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Grease Lightning Costume

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I love to dress my kids in coordinating costumes for Halloween. It makes for a great photo opportunity (and perhaps some embarrassing pictures when they are older, too). This is easier to accomplish when your kids are younger, because they still think it’s fun to dress up and match each other. This year my kids dressed up as Danny and Sandy from Grease, and we made them a car to match! Our whole DIY Grease Lightning Costumes set up was pretty amazing.

My son thought he was the coolest with Danny’s leather jacket, and my daughter thought her Sandy outfit was super fun, especially for twirling. 

The cutest Sandy and Danny costumes from Grease. Plus, the Grease Lightning car for them to ride in - how great is that! | Grease Costumes

Grease Lightning Costumes

The best part of doing a Grease costume is you can do a couple of different variations. You can do bad Sandy in her black hot pants and big curly hair or classic, good Sandy in her cheerleader costume. Danny can be styled in his classic T-birds jacket or perhaps as a cleaner version of a Greaser in his Rydell High sweater. Whatever path you choose, I guarantee it will be fabulous.

These Grease costumes are perfect because of the Grease Lightning car!

Attitude is everything when it comes to being a Greaser!

Danny Zuko Costume 

Danny Zuko’s basic uniform is a white or black T-shirt with his T birds jacket. I got a killer deal on a T-birds jacket, so I opted to just buy one rather than craft it. For the pants, it’s as simple as a pair of jeans!

Danny’s outfit is all about style and swagger. He wears white socks with black loafer type shoes, which normally would be a fashion faux paux, but Danny makes it work. I accessorized the outfit with a pack of fake cigarettes and a comb. Danny is well known for his hairstyle, so this is a must!

Kids will flip when they get to wear this greaser costume and ride in Grease Lightning!

A comb is the perfect addition to this Grease Lightening Costume

T-birds Jacket

Sandy Olsson Costume

My daughter’s Sandy Olsson costume was my DIY. The sweatshirt is a standard run of the mill white crew neck, which you could get from anywhere, and I special ordered the Rydell High patch. For the peter pan collar, I cut red felt and sewed a mock collar that fit right around the neck.

This homemade Grease costume is the perfect for Sandy!

The skirt is a classic poodle skirt shape. Sandy wears a red skirt for her Rydell High cheerleader outfit, so naturally that is the color I chose.

Tip: Felt is a fabulously cheap and sturdy fabric that is perfect for Halloween costumes.

I winged the skirt a little bit, because after all it is just for one night, and does not have to be perfect. I actually left the waistband open and tied it with elastic, so it could be used for a larger child in the future.

Waistband for Sandy costume.

Attitude is the perfect thing for this All American Sandy Grease Lightening costume!

The styling of Sandy is classic all-American. Her hair is pulled back in a pony tail and tied with a red ribbon. She always wears a smile and carries red cheer pom poms!

Grease Lightning is the perfect costume for a brother sister duo!

Building Your Own Greased Lightnin’ Car for Trick or Treating

The car was a bit of an undertaking, but to me it really made the outfit. We basically built a box, and put it on wheels.

I used old cushions covered in black vinyl for the seats.

Next, we attached an old steering wheel and grill to give it a more authentic look.

Every greaser needs a car to cruise in! This is the cutest Grease Lightning costume ever!

The Grease Lightning car is white with silver lightning bolts lined in red. This took a little more time since my drawing skills are less than par, but I think it came out okay in the end. We attached metal mixing bowls on the front of the car for the lights, and inserted circle battery operated lights in the center.

Danny and Sandy costumes from Grease.

We left room in the trunk to carry around some extra Greasers if we find them along the way while trick or treating. It was also left open so we can hopefully fill it with mounds of candy that I can raid later that night.

Danny and Sandy in Grease Lightning | Grease Costume

I can’t explain the joy in my son’s eyes when he saw his car. He’s been out there with his “tools” to help us build. He is so proud to show his friends, and can’t wait to race around like The Danny Zuko himself!

A car is a must when dressing as Grease Lightning for Halloween!

We are ready to zoom away in Grease Lightning and get all the candy!

A huge thanks to Kelli Seeley for taking these photographs!

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Kids dressed as Danny and Sandy with grease lightning car

About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had four little ones – three boys and a girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.