27 Halloween Costume Ideas to Dress Like Your Favorite Badass Woman
Halloween is the perfect time to let out your inner badass — or at least, to dress up like the badass woman you totally wish you could be. These are the women kicking butt in your favorite movies and TV shows or those you idolize IRL. Whether it’s a too-cool superhero like Wonder Woman, a girl gang like Taylor Swift and crew, or someone as low-key cool as Daria — these 27 alternative Halloween costumes are made for cool girls only.
1. Rosie the Riveter: Proving that sometimes all you need to do is roll up your sleeves and get ‘er done. (via Brit + Co)
2. Eleven from Stranger Things: Leggo her Eggo, or she will legitimately throat-punch you. (via Brit + Co)
3. Sally, The Nightmare Before Christmas: This classic Christmas/Halloween heroine should be on everyone’s costume bucket list. (via Brit + Co)
4. April O’Neil, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Here’s an excuse to rock a yellow jumpsuit all night long. Also, to carry and consume pizza past midnight. (via Brit + Co)
5. Agatha: Cool, calm, collected, and down for a heist — the quintessential Wes Anderson character, and your inspo for dealing with the chaos in your life. (via Brit + Co)
6. Wonder Woman: Diana is fierce, loyal, and true to herself. Oh, and she can take down ANYONE. It doesn’t get any more #idolworthy than that. (via Brit + Co)
7. Ghostbusters: These badass ladies of STEM are #goals. Period. (via Brit + Co)
8. Catwoman: Get your superhero on in this beyond-easy, last-minute Halloween costume. (via Brit + Co)
9. Taylor Swift + Crew, Bad Blood: Get ready to rumble (and wear a ton of pleather) this Halloween as Tay + crew. (via Brit + Co)
10. Sasha Fierce: It’s way easy to be Bey’s alter ego this Halloween — just pick any of her iconic lewks (like this “Flawless” one) and get ready to shake it. (via Brit + Co)
11. Daria & Jane: They made their own rules and survived high school. (via Brit + Co)
12. Glow: It’s not easy being a trailblazer in a male-dominated industry, but the GLOW team sure makes it look like fun. Tease your hair and get the party started. (via Brit + Co)
13. Carmen Sandiego: Where in the world are you going to find a Carmen Sandiego costume? Easy: Use a red maxi skirt and the tall boots you already have. Thrift a wide-brimmed hat, then hit it, Rockapella! (via Brit + Co)
14. Ursula the Sea Witch: Yes, she tricked Ariel and tried to steal her voice AND her man. But she pursued her goals with dogged determination, and for that, you should respect her hustle. (via Brit + Co)
15. Wisdom Teeth Abbi and Co-Op Ilana: Yas Queen! Bring two fave characters to the party. (via Brit + Co)
16. Gamora: She’s one of the *fiercest* (that hair! that vest!) — beings around. It’s a no-brainer to dress as this Guardian. (via Brit + Co)
17. Grace & Frankie: Celebrate the power of friendship in this homage to our favorite Netflix ladies. (via Brit + Co)
18. A Pink Lady from Grease: The ultimate way to wear all pink and not look too 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)
19. The Handmaids: Subvert the patriarchy from within for All Hallows’ Eve. (via Brit + Co)
20. The Ladies of Camp Firewood: Katie, Susie, Beth, Lindsay, Gail, and Abby: Legends. This is a great excuse to wear those dolphin shorts you’ve had since that ’80s party. (via Brit + Co)
21. Bride of Frankenstein: We’ve always loved this classic horror icon’s better half. And we also have some major hair envy. (via Tell Love and Party)
22. Madame D: She had a much-younger lover, sat at the head of a giant family with lots of money, and took long vacations abroad. Life goals? (via Brit + Co)
23. Daenerys Targaryen: The Mother of Dragons bends the knee for no one. (via Brit + Co)
24. Allison, The Breakfast Club: It’s an excuse to wear leggings under a skirt in late October AND a shoutout to one of cinema’s greatest weirdos. (via Brit + Co)
25. Juno: No one snarked like Juno, but it’s not just her quip game we admire — it’s her huge heart. (via Brit + Co)
26. Yoko Ono: This woman is unapologetically living her best life, at all times, and so should you. (via Brit + Co)
27. Kimmy Schmidt: Facing city life with bright-eyed enthusiasm takes guts. You got this, boo. (via Brit + Co)
Which kick-ass character will you be this Halloween? Tag us on Insta!
Additional reporting by Allison Collins
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)