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101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women

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Find the perfect costume no matter your taste with these 101 Halloween ideas!

Find the perfect costume no matter your taste with these 101 Halloween ideas!

Welcome, Ladies! Get Your Best Halloween Costume Ideas Here!

This is your one-stop shop for costume ideas. I have a whopping 101 ideas for you below with pictures and links, and other goodies to help you make an epic costume come to life. A lot of costumes are pop culture in theme, but I also have some that are more DIY or classic, and a ton are either costumes I'd like to do (or have already done) myself or costumes that I've seen other people do.

13 Spooky Costume Categories

  1. Character Costumes from the 80s and 90s
  2. Halloween Costumes in Movies and TV
  3. Female Celebrity Costumes
  4. Classic Character Costumes
  5. Horror Costumes
  6. Last Minute Women's Costumes
  7. SUUUPER Last Minute Costumes
  8. Classic Women's Costumes with a Twist
  9. Fun With Makeup
  10. Commercial Costumes
  11. Group Costumes for Women
  12. Costumes for Two Women
  13. Why Not Dude

Character Costumes From the 80s and 90s

Go old school for something unique.

1. Gozer From Ghostbusters

Gozer costume

Gozer costume

Gozer the Gozerian from the first Ghostbusters movie is a magical being from another realm with big red eyes, a jumpsuit that looks like it’s made out of bubbles, and a wicked flat top. Oh, and she shoots lightning out of her hands.

If you’re doing Gozer, I anticipate a hearty Michael's visit in your future. I’d start with an off-white unitard, then get some cellophane, iridescent fabric, lace, and maybe some Christmas tree ornaments. It’s a craft project run amok and one I hope to undertake one day.

2. Kelly Kapowski From Saved By the Bell

Kelly Kapowski (Saved By the Bell) Costume

Kelly Kapowski (Saved By the Bell) Costume

Pair Kelly’s signature sweatshirt with some high waisted jean shorts (you can find ‘em everywhere these days) and some sparkling white sneakers, then style an epic cascade of mall bangs.

3. LeeLoo From The Fifth Element

Leeloo (The Fifth Element) Costume

Leeloo (The Fifth Element) Costume

There's "Thermal Band" LeeLoo and the gold pants + white crop top + orange plastic suspenders LeeLoo. You could also make a multi-pass.

Leeloo Costume Image Credit: Frank Kovalchek on Flickr / Kevin Dooley on Flickr

4. Wendy Peffercorn From The Sandlot

Wendy Peffercorn ("The Sandlot") costume

Wendy Peffercorn ("The Sandlot") costume

(Just don’t let any snot nosed little nerd kids try to trick you into giving them mouth to mouth.)

5. Vivian From Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman Costume —  (Pre or post makeover, it's up to you.)

Pretty Woman Costume —  (Pre or post makeover, it's up to you.)

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6. The Blind Melon Bumble Bee Girl

Remember that tap dancing bee from the Blind Melon song “No Rain”? She would like you to use her costume to spread tap dancing bee joy to the masses. Refresh your memory with the video above.

Halloween Costumes in Movies and TV Shows

Take a look at these costume ideas inspired by Hollywood going Halloween.

7. Cher as a Mermaid From Mermaids

Cher Mermaid Costume

Cher Mermaid Costume

It’s one of my dreams to dress up as Mermaid Cher from the movie “Mermaids.” Feel free to steal my idea. I’m stocking up on my seashells and baubles right now.

8. Mean Girls Halloween

The Plastics dress as sexy animals (a playboy bunny, a black cat, and a mouse DUH), which is a cinch to do considering how much our Halloween industry caters towards “sexy” lady costumes.

If you don’t want to go that route, you can always dress up in Cady’s costume – an “Ex Wife.”

9. Daniel-son as a Shower From Karate Kid

Daniel-son (Karate Kid) Costume

Daniel-son (Karate Kid) Costume

10. A DNA Double Helix From Never Been Kissed

Don't touch the Hydrogen, it's rented.

You know the prom scene in Never Been Kissed where all the “nerds” come in dressed as DNA? I think this would make a most excellent group costume for Halloween. All you need are hooded white jumpsuits, googles, and some rope and you won’t lose any of your friends in a crowd.

11. Anything From Roseanne

By Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun at Google Cultural Institute

By Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun at Google Cultural Institute

No one does Halloween better than Roseanne. My personal favorite is the headless Marie Antoinette (it’s a costume for two!), but there’s also a Prince Costume, The Three Stooges (all on one body), The Birds, a Ventriloquist’s Dummy . . .

12. The "Slutty Pumpkin" From How I Met Your Mother

The “Slutty Pumpkin” in this episode of “How I Met Your Mother” is played by Katie Holmes. She wears an amorphous pumpkin costume (it’s really a sack) but the eyes and nose are cut out revealing “strategic” parts. It’s not at all scandalous and actually quite funny.

Female Celebrity Costumes

From Cher to Stevie Nicks, you'll find the perfect, glamorous get-up.

13. Cher

Cher is a woman of many talents whose beauty transcends decades. Choose from 60s “Sonny & Cher” flower child Cher, 80s “If I Could Turn Back Time” monokini bodysuit with two rose tattoos on-the-butt Cher, 90s “(If You) Believe (In Life After Love)” Big Comeback Cher complete with headpiece made out of straws… Personally, I’d love to see “Moonstruck” Cher, before OR after the makeover.

14. Lady Gaga

She’s like Madonna and Cher rolled into one. A Lady Gaga costume is easy because she wears sunglasses frequently, and sunglasses make it so much easier to make a costume uncanny accurate.

With Gaga, you also have a range of fabulous costumes to choose from: the meat suit, bubble dress, that albino lobster mask, as her male alter ego “Jo Calderone,” that Kermit the Frog situation . . . if you’re totally overwhelmed, go for this: long blond hair, big chunky glasses, a skin tight leotard, sky-high platform heels, a helping of waist belts and jewelry, and a ton of lipstick.

15. Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks is long wavy blonde hair with bangs, sheer fabrics, witchy dresses, fingerless gloves, and flowing wraps. She’s fairly covered up, except for some tasteful exposed décolletage. Throw in some layered necklaces, a glam menswear black hat, and a tambourine and you’re set.

16. Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton is an actress best known for her roles in “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “The Beach”, “Dr. Strange” and the Narnia movies. While she is fabulously talented, what makes her a good choice for a Halloween costume is her otherworldly presence.

She’s statuesque, has an ambiguous hair style, is often seen wearing pantsuits, and is thought to be the female equivalent of David Bowie. If you want to do a Tilda Swinton Costume for Halloween, I recommend finding a white one-piece jumpsuit, a short platinum blonde wig, and adopting the language of this Twitter account.

17. Tina Turner

I want to be Tina Turner for Halloween so badly that I bought the wig for it sight unseen 5 years ago. I still haven’t done the costume and I’m going to keep that wig until I make it happen.

My go-to version of Tina involves a short dress, silky black nylons, and a huge frosted shaggy wig, but Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome Tina Turner would be seriously epic if you are up to the challenge.

18. Madonna

There are as many Madonna Costume options as there are delicious fruit candies in a bag of skittles. That said, I think the most recognizable options is her classic 80s look (my favorite), her cone-bra Blond Ambition Tour look (with the super long high ponytail), or her menswear inspired look she’s done more recently (with a big hat and grill).

Classic Character Costumes

The costumes in this section are dedicated to characters from the silver screen, the small screen, and our favorite books. You can never go wrong with these.

19. Audrey Hepburn/Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Holly Golightly/Audrey Hepburn Costume from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Holly Golightly/Audrey Hepburn Costume from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

This is an ever classic costume, complete with tiara, cigarette holder, and thick strands of pearls.

20. Lucy From "I Love Lucy"

Lucille Ball "I Love Lucy" Costume

Lucille Ball "I Love Lucy" Costume

Get that red hair dye out because you're going to need it, and someone to yell RICKIE at for the night.

21. Elvira

Elvira Costume

Elvira Costume

No wig is too big for this costume, and don't forget the cleavage (though honestly, how could you?)

Image Credit: Joel Kramer on Flickr / John Biehler on Flickr

22. The Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein Costume

Bride of Frankenstein Costume

If you have white sheets laying around, this might just be the perfect time to put them to good use.

23. Marilyn Monroe in "The 7 Year Itch"

Marilyn Monroe Costume

Marilyn Monroe Costume

White halter dress + vent = iconic fame.

24. Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins Costume

Mary Poppins Costume

The key piece of this costume will be your black umbrella and flat, flower-adorned hat.

Image credit: popculturegeek on Flickr / Nathan Rupert on Flickr

25. Dorothy From The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy Gale "Wizard of Oz" Costume

Dorothy Gale "Wizard of Oz" Costume

Blue gingham dress, bright red shoes, and plaits.

26. Alice From Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland Costume

Alice in Wonderland Costume

Get out your tiny black Mary Janes, a white apron, and a blue dress with a full skirt.

27. Olive Oyl

Olive Oyl Costume

Olive Oyl Costume

Embody the fighting spirit of this fun cartoon character!

28. Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite Costume

Rainbow Brite Costume

Possibly the cutest costume ever?

29. Max From "Where the Wild Things Are"

Max "Where the Wild Things Are" Costume

Max "Where the Wild Things Are" Costume

Fuzzy onesie, yes please.

Horror Costumes

These four costume ideas are from movies and TV.

30. Tippi Hedren From "The Birds"

"The Birds" Costume