30 DIY Halloween Costumes For Empowered Ladies

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Blind Arya (Maisie Williams) in Game of Thrones, Image credit HBO/Helen Sloan

Feel like dressing as someone more substantial than a sexy animal this Halloween? Here are 30 empowering, stylish ladies to fulfill all your costume needs!

Every year, it feels like women and girls face the same dilemma on Halloween.  While various cool costumes are marketed to our male counterparts, it seems like every costume for women gets the “sexy” treatment.  Sexy maid, sexy pirate, sexy cat, sexy police officer – the second word doesn’t matter like the first does.  The message is clear – this is what’s expected of us.

Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with wanting to dress sexy on Halloween!  Or any other time for that matter.  But what if that’s not what you want to do?  What if you’d rather be funny?  Or show your love for a favorite character?  Or put your geekery on full display?

Most mass-marketed and widely available costumes don’t bother with these other options.  So, what’s a girl to do?  The answer, of course, is always the same.  Do it herself!

So here’s your guide to 30 unique, empowering Halloween costumes!  Each of these ladies, both real and fictional, is amazing in her own way.  You’ll find an explanation of why you should dress like her and a basic rundown of how to go about putting your costume together.

I’ve also included a “Next Level Move” for each costume.  That means something additionally you can do to make your costume really stand out!  If the basic clothes are not enough for you, you can include a different costume piece, a prop, or another friend or two to kick your Halloween costume up a notch!

Halloween is such a fun holiday; don’t waste in a costume you don’t even really like!  Click on through for thirty unique, off-beat costumes that will make you feel like a total lady boss!  Happy crafting and happy thrifting, y’all!  See you on the 31st!