Halloween is my favorite time of year. Why? Because I love costumes, and I love making my own costume. So, if you’re like me and DIY is the only way to go, here are 60+ ideas to get the ball rolling. Sure, you could just use some eyeliner to paint on whiskers and wear black lingerie, but let’s aim a little higher, shall we?
When I search for costumes, I have a few simple rules…
I look for costumes that:
–aren’t just “sexy” versions of real costumes. If you want to wear a sexy costume, that’s great! There’s a lot of options out there for you. “Sexy” Halloween costumes are now so ubiquitous that it can be difficult to find any other options, and some girls feel pressured into wearing a sexy costume. I just want to suggest some other options for people looking for something different.
–aren’t of animals or objects. Once again, wear what you want, but there’s something about this that never sat well with me, something to do with literal objectification.
–don’t make fun of real people. Come on, don’t be that person. You can honor a real person with a costume without being disrespectful.
–are culturally sensitive. Let’s all say this together, culture is not a costume.
–don’t involve difficult makeup techniques. If you like makeup, check out my Pinterest board full of Halloween Makeup Ideas for Women.
–can be put together from items in closet or from a thrift store. This is DIY for people who aren’t that skilled in DIY. These costumes do not require cosplay levels of crafting.
– you can eat, sit, walk, see, and talk comfortably while wearing. Giant angel wings seem like a great idea until you whack a few people in the face with them and realize you can’t sit comfortably.
-aren’t based on a pun. I know, it’s probably really funny and you’re really clever, but I never liked the thought of having to explain my costume all night long. If you want to be Reigning Cats and Dogs, that’s cool. You do you.
Silent Movie Star
Gilda – Rita Hayworth
I Love Lucy
Birds -Melanie Daniels
Wizard of Oz – Dorothy
Bonnie and Clyde
Rosie the Riveter
Beetlejuice – Lydia
Star Wars – so many options…
Grease – Sandra Dee, Pink Ladies…
American Hustle – Rosalyn Rosenfeld
Kill Bill – Gogo
Resident Evil – Alice
Addams Family – Morticia, Wednesday
Strong Female Character
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Buffy, Faith, Willow, Drusilla…
Firefly – Kaylee
Walking Dead – Michonne
Magic School Bus – Miss Frizzle
Romy and Michelle
Pulp Fiction – Mia Wallace
A League of Their Own
Clueless – Cher, Dionne
Harriet the Spy
X-Files – Scully
Hey Arnold – Helga
iZombie – Liv
Empire – Cookie Lyon
Dr. Who – Amy Pond, River Song, Donna Noble, Rose Tyler, Clarsa Oswold, Martha Jones…
Bob’s Burgers – Tina, Louise, Linda…
30 Rock – Liz Lemon
Scooby Doo – Velma, Daphne…
Parks N Rec – Leslie Knope, Janet Snakehole, Pawnee Goddess
New Girl – Jess
Married With Children – Peggy Bundy
Popeye – Olive Oil
Mad Men – Joan, Peggy…
Archer – Lana, Pam, Malory, Cheryl…
Harry Potter – Hermoine, McGonagle, Trelawny, Bellatrix, Luna, random witch…
Alice in Wonderland
Check out my Pinterest board for more DIY Halloween costume ideas.