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鈥檚 too-cool characters like Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks, Judy Funnie from Nickelodeon鈥檚 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.

Rocky Horror Picture

1. Magenta,聽Rocky Horror Picture Show: How gorgeous are those curls on our favorite castle maid? 鈥淵ou鈥檙e lucky, he鈥檚 lucky, I鈥檓 lucky, we鈥檙e all lucky!鈥 (via Miss Pandora)


2. Cookie Lyon from Empire: Cookie鈥檚 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,聽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)

Doug Judy

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)

Debbie Harry

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鈥檚 costume bucket list. (via Brit + Co)

Clarissa Explains It All

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

Empire Records

8. Corey Mason, Empire Records: As if we weren鈥檛 already obsessed with record stores, Liv Tyler and her ultimate 鈥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)

Jigsaw Saw

10. Jigsaw: Even if you鈥檙e 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鈥檒l 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鈥檛 get cooler than Lydia Deetz. Even when she鈥檚 forced to almost marry Beetlejuice, we鈥檙e still pining to recreate this look for Halloween. BRB, pinning this to secret wedding board. (via Daniel/Flickr)


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

Doctor Who Clara

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)

Mia Wallace

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鈥檚. (via Imgur)


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

Morticia Addams

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

Stevie Nicks

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鈥檛 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鈥檛 need a Fox Mulder for Halloween. Grab a red wig, a suit and a skeptical attitude and you鈥檙e all set. (via Adella Cosplay)

Tina Bob's Burgers

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


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

Wednesday Addams

23. Wednesday Addams, The Addams Family: We always admired Wednesday鈥檚 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鈥檚 way easy to be Bey鈥檚 alter ego this Halloween 鈥 just pick a look from any of her iconic videos and get ready to shake it. (via Brit + Co)

The Munsters

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


26. Audrey Horne, Twin Peaks: It鈥檚 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)

Welcome To Night Vale

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鈥檛 go to the dog park. (via Tumblr)

Wanda Woodward

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

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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鈥檚 pretty easy to dress up as this fantasy escaped replicant 鈥 chop up a blonde wig and go all out with the eyeliner. (via Grisha Levit/Flickr)

Corpse Bride

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,聽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)

Bride Of Frankenstein

35. Bride of Frankenstein: We鈥檝e always loved this classic horror icon鈥檚 better half. We鈥檙e also experiencing some major hair envy. (via Tell Love and Party)

Laura Palmer

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!