15 Costume Ideas for Badass Babes

Halloween is flyin’ in like a bat outta hell, and maybe you want to be a sexy lamp, bee, nun, whatever, but maybe you don’t! Maybe you just want to be kickass and sexy in your own right, because you just ARE. Or maybe you want to be hilarious.  Here are 15 costume ideas for you babes.


1.  Mz. Leslie Knope

Leslie Knope

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Class it up or dress down, the incomparable Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation has plenty of styles to choose from

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And, if you play your cards right, you can stuff your face with waffles all day. Pass them out! You’ll be everyone’s favorite.  And speaking of…

2.  Oprah


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Love her or hate her, you can’t deny that Oprah is a badass, and has created an EMPIRE.  Try your best to piece together that legendary red suit and pass out toy cars all day for the full Oprah effect.  Everybody gets caaAARRRRS!

3.  Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo was a pioneer of the feminist movement for her unapologetic and honest depiction of the female form and reality for women.  Wear bold colors with flowers in your hair and tell dirty jokes to celebrate the life of this fearless woman.

4.  Gamora


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Though fictional, Gamora is a bad bitch, and her super powers include superhuman strength, agility, and healing powers.  Paint yourself green with all leather everything and purple tipped hair.  Bonus points if you can roundhouse kick the air without falling throughout the night.

5.  Wonder Woman


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Lynda Carter rocked being Wonder Woman, but if you nail the costume like this lady on the right, you’re clearly going to win Halloween.

6.  Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter

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There are plenty of stories that exhibit the courage women had during WWII, but Rosie the Riveter has become the most notable cultural icon representing the strength and ability women had to “man the ship” while men were away fighting the war.  More women stepped up and took over the jobs typically run by men in factories and shipyards, and proved that we are 100% able and capable of thriving at jobs that were previously considered, “man’s work”.

Also that IS Bey.  Killin’ the Rosie game.

7.  The Ninja Turtles

Ninja Turtles

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This costume is perfect for a group of friends who want to eat pizza and do somersaults all day.  Or, you can go rogue like Rihanna and rock the Raphael.

8.  Birth Control

Birth Control

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Nothing screams female empowerment like a literal packet of birth control.  These ladies nailed it, and if you create your own, it is almost guaranteed you will make a new best friend who totally gets you, because you’re hilarious.

9.  Liz Lemon

Liz Lemon

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We all have a little, or a lot, of Liz Lemon inside of us.  Tina Fey just had the ovaries to create a character that said and acted how many of us feel instead of folding under the pressure of being sexy all. The. Time.  Find a super simple tee, pair it with a blazer, dark glasses, and make this face for all your pictures.  Solid Halloween.

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10.  Katniss Everdeen

Katniss Everdeen

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She’s the face of bravery and badass-ery.  She has many different styles of dress to choose from, but a dress of fire seems less practical than her other well known looks, so choose something you will be comfortable in for the night.  Whatever you choose, make sure you don’t take any shit from anyone, and don’t forget to use, “I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE!” as your dibs.  Last cookie?  Shot lined up?  Karaoke?  They’re all yours now, you volunteered!

11.  Kimmy Schmidt

Kimmy Schmidt

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Another awesome group costume idea is to go as the mole women of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but the opportunity to go rogue is there too.  Find some fun, bright, clothing from the junior’s section with a black backpack to get your Kimmy on.

12.  Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

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Coco Chanel is unarguably the most well known fashion icon, and a pioneer within the industry.  Until Chanel came along, a constricted corseted silhouette was the standard for women.  Chanel created a more timeless and casually elegant standard of style that extended into jewelry, accessories, and fragrances.  Coco was known for her ambition, energy, and extensive social network. So, find your best LBD, throw on some pearls, and channel your inner Chanel.

13.  Ghostbusters (New or Old)


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The next Ghostbuster’s movie hasn’t been release yet, but pictures of the cast have been leaked and it’s safe to say that it is an all-star cast.  Who WOULDN’T want to be these women for Halloween?  Jump suits and reflective tape can make for an easy costume.  However, if your group of friends want to kick it old school, make sure you call dibs on Sigourney Weaver’s character, Dana.  “There is no ______ only Zuul.”

14.  Dooneese


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If you have yet to see this SNL skit, you better do yourself a favor and watch some of her greatest moments here immediately.  Kristen Wiig is impossibly funny, and this may be the best costume of all time.  Two words: doll hands.

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15.  Bridesmaids


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Another group costume idea, but there are plenty of golden opportunities from the movie to go rogue.  Melissa McCarthy’s character Megan is what dreams are made of.  Rock a Kangol hat and glue seven stuffed animal dogs to your waist to capture her essence flawlessly.

Whatever you choose, have a safe and AWESOME Halloween!

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