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5 Badass Halloween Costume Ideas

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Halloween is coming, and with it, every possible inanimate object made into a sexy costume. I’m not sure who finds bananas sexy, but the sexy banana costume does, in fact, exist. And while those may work for some people, sometimes you’d rather be a badass than a sexy fruit.

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You’ll feel confident and have a lot of fun whatever you’re doing if you’re dressed fiercely. Here are some ideas for a truly badass Halloween costume that will make you feel powerful (and sexy, if you want) all night.

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1. Your favorite superhero

With at least three superhero movies and shows coming out a year these days, you’ll have plenty of onscreen options when choosing a superhero.

Of course, there are fewer ladies wearing capes in movies than men, but a female Iron Man costume would be just as badass as Wonder Woman.

Or, if you don’t mind making a costume yourself, look to comics for inspiration (I personally recommend Captain Marvel as a great lady and great costume.) If you don’t have time to make your own, the current popularity of superheroes means there are plenty to be found in stores.

2. Something scary

It’s hard not to feel like a badass when people flinch at the sight of you. Try being a zombie, a vampire (not the sparkly kind), a ghost, a demon, or a mummy. There nothing wrong with sticking with the classics here. For a truly scary costume, you’ve got to get gory with the makeup.

Either look up YouTube makeup tutorials and do your own makeup or find a friend who’s taken a stage makeup class. We all have that one theater friend, and they’ll be happy to help.

Check out the nearest Halloween store for makeup and all the blood capsules you can find. These costumes are often easily made at home, you can tear up and stain old clothes for a zombie, or found at the store.  If the idea of a lot of makeup doesn’t appeal to you, look for a truly freaky mask. Just don’t be afraid to get gross.

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3. A woman from history

Try being both badass and educational by dressing as an important woman from history. Sure, you may have to explain your costume to a few people, but hey, it’s a conversation starter! The good thing about a historical badass is they’re often easy to put together with clothes you already have.

For a Rosie the Riveter costume, all you need is a denim shirt, a red bandana, some red lipstick, and a flexed bicep.

Other fabulous historical ladies, you could emulate for the night are; Amelia Earhart, Annie Oakley, Frida Kahlo, Anne Bonny and Mary Reed, Joan of Arc, Marie Antoinette, Susan B Anthony, Phillis Wheatley, Bessie Coleman, and Jackie Kennedy. For some cool costume ideas, click here.

4. A literary heroine

Elizabeth Bennet, Katniss Everdeen, Hermione Granger, and Lisbeth Salander would all make great badass Halloween costumes. A Katniss costume is as easy as braiding your hair and finding a bow and arrow.

These costumes also give you the option of DIY or buying a costume. If you’re looking for costume ideas, just look to your favorite book. You may end up having to explain your costume to someone, but talking about books at a Halloween party sounds like a great time to me.

5. A strong female TV or Movie character

If you don’t have a book character you’d like to dress as, look to TVs and movies. Try being a badass Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Bride from Kill Bill, Princess Leia, Xena the Warrior Princess, or Daenerys Targaryen.

While you can find a Princess Leia costume in any store, you’ll have to get creative if you go with another cool character.

While funny or girly costumes are fun, sometimes the best way to enjoy Halloween is by looking like someone no one would ever mess with. It’s the one night you can be whatever you want, and this year go ahead and let your inner badass out.



A list of five ideas for a truly badass Halloween costume to impress everyone with this year. All of them are easy to make and shouldn't cost too much!



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