There’s no question that Star Wars costumes are some of the most popular Halloween costumes around. But if you’re looking to add a little more authenticity to your outfit, consider going as a Tusken Raider. These desert-dwelling creatures are an iconic part of the Star Wars universe, and with a few simple steps, you can have a costume that’s sure to impress your friends. Keep reading for tips on how to put together your Tusken Raider costume!
About Tusken Raiders & Their Look
We first see Tusken Raiders in the films when they kidnap and torture Anakin Skywalker’s mother, Shmi. She doesn’t survive her injuries, but we later learn that Anakin returns to Tatooine and massacres the Tusken tribe who killed his mother.
In the films, we know little about these creatures other than their harsh life on the desert planet Tatooine, where they roam with banthas and occasionally attack moisture farmers like Luke Skywalker for their water supplies.
Tusken Raiders resemble humanoid creatures dressed in hooded robes. Their skin color ranges from white to tan; males also wear masks and black robes. Females don’t wear masks, but they wear hoods and dark clothing. They speak a language known as Tusken, which is derived from Jawaese . Thanks to their heavy garments, Tusken Raiders can easily hide in the desert, which helps protect them from the sun’s harsh rays.
How to Dress Like a Tusken Raider
Putting together an authentic-looking Tusken Raider costume is easy if you follow these simple steps.
Full Tusken Raider Costume Set
If you’re dressing up as a female Tusken Raider, you’ll need to wear dark pants or leggings. For your base layer, go with a pair of dark pants or leggings and a plain white or tan shirt. You can find both at most clothing stores, but if you’re looking for something more ornate, consider purchasing an inexpensive tunic from Amazon. You can also buy an off-the-shoulder top at most clothing stores.
Dark Garments & Face Covering
Next, you’ll need some basic garments that will help protect you from the sun’s harsh rays. Start with a long cloak that covers your neck and a dark hood. You’ll also need a light-colored scarf to keep the sand out of your face. For this, you can easily use a white sheet from your bed or purchase any off-the-shelf bandana from Amazon.
To satisfy the Tusken Raider tradition of wearing masks, try securing a white scarf or bandana around the crown of your head. If you’re dressing up as a male Tusken Raider, consider purchasing some black goggles from Amazon to go with this outfit.
Bantha Tusk Necklace
Of course, no Tusken Raider costume would be complete without the creature’s iconic bantha tusk necklace. This accessory is easy to make on your own, especially if you have fluid or modeling clay laying around the house. Start by wrapping about seven feet of white rope around a scrunched-up piece of newspaper. The more you wrap it, the bigger your tusk will be. Keep wrapping until it forms two circles connected by the rope between them. Once it’s finished, secure the loose ends by gluing them to the circle. Then, cut a small slit into one of the circles and stuff it with newspaper or dryer lint.
To give your tusk a natural appearance, use some brown-colored modeling clay to add a wood-like texture at the top. You can also add some more clay on the inside of your tusk to keep it sturdy. Once you’ve finished, all you have to do is attach a necklace hook, and voila! Your bantha tusk is complete.
Robe & Goggles
Finally, to complete your Tusken Raider costume, you’ll need a pair of goggles and a long brown or tan robe. The exact shade of brown might vary depending on the light in your environment. If you don’t want to buy an expensive set of goggles from Amazon, consider purchasing a welding mask instead. You can generally pick one up at your local hardware store for less than $10.
Once you’ve purchased or made your Tusken Raider costume, all you need to do is practice speaking in the Tusken language and act like an angry nomad!
Staff / Spear
If you’re going to be a Tusken Raider, then you’re going to need a weapon. Fortunately, there are plenty of options out there that will let you turn your staff into a deadly spear. The easiest way is to buy one online for about $20 from Amazon. Keep it in your costume’s holster, and always carry it with you.
Alternatively, you could craft your own weapon from a broom or dowel rod and some fake fur. You can easily find the fake fur at your local fabric store and probably even in your closet! To attach the fur to your weapon, simply tightly wrap duct tape around it and secure with another strip of tape on the top.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for an easy (and affordable) way to take your cosplay game up a notch, consider dressing like a Tusken Raider. Just make sure to avoid sandstorms and Jawas.