Kitties and bunnies and witches – oh my! Yes, it is pretty easy to find a great Halloween costume if you don’t mind going to a party and finding you’re wearing the same costume as most of the other women at said party. Doing something different though requires a bit more imagination. Unique Halloween costumes for women are all about creativity. The costumes on this list are just starting points. Put your own spin on them or use them as a jumping off point to find something that suits you. Remember, Halloween is supposed to be fun so don’t take it too seriously and enjoy finding or making a unique Halloween costume that really appeals to you.
01: One of Dexter Morgan’s Victims
- Plastic wrap (saran wrap works)
- Fake blood
- A strapless bikini
- Red lip liner
This one won me top prize at a Halloween party last year and got me a ton of comments. You’ll need a whole lot of plastic wrap but it’s worth it. Word of warning though: make sure you don’t wrap yourself too tight with the plastic wrap. You need to be able to sit down and move around. You’re also going to want to leave a little length at the top and bottom of the costume so you can sit down or reach up without flashing your bikini. I used double sided tape on the ends of the plastic wrap to the costume looked a little more seamless Finish up with a single line of red lip liner on your cheek with a drop running down simulating Dexter’s signature cheek slash and add a little fake blood on your chest. If you want to go all out, put a piece of cardboard behind you and wrap plastic around that as well, securing it with tape to simulate Dexter’s table.
02: Runaway Bride
- An old wedding gown (not floor length, your feet must be visible)
- Brown makeup and a few twigs
This one is becoming a bit of a cliche, but it’s still a lot of fun. All you need is an old, tattered wedding dress and a pair of sneakers and you’re all set. You can make the dress look more tattered and worn with brown makeup around the bottom. Just make sure you rub it in well. Put a few twigs in your hair and you’re all set.
03: Horror Movie Victim
- Fake blood
- Large bra (at least two cup sizes bigger than your natural cup size)
- Tissue, socks or something else to stuff the bra with
- Blond wig or temporary blond dye
- Tight sweater
- Tight pants, mini-skirt or short shorts
- Black non-liquid proof eyeliner and mascara
You’re going to start by getting dressed. Put on your pants and your bra. The sweater you choose needs to be tight but it shouldn’t flash a lot of cleavage as you’ll be stuffing your bra and you don’t want the stuffing to be terribly obvious. One you have your pants and bra on, start stuffing. You want your breasts to look abnormally large and fake. With your bra stuffed, carefully pull your sweater on. Make any adjustments to the stuffing you need to make. Put on your blond wig and do your normal makeup. Apply a little extra eyeliner and mascara to the bottom eyelid and smudge it down over your cheeks. If you have trouble, just draw lines down your cheeks with your eyeliner and smudge well. Finish up by dousing yourself with fake blood – the more blood, the better.
04: The Corpse Bride
- Old wedding dress
- Long, dark wig
- Blue, black and white makeup.
This is one of my favorite costumes because it’s basic, cheap and easy to do but gives a nod to one of my all time favorite directors, Tim Burton. Take an old wedding dress (again, look at thrift stores) and give it a little wear. You want it to look tattered, especially around the train and the veil. If you don’t want to walk around covered in dirt, give the dress a “dirty” look by using brown makeup and rubbing it in well. Again, focus on the train. Cover your face and neck with the white makeup. You want it to be light and powdery. Wipe some of the black make up under your eyes and on the crease of your top lid but don’t get it too black. You just want to darken the eye and make them look sunken in. Add blue to your top lid and blend it with the black. Tint your lips with the blue as well. Top off with the long, dark wig. Add some leaves or twigs to the wig for added effect.
05: A Real Work of Art
- Large picture frame
This one is probably the easiest of all the costumes on this list to do, but it’s also one of the most inconvenient. It basically means carrying a picture frame around all night. At the same time, it’s sure to inspire a giggle or two. You can take it to the next level by dressing like someone or something from your favorite painting but anything will work. Just make sure you’re committed to the idea before you do it.
If you don’t have fake blood and don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, check out this great WikiHow tutorial that walks you through thirteen different ways to make your own fake blood.