Is there a crazier, freakier rock legend to be for Halloween than Ozzy Osbourne? If you’re fresh out of costume ideas, you’re in luck – here’s all you’ll need to put together the perfect Ozzy costume. Don’t forget to speak in Ozzy’s incomprehensible stammer!
1. Long, Dark Hair
If you have long, dark hair already, just part it in the middle and you’re done. If not, you’ll need a wig. And as un-Ozzy as it may seem, a hippie wig (like this one) is the perfect look for your costume.
2. Colored sunglasses
Your costume won’t be complete without Ozzy’s signature colored sunglasses. Purple and pink are the two most common colors, as is the circular shape of the lenses. These would work perfectly.
3. Black Clothing
It really doesn’t matter what type of clothing you wear – it could be formal or casual – as long as the color scheme is black, black and black. And throw in a touch of black for a little extra flair.
4. Giant Cross Medallion
He always has an over-sized cross hanging around his neck, so it’s required for you to wear one (preferably one you can chomp on?) for your costume. You won’t be “the prince of darkness” without it. Hit the accessories department at stores like Forever 21 to snag it for under $10, since we assume you won’t be wearing it again. Try this one or this one.
Ozzy also always has plenty of jewelry around his fingers, so make sure your hands are nice and decorated with skulls and crosses and other dark-yet-gaudy bling.
6. Tattoo Sleeves
If your arms are going to be exposed, you need to have them covered in tattoos. But luckily, you don’t need to pay a visit to the tattoo parlor – there are nylon tattoo sleeves that’ll help you fake it.
7. “OZZY” Tattooed On Fingers
If you really want to go all out, you can take a sharpie and write “OZZY” across your fingers, which he has for whenever he forgets who he is.
8. Black Fingernails & Black Eyeliner
Ozzy’s fingernails might actually just be naturally black (just like his soul), but you likely need to go out and get some black nail polish. Oh, and don’t forget to pile on (and smudge) the black eyeliner too!
9. A Bat…Preferably a Fake One
Ozzy is famous for once biting the head off a real bat, so if you need a prop this is the way to go. You can even simulate biting it if you get a rubber bat, then cut its head off and re-attach it with velcro.
10. Sharon Osbourne
In case you’re going with your wife or girlfriend as a couples costume, she just needs short, dyed red hair, an expensive-looking jacket/pants combo in dark colors, a little bling, and a fierce ‘tude to instantly become Sharon. Maybe throw in a small dog or two – Sharon loves her pups!
– Matt Dolloff, 100.7 WZLX; images by Getty