It’s almost that time of year to don the perfect costume and head out for your night of scary fun. But when it’s time to get read to celebrate Halloween, you want to be sure that you have a costume that’s comfortable and makes you look good. Here's what our fearless editor wore for a Halloween party this year - a Venus costume.
As always, there are plenty of popular costumes that hit the list of best-selling ones. Some of these costumes are zombie costumes, goddess costumes, and costumes that are based on female villains.
When you’re a woman looking for the perfect costume, you want to first decide the type that you’re going for.
Are you looking for something funny or serious? Something modern or old fashioned? Some of the most popular costumes this year are related to older time periods in history such as the ones that feature kings, queens and knights in shining armor.
It's not too late to be the star of your Halloween party! With a shiny red, white and blue costume, you could easily go as a superhero fighting the bad guys to make the city safe from harm.
But it’s much more fun when you when you can play the part of the super villain. This year for Halloween, you can go as Dr. Harley Quinn when you’re wearing the Women’s Batman Arkham City Harley Quinn Costume.
Let the mayhem and chaos commence. This is an officially licensed costume that has the appeal of leather but in a more comfortable material than that so you’ll be able to party the night away.
The pants of the costume are a pair of Spandex leggings that feature a harlequin design. One leg is black with maroon designs while the other leg is maroon with black designs.
The waistband of the leggings has a wide black belt that looks like leather. This belt is decorated with small silver studs and a silver buckle. The top of the costume is made in a bustier style.
There are a series of lacing going from the bottom part of the top up toward the neckline. There are black straps with buckles on either side of the top. The bra part of the top is done in the same alternating colors that you find on the leggings.
A black choker comes as part of this costume and features the same silver stud pieces as found on the belt. The choker also has a buckle in the center. This is a snug fitting piece that stays on with the use of a velcro closure.
A pair of glovelettes also come with the costume. The length of these run from above the elbow to the knuckles of the hands. One glovelette has a maroon sleeve with a black glove. The other one has a black sleeve with a maroon glove.
The boots that Harley wears do not come included as part of the costume. You can get these separately. Look for boots that are made in a combat style. You can search under goth if necessary.
The boots should lace up the front and have a clunky heel if you want to be authentic. You can also purchase a blond wig that’s made up in the pigtails that Harley is known to wear.
If you’d rather have a dress version of the costume, you can get that with the Secret Wishes DC Comics Super Villain Harley Quinn Costume that’s done in red and black colors. This costume includes one red and one black glove.
Staying in the number one most popular spot this year for women is the Women’s Captain America Costume and it’s easy to see why. Not only is the costume based on a hero that everyone loves, but the costume is also very figure flattering.
It’s made of 90% polyester with 10% of it being Spandex. It’s this material that gives the costume its form fitting appeal. It’s also what helps it be able to fit any body type. The pants part of this jumpsuit is a lovely blue color that has a sheen when the light hits them.
The middle part of the jumpsuit features a portion of the torso that’s made of red and white stripes. The top of the jumpsuit has a blue background color with a large white start centered in the middle.
The sleeves are long and white to the middle of the forearms. The bottom of the sleeves of the jumpsuit are red and reach to the middle of the palm of the hand to simulate the gloves that Captain America wears.
Though the jumpsuit is shown with a pair of red knee length boots, these boots are not part of the costume. The Captain America shield is also not part of the costume. However, you can buy a pair of shiny red boots like the ones shown as a separate accessory.
You can also find the low heeled boots in white. The shield and other Captain America accessories can be purchased separately as well. If you really want to dress like Captain America for Halloween but you’re not a fan of jumpsuits, you do have other options.
One option is the Rubie's Costume Women's Marvel Universe Adult Captain America Tank Dress. This would make a great party dress. This top quality dress is a sleeveless, light blue tank dress that’s 100% polyester.
The dress length is about mid thigh and it is form fitting. The center of the dress features the iconic red and white stripes for the torso. This pattern does not go all the way around the dress and is only on the front.
So from behind, it looks like a plain blue tank dress. At the bust area is the large white star. There are no accessories as part of this costume so if you want those, you’ll have to get them separately.
Halloween is a night of trick or treating for the kids, but for adults, it can be a fun time to dress up. Whether you’re looking for the perfect costume to dress up in so that you can hand our goodies or you’re planning to attend a Halloween party, you have a lot of options that you can choose from.
There are superhero costumes for women, or, you can choose something from medieval times. But, the most popular costumes this year are the Star Wars costumes such as the officially licensed Women’s Star Wars Costumes Boba Fett.
This costume is a jumpsuit that’s 100% synthetic and it has to be hand washed. The color of the suit is a light gray but portions of it are light green and it has a few touches of yellow.
The green pieces simulate the armor that the character wore in the movie. There is a brown belt at the waist that’s made to look like leather and has molded pockets on it.
The suit is long sleeved and one of the sleeves has a molded armor piece at the wrist fitting up to mid forearm. The shirt has a high collar. A cape is attached to the back of the shirt. There is a two piece mask that comes with the costume.
Another great costume for women from the Star Wars films is the Secret Wishes Star Wars Female Darth Vader Costume. This was the villain that everyone loved to hate.
The costume is made of 100% polyester and has to be hand washed as well. The costume features a thigh high black skirt that’s trimmed in red. A belt for the waist is part of the costume and is printed to look like it has electronic pieces on it.
The shirt is long sleeved and black as well. It has a center panel that also features printed electronic pieces. A headpiece in black comes with the costume and this piece can completely cover the hair.
It can tie or hang loosely. Black knee socks that are decorated to look like body armor are also included. The light saber is sold as a separate accessory and so are the shoes.
If you’re looking for an upscale version of the Darth Vader costume, then you’ll want to check out the Rubie's Costume Star Wars Kimono Feudal Darth Vader Costume. This officially licensed costume black gown in rich tones that’s trimmed in red accents.
There is a red wide sash for the waist area and a long piece of fabric from that hangs down in the front of the gown. The top portion of the gown is decorated to look as if there is an electronic piece in the front as was worn by Darth Vader in the films.
The sleeves of the gown are long and wide and hang to the mid calf length of the dress. The neckline is trimmed in red. Included with the costume is a fan featuring the printed face of Darth Vader.
But the most popular costume for women this year is the Deluxe Renaissance Lady Costume and it’s sure to garner you plenty of compliments. This is a floor length dress in a rich purple color.
The material of the dress is crushed velvet and it has plenty of give to it, which means the dress will fit different body sizes quite well. The dress does offer plenty of warmth so you’ll be able to fight the chill of the night if you live in a colder climate.
The front sides of the dress are lined with a thin ribbon of material that’s set on a pale background. This allows the design on the material to stand out. The bodice of the dress is done in a corset style and features several rows of lacing.
These tie into a bow at the very last row. The neckline of the costume is a square neck that’s decorated in the same material that lines the front of the dress. This is a long sleeve dress and the sleeves end in wide sleeves like the women wore back in the medieval times.
Around the upper arms on each sleeve are bands that feature the same design as shown on the front of the dress. The headband and shoes do not come as part of this costume but can be purchased separately.
If you’re looking for a renaissance costume in another style, you might want to consider the California Costumes Women's Lady In Waiting costume. This is also a floor length dress that’s made of 100% polyester.
The dress comes with an underskirt. The top layer of the dress is royal purple while the bottom layer is green. The top of this costume is green trimmed in white ribbon at the collar and waist. The sides of the top are in the same purple color as the skirt.
The sleeves of the top are long and are in green with the same design that’s featured as is shown on the center of the top. Overlaying the sleeves are royal purple wing sleeves that are puffed at each of the tops. A gold crown with jewels is included with this costume.
This costume stands out not only as unique but it’s also very flattering and is sure to win the best dressed award.
This is a thigh high dress made of quality polyester. It does have to be hand washed. The dress is thigh high in length and it’s done in two complementing colors. The bottom layer of the dress is black on the skirt portion.
The top layer of the skirt is done in teal. This layer is gathered and bunched on either side just below the waist. The waist area has a wide gold belt with a wide center piece in the shape of a necktie.
This piece hangs almost to the bottom edge of the skirt. The top of the dress is black in the center and gathered on both sides. These sides are in the teal color. A sheer hangs below the knees and is attached to the back of the skirt.
A pair of gold glovelettes are part of this costume. These pieces run from above the elbow to the wrist and are snug fitting. Attached to the bottoms of these glovelettes is the same sheer material that’s on the back part of the skirt.
With the costume is a wide, gold collar that lies flat on the neck. On this collar are different size and color decorations that represent jewels. The crown that comes with the costume is a gold color.
At the center of the crown is a raised cobra head that’s done in the colors of gold and teal. The sandal heels and wig aren’t part of this costume, but you can purchase those and additional pieces to add to the costume.
You’ll want to get the Rubie's Costume Goddess Sandals if you’re looking for the same shoes that go with the costume. These are available in sizes ranging from small to large.
The material is faux leather. The straps can fit a variety of leg sizes. If you’d like to have the snake arm bands, you’ll want to buy the Metal Snake Armband by Peter Alan, Inc. For the wig, you can choose from long, braided hair with the Queen Cleopatra Wig.
Or you can pick the short hair version with the Enigma Wigs Women's Egyptian Queen one. For earrings, you’ll want to pick something like the Rubie's Costume Co
Hooded Huntress Costume (Teens/Tweens)
Finding the perfect costume for your teen takes a little bit of planning ahead. You want to make sure that you find something that fits your teen’s personality. But you also want to find a costume that’s well made and will stand out.
Some of the various options that are popular this year are based on characters who used bows. For example, Merida from Brave is a popular teen costume. So are the young female Robin Hood costumes.
But the most popular costume for this year that’s flying off the shelves is the Hooded Huntress Costume. This costume allows a teen to be stylish and still have that cool factor that the girls want to have.
This costume features a short tunic. A tunic is a sleeveless piece of material that looks like a short dress. This one is dark gray in color and has a length that’s several inches above the knee.
The neckline of the tunic is in a vee shape and has a black string lace up closure. There is a black shoulder strap with the tunic that has a buckle at the shoulder of the strap. This buckle is made of thin metal.
The center of the tunic has a large, wide belt. This belt has a black background color and is decorated with gold designs. The center of the belt is arched at the top and bottom. The belt is made of comfortable fabric. The belt ties on.
There is a cape that comes with the tunic. The cape has a large hood that features a thin gold chain that goes around the neck to help keep the hood in place. The cape is made of velvet
Two wrist gauntlets come as part of the costume and both are done in black. These fit from the wrist to mid forearm. These pieces are made of fabric rather than plastic so your teen won’t have to worry about any irritating rubbing that plastic pieces can sometimes cause.
To complete the look, you’ll want to add a pair of black leggings, since these are not included with the purchase of the costume. A pair of mid-calf black boots are also needed since these aren’t included either.
The bow and arrow that every huntress needed is a separate accessory and you can find these in a variety of sizes and styles. One of these is the Princess Paradise Bow and Arrow Set. This costume is designed to fit up to size 14. So if you have a larger teen, you can get the women’s costume in the same design and that should fit.