt
  • Red boxing boots
Sylvester Stallone in Rocky's street clothes

Sylvester Stallone in Rocky's street clothes

Rocky V Costume: Rocky in Street Clothes

Here's what you'll need to dress like Rocky during those moments when he actually leaves the ring and walks around dressed like a regular person. Though this version of Rocky is less iconic, the advantage is that you might have most, if not all, of these in your closet already. If you're planning on being outside in cold weather, the Rocky street clothes costume will also keep you warm and comfortable. Here's what you'll need:

  • Black leather jacket
  • Black t-shirt
  • Grey sweatshirt
  • Black pants
  • Black leather/faux leather fedora
  • Gold Rocky pendant
Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky Balboa"

Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky Balboa"

Rocky Balboa Costume From the Final Movie

In Rocky Balboa, Stallone wears the same black robe as in Rocky II. If you want his outfit from this movie, you'll want to go for the exact same costume as the one I described for Rocky II, but with a more haggard, older, tougher demeanor. Try using makeup or face paint to give yourself a black eye or a couple of scratches. Here's the clothing you'll need:

  • Black and yellow "Italian Stallion" Rocky Robe
  • Black boxing trunks with yellow trim
  • Black and yellow bumblebee socks
  • Black boxing gloves
  • Block boxing boots
  • "Champion" boxing belt
Rocky's jogging outfit

Rocky's jogging outfit

Rocky Balboa Jogging and Training Outfits

Find yourself a little embarrassed by that gut? Do you have more of a keg than a six-pack? Or do you just want to dress as Rocky while feeling warm and comfortable in the cold autumn weather?

Try wearing Rocky's training gear, or else grab a Rocky Balboa t-shirt and cover it with a robe. You can still go as the Italian Stallion for Halloween! Here's what you'll need:

  • Grey sweatshirt
  • Grey sweatpants
  • Sneakers
  • Black fingerless gloves
  • Black beanie
  • Gold Rocky necklace

Other options: Rocky t-shirt, robe

Rocky and Mick: "Win, Rocky, win!"

Rocky and Mick: "Win, Rocky, win!"

Yo, Adrian!

Yo, Adrian!

Adrian Balboa Halloween Costume

Whether it's for a Rocky and Adrian couples costume, or you just want to be Adrian Balboa for Halloween (let's face it; she's an awesome character), you have lots of outfit options. Just make sure not to miss her signature cat eyeglasses! Things you can wear for your Adrian costume:

  • Cat-eye glasses
  • Red knit beret, white shirt, and black wool jacket
  • Or grey cardigan with checked shirt
  • Or white beret with red coat and tan gloves
  • Black handbag
Adrian Balboa outfit options

Adrian Balboa outfit options

Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang

Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang

The Rocky Antagonists: Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang Costumes

Sometimes there is nothing more fun than dressing like a villain, and luckily the Rocky movies offer a couple of excellent costume options. Here's what you need to be Apollo Creed or Clubber Lang.

For Apollo Creed, you'll need:

  • American flag boxing shorts
  • Apollo American flag boxing robe
  • Uncle Sam hat
  • White wrist wraps or boxing gloves
  • White, blue and white, or red and white striped socks

For Clubber Lang, you'll need:

  • Clubber Lang boxing robe or plain black boxing robe with white trim
  • Light blue boxing shorts or black boxing shorts
  • Red boxing gloves
  • White socks with blue trim

Why I've Always Wanted to Dress Up as Rocky Balboa for Halloween

Growing up in the '80s, I was raised on guys like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzennegger. Here were these huge, larger-than-life tough guys that were like real-life superheroes. I remember telling my dad after watching Arnold in Predator, "I want to be like him."

As much as I loved Arnie, there was something about Sly that gave him an edge in my eyes. Rambo was the first Stallone movie I saw (and I'm fairly certain it inspired my little brother to later join the army), and I was hooked. Not long after seeing Rambo, I had the chance to watch two of my favorite action stars battle it out in the ring: Mr. T and Sly Stallone (playing Clubber Lang vs. Rocky Balboa).

I was on the edge of my seat in the theater watching Rocky III. When Rocky's trainer Mick died after Mr. T shoved him, I cried. I wanted Clubber Lang to go down, BAD. And as Rocky typically does in the movies, he eventually came back (spoiler alert!) and showed everyone why they call him the Italian Stallion.

Considering how hard Halloween costumes sucked in the '80s (essentially a poorly put-together piece of plastic with a flimsy rubber band), the Rocky Balboa costume just wasn't meant to be when I was a child. So, to all of the '80s kids out there who never got the chance to be Rocky—this is for you!

Comments - Did you enjoy these Rocky Balboa costumes? Anything else you'd like to see here?

anonymous on June 29, 2013:

For an inspirational story, please read the award winning book Rocky Spirit, the Rocky Balboa connection to success available on

Metalpriest on April 17, 2013:


This lens==Amazing ++

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mrknowitall54321 on January 20, 2013:

The Rocky films are great, "Adriannnnn..."

Motionmaker on December 07, 2012:

Great idea! Love it!

Markwell1 on November 21, 2012:

That's an original lens right there!

dennonlow lm on October 29, 2012:

love Rocky!

Unchain3dAuthor on October 19, 2012:

Gotta love Rocky! Amazing content. Your costume lenses are fantastic!

NeoClout on October 14, 2012:

I feel nostalgia on 80's... Had a good time reading your lens.

----- From another writer about halloween costumes from movies - Star Wars

ImmatureEntrepr (author) on October 03, 2012:

@bushaex: Thank you!

ImmatureEntrepr (author) on October 03, 2012:

@mettaca: Thanks man, appreciate it! I put in some work on this one. :)

mettaca on October 02, 2012:

Nice lens bro! The jogging costume is my personal favorite. :)

anonymous on September 16, 2012:

Thanks for stopping to look at my lenses

anonymous on September 09, 2012:

nice lens

Stephen Bush from Ohio on August 25, 2012:

Yo Adrian, SquidAngel blessings.

Oneshotvariety LM on August 24, 2012:

Awesome lens! Cool Halloween costumes!

anonymous on August 23, 2012:

great movies, wonderful lens

ZombieOne on August 12, 2012:

Good job!

Mamabyrd from West Texas on August 05, 2012:

I love this lens I am a huge Rocky fan I may just buy the hubby a rocky costume

TH30RY on July 31, 2012:

Awesome Lens :)

anonymous on July 21, 2012:

What a great movie

dandy3 on July 13, 2012:

Great lens, awesome presentation

WriterJanis2 on July 05, 2012:

Great presentation. Stallone would be honored.

wolvyz on June 18, 2012:

Some awesome costumes.

Racken2 on June 11, 2012:

Lmao, I love Rocky, I like the joggin outfit, looks legit.

anonymous on May 26, 2012:

This is an awesome lens, you've got me thinking about Halloween already

trendydad on May 16, 2012:

great job everybody loves rocky

DekaZone on March 26, 2012:

good jobs

GOT LM on March 02, 2012:

Nice work.

Frank Edens on February 28, 2012:

One of my favorite movies, and such a great lens. amazing...

kimark421 on February 04, 2012:

Well, now I have next Halloween's costume settled. I wonder how long it will take for the other party goers to get tired of hearing "Cut me Mick"? Great lens!

fugeecat lm on January 08, 2012:

These are great ideas for costumes.

RetiredRebel on November 28, 2011:

Thank you for this lens.

zarometro on November 04, 2011:

One of the best lenses I've read! I'm gonna get myself a Rocky wig! :)

gamergaiapaulmiller on October 23, 2011:

I seriously had no idea there were so many rocky costumes ha ha ha

ErHawkns7100 on October 20, 2011:

How can you not like a Rocky costume? He is an American Icon.

SaintFrantic on October 19, 2011:

Great Lens.I love Rocky IV.Thanks for sharing the lens with us

JoyfulReviewer on October 18, 2011:

Nice selection to choose from. Thanks for the fun costume lens!

anonymous on October 17, 2011:

great tribute to a great series of movies, 'thumbs up' goes out to you.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on October 04, 2011:

Why not go as both Rocky and Adrian for Halloween? A quick change of clothing is no sweat for the Italian Stallion. It would certainly be memorable. Great lens and fabulous idea!

CrazyPirate on September 28, 2011:

Enjoyed your lens on me matey Sylvester Stallone. I heard that Rocky Balboal learnt all his move from me ya know.

Lisa Remmick on September 25, 2011:

Cool lens, I love seeing older movie lenses. Yo Adrian!

anonymous on July 29, 2011:

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anonymous on July 29, 2011:

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anonymous on June 16, 2011:

Awesome lens and great outfits. I love every Rocky movie! Thanks for sharing!

Francis Luxford from United Kingdom on May 11, 2011:

Cool costumes! Fun lens.

Oliversbabycarecouk on February 21, 2011:

Great Lens - I Love Rocky 1 Awesome film! Nice costumes! x

poutine on December 13, 2010:

I love the first movie the best.

A classic~

anonymous on November 05, 2010:

This is one idea that I never thought about doing, that's weird since Rocky is one of My All-time Favorite Movies; I own Every Rocky Movie ever made!!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 27, 2010:

Love it! Rocky is a favorite movie series and certainly a favorite character, and Adrian goes right along with it. Heck, my son's dogs are named Rocky and Adrian, so you know how we feel about these costumes. Great job including all the different variations. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

charder on October 26, 2010:

Awesome lens! Check out my lenses for more costume ideas, if you're interested.

anonymous on October 25, 2010:

Great idea for a costume especially is you have the build.

Dietzster on October 20, 2010:

I liked the first Rocky the best because it was a new character. Great outfits and lots of thought put into your site.

ImmatureEntrepr (author) on October 18, 2010:

@moskit: Yeah, I agree! Mr. T was by far the best Rocky opponent.

redflea13 lm on October 18, 2010:

A lot of stuff for ideas here.

moskit on October 18, 2010:

I had no idea these outfits existed!

Thanks for sharing!

By the way, Rocky 3 was the best!

Yo Adrian, I did it!!!

Lisa-Marie-Mary on October 17, 2010:

I loved all things Sylvester growing up - had an entire wall in my room devoted to him. It would be so much fun to dress up as Rocky for Halloween!!!

solidmanxyz on October 06, 2010:

rocky 4 still rocks!!

Amarant LM on September 20, 2010:

Great Lens!

This is the perfect moment for a Rocky memorable quote:

Mickey: Your nose is broken.

Rocky: How does it look?

Mickey: Ah, it's an improvement.

Yourshowman LM on September 20, 2010:

I Love Balboa and his spirit. Nice lens

anonymous on September 20, 2010:

Great lens, I think Rocky Balboa most strongest and greatest opponent is still Ivan Drago.

Elizabeth Sheppard from Bowling Green, Kentucky on September 17, 2010:

I think going as Adrian would be fun. Neat idea!

PhiladelphiaWri on September 15, 2010:

Since I'm from Philly, I love Rocky, he (the ficticious character, not Sly Stallone) should run for mayor, he'd win. Cool lens. I may need some of these costumes, great idea

WeirdStuff on September 15, 2010:

Great lens! Just missing Ivan Drago outfit

Lisa Auch from Scotland on September 15, 2010:

This is my tom boy side showing, but I LOVE Rocky films, I even have the dressing gown, this is just a fab resource you have put together, with thought and effort into his look of the films.