A Red Dead Redemption Halloween: Your How-To John Marston Costume Guide

Posted on October 29 2010, 12:30pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

With Undead Nightmare out this week, delighting and spooking players around the world - we're obviously deep, deep, deep into the Halloween spirit.

With Halloween coming in just two days, no doubt quite a few of you are still hopelessly costumeless.  No worries, we’ve got you covered with our How-To Guide to follow in order to piece together your very own last minute D-I-Y John Marston or even Bonnie MacFarlane costume. 

For each garment, we've provided a helpful hyperlink to an example online store - while it may be too late to order and receive in time for Halloween Sunday, you can use them as reference points for searching out similar stores locally in your hometown.  You should easily be able to find many of these items (or close enough versions) at any local western wear shop, or even large chain stores and costume shops.  Good luck and Godspeed.

Oh and should you want to transform either costume into an Undead Nightmare style zombified version - simply slather garments with some fake blood / red paint and throw on a decent zombie mask - voila.

Being John Marston

The Hat
You can't be John Marston, reformed outlaw of the American frontier, for Halloween without the right hat.  This distinct crown is a Marston trademark, The Packer.  You might want to rough it up a little, and add a feather to that bad boy.

The Vest
You have to have the black denim vest. Your best bet would be to grab a dark denim jacket and cut the sleeves off about 2 inches from the shoulder.  You can find some affordably priced ones here.

The Shirt
Make sure your sleeves are rolled up so others know you're ready for super duty tough work on the plains.  Chances are you'll run into a zombie or two while you're out that night anyway - best be prepared for action.

The Gloves
It's rough out there - protect those mitts with a nicely worn pair of goatskin gloves.  You should be able to find a comparably affordable pair at any western wear or even big chain store near you.

The Satchel
Carry your treasure maps, holy water, and looted peanut chews in an all leather sling bag.  Only for the premium Marston costumer.

The Pants
Pleats and pinstripes.  You might have thought that John Marston was wearing denim throughout his adventures on the frontier, but upon closer inspection you'll notice they're actually pinstriped bootcut pants.  Denim wasn't quite so sophisticated back in the early 1900's.

The Belt, The Buckle, The Bandoleer and The Holster
A cowhide belt with a buckle big enough to be a Spartan shield and a holster will really tie the whole look together.  And plenty of costume shops have acceptable looking rifle bandoleers in stock.

The Boots
Oh yeah, make sure not to forget your boots and spurs.  Some non-descript boots will work in a pinch, just don't play yourself wearing some Air Force Ones with your John Marston get-up.

Undead Bonus
As mentioned earlier, you can give the whole ensemble a Nightmare-ish spin with a good zombie mask - that one is on the high end but comes complete with eye-socket worms.

Being Bonnie MacFarlane

The Blouse
Bonnie's blouse adds a delicate touch to her otherwise rugged and ready look.  Of course, you've gotta roll up the sleeves.

The "Skirt"
You thought that was a skirt, didn't you?  It's a Pant-Skirt combo made for gals like Bonnie who have too much serious horseback riding to do to ride saddle.  Here's a belt to keep 'em up with.

The Vest
A lot of western styled vests made for women you'll find out there are a too dainty compared to the durable one Bonnie wore throughout Red Dead Redemption, so we recommend rocking with a small/youth sized one of these men's leather vests.

The Locket
Bonnie's locket is a feminine accent to remind passersby that while she might shoot their hat off their head from over 60 yards with a Repeater, she's still a lady.  That Urban Outfitters one is affordable, but looking around any costume jewelry shop you may be able to find a more Native American turquoise accented one like her own.

Finally, while it's tempting to complete the look with weaponry - you may want to leave the toy guns and knives at home - or at least check up on your local laws in this era of toy weapon bans.  Don't wanna wind up in the clink on Halloween night.

Also - special acknowledgment to this gentleman found on YouTube recently who put together quite a respectable Marston costume - complete with some special assembly tips.  Tip of the hat, sir.

Be safe out there and enjoy Halloween weekend, all.

  • WinsOneon August 23 2016, 5:39pmReplyFlag
    This year for sure.
    • WinsOneon August 23 2016, 5:38pmReplyFlag
      Soo cool!
      • krypto5863on February 2 2015, 12:20pmReplyFlag
        everytime i click the hyperlink for the packer hat i get sent to whillas.com im tired of seeing these peoples family photos!
        • Audax2on January 30 2012, 7:01pmReplyFlag
          Rockstar, or maybe even anyone else - Could you possibly update the links? I'm afraid some of them are broken or the items are even unavaliable. :/
          • tacoman6136on July 1 2011, 11:47amReplyFlag
            needs a duster coat.... anybody know where you can get a duster coat?
            • 11789487on November 2 2010, 6:14pmReplyFlag
              undead ---htmare Rocks hardcore!


              by Roland colmorgan-starr
              • GoalieOfUnholyon November 2 2010, 1:09pmReplyFlag
                Dear RockStar...
                Will you be releasing a new Strategy Guide for the Undead ---htmare and other DLCs for Red Dead Redemption?
                • 11257888on November 2 2010, 12:47amReplyFlag
                  looks kool:)
                  • Darvargon November 1 2010, 10:13pmReplyFlag
                    Is just me... or Bonnie is HOT as HELL?
                    • Eat-my-leadon November 1 2010, 9:07pmReplyFlag
                      last year i was gay tony and this year i was an amazing john marston although i was able to find a good more affordable leather satchel.
                      btw my freind was jack marston
                      • Austinsgrandpaon November 1 2010, 1:49pmReplyFlag
                        whats the cons of using cheats in the game i heard of the system not keeping score or something like that or is that just using the cheats u get off the computer
                        • R* Yon November 1 2010, 12:58pmReplyFlag
                          @Rod266 Sure, the disc version of Undead Nightmare is coming November 23rd in North America and November 26th in Europe - it bundles together for the first time ever, the Undead Nightmare Pack, the Outlaws to the End Co-Op Mission Pack, the Legends and Killers Pack, the Liars and Cheats Pack and all the Multiplayer Free Roam modes released to date.
                          • Rod266on November 1 2010, 3:53amReplyFlag
                            Hello rockstar, another great post! can you please tell me (if you can) when is the disc DLC is coming?
                            • Mark8Don October 30 2010, 4:36pmReplyFlag
                              It would also be great if you could buy gang members to help you in your dastardly deeds : Train robbing, other gang hideouts and even defending your hideout from bandits. There could also be strangers you could find and train to join your gang. With the building stuff you could use the money to buy walls, fences, ladders, gatling guns and even cannons. I know that if you did want to make this happen it would take forever but I'm sure it would expand the multiplayer experience greatly. Thanks.
                              • Mark8Don October 30 2010, 4:17pmReplyFlag
                                Dear Rockstar,
                                I really love red dead redemption and the posse idea but I would really love it if you could extend the idea and allow gamers to create their own gang hideout where the posse could stock up ammo, refill dead eye meter, transport and use as a home area. You could earn money to buy upgrades and building materials to add to their hideouts. I'm sure a lot of gamers would support this idea. Thanks.
                                • LiL.A.Kingon October 30 2010, 9:36amReplyFlag
                                  R* please show some pics from gta 5 i know that you are working on it!!
                                • haysoozon October 29 2010, 7:07pmReplyFlag
                                  i'm was niko bellic last year i'm going as john or landon ricketts
                                  • freakengineon October 29 2010, 6:14pmReplyFlag
                                    Yeah, that's my Marston costume video you linked to. Glad you guys liked it!
                                    • OnYourFaggioon October 29 2010, 5:02pmReplyFlag
                                      Patty-T That would be really good but people might think you've just broke out of a prison...
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