Many women wear make-up every day. Others never wear it. Some women are fashionistas who often wear trendy or elegant apparel. Other women prefer jeans and t-shirts. Women often throw their usual way of dressing out the window on Halloween.  They become someone else. The most popular women’s Halloween costumes present a range of looks, from sexy to silly to ones which might cause viewers to scream and run away.

Mask: Unzip Your Face

What’s nice about the “zipper face” mask is that the woman who purchases it can wear it with whatever clothes she wants. Wear ragged, torn, dirty old clothes with fake blood stains on them; a beautiful party dress, or a lot of gauze bandage strips.

Day of the Dead: A Mexican Tradition

A Mexican Tradition

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Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and other parts of the world on October 31 (Halloween), November 1 (All Saints Day), and November 2 (All Souls Day). People gather to remember family members and friends who have died. Since the holiday falls on Halloween, some people paint their faces, wear costumes representing Catrina, the skeleton of a wealthy Mexican woman seen in a print by José Guadalupe Posada, are popular.

Wonder Woman: DC Comics Super Heroine

Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman is a character seen worldwide in comic books. Lynda Carter portrayed her for several years on television. The character and the costume have remained popular for decades. has published a comprehensive article which discusses this iconic DC Comics super heroine through the years.

Maleficent: Official Disney Villain


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Maleficent, a popular Halloween costume, is the villain in Disney’s 1959 animated film “Sleeping Beauty.” Angered that she was not invited to the christening of Princess Aurora, Maleficent cursed Aurora, noting she would prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on her sixteenth birthday and die. A fairy weakened the curse, saying Aurora would fall into a deep sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince. A live action film version of “Sleeping Beauty,” starring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, opened in May 2014. Called “Maleficent,” Disney tells the story from Maleficent’s perspective instead of Aurora’s.

Catwoman: DC Comics Villain

Catwoman is a fictional character who first appeared in DC Comics “Batman #1” comic book in Spring 1940. Actresses Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether, and Julie Newmar portrayed Catwoman in the Batman television series in the 1960s. Michelle Pfeiffer had the role of Catwoman in the 1992 film “Batman Returns.” The costume is popular due to its slinky, form-fitting look.

Zombie: Fictional Reanimated Corpse


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Zombies are fictional characters that are depicted in horror movies as mindless reanimated corpses looking for human flesh. This is a popular Halloween costume that is simple and inexpensive to make. Wear some tattered clothes and apply make up to give the appearance of rotting flesh. Also, don’t forget to practice you zombie walk.


For many adults, clowns bring back happy memories of being taken to the circus as a child. Clown costumes allow people to return to the fun times of their childhood.

German Beer Maids

German Beer Maids

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Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held in Munich, Germany every year. This Bavarian festival celebrating German culture is generally held during the last week of September and the first week of October. Other German cities and many cities throughout the world hold their own annual versions of Oktoberfest. A lot of people wear traditional German costumes on the evenings they spend drinking German beer, eating German food, singing, and dancing. They also wear their costumes to Halloween parties.

French Maid

French Maid

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The French maid costume is a classic Halloween favorite. It is a modified version of the traditional black and white servant’s dress which is a modified version of a French housemaid’s nineteenth-century afternoon uniform.

Halloween costumes are a fun way for people to get outside themselves and pretend to be someone else for a night. You can use any of these costumes or come up with your own disguise. Just remember to have a happy Halloween!