Halloween Costume Prep: Dressing up as Joel and Clementine from “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

This post is screenshot galore — thanks, Netflix! So if you DON’T want movie spoilers, it’s best to skip this post.


From an earlier post.

I know, I know, I keep mentioning this but it’s actually happening!

This Halloween, Mike and I are planning to dress up as Joel and Clementine from our favorite Charlie Kaufman-written movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Even if our late October plans are still unclear, I’m excited about the prospect of making my own costume.

I’ve got the bright red hair which I’ll retouch again before that weekend.

I also found some old plastic holders with safety pins on the back. I can just slip in pieces of paper with “Clementine Kruczynski” and “Joel Barish” written on them which both of us can wear as name tags. Good thing too! The Hello, My Name Is… stickers were cheap but what would I do with the 498 left over?

Facial hairrrrr.

It’ll be easy for Mike to dress up as Joel since Jim Carrey’s character is a plainclothes man. Minus his PJ’s, Joel almost always wears a long dark coat and a wool beanie cap.

He also has a constant 5 o’clock shadow which is perfect. Mike already sports facial hair!

I rewatched the film earlier tonight and grabbed screenshots of Joel’s signature drawings. I’m planning on redrawing his macabre doodles and have already purchased a discount wire-bound sketchbook for Mike to carry around.

He also had a black mole-like dot on each temple placed there by the Erasers. But I’m not sure if Mike’s okay with me putting a Magic Marker to his face haha.

A drawing of Clementine from afar.

Bye, hoodie. =(

For me, I’m in a bit of trouble.

I almost got a sweatshirt similar to the tangerine-colored zip-up hoodie Clementine often wears until I realized…orange hoodies aren’t really my thing. Aside from Halloween, the sweatshirt will just pick up dust for the rest of the year.

Since the idea was nixed, I took A TON of screenshots of her hairstyles and other outfits to get new ideas.

Due to the lack of sewing skills and the amount of time left, I won’t be able to whip up an identical outfit like this:

How cute is that vintage dress?

So I’ll have to “make” the costume using the clothes I already have in my closet.

Clementine’s style is daring and full of color. She’s practically a rainbow amongst the darkly dressed crowds. She likes wearing clunky boots, big jackets and scarves.

As long as I’m faithful to the theme of her attire, the clothes don’t have to be exactly the same.

The image below is something I can easily do. I have a red American Apparel skirt, black combat boots and dark green tights. My mom might have a coat and scarf that’s similar to the one she’s wearing.

Hair-wise, I was very amused by some of the styles she pulled off effortlessly. She likes pulling up her hair with clips and barrettes, allowing two long strands to frame her face.

Twin buns!

Loose waves, never straight.

Minor detail: I have fingerless gloves too! While they’re black, at least it’s something she also owns and they’ll keep me warm at night. Yay!

I also noticed she wears a lot of silver rings. Maybe I’ll stop by Safeway and get a couple of them from the coin-operated toy dispensers? Haha. =D

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