36 Halloween Costumes to Dress like Your Favorite Badass Women
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36 Halloween Costumes to Dress like Your Favorite Badass Women

Halloween is the perfect time to let out your inner badass, or at least dress up like the badass women you totally wish you could be when you see them kicking butt and taking names in your favorite movies and TV shows or idolize IRL. Whether it’s too-cool characters like Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks, Judy Funnie from Nickelodeon’s Doug and Cookie from Empire or real-life rebels like Stevie Nicks and Debbie Harry, these 36 alternative Halloween costumes are made for cool girls only.

1. Magenta, Rocky Horror Picture Show: How gorgeous are those curls on our favorite castle maid? “You’re lucky, he’s lucky, I’m lucky, we’re all lucky!” (via Miss Pandora)

2. Cookie Lyon from Empire: Cookie’s signature mix of high fashion and #girlboss clothes like tweed skirts with a giant fur coat make for a perfectly on point Halloween costume. Of course, leopard-print something has to make an appearance. (via BuzzFeed)

3. Daria Morgendorffer, Daria: Daria has always been our spirit animal. And any costume that accessorizes with pizza and soda ranks pretty high on our costume list. (via Deviant Art)

4. Judy Funnie, Doug: That too-cool big sister to Doug Funnie has some pretty serious style. And bonus: keeping the shades on all night means not having to worry about eye makeup! (via Imgur)

5. Debbie Harry: Now this is a costume you can really have some fun styling. Debbie Harry is known for her killer voice, tough attitude and A+ style, and there are tons of looks to choose from. (via @angelaupnorth)

6. Sally, The Nightmare Before Christmas: This classic Christmas/Halloween heroine should be on everyone’s costume bucket list. (via Brit + Co)

7. Clarissa Darling, Clarissa Explains It All: Admit it, you totally wanted to raid Clarissa’s closet. Bonus points for a fake baby alligator and/or Ferg-faced little brother. (via @heyitscadah)

8. Corey Mason, Empire Records: As if we weren’t already obsessed with record stores, Liv Tyler and her ultimate ’90s-girl style inspired us to expand our vinyl collection. (via True North Style)

9. Elvira: Channel the Mistress of the Dark with some rouge, a black bodycon dress and the biggest black wig you can find. (via Tumblr)

10. Jigsaw: Even if you’re a little too squeamish for the Saw franchise, this Jigsaw-inspired costume minimizes the gore and still keeps it edgy. (via Minimalisti)

11. Veronica Sawyer, Heathers: This classic scene can easily be recreated with a teased wig and some smudged black makeup. After all, you’ll need to save your IQ to decide what lip gloss to wear in the morning and how to hit three keggers before curfew. In true Veronica Sawyer fashion. (via @marissaaross)

12. Lydia Deetz, Beetlejuice: You just don’t get cooler than Lydia Deetz. Even when she’s forced to almost marry Beetlejuice, we’re still pining to recreate this look for Halloween. BRB, pinning this to secret wedding board. (via Daniel/Flickr)

13. April O’Neil, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Here’s an excuse to to rock a yellow jumpsuit all night long. Also, to carry + consume pizza past midnight. (via Brit + Co)

14. Clara, Doctor Who: Channel your favorite Doctor companion. No Tardis required. (via Starbit Cosplay)

15. Catwoman: Get your superhero on in this easy last-minute Halloween costume. (via Brit + Co)

16. Mia Wallace, Pulp Fiction: Mia Wallace knows how to have a good time. Throw on a white button-up shirt from your closet and go grab a five-dollar milkshake from Jackrabbit Slim’s. (via Imgur)

17. Oblina, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: Oblina may be an animated monster, but we’re still envious of those enormous red lips and ability to rock stripes on the daily. (via @kristaaahh)

18. Morticia Addams, The Addams Family: This ultimate goth girl should be on everyone’s costume list. Long LBD, red lips, sleek hair and a rose. Anjelica Huston would be proud. (via Daily Cosplay)

19. Stevie Nicks: We have quite a few Stevie tunes in our karaoke repertoire, so naturally we have an urge to dress as the White Witch for Halloween. Don’t be afraid to over-accessorize, rock the biggest top hat you can find and pile on the layers. (via Gypsy Lovin Light)

20. Dana Scully, The X Files: This kickass FBI agent doesn’t need a Fox Mulder for Halloween. Grab a red wig, a suit and a skeptical attitude and you’re all set. (via Adella Cosplay)

21. Tina Belcher, Bob’s Burgers: Take teenage angst to a whole other level as Tina Belcher. And make sure everyone knows that their ass is grass and you’re gonna mow it. (via Buzzfeed)

22. Taylor Swift + Crew, Bad Blood: Get ready to rumble (and wear a ton of pleather) this Halloween as Tay + crew. (via Brit + Co)

23. Wednesday Addams, The Addams Family: We always admired Wednesday’s dry humor and spooky-chic style. The ear jackets and ankle boots also give the costume a modern touch. (via Samantha Pleet)

24. Sasha Fierce: It’s way easy to be Bey’s alter ego this Halloween — just pick a look from any of her iconic videos and get ready to shake it. (via Brit + Co)

25. Lily Munster, The Munsters: Herman and Lily have been one of our favorite spooky sitcom couples ever since we can remember — and perfect for a couple’s costume with a little more color. (via @misskittynoir)

26. Audrey Horne, Twin Peaks: It’s tough to pick just one Twin Peaks lady to emulate, but Audrey Horne is an entirely worthy costume choice. Make sure to rock your best red lip for this one! (via Chictopia)

27. Night Vale Girl Scout, Welcome To Night Vale: This costume is an A+ tribute to our favorite creepy cool podcast. Rack up all the badges you like; just don’t go to the dog park. (via Tumblr)

28. Wanda Woodward, Crybaby: This rockabilly siren does not mess around. Follow this makeup tutorial, keep away from the squares and don’t forget the lollipop! (via YouTube)

29. Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What better way to channel your inner badass than with the best vampire slayer of all time? (via Costumepedia)

30. Carmen Sandiego: Where in the world are you going to find a Carmen Sandiego costume? Easy: Use a red maxi skirt and tall boots you already have, then thrift a wide-brimmed hat then go on the run. (via Brit + Co)

31. Olivia Pope: Consider your Halloween costume handled with a pastel trench, polished business separates and a can-do-anything attitude. Chalice of red wine = optional. (via Madame Noire)

32. Pris, Blade Runner: It’s pretty easy to dress up as this fantasy escaped replicant — chop up a blonde wig and go all out with the eyeliner. (via Grisha Levit/Flickr)

33. Victoria, Corpse Bride: From the gorgeous blue hair to the elaborate flower crown, this costume definitely does Tim Burton proud. (via AWSM Blog)

34. The Pink Ladies, Grease: The ultimate way to wear all pink and not look girly. Chew on some bright pink bubble gum and get ready to hand jive the night away, you beauty school dropout, you. (via Brit + Co)

35. Bride of Frankenstein: We’ve always loved this classic horror icon’s better half. We’re also experiencing some major hair envy. (via Tell Love and Party)

36. Laura Palmer, Twin Peaks: Want to dress up as the creepiest cool girl ever? Go as Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks. Get your entire friend group to dress up as different characters from the show and play a game of whodunnit all evening. (via Reddit)

Which kick-ass costume is your favorite? Share in the comments!