Otto Mann Costume Guide

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Otto Mann Costume Guide

Otto from The Simpsons: DIY Cosplay

On The Simpsons, Otto Mann is everybody’s favorite bus driver. A former underachiever in school, Otto always appears to be really stoned, listening to his favorite rock music and spending a lot of time sleeping in his bus as he waits for the students of Springfield Elementary to finish their day.

He might not be the brightest light on the street but he’s funny, cheerful and he’s a hardcore stoner who maintains a peaceful demeanor almost all the time.

An Otto costume is a totally awesome way to hit the scene with at any convention or party.

Otto Mann Costume Ideas

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Generally, the actual color and design will be made to more closely resemble that of the mannequins than the character.

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How to Dress Like Otto from The Simpsons


Otto has long, wild hair reminiscent of 80s hair metal rock stars like Slash. Black and curly, it goes down past his shoulders and shows off his laid-back personality. You can get this look yourself by dying your own hair black and styling it, or by wearing a black wig.

Check online costume websites and Halloween stores to find a good wig, and use hairspray to add more volume so you’ll look like you just crawled out of bed for a drive down to school.

Yellow Complexion:

Otto, like most of the characters in the Simpsons universe, has bright yellow skin. Use yellow face makeup, body paint or yellow-toned makeup primer to get this look yourself, and wear a pair of yellow rubber gloves over your hands to add to it.


Otto is dressed just like a young teenager. Even though he’s an adult man, he can’t seem to give up his baggy mauve shorts and bright pink t-shirt.

You can find similar clothing items from shopping malls and online retail websites, as well as thrift stores if you’re looking for a more worn style. When shopping, look for faded colors just like Otto’s clothing has.


As a music junkie, Otto is rarely seen without his Walkman clipped to his shorts and his bright orange and turquoise over-the-ear headphones on. You can purchase a Walkman online, or you can use another type of music player such as an MP3 player or iPod if you can’t track down the right nostalgic old-school song machine.

To complete your Otto Mann costume, pick up a pair of orange and white high-top sneakers from your favorite shoe shop or retail website, and finally an orange baseball cap with a large front visor.

As you plan your costume, watch a few clips of Otto from The Simpsons online so you can practice some of his catchphrases, his classic “air guitar” moves and his stoned-out mannerisms.

Get your friends to dress up as other characters from The Simpsons so you can steal the show together at your upcoming cosplay convention!

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