9 Inspiring Women’s Halloween Costume Ideas

Our favourite women's Halloween fancy dress costumes

Choosing a Halloween outfit is a big decision. Get it right and you’ll be the queen of the party. Get it wrong and you’ll have to wait a whole year to put it right! Luckily, we’re here to help you find the coolest costume for your party.

Whatever you’re doing for Halloween, this list contains all the fancy dress inspiration any woman could wish for. You’ll find gruesome costumes for grown-up get-togethers, iconic horror film characters and fun outfits for family-friendly celebrations.

  1. June from The Handmaid’s Tale

Red maiden women's Halloween costume

If you’re looking for a Halloween costume that’s bang on trend, there aren’t many bigger TV shows right now than The Handmaid’s Tale.

The plot of Margaret Atwood’s sci-fi nightmare certainly qualifies as horror, and no one is on the receiving end more than June (or Offred, if we’re going by Gileadean names).

This easy-to-wear robe and bonnet will help you step into character without needing hours to get ready. Plus, it’s a great conversation-starter if you bump into any other fans of the show.

  1. Maleficent

Woman wearing a full length Maleficent robe with collar and horns


What if we told you that this Halloween, you’d end up looking like Angelina Jolie? Doesn’t sound scary so far, does it? However, you might change your mind when you see this magnificent Maleficent outfit!

Based on the evil queen from classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is one of Angelina’s most iconic roles of recent years. This costume has it all, from the sleek, spooky cloak to the striking horned crown.

Your fellow partygoers will be completely spellbound!

  1. Pennywise the Clown

Woman dressed in Pennywise costume with red tights, clown makeup and a giant hammer

The evil character in Stephen King’s It is a shapeshifter whose true form is never really known. Or, to put it another way, who the heck says Pennywise has to be a man?

This women’s outfit is your first step towards becoming the original creepy clown. It’s similar to Bill Skarsgård’s costume from the 2017 film, so you can expect a grey dress with Pennywise’s signature red buttons and neck ruffle. Don’t forget the all-important red wig, too!

We’ve even got this handy Halloween make-up tutorial to help you put the finishing touches to your costume.

  1. The Grady Twins from The Shining

Do you recognise this evil twin from a classic horror film? Try this for your Halloween costume!

Heading to the party with your best friend? Why not go as the creepy twins from The Shining?

If you’ve seen the classic Stanley Kubrick horror film, you’ll remember how this ghostly pair terrify little Danny in the corridors of the Overlook Hotel.

With this bloodstained dress, socks and headband, you’ll look just as frightening as the original gruesome twosome!

5. Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride costume for Halloween

Tim Burton certainly knows how to create female characters that are both spooky and cool at the same time, and here’s the second one on our list.

If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know that the Corpse Bride isn’t all bad. Having said that, she does have ‘Corpse’ in her name, so that’s good enough to get her on any Halloween costume list in our book

6. Deadly Nun

Deadly nun costume for Halloween

Nuns are supposed to be nice, but this one’s taken a turn to the dark side! This spooky sister is certainly a pretty provocative costume, so if you’re looking for something attention-grabbing, this is the one for you.

Of course, this costume wouldn’t be complete without the creepy makeup, so don’t forget to get some white and black face paint, too.

7. Medusa

Medusa is a cool women's costume for Halloween

Her hair’s made of live snakes and if you look at her, you’ll turn into stone. Yep, we’d say Medusa’s definitely horrifying enough for a Halloween costume.

If this costume’s anything to go by, she’s also pretty glam, too! You’ll get this gorgeous green dress, as well as gold accessories including (unsurprisingly) a crown of spooky snakes.

8. Halloween Harlequin

This Halloween harlequin is a great women's outfit

If you’re looking for a great creepy clown costume for women, how about a harlequin? This mischievous minx is all you need to get into the Halloween spirit!

9. Harley Quinn

Woman wearing a Harley Quinn outfit with a tshirt, red and blue jacket and red and blue shorts

Harley Quinn has always been a popular fancy dress option, but with a few new films and a cartoon series over the last few years, she has even more iconic outfits to choose from!

This piece comes straight from the Suicide Squad movie and is officially licensed. It includes the Daddy’s Lil Monster tshirt, red and blue jacket and shorts combo, a belt, and tights which give the impression of having her tattoos.

Finish off the look with her iconic red and blue dip-dyed hair in an officially licensed wig

Looking for even more inspiration?

As you can imagine, we’re not short of Halloween fancy dress ideas for women! Why not take a look at some of the other suggestions on our blog, or head over to Instagram to see more spooky, stylish outfits.