3 Badass Women to Base Halloween Costumes On

Four nuns with halloween pumpkins in their hands
Forget pre-packaged costumes and embrace the strange… or at the very least, embrace the DIY.

There are plenty of larger-than-life women—real and fictional—you can base your Halloween costume on. And while it’s super fun to craft your own costume, going DIY is affordable, too.

1. Lorelai Gilmore

Let’s start with the best, young, fictional, cool mom we all wish we had.

Lorelai Gilmore is one of the iconic lead characters on “Gilmore Girls,” a show that aired in the late-1990s through the mid-2000s. The show is making a big comeback this year on Netflix—fans will get to see four new episodes!

Celebrate this event by recreating any iconic outfit Ms. Gilmore donned. My favorite? The get-up Lorelai wore when she dropped off Rory on her first day of school at Chilton. And remember: before you leave your house for the party, don’t forget the coffee.

For this costume, you’ll need:

  • Cut-off jean shorts
  • Pea coat
  • Cowboy boots
  • A to-go coffee cup
  • Leggings or tights to go under shorts (if it’s cold)

2. Little Edie

Edith Bouvier Beale, also known as Little Edie, is one half of the mother/daughter subject in “Grey Gardens.”

“Grey Gardens” is known as the first—and probably one of the most intimate—documentaries ever made. Anyone who has seen “Grey Gardens” is well aware of Little Edie’s impeccable, albeit strange, personal fashion. Dress like Little Edie on Halloween to embrace your inner fierce female who is entirely self-reliant. Be S.T.A.U.N.C.H.

For this costume, you’ll need:

  • Black body suit
  • Black tights
  • Booties (preferably red)
  • A faux fur coat
  • A large scarf (preferably floral)

3. Pussy Grabs Back

We’ve all heard the super degrading things Donald Trump has said about women. To show your support of women of all colors, backgrounds, ethnicities, we suggest dressing up as Pussy Grabs Back.

Yes, you can create a feeling of rage with a simple, totally feminist Halloween costume…

For this costume, you’ll need

  • The official Pussy Grabs Back shirt
  • Black leggings
  • Ass-kicking boots
  • Faux leather jacket
  • Black cat ears
  • A voting ballot (DIY will do)

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Abbie Stutzer

Writer, editor, and owner of Ginchy!, a freelance writing and editing company, and home funeral hub. Adores smart sex ed, sustainable ag, spooky history, women's health, feminism, horror, wine, and sci-fi.