101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women

Updated on October 7, 2019
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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 are costumes that I've seen other people do.

These costumes are organized into 13 categories (ooo spooky):

  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 | Source

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 lightening 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 | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

(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.) | Source

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

. . . . aka Hollywood Goes Halloween

7. Cher as a Mermaid From Mermaids

Cher Mermaid Costume
Cher Mermaid Costume | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

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

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

Lady Gaga Costume
Lady Gaga Costume | Source

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 Costume
Stevie Nicks Costume | Source

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 Costume
Tilda Swinton Costume | Source

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

Tina Turner Costume
Tina Turner Costume | Source

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

Madonna Costume
Madonna Costume | Source

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" | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

White halter dress + vent = iconic fame.

24. Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins Costume
Mary Poppins Costume | Source

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 | Source

Blue gingham dress, bright red shoes, and plaits.

26. Alice From Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland Costume
Alice in Wonderland Costume | Source

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 | Source

Embody the fighting spirit of this fun cartoon character!

28. Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite Costume
Rainbow Brite Costume | Source

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 | Source

Fuzzy onesie, yes please.

Horror Costumes

These four costume ideas are from movies and TV.

30. Tippi Hedren From "The Birds"

"The Birds" Costume
"The Birds" Costume | Source

My mom did a "The Birds" costume when I was a kid and I remember thinking it was the coolest idea ever.

31. A Weeping Angel From Dr. Who

Dr. Who Weeping Angel Costume
Dr. Who Weeping Angel Costume | Source

This is a favorite costume choice at comic conventions. It takes some effort to put the costume together, but it pays off.

32. Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby Costume
Rosemary's Baby Costume | Source

it's ideal for ladies with a pixie cut, and even better if you're actually pregnant.

33. A Chucky Doll From "Child's Play"

"Child's Play" Chucky Costume  (shudder)
"Child's Play" Chucky Costume (shudder) | Source

Last Minute Women's Costumes

You’ve got 1 day to get your Halloween costume together. What do you do? What DO YOU DO? Below, I have a handful of costume ideas you can scrap together with a quick trip to the thrift store and/or party store.

34. 80s Prom Queen or 80s Aerobics Instructor

Last Minute 80s Costumes
Last Minute 80s Costumes | Source

I was an 80s prom queen from very first Halloween away from my hometown. I wore a peach lace dress that I found at a thrift store, teased my hair out, and topped the ratted mess with a plastic party store crown. It was really easy. An 80s aerobics costume is also a simple idea. Leg warmers and a unitard are key; bonus points if you can find a unitard that has that butt-floss situation going on.

80s Costumes Credit: Mark Surman on Flickr / Jamie on Flickr

35. Crazy Cat Lady

Crazy Cat Lady Costume
Crazy Cat Lady Costume | Source

You know what a crazy cat lady is. Her cats are her babies and she has dozens of them. She’s constantly covered in fur and does not care. The Crazy Cat Lady Costume is really easy: wear pajama dress, housecoat, or matronly dress and safety pin stuffed cats all over yourself. Make your hair super sloppy for dramatic effect.

36. A Shadow Costume

Shadow Costume
Shadow Costume | Source

All you need to become a walking shadow is a black morphsuit (also called a “full body suit”). It’s a really cool effect when surrounded by other people dressed normally. You can get really fancy and add some black fabric and a hat and become Peter Pan’s shadow.

37. Stick Figure

The LED Stick Figure Costume was really popular in 2013. It can be done with LED lights or glow sticks, but it also looks really cool as a classic black and white stick figure. Use with white tape on a black suit or black tape on a white suit then draw a smiley face on a piece of cardboard (covered in white or black paper) or a paper plate for the face. Matching sweatpants/sweatshirt can be used in the place of a body suit as well.

38. DIY Umbrella Bat Costume

Umbrella Bat Costume
Umbrella Bat Costume | Source

All you need to become a sweet homemade bat is a cheap (or broken even) black umbrella, a black zippered hoodie, and black pants or a black skirt. Some disasembling, reassembling, and a few stitches later, and you’ll have an incredibly unique and entirely homemade Bat Costume.

39. Torso in a Suitcase

Torso in a Suitcase Costume
Torso in a Suitcase Costume | Source

This one definitely fits the “gruesome” halloween theme, but is also very simple.

  • Step 1: Acquire a cheap fabric suitcase the size of your torso at a thrift store.
  • Step 2: Cut out a hole at the top for your head, at the bottom for your legs, and two holes on either side for each arm. You will need a Dremel or something similar to get through the metal/wood frame. (maybe pad the edges with duck tape).
  • Step 3: Cover your torso in fake blood.
  • Step 4: Ask people to open the suit case. (See full instructions)

40. Dooneese From SNL

Dooneese was a character played by Kristen Wiig on SNL in which she is the big forehead-ed, snaggle-toothed member of the “Lennon Sisters” on the Lawerence Welk Show. Oh, and she also has baby hands. To do the costume, you need a long sleeved dress (preferably a 50s style dress), a bald wig + blonde wig, and two baby doll arms. The snaggle tooth is optional, but highly recommended.

Above is Dooneese’s cameo on “The Sound of Music.” She pops up at about 1 minute in.

Even More Last Minute Costumes

41. A Gnome

Gnome Costume
Gnome Costume | Source

Play a man or lady gnome. It’s your choice. The hat can be made from red felt or red construction paper. If you’re going for a man gnome (which I highly recommend), you’ll also need a white beard (a fake beard or white felt will do), a blue shirt, red or black pants, and a jaunty belt.

42. Wednesday Addams

When I was a kid, my whole family dressed up as the Addams Family for Halloween. My mom made me a costume by sewing white cuffs and a white color onto a long sleeved black dress, and put two braids in my dark hair. She then bought me a doll at the craft store and made an identical outfit and braided the doll’s hair. I opted to keep the head on my doll. I had a friend do the same costume a few years back. It works just as well for women as it does for young girls!

43. Frida Kahlo

Last Minute Frida Kahlo Costume
Last Minute Frida Kahlo Costume | Source

Frida is another easy, yet easily identifiable costume. Wear a peasant dress (or peasant top with long skirt) with a matching shawl or wrap, a long necklace, and drop earrings. Braid your hair into two low braids, then pin them them up to create a “crown” braid. Place vibrant flowers along the top of your head, in front of the braids. For makeup, all you need is some bright lipstick, some blush, and a subtle unibrow.

44. Andy Warhol

A Last Minute Andy Warhol Costume
A Last Minute Andy Warhol Costume | Source

The man that coined the term “15 minutes of fame” is Mr. Andy Warhol. I wonder what he would have thought of the Internet. To do an Andy Warhol Costume, you’ll need a black turtle neck + slim black pants (a black suit would also work), round plastic glasses (clear or white are best), and a short white wig. Put white makeup on your eyebrows and carry around a can of Campbell’s tomato soup for some authenticity.

45. Nedry From Jurassic Park

Do you remember Nedry from Jurassic Park? He’s played by Wayne Knight (aka Newman from Seinfeld). Nedry is the guy that shuts down the entire park (throwing everything into chaos) in order to smuggle out the dino samples in a can of Barbasol. All you need for this costume is a yellow rain slicker (they sell them at hardware stores), some “Malcom-x” style glasses (find them at a costume store or an accessories store like Claires), khakis and a blue button down, and a can of Barbasol shaving cream.

46. Troll Doll

This one is so easy. Get a flesh colored body suit or dress and a troll wig. Alternately, you can get your hair to stand up with some hearty products, then spray it with the bright hair color of your choice. I’d wager the wig is much easier (especially if you have really long hair), plus it’ll be a heck of a lot less messy. Cut out a glitter felt gem for your belly button if you’re feeling crazy.

SUUUPER Last Minute Costumes

Perhaps your definition of last minute means you don’t have ANY time to go to a store. Fear not. Here are some clever costumes you can do with things around the house and still look like you gave a heck.

47. Walter White From Breaking Bad

Walter White "Breaking Bad"
Walter White "Breaking Bad" | Source

This is so much easier yellow hazmat suit Walter White (hell, that one requires a gas mask, and who has time to get one of those??). What you need: Light/Medium Green button down men’s shirt, white underwear (tighty whiteys are preferred), grey/green socks, tan shoes, and some wire rim rectangular/oval glasses. Throw in a fake gun for authenticity.

48. Liz Lemon From 30 Rock

saeru on Flickr
saeru on Flickr | Source

If you have brown hair and glasses, this is the last minute costume for you. In addition to your brown hair and glasses, wear a plaid shirt under a sweater or cardigan or blazer, bootcut jeans, and converse style sneakers. Looking disheveled is your duty and your honor. Bonus points if you can make TGS canvas bag and/or carry around a block of night cheese.

49. Our Get Along Shirt Costume

THE easiest costume on this whole list: all you need is a huge t-shirt, a sharpie, and a friend. Write “Our Get Along Shirt” then put it on over both of you a-la the popular meme from early 2013.

50. Tom Cruise in Risky Business

This is the ultimate no frills costume. All you need is a large button down men’s shirt (white or light pink), white tube socks, and some white underwear. Tighty whiteys are best, but I understand if you don’t want to wear someone else’s dirty underpants – you can also layer a pair of darker underwear under the white underwear.

If you have a candlestick, you win all the 80s costume glory. I know that most people will do Ray Ban Wayfarer style sunglasses with this costume, but since he’s not actually wearing them in the scene, I consider them optional :)

Classic Women's Costumes With a Twist

51. Witch

Glenda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the west at the same time, “split personality” style.

52. Vampire

Vampires aren’t what they used to be. Amirite guys? If I wanted to dress as a vampire, I’d probably go full glitter vampire from “Twilight” because nothing says dark and mysterious quite like a body covered in shimmer. You can also try to carry around all the other mortals with your super strength.

53. Ghost

Two words: Sexy Ghost.

54. Zombie

It’s true, you can make any costume into a zombie costume. Zombie cheerleader, zombie prom queen, zombie Chef Boyardee. My suggestion is to go original zombie, i.e. a zombie who has risen from grave. It’s classic and perfect as nothing says “Halloween” more than the dead coming back to life.

So, if you’ve been buried then crawled back out, what would you look like? Aside from being in your Sunday finest, you’d have dusty dirty clothes, rips tears and discolorations, and maybe a few maggots here and there.

55. Clown

Pennywise Clown Costume from "It"
Pennywise Clown Costume from "It" | Source

Okay, clowns are creepy. Embrace it. Dress up as Pennywise the clown from “IT” and you’ll make a few people pee their pants, I promise.

56. Fairy

Book Fairy – super cute with easy instructions. It’s a great idea for teachers.

Black and White Costume
Black and White Costume | Source

57. Flapper

Go full vintage by making yourself black and white, skin and all like the above picture. Wear only grey, white, and black clothes and paint your skin and lips grey. The effect is you’ll look like a black and white photograph living and breathing in the full color world. It’s really cool to see.

58. Pirate

Dredd Pirate Robert "Princess Bride" Costume
Dredd Pirate Robert "Princess Bride" Costume | Source

I’d love to see a lady as Dread Pirate Robert from “The Princess Bride.”

59. Queen

There are so many variations on this it'll be hard to choose! Queen of hearts, Queen of Queens, Queen Mary (the person or the boat)

Fun With Makeup

60. The Lichtenstein Comic Book Girl

Lichtenstein Comic Book Girl Costume
Lichtenstein Comic Book Girl Costume | Source

61. Sepia Toned Saloon Girl or Cowgirl

Annie Oakley Sepia Tone Costume
Annie Oakley Sepia Tone Costume | Source

It’s a twist on the black and white flapper that I haven’t seen anyone do yet. It is a hair trickier than a black/white person though since all of your clothing (and makeup) will need to be sepia toned (ie muted yellow/brown), but I think it would be awesome if done well. Someone make it happen please. (PS: The photo here is Annie Oakley. How cool would this costume be??)

62. Pixelated Girl

It’s exactly what it sounds like: makeup painted to look like pixels (aka differently colored squares).

Commercial Costumes

63. Flo From the Progressive Commercials

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Flo Progressive Costume Coppertone Baby Costume
Flo Progressive Costume
Flo Progressive Costume | Source
Coppertone Baby Costume
Coppertone Baby Costume | Source

Dress in all white: white t-shirt, white pants, and a white apron. Wear your hair down in a bouffant with a thick blue headband or scarf (or get a brown wig), then top it off with black winged eyeliner and red lipstick. Don’t forget your tricked out name tag.

64. The Coppertone Girl

Coppertone Baby Costume
Coppertone Baby Costume | Source

A flesh-tone body suit will be an adequate replacement for a bare butt.

65. Sriracha Bottle

Put together a red Sriracha t-shirt + red pants + a green beanie, and you’ve got yourself a ridiculously spicy costume, friend!

Group Costumes for Women

66. Golden Girls Group Costume

Golden Girls Group Costume | 101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women
Golden Girls Group Costume | 101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women | Source

One of my favorites—I love The Golden Girls so much I wrote a costume guide for it.

67. Mean Girls Group Costume

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Mean Girls Group costume Golden Girls Group CostumeFraggle Costume Priscilla Queen of the Desert Group Costume Kill Bill Group Costume Orphan Black Group Costume
Mean Girls Group costume
Mean Girls Group costume | Source
Golden Girls Group Costume
Golden Girls Group Costume | Source
Fraggle Costume
Fraggle Costume | Source
Priscilla Queen of the Desert Group Costume
Priscilla Queen of the Desert Group Costume | Source
Kill Bill Group Costume
Kill Bill Group Costume | Source
Orphan Black Group Costume
Orphan Black Group Costume | Source

Another one that is such a favorite, that I wrote a guide!

68. The 3 Hocus Pocus Witch Sisters

AKA The Sanderson Sisters, as played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

69. The Pink Ladies From Grease

Do a group, any or all of them!

70. The Ladies of The Craft

Oye. This is my favorite idea of the day.

71. The Muppets and/or The Fraggles

Fraggle Costume | 101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women
Fraggle Costume | 101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women | Source

I made a Wembley Fraggle costume for Halloween a few years back – it was scary comfortable. I've got full Fraggle costume instructions here.

72. Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Group Costume | 101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women
Priscilla Queen of the Desert Group Costume | 101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women | Source

There are so many campy-fab options in this movie, but my favorite is the least practical: adorn yourself in many yards of flowing silver lamé, stand on top of a bus or RV, and have a friend drive you around town Teen Wolf style. (What? That's not possible?)

73. Troop Beverly Hills

Surely you remember this movie . . .

The easiest group costume would be our beloved Wilderness girls, in their khaki frocks with splashes hunter green. Throw in a few red feathers if you want to make it a spicy mix. If you're up for a real challenge, go as a a troop of Phyllis Neflers decked out in her greatest hits.

74. Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill Group Costume | 101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women
Kill Bill Group Costume | 101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women | Source

No, not actually the man, but his characters. They had a costume party in an episode of “Gilmore Girls” that was Quentin Tarantino themed and it was awesome. Don’t feel limited by gender, although Kill Bill has a ton of great female characters if you are so inclined.

75. Sex and The City

Are you a Carrie, a Samantha, a Charlotte, or a Miranda?

76. The Clones of Orphan Black

Orphan Black Group Costume | 101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women
Orphan Black Group Costume | 101 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women | Source

At the time of writing this there are 5 main clones: Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Helena, and Rachel. Here's a full guide for those costumes.

77. Backstreet Boys or Nsync

Why isn’t this group costume happening all the time? I’d like to see 10 people do it and have a boy band-off.

78. Sexy Presidents

I did this costume with some friends awhile back. I was Babe-raham Lincoln (thanks for the idea Wayne’s World). There was also a “Grover Cleavage" and “Teddy Ho-sevelt” in our group. We wore short skirts, menswear pieces (like vests, ties and hats), and facial hair… of course. We also had name-tags with our sexy president names on it. We also had two guys with us dressed up in drag as first ladies (Jackie Ohhh and Barbara Bush, natch)

Costumes for Two Women

79. Daria and Lane From Daria

Daria and Lane Costume
Daria and Lane Costume | Source

Bring my teen angst to life!

80. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

While the business woman look is great and all, we all know that Romy and Michele are really about shiny dresses and feather trim.

81. The Shining Twins - aka The Grady Twins

The Grady Twins from "The Shining" Costume for 2 (Blood splattered or not. The option is yours.)
The Grady Twins from "The Shining" Costume for 2 (Blood splattered or not. The option is yours.) | Source

82. Mario and Luigi

Mario and Luigi Costume
Mario and Luigi Costume | Source

You have to wear the mustaches though.

83. Cher and Dionne from Clueless

But this is an Aliyah!

84. Mid 90s Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love

You absolutely do not need a dude to play Kurt Cobain. No way no how.

85. Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber

Harry and Lloyd "Dumb and Dumber" Costume
Harry and Lloyd "Dumb and Dumber" Costume | Source

The orange and blue tux costume is the most iconic, no?

86. Thing 1 and Thing 2

Thing 1 Thing 2 Costume
Thing 1 Thing 2 Costume | Source

Red Footy Pajamas or T-Shirts + Blue Wigs = DONE

87. Napoleon and Deb from Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite Costume for 2
Napoleon Dynamite Costume for 2 | Source

Find a Caboodle, some moon boots, and a Vote for Pedro T-shirt stat.

Napoleon and Deb Costume credit: Jason Eppink on Flickr / Matthew Simoneau on Flickr

Why Not Dude

88. Justin Bieber

Had to add Justin Bieber first because he already looks so much like a girl.

89. David Bowie

David Bowie from Labyrinth Costume
David Bowie from Labyrinth Costume | Source

Any David Bowie will do, but I’m partial to Ziggy Stardust and Labyrinth Bowie.

90. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Costume
Michael Jackson Costume | Source

I did this costume before and it was oh so much fun.

91. Prince

The same year I did Michael Jackson, a friend was Prince. Helpful hint: for the wig, buy any cheap curly long black wig put it on backwards so the hair goes towards your face, then have a friend cut and style a sweet prince ‘doo. I promise it will look fantastic.

92. George RR Martin

George RR Martin Costume
George RR Martin Costume | Source

Don't be frightened. It will be hilarious.

93. Dr Who (any of them)

Head to the next comic convention in your area if you want inspiration!

94. Ace Ventura in a Tutu

Ace Ventura in a Tutu
Ace Ventura in a Tutu | Source

95. Frankenfurter From Rocky Horror

Rocky Horror Costume
Rocky Horror Costume | Source

If you aren’t ready for full Tim Curry, there’s always Magenta or Columbia.

PS: I absolutely need to do this costume for Halloween before I lose my nerve. Get a corset that covers your bosoms if you plan on going out in public! I don’t want you arrested!

96. Beetlejuice

Or, you know, Robin Thicke from the MTV Music Awards.

97. Milhouse Van Houten

Making the Milhouse costume is another biggie on my Halloween costume wish list.

98. Chimney Sweep (Burt from Mary Poppins)

I've seen girls do this before and it's super cute. Don’t forget the soot!

99. Ruby Rod from The Fifth Element

Ruby Rod is the flamboyant radio host in the movie “The Fifth Element” as played by Chris Tucker. A Ruby Rod costume would be seriously epic.

100. A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange Costume
A Clockwork Orange Costume | Source

If Bart Simpson can do it, so can you.

101. Marty McFly from Back to the Future

Marty McFly Costume
Marty McFly Costume | Source

Where we're going, we don't need roads. But we do need sweet hologram baseball caps.

© 2014 Shay Marie


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      Kathe Jones 

      2 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Lots of great ideas here -- the ones I like best are 80s Prom Queen, Magenta from Rocky Horror, and Wednesday Addams. Of course, if I want to be more traditional, there is Elvira, Tina Turner, Steve Nicks, and my all-time favorite, the French Maid.

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      Sarah Spradlin 

      2 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Love the details!

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      Kathe Jones 

      2 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      You mentioned "We also had two guys with us dressed up in drag as first ladies" I really want to dress up in drag for Halloween this year. Any ideas on what would make for a sexy costume that would not be too offensive? I am a big and tall man so I would be wearing some sort of plus size outfit. Thanks so much for any ideas!

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      Linda Robinson 

      4 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Hey shay nice meeting you and absolutely loved all your creative fun women's Halloween costumes, some of the best ideas and creations ever. Happy to be following you, super writing. Linda

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      4 years ago from The World we live in

      Great work. So much detail :)

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      Mary Guimont 

      4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      i enjoyed reading your hub.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great Halloween costume list for women. Really eclectic, innovative and creative from the past to present over here.

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      5 years ago

      i love those photos especially the umbrella bat costume

    • ItsLizzyPoo profile image


      5 years ago from DMV area

      I love this!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 years ago

      Very cool ideas, worth book marking. Happy Halloween!

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      Shay Marie 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      debW07 - I love the gnome too.

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      5 years ago

      I always have a hard time choosing a Halloween costume. You've given me a lot to consider and I kind of like the gnome.

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      Laura Smith 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Oh, I'm saving this. There are lots of good ideas here.

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      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This is amazing! Can't imagine how long it took to put together either time! Something for everyone here!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      That's a lot of costume ideas! I've actually done a few of these, my fave having been Elvira back in the day. The group costume ideas are so fun. I'd love to try out the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus. Good ideas to fit so many interests.

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      Andrew Smith 

      5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Wow, you have really outdone yourself. What a thorough Hub!


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