Best Halloween Costumes for Girls and Women

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A Venice Carnivale mask would be one of the best Halloween costumes for women! Image by Frank Kovalchek, via Flickr.

This list of the best Halloween costumes for women includes all ages, sizes, and shapes. The costume ideas range from pilots to can can girls, and include Victorian pirates, female Zorros, and peasant girls.

But first, a quip about Halloween from Gwen Stefani:

“Being in a band you can wear whatever you want – it’s like an excuse for Halloween everyday,” said Stefani.

Wouldn’t that be wild — to dress up like it’s Halloween every day, and go to work? It’d be exhausting for introverts, who don’t like to be the center of attention. If you’re an introvert, you might enjoy wearing a inside a mask or glamorous head piece, such as a Venetian mask that revelers wear at the Carnivale every year in Venice.

Whether you’re introverted or extroverted, you might enjoy dressing up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. If you don’t have long dark hair, you might need a Wizard of Oz Dorothy wig.


The costumes for girls and women in this article are good, but these are better:

And here’s a money-saving tip for Halloween:

Go to a second-hand store such as Value Village or the Salvation Army, to find ready-made Halloween costumes or eclectic and vintage clothes. You can shop with your costume in mind, or go with an open mind and pull something together as you shop.

Best Halloween Costumes for Girls and Women

Here are several creative Halloween costume ideas for women, girls, and couples…

Pireate Swashbuckler- a great Halloween costume for women is a strong, ruthless, seaworthy female pirate. You could dress up as the fictional Elizabeth Swann from The Pirates of the Caribbean, or real Mary Read or Anne Bonny.

“Wardrobe Malfunction” Costume – this trendy Halloween costume for women (not girls) comes with a huge naked boob popping out of a dress or blouse.

Jane of Tarzan and Jane fame – I had this Halloween costume for years, and never got tired of wearing it! I love how powerful, strong, and smart Jane is — she’s one of the best Halloween costumes for women or girls.

Wonder Woman – this is a tried-and-true favorite Halloween costume for women, worn by females of all ages! To learn more, go to Wonder Woman.

Sexy Witch Costume – ditch the old notion of a witch wearing a shapeless black cape and hideous nose. Instead, create a simple homemade costume for Halloween out of a sexy black dress with a ragged black hem and sleeves, black choker necklace, wild black hair, high heeled black shoes, and dramatic gothic makeup. This is one of the best Halloween costumes for girls and women — it’s a favorite every year! To see if this costume is for you, go to Sexy Witch Costume.

Red Can Can Girl – this may not be the “best” Halloween costume for girls – but it depends how old your girl is. It’s totally open to interpretation, and how she wears the costume. To learn more, go to Red Can Can Girl.

Female Zorro – if the Swashbuckler Pirate Lady doesn’t suite your tastes, go as a female Zorro. After you gather your sword, mask, and black hat – all you need is a white steed! To learn more about this costume for girls and women, go to Female Zorro.

Catwoman or Batgirl – okay, these aren’t exactly creative Halloween costume for women or girls, but they are definitely tried-and-true favorites. To see if this costume is for you, go to Catwoman, Batgirl, or Spiderwoman.

Gangster or Mafia Girl. This Halloween costume for women can be sexy, tough, aggressive, intimidating, and illegal – or a mixture of all of the above! Again, it’s a great choice for a homemade Halloween costume because it’s open to your interpretation and imagination.

Medieval Renaissance Queen or Peasant Girl – vintage stores may have tons of gorgeous dresses to choose from – but start your Halloween shopping early! For more info, go to Medieval Renaissance Queen or Peasant Girl.

If you want to dress up like a taco, read Food Costumes – Homemade, Creative, Quick and Easy.

What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever seen for girls or women? Ideas and tips welcome below!

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Welcome - I'm glad you're here! I can't give advice, but you're welcome to share your experience below. I'm a writer in Vancouver; my degrees are in Psychology, Education, and Social Work. I live with my husband, two dogs, and cat. We are childless, & have made peace with it. It helps to love Jesus :-)

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39 Responses

  1. программа тв says:

    girls – and women – tend to have a lot of accessories and extra clothes around, which can make coming up with a halloween costume idea that much easier. these are excellent suggestions

  2. Thanks, Stacey — I agree that womens Halloween costumes should be more liberated and less celebrity-crazed! If that’s what you were saying :-)

  3. STacey says:

    The best Halloween costume for a woman I ever saw was Amelia Earheart, probably because I LOVE her and what she accomplished. I don’t think women should dress up in dumb stuff like Lady Gaga or Pink.

  4. Thanks for your comments. It’s not October yet, but people are searching for the best Halloween costumes already….I think we’re going to throw a Halloween party!

  5. Samantha says:

    I’m excited for halloween too. But I think you should come up with a better title for this article. Best Halloween Costumes for Girls and Women is so boring!

  6. Kelly says:

    I’m so excited for Halloween! Last year I dressed up in a traditional girls Halloween costume – a witch – but this year I want my costume to be more creative and fun. I like these Halloween costume ideas but still want to search for the best costume for women. I’m going to two Halloween parties this year! Should I wear two different costumes??? I’m so excited!!!!

  7. sammy says:

    Since it is raining outdoors, I have time to start looking for the best Halloween costumes for women and girls. This is a pretty good cross section of costumes, but I’m looking for more trendy ideas. Like Lady Gaga or Ellen DeGeneres – those would be good costumes for Halloween!

  8. Thanks for your comments…yes, I like the literary Halloween costumes, too :-)

  9. bobby jones says:

    I like your book character halloween costumes better. Those were some great tips.

  10. Abby says:

    Ladies, don’t dress up as a pirate this halloween. It’s an easy costume for women – but boring!

  11. Thanks for your comments; I’m glad you like these Halloween costumes for girls and women!

  12. girl costumes says:

    wow..! this is too good blog for girls costumes. it contains the dresses from pirates to the pilots. i was looking for a Victorian pirate costume for girl. and this is same. thanks for the blog.

  13. Fabric Shower Curtain · says:

    i always admire Robin Hood even during the times that i were still a little kid ::

  14. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your creative ideas for Halloween costumes for women and girls!

  15. Rachel says:

    This site is amazingly filled with new costume ideas but I see a lot of people recommending the Avatar costume, why not try the pirate costume as well for a more thrilling appearance? You can also try the sexy witch costume if you want to allure the crowd around you.

  16. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    I think Neytir is a very creative Halloween costume for both women and girls!

  17. couponboa says:

    You can consider Neytiri costumes inspired from Avatar, the movie!

  18. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Yes, a white sheet can make a good Halloween costume for women or girls….a ghost or an angel!

  19. PerryP@How to lose weight says:

    And there’s always the possibility to dress as an angel- one white piece of cloth is all that’s needed.

  20. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your Halloween costume tip…I bet alot of women want to dress up as Lady Gaga….men, too! :-)

  21. Alexa B says:

    Costumes can really create a statement that’s why I truly appreciate the tips you have shared. This Halloween, I’m planning to be in a lady gaga costume just to make a twist.

  22. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your comments — I hope this year is the best Halloween ever — especially with Twilight costumes and parties!

  23. Tina says:

    Love the sexy witch – great ideas overall!

  24. Victoria Young says:

    Looks like this “Robin Hood” movie would be a great movie to watch just like the movie about King Arthur.~*`

  25. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks, vijay jain.

    I’m going to a Goth Halloween party on October 30, and need to find a Goth costume….maybe I should research Goth Halloween costumes for women and post an article about that!

  26. vijay jain says:

    I read so many blogs but your blog is marvellous. it gives so many ideas about the costumes that there is not a single chance to call a “NO” to your blog. you can satisfy the coustmer with what she wants. Good work keep it up

  27. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    There’s a catwoman DRESS, as a women’s Halloween costume? I didn’t know that — I thought the catwoman costume was just that tight black leotard Michelle Pfeiffer wore in Batman!

  28. Cat Halloween Costumes says:

    Great costume ideas indeed.

    I prefer the Catwoman dress myself.

  29. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    According to My Halloween, recent events like the new US President Barack Obama and the loss of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson are also great places to start getting good costume ideas from.

    With movies in minds, here are some of the most popular Halloween costume ideas of 2009: Watchmen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. And the year-after-year Halloween costume favorites are any Disney character like Snow White and Little Mermaid.

  30. Bill says:

    Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,

  31. Bill Bartmann says:

    I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work

  32. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Yes, Sorodyego, I did write an article that includes info about Halloween costumes for pregnant women. Here’s the link:

    Halloween Costume Tips for Overweight People and Pregnant Women

    Happy Halloween!

  33. Sorodyego says:

    Do you have any Halloween costume ideas for pregnant women?

  34. Norabella says:

    Thank you for posting all this information about Halloween costumes, I can’t believe how many choices there are.

    I like your article about Halloween costume exchange parties :-)

  35. Laurie PK says:

    Nerds candy costumes sound fun :-)

    I can’t believe how many people are searching for Halloween costumes for women, and it’s only July! I better tune up my Halloween costume articles and ideas….if anyone has any questions about Halloween costumes, parties, or trick or treating, please ask in the comments section in any of my articles. I’d love to write more articles about Halloween…

  36. Jackie says:

    Those are kinda creative me and my friend were nerds and nerds candy last year evryone loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Marilyn says:

    Halloween is fast approaching and very much around the corner. I am sure you have many events lined up for the celebration! The possibilities of creative Halloween costumes are limitless — and there are many ways an adult can have fun and relive childhood days.

  38. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    My article called “Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women” has costumes that are very unique and funny. Even if one of those doesn’t work for you, it’ll at least get you thinking in different ways.

    Here’s the link:

    Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women

  39. Hayley says:

    I think that these costumes need to be more unique and funny. I had seen these costumes before. I want my costume to be something that almost no one else will think of.

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