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Michael Jackson Thriller Costume

Michael Jackson in Thriller outfit

No one can argue that the king of pop was at the peak of his career during the 1980s. If they do, then just mention the fact that the 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all-time and they'll need need a damn good explanation why he wasn't.

Staying with the subject of Thriller, Michael Jackson also brought us one of the most iconic videos of the 80s with the epic Thriller single, and the costume he wore has become iconic, too. If you're thinking of an awesome idea for an 80s or Halloween fancy dress party, then you can't go far wrong with that red leather outfit he wore.

MIchael Jackson Thriller video screenshot

Buying a real leather replica costume is, obviously, going to cost a small fortune, so unless you work as a costume designer for Madame Tussaud's, this option is not going to be very practical. Instead, I will show you a range of more reasonably-priced options which won't leave a nasty dent in your bank balance.

Michael Jackson Thriller Jacket
Michael Jackson Thriller Jacket


The biggest choice of Thriller costumes and jackets is available at Amazon's UK and US stores. The prices vary greatly, but the beauty of Amazon is that you can check the customer feedback.

Thriller Costumes at Amazon UK

Thriller Costumes at Amazon US

I also recommend checking ebay, as the prices here are the best anywhere on the web. Although you can't check the ratings for each costume, the suppliers are rated.

In the video, Jackson also wore matching red trousers, so for a complete look you will need a full costume. However, the quality will not be quite as good as buying a standalone jacket unless you're willing splash out on the best quality outfit.

Deluxe Michael Jackson Thriller Costume for Men
Thriller Deluxe Costume
My pick is this deluxe outfit which is receiving good customer feedback and is also very good value. It's available at the UK and US Amazon stores.



80s Superstar Costume
80s Superstar Costume (UK)
The cheapest item I could find was the costume above by Bristol Novelties. It is also receiving great reviews and is excellent value. This one is not available in the US - sorry!


You can compare the prices of the many different suppliers for this costume.  Use the links below to get the best deal on the above costume. You will also see the rating for each supplier.

Compare prices on Amazon UK

Unfortunately, there is only one supplier selling the costumer above at the U.S. store.

Another benefit of using Amazon as all of the leading fancy dress suppliers are competing with each other on the site, so you're guaranteed an excellent price.

The oufits do vary in quality, and selecting a deluxe option is going to leave a bigger dent in your bank balance. If you really want to look the part, though, then you may want to treat yourself to the best quality outfit.

Michael Jackson Thriller Costume with Zombie Mask
Thriller Costume with Zombie Mask (UK Only)
To create the zombified look in the video you will need to invest in some face paint. However, a far easier option is to buy this costume which comes complete with a mask. Sadly, this is not available in the U.S.

For a quick an easy zombie look paint your face white and add dark circles around the eyes. You can buy white face paint or even zombie make-up kits.


Although some costumes at fancy dress stores feature a model wearing those famous sequin gloves, MJ didn't actually wear them in the Thriller video, so for authenticity you're better of without them. However, to complete your look you really need a wig like this one;

Michael Jackson Thriller Wig

View all Michael Jackson Thriller wigs at Amazon.com

View all Michael Jackson Thriller Wigs at Amazon.co.uk

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