Don King, the legendary boxing promoter is a well know cultural figure, and a wonderful choice for a Halloween costume. He is well known for his flamboyant hair has promoted some of the biggest matches in the sport. He is credited with promoting through the rise and fall of Mike Tyson and has promoted fights with Muhammed Ali, George Foreman, and Evander Holyfield. He is a popular media figure and has often appeared on talk shows and in sitcoms. Not only has he done cameos in many films and TV shows, but in a 1996 episode of the animated show The Simpsons, a boxing promoter who was drawn to look exactly like him was featured. While the character was voiced not by the real Don, King, but by someone who played him in a movie, the homage to the original is still understood.
Don King is a great choice for a Halloween costume if you are an older gentleman with a little extra weight in your midsection, but even if you’re not, don’t let that stop you. The classic image of Don King is very easy to put together. The first element is his clothes. Since he is often photographed at the matches that he’s been promoting, he is most recognizable in a suit or a tuxedo. There are many different types of tuxedos but generally he tends toward the classic black and white.
His famous hairstyle can be created, if you have similar hair, with a good amount of hairspray, he himself confesses to using Aquanet to style it every day. If you don’t have his very distinctive color and texture of hair, you may have to get a wig. There are many sources to find great Don King wigs online. Once you’ve ordered your wig and you have your tuxedo, you need a few classic Don King accessories. He wears prescription glasses with a thin gold rim, and these are pretty easy to get. If you can’t find a cheap version with reading glasses lenses in them (that you can pop out), you might be able to find some at a goodwill store.
The other must-have accessory for a Don King costume is a cigar. He is very often photographed smoking cigars in the classic image of the successful business man who just made a lot of money.
Once you’re outfitted with the clothes and the glasses and the cigar, you need to slap on a few of this man’s words. He has some of the most outlandish quotes on record, including “I’m one of the world’s great survivors. I’ll always survive because I’ve got the right combination of wit, grit and bullshit.” and, “I am the living attestation of the American dream. I am the extolment of this great nation.” As evidenced by that last quote, he also has a reputation for creating words. During your night as Don King, go wild with this new ability. Practice using words like “trickeration” and “besmirchify” in a sentence, and don’t stop there. Go ahead and use this night as Don King to add as many words as you can to the English language. This is the superpower that accompanies any proper Don King costume.