If you grew up in the 1980s, then chances are that you watched the adventure comedy movie The Goonies at some point in the great decade. Released in 1985, the film received mostly positive reviews and raked in over $61 millions at the box office. There was also a popular computer game for the 8-bit computers released by Datasoft and U.S. Gold.

The loveable Sloth is my favourite character in the movie, and I was very envious of Chunk being able to take him home with him at the end of the film! I thought it would be a nice idea to show you how to create a Sloth costume on a tight budget, and it's an ideal choice for 80s, movie and Halloween dress-up. 

Lotney (Sloth) Fratelli was one of three brothers in The Goonies, and was played by the late John Matuszak. His favourite superhero is Superman, and he can be seen wearing a classic logo T-shirt with red braces while fighting with his two brothers at the Inferno. In fact, this is one of the most iconic images from the film.

For this post, I will show you how to recreate that look. You can buy a ready-made costume, although it's pretty expensive and at least double the cost of creating your own outfit using separate items. Such a costume is, of course, ideal for Halloween, 1980s and movie themed parties and events.

The Goonies Sloth Costume for Men

Goonies Sloth Costume at Amazon UK

This costume comes in many sizes and can also be bought at in the U.S. Although it is an official outfit, you are paying a very high price for what is essentially a T-shirt, braces and a mask.

The Goonies Sloth Character Mask

Goonies Sloth Mask at

There is a wide range of low-cost Sloth masks available at Amazon, with prices starting at under £10/$15.

View all Sloth Masks at Amazon UK

View all Sloth Masks at

Next we have the classic, blue Superman logo T-shirt. These are widely available, and you may even have an old one lurking in your wardrobe somewhere. If you're only going to wear it once then, obviously, you can opt for the cheapest option. However, if you want to wear it long-term then you may wish to choose a more expensive tee, such as the offiicial DC Comics one.

Classic Blue Superman Logo T-shirt for Men

Classic Superman T-shirt at Amazon UK

Superman T-shirts at Amazon UK

Superman T-shirts at

Red Braces for Goonie Sloth Costume

Strong Red Braces at

Red braces are very cheap to buy and there are you really are spoilt for choice.

Red braces at Amazon UK

Red braces at

However, by purchasing the very cheapest braces you are at risk of them falling apart. Check the out the customer reviews of the cheaper items and you'll get the picture. I have picked out a highly-rated item by Body Strength at (above) which is also relatively low-cost.

So what about the pants/trousers. I recommend wearing a dark blue or black pair of jeans, which you'll probably already own. An old, ripped pair would be ideal.

One of the most memorable lines from the film is "Hey you guys!" and if you want to create an alternative costume, then you could use a T-shirt printed with the slogan. There are many official and unofficial designs available.

Official Goonies Hey You Guys Sloth T-shirt

Hey You Guys! Sloth Official T-shirt UK

View all "Hey You Guys" T-shirts at Amazon UK

View all "Hey You Guys" T-shirts at

You could leave out he braces and just wear the tee with a mask. Of course, if you're a real cheapskate then you could just wear the T-shirt as your costume!

Whatever you do, have fun creating your costume and wearing it.

You will find many more 1980s costume ideas for men at my website;

80s Costume Ideas for Men (UK)

80s Costume Ideas for Men (U.S.)


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