Since the 1983 launch of the adventure television series, A Team has been amassing quite a huge following. With the 2010 movie release, this terrorist-busting group of American soldiers has gained even more fans than ever. This Halloween, you and your friends can make a really big entrance when all four of you walk in on the town’s biggest Halloween bash dressed up as Hannibal, Faceman, B.A., and Murdock. There are no officially licensed complete costumes available, but becoming the A Team is definitely not hard with a bit of military gear, some fake weapons, and a little bit of ingenuity and resourcefulness.
Col. John “Hannibal” Smith
Col. Hannibal Smith is the group’s nonconformist but effective leader, but he certainly isn’t so difficult to impersonate. If you want to be Hannibal, simply throw on a pair of black gloves and always have a cigar in your mouth. The rest of the outfit isn’t as remarkable, but you can wear a clean, khaki jacket over a pair of black trousers and a polo shirt. If you really want to go all-out, you can even dye your hair gray.
Templeton “Faceman” Peck
Templeton “Faceman” Peck is the group’s smooth-toungued conman. He knows how to wow the ladies (and gentlemen) and uses this skill to procure the group’s resources. Faceman is clean-cut and he knows how to take advantage of his good looks to get what he needs. Wear a neat, expensive-looking, not necessarily actually expensive, and be sure to add a confident little swagger to your walk.
Boston Albert “B.A.” Baracus
Before B.A. became “Born Again,” he was really “Bad Attitude,” so make sure your attitude oozes out through your costume. B.A. will probably stand out from the rest of A Team gang since he has the most distinct appearance of all. First of all, a Mohawk is a must. If you’re not willing to live with a daring new haircut after Halloween, you can get a Mohawk wig in one of your local Halloween stores. Second of all, don a pair of dungarees and a sleeveless vest and wear lots of gold jewelry. And don’t forget to wear a “Bad Attitude”!
H.M. “Howlin’ Mad” Murdock
Vietnam/Gulf War pilot (depending on whether you watched the television series or the movie) Murdock is really a genius under the cover of insanity. He is most often seen with a baseball cap worn sideward and a t-shirt adorned with funny captions or cartoon images, such as The Jetsons. If you can also get hold of an A-2 leather flight jacket with the words “Da Nang 1970” and a picture of a tiger, then you’re good to go. Remember to walk the Murdock talk during the night. That means, take on the genius-bordering-on-insanity theme!
Pulling It All Together
The A Team is known to get around in B.A. beloved G.M.C. Vandura van, a black and metallic gray van divided in the middle with a red stripe. If you can get something close to a black and gray van (Paint it, if you must!), it would be the grand entrance of the night if you and your gang drive up to the party entrance in your own A Team van and wow the rest of the partygoers with your A Team costumes.