30 DIY Halloween Costumes For Empowered Ladies

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Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in Game of Thrones, Screencap via HBO

Arya Stark – Game of Thrones

Why She’s Awesome: All of the Game of Thrones women are forces of nature, but Arya in particular has transformed so much. From a little girl who just wanted to learn swordfighting like her brothers, to No One, to a murderess on a vengeance mission, Arya has grown matured and hardened with the world around her. She has become a formidable enemy (and she has many), which will make her return to her famous “list” even more exciting. She will stop at nothing to avenge the people she loves and protect her family, even if it means sacrificing her life.

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

What You’ll Need: Most of Arya’s adolescence has been spent on the run, so she often wears shabby, shapeless clothes in brown and black. See if you can find a dress or shirt at Goodwill that you can rough up a bit, to reflect Arya’s difficult life. She keeps her brown hair on the shorter side, so a wig might be in order. Alternately, you can use long hair to fake a bob by folding your hair underneath itself and bobby-pinning it to the hair just above your neck. The most important identifier for Arya is her sword, Needle. A fake sword will do for this, if it’s a very thin one. Or you might want to create your own Needle by covering a long dowel rod or stick with aluminum foil and fashioning a handle from foam or felt.

Next Level Move: Arya has had many ‘versions’ that you could emulate to kick your costume up a notch, so I’ll suggest two. For Blind Arya, you can get some great colored contact lenses that cover your irises with a milky filter, like these. They will make your eyes look blurry and white, like Arya’s when she loses her sight. Instead or in addition, grab one of those semi-realistic-looking latex masks from a Halloween store. Instead of wearing it, carry it around as if you stole it from the “Many-Faced God,” like Arya.