DIY Turanga Leela Costume

By | September 24, 2010

So, you want to dress up as everyone’s favorite captain of the Planet Express ship this Halloween? Awesome choice. Most of the costume is pretty straight-forward, but you’re going to need to get a few things to really complete the costume the right way. This guide will hopefully help you be the best Leela you can possibly be. First and foremost, you should probably be of the female persuasion or look damn good in drag. Also, it helps to be a cyclops.

The Eye
Ok, so you probably aren’t a cyclops. You’ll have to fake it. This will probably require the most crafting skills of the whole costume, so be ready. One of the easiest, but least realistic ways to do it would be to get something like a white masquerade mask, grab a black Sharpie Magnum, and draw a circle in the middle. If you want to be a bit more detailed, you can buy a cheap tap light, disassemble it, cut the lens to fit over your eyes and nose, cut small slits for your eyes, and use the aforementioned Sharpie to draw a black circle in the middle. Some holes on both sides and an elastic string will hold it on.

Purple Hair
If you’ve already got reasonably straight or slightly wavy long hair, then just buy some purple hair spray, put it in a pony tail, and you’re done. If you don’t have the right hair, you can always get a nice cheap purple wig and put that in a ponytail.

White Tank Top
It really doesn’t get any more straight-forward than this. Get a white tank top cut similar to Leela’s and tuck it in to your pants.

Dark Gray Pants
Just like the tank top, this is a pretty easy find and you may even already have a pair in your wardrobe. Just make sure they’re pants and they’re dark gray. Leela’s pants are plainly drawn, so if you want to be imaginative and think that she seems like the type of spaceship captain who would wear cargo pants, go for it.

Gray Flat Boots
Again, pretty simple. Added bonus: If you live in a cold climate, these will come in handy next time it snows. Make sure they’re a lighter gray than the your pants.

“This Thing I Wear On My Wrist”
If you’re lazy, you can just get a long (6″) gray wristband and go with that. If you’re crafty, you can cut a few pieces of paper out to put on that wristband to better match Leela’s. If you’re really crafty, you can embed your iPhone or iPod Touch in to it. That would be pretty freakin’ sweet.

Blaster Gun
Is the above linked blaster gun exact? No, but it’s really awesome and you should get it. You just never know when you’re going to need to blast something.

Leela: So your name is Lord Nibbler? That’s a coincidence.
Nibbler: That name is for your sake. In the time it would take to pronounce one letter of my true name, a trillion cosmoses would flare into existence and sink into eternal night.

Well, there you have it! If you have any suggestions, changes, or wish to share a picture of your version of Turanga Leela, please feel free to leave a comment.

  • Anelli Xavier Reviews

    Wow! This is just simply awesome! I will recommend this to my girlfriend. This is such a very cool costume. Thank you so much for giving us ideas on how we may able to achieve this look on upcoming Halloween.

  • The REAL Leela

    I went all out on my Leela costume.

    I made the wrist thing out of PVC pipe. Cut out a slit for my iphone, and made the buttons out of liquid latex. Painted it gray with acrylics. I made the eye, and the eyelid, out of liquid latex, bought some fake eyelashes and glued them to the apparatus. I painted the eye with acrylic paints. To see through the eye, which covered my eyes, i cut some holes in the latex and put white mesh over it. I bleached and dyed my hair purple, and it’s about the same length as Leela, but I did NOT want to cut my bangs so I just took some hair and bobbypinned it to simulate her haircut.

    I’m a male so I had to make some fake breasts. Didn’t buy falies, instead I made a plaster mold of a busty friend’s chest and filled the mold with liquid latex. I bought a regular ol’ space age ray gun that looks. And I painted a neon green stripe down my combat boots on a wild impulse (Anthology of Interest 1).

    Girl’s tanktop of course. I had to shave my armpits (haha). And I got some black lamé pants. A little glam but I figured Leela would dress up for a costume party ;) Also they match the boots really well.

  • Evan

    That sounds awesome! Any pics you’d like to share? I’d love to see how it turned out.

  • painting holidays

    Haha this is such an awesome outfit idea!! I’ll have to try it next Halloween!!