How To: 10 Awesome Non-Sexy Halloween Costume Ideas for Women

10 Awesome Non-Sexy Halloween Costume Ideas for Women

Halloween costumes have gotten pretty boring. Most women dress up as a "slutty (insert occupation here)" and the costumes have started to all look alike. Not that there's anything wrong with wearing something skimpy, it just feels like somewhere along the line we lost all creativity.

If you're looking to do something a little different this year and not freeze your ass off (it is October after all), here are 10 of our favorite non-sexy DIY Halloween costume ideas to get your creative juices flowing.


Here's a great costume if you live somewhere cold. Just don a white jumpsuit, boots, a hat with a veil or screen, and attach some fake bees to yourself (bonus points for including your dog).

Images via Unknown, Old Town Home

Human Pinterest Board

Pinterest is one of the biggest social media networks ever, and it also makes a great, simple costume. You can go with an actual cork board and pin pictures to yourself like Heidi Rew...

Images via Parties for Pennies

Or to make it even easier, just wear a white tee shirt and use safety pins.

Image via Pinterest Community Team

Pam from Archer

Why be a slutty secretary when you can be the world's worst HR director? If you're an Archer fan (and you should be), Pam Poovey is a great character to dress up as because you probably already have most of what you need.

Image via Regretsy

Just grab a knee-length blue skirt, black cardigan, a string of pearls, and of course, the dolphin puppet. To make it totally legit, tell people about your family's dairy farm in a nasally voice.

Real Life Comic Book Character

You'll need some patience for this one, but if you're willing to sit in front of the mirror and paint dots on your face for a few hours, you can become a living, breathing comic book character à la Roy Lichtenstein.

Images via Charmed

Just find yourself a bright yellow wig and an outfit with polka dots from head to toe and you're all set. Check out CHARMED for more photos.

Bunch of Grapes

If you need something truly last minute, throw on some black or purple leggings, a green boa or scarf, and attach a bunch of purple balloons to your shirt.

Images via awesomebitch, Candid Costume

It sure beats being a pumpkin.


Want to keep the scary spirit of Halloween? There's nothing much creepier than a woman with snakes for hair who can turn you to stone! You could always just pin some rubber snakes in your hair, but if you want to get a little more creative, try turning your hair into snakes like Craftsters user therealgigantor, who used a dread wig and wire hangers.

Image by therealgigantor/Craftster

If you don't want to go to that much trouble, you could try making a Medusa headpiece like HeatherEve1234 over on HalloweenForums.

Image via Halloween Forum

Merida from Brave

Like archery? Everyone and their mother is going to be Katniss from The Hunger Games films, so why not try something a little different?

Images by Barbara Vey/Publishers Weekly, aeriat/Reddit

All it takes to transform yourself into Merida, the badass princess heroine from the movie Brave, is a long green dress, curly red wig, some gold cuffs, and an awesome bow and arrow.

Eve from Wall-E

There are tons of famous robots you could be, but few of them are as cute as Eve from the movie Wall-E.

Images by alohamom2three/Craftster, Christoph Alexander Martsch/Wikimedia Commons

For her costume (pictured on the left), Craftster member alohamom2three used a garbage can with matching vinyl for the arms and collar. Check out her post for more details.

Doctor Who Angel Statue

If you have some time on your hands before now and Halloween and want to go with something super realistic, try this awesome Doctor Who Weeping Angel costume (yes, there's a real person in there).

Images by Penwiper337/Crafty Tardis

This one takes quite a few materials, but it looks so good it's well worth it. You can find detailed instructions by LiveJournal member penwiper337 over on crafty_tardis. Just don't be surprised if you get a lot of wide-eyed stares...

Binders Full of Women

Even if you never paid attention to the 2012 Presidential Debates, you've probably heard Mitt Romney's now-infamous quote about "binders full of women." With its instant-meme status, you can be sure that almost everyone will recognize your costume, and you may even start a debate or two of your own. This one is never going to get old.

Images via The Stir

All you need is a few big pieces of foam board, some poster board, duct tape, binder rings, and magazines to cut out pictures. It's super cheap to make, and really easy to customize. Check out Stefanie Favicchio's tutorial on The Stir to find out how to make your own.

Okay ladies, what are some of your ideas? Share your costumes with us in the Inspiration section, and be sure to check out some of our makeup tutorials when you're adding the finishing touches.

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I love the binders full of women one. First big bird, then binders full of women... what costume idea will Romney give out during the last debate?

These are kind of a relief after having viewed sexy Sesame Street costumes. My eyes are still burning.

Those are very creative! I love it! The Doctor Who costume is my favorite. Well done!

The Doctor Who statue is amazing! Also love the Comic book character! Sooo tired of the sexy, slutty costumes ^ sexy Sesame Street?? OMG! really?

I feel like we're bound to start seeing some Oompa Loofahs now.

Loving the comic book character. Spent hours in front of the mirror last year but it was worth it, see picture. Didn't think I would find an idea to equal it but this could do it. Thanks.

Wow. That looks incredible, great job. If you do go with the comic book character this year I'd love to see how it turns out!

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