WITH fright night just around the corner, it's time to get your spook on with the best Halloween costumes for women.
Whether you're going to a themed party or club night, trick or treating with the kids or just love any excuse to get into character – the 31st of October is always a fun time of the year for dressing up and embracing the weird and the weirder, still.
And while costumes might once have been strictly of the horror variety, these days, everything is up for grabs: from iconic movie characters to sexy pirates.
Coming up with a winning look takes time and effort though, so we've sifted through the options online to bring you only the best ensembles.
25 Classic Purple Witch Fancy Dress Credit: Amazon Classic Purple Witch Fancy Dress, £17.97 from Amazon – buy here
Listen; there's absolutely
nothing wrong with going for one of the most obvious Halloween outfits of all time.
The witch costume is a classic for a reason!
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This one by Amscan will show that you've gone to a bit more effort than just picking up a pointy hat last minute.
The longline black dress, complete with jagged edge sleeves and purple contrasting trim has amazing detail for the price: we love that there's a corset for added shape, plus the purple is continued into the trim of the hat for a cohesive look.
'I can’t see why anyone would have any complaints. Outfit on straight from package and it’s a dream' says one glowing review, adding: 'Nice fit. The hat is a good fit and pointy.'
'Absolutely good value for money and no regrets here. I’m a larger size 12 and it was a great fit. Super flattering in fact, I think I might wear it daily. Don’t hesitate.'
Sizes available: 8-10 to 26-28, Delivery: Next Day available. Pink Cowgirl Barbie Margot Robbie Costume Pink Cowgirl Barbie Margot Robbie Costume, £43.99 from Amazon – buy here
There's no way we can talk about Halloween costumes for women without mentioning one of the movies of the year:
Barbie, of course!
Margot Robbie served iconic look after iconic look in Greta Gerwig's live-action hit, so you can definitely expect to see plenty of Barbie's out this Halloween.
There are already lots of options online – but understandably, they're not all reviewed yet by customers.
However, we managed to find this cowgirl shirt, trousers, belt and scarf combo which has already got some great ratings – including from a Barbie impersonator herself!
'I recently bought a made-to-measure £150 outfit on Etsy for an event that I was doing as Barbie and this did not come in time, so I panicked and got this next day from Amazon,' writes the shopper.
'I was actually very impressed because, although yes, the material is stretchy cheapish material, it still looked fab! So I definitely recommend it for fancy dress! Also loved that the earrings and bandanna were spot-on.'
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Looking for a slightly different take on the classic Wednesday Addams styling of a black dress with a white collar? This one's for you.
Fans of Netflix's Tim Burton-directed series,
Wednesday, will spot that it's based closely on the school uniform that Wednesday – aka Jenna Ortega – wears to attend Nevermore Academy.
The officially licensed costume includes a pullover jersey (printed to look like a sweater vest) with a sewn-in white collar and tie, as well as a separate jacket and skirt.
All you'll need to add is a pair of chunky black boots and some pigtails – either your own hair if it's dark, or this wig with bangs.
Sizes available: Small to Large, Delivery: Parcel Priority available (1-4 business days). Ariel Metallic Slip Fishtail Maxi Skirt and Shell Corset Halloween Metallic Slip Fishtail Maxi Skirt, £16 (was £20) from Boohoo – buy here Halloween Mermaid Shell Corset, £17.60 (was £22) from Boohoo – buy here
Decent Ariel costumes are pretty hard to come by, it turns out: no shade to the usual fancy dress retailers, but it's all too easy for
The Little Mermaid costumes to end up looking naff, unflattering and a little bit…well, cheap.
That was until we saw this set from Boohoo. Sold as two separate pieces, it's the perfect way to pay a nod to everyone's favourite mermaid this Halloween – while still looking cute and on-trend.
The metallic maxi skirt is figure-hugging and perfect for a fashion take on the mermaid tail, while the boned corset keeps things sweet and sexy.
Best of all, you can style with a red wig for Halloween and then keep both items to wear separately, once the 31st has been and gone.
Sizes available: 6-16 (skirt) and S-M (corset), Delivery: Next Day available. Addams Family Morticia Costume Addams Family Morticia Costume, £45.99 from Smiffys – buy here
Ahh, Morticia Addams. The matriarch of the Addams family, master of the supernatural – and owner of the most fabulous black gown collection.
Yep, Mrs Addams is always a popular costume choice for Halloween – especially if you can manage to persuade a few others to dress up with you as the whole family.
This costume from Smiffys includes a form-fitting velvet maxi featuring a sheer fishtail and arm detailing.
Handily, it comes with the long black wig too, so you get the head-to-toe look for under £46.
Sizes available: 8-10 to 20-22, Delivery: Next Day available. Bridgerton Regency Duchess Costume Regency Duchess Costume, £59.99 from HalloweenCostumes – buy here
Although not billed as such, we reckon this Regency Duchess Costume is just perfect for paying homage to Netflix's regency romance,
Bridgerton, this Halloween.
The formal style is a dead ringer for some of the silhouettes worn by the show's debutantes like Daphne and Kate – but if you're not familiar with the series, it's also ideal for dressing up as a more generic lady of society.
As well as the dress, the matching headpiece is included so you'll just need some shoes and perhaps a pair of lace gloves if you really want to get into character.
Sizes available: S-L, Delivery: Parcel Priority available (1-4 business days). Women's Skeleton Catsuit Skeleton catsuit, £16.99 from Amazon – buy here
Make no bones about it: this skeleton catsuit is simple but
The costume comprises a full-body, stretchy suit printed with a cartoonish human skeleton on the front that'll really 'pop' when you're in a darkened room.
The neckline finishes fairly low, so use the picture above to help you recreate skeleton makeup on your décolletage for an overall deadly effect.
It's an ideal mix of spooky and sexy, so you can wear it with heels to dress it up a bit – or if comfort's more your vibe, opt for a pair of boots or trainers in black or white to keep with the monochrome theme.
Sizes available: 12-14, Delivery: 4-6 days. Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Costume Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter, £58.99 from HalloweenCostumes – buy here
Despite being a children's story, there's always an underlying eeriness to
Alice in Wonderland that is never better exemplified than by the unpredictable character of the Mad Hatter.
So what better idea for a Halloween costume?
It's not overtly sexy, but still gives a little 'something' – whilst hinting at something slightly off-kilter thanks to the huge top hat and oversized bow tie.
This set includes the hat, dress, neckwear, coat and gloves and you can finish the look off with whatever shoes you see fit – although we do like this costume with tall boots.
For just under £60, you get a lot for your money and you can be sure to stand out whether you're trick or treating or rocking up to a Halloween party.
Sizes available: XS-XL, Delivery: Parcel Priority available (1-4 business days). Sexy Witch Costume Floral Lace Up Corset Mini Dress, £28.90 from Cider – buy here
Don't love dressing up for Halloween but you've been told unequivocally that if you don't wear a costume, you can't come to the party?
We've all been there – so let us put to you a compromise in the form of this lace-up corset mini dress from Cider.
It's not technically a Halloween costume, but with its square neckline, flowing sleeves and corseted front, it's the perfect centrepiece for a sexy witch costume.
Just add a wand, hat, some thigh-high boots and gothic make-up and you'll be the best-dressed witch at the party.
Plus you'll be able to re-wear this dress again and again, even when Halloween has passed.
Sizes available: 6/8 to 18-28, Delivery: 6 – 8 business days. Red Queen Medieval Hooded Dress Red Queen medieval hooded dress, from £26.99 from Amazon – buy here
This red velvet medieval-style dress isn't officially a
Game of Thrones Halloween costume, but we reckon with the addition of a wig and a choker, you could be a dead ringer for Melisandre of Asshai – the super-evil Red Queen from the famous series.
Also available in several colours and a variety of slightly different styles, the costume has been branded one of Amazon's number one bestsellers for comfort, scare factor and the vast range of sizes it's available in (Small to 5XL).
Besides the Red Queen, with a bit of creativity, you could use the black version of this dress to transform yourself into loads of other characters too – from Morticia Adams to Jane from Stephenie Meyer’s
Twilight saga. Sizes available: S-5XL, Delivery: 6-9 days. Neverland Fairy Costume Neverland Fairy Costume, £19.49 – £29.99 from Amazon – buy here
Although Halloween is traditionally about dressing up in scary costumes, we all know that many people don't follow in those footsteps – which we love, because it means a wider variety of costumes that fit different people.
If you're not about freaking out your family, friends or neighbours but still want to wear a costume, then this Neverland fairy costume is a great option.
Technically, you'd be dressing up as Peter Pan's companion, Tinkerbell, which still fits into the Halloween fantasy theme without needing to reach for the fake blood.
Although if you
did want to add a bit of darkness to this costume, fake blood wouldn't be a terrible idea… Sizes available: 6-8 to 22-24, Delivery: 4-7 days. Sexy Pirate Costume Spanish Lass Pirate Costume, £44.99 from fancydress.com – buy here
A pirate costume is always a fun choice for Halloween, but this year you can spice it up with a sexy Spanish pirate costume that'll turn heads and make everyone say 'Ooh arr, señorita' when you walk into the room.
The sultry costume includes the dress, sleeves, hat, belt and pouch, which makes it really great value compared with a lot of costumes that require extra pieces.
All you'll need to finish it off is a pair of black knee-high boots from your wardrobe (extra points if you have some red ribbon to tie around them), plus a petticoat and a sword if you really want to go all out.
We're obsessed with this costume and it seems to be selling fast, so grab it before it's too late.
Sizes available: XS-XXL, Delivery: Next Day available. Women's Halloween Pumpkin Costume Abitoncc Pumpkin Costume, £13.99 from Amazon – buy here
If you're going to be hanging out with the kids on Halloween, you might be looking for a getup that's more fun than frightening.
This neat costume comprises a pumpkin jumpsuit as well as a cute pumpkin hat, bag, glasses, striped socks and folding orange paper lantern.
Just add some pointy shoes, and you shall go to the ball.
It'll totally work at a Halloween party in a campy-kitsch, Katy Perry kinda way as well – who doesn't love a costume that's tongue in cheek?
'Great Halloween costume. Both myself and my husband use this on different occasions. Good price value for money,' says one five-star review.
Sizes available: One size, Delivery: 8 days. Baywatch Costume Smiffys Officially Licensed Baywatch Beach Costume, £18.98 from Amazon – buy here Pam and Tommy caused quite a stir last year and threw Pamela Anderson back into the public sphere – which makes Halloween the perfect excuse to pay a nod to the iconic show that launched her career.
This officially licensed Baywatch costume from Smiffys is both comfortable and a bit sexy and includes the top and shorts – ideal for recreating that famous slow-mo run.
For less than £20, just pair with some heels to add a bit of glam or trainers for comfort.
'Material was light and non-scratchy. Not at all see-through and looked great!' notes one shopper about the quality.
Sizes available: S-L, Delivery: Next Day available. Zombie Cheerleader Costume Zombie Cheerleader Costume Outfit with pom poms, £14.95 on Amazon – buy here
If trick or treating isn't on the cards this year but a good old Halloween party is, then perhaps it's time to give the movie classic, '
The Zombie Cheerleader' a go.
This costume comes complete with a blood-splattered cheerleader's dress along with pom poms and a tube of fake blood to make your outfit (or make-up) even scarier.
It's available in six colourways and sizes range from UK 6 to UK 16, which makes it perfect for getting a group of friends together to all wear this costume: just
think of the silly cheer routines you'll come up with.
All you'll need to add is a pair of white plimsolls and a ponytail for extra preppiness.
Sizes available: 6-8 to 14-16, Delivery: Next Day available. The Great Gatsby Flapper Dress The Great Gatsby 1920s Flapper Dress, £47 from Light in the Box – buy here
If Halloween is all about partying for you, then what better costume than one that represents the ultimate party era: the 1920s?
Great Gatsby style, this flapper dress is beaded for all the glam and finished with (faux) feathers around the hemline.
If you want to go truly flapper, then finish off the ostentatious look with a headband that sits around the forehead with a single feather in it.
You'll have people thinking they've travelled back in time to the glitz and glamour of 1920s New York City.
And of course, some fake blood or zombie-style makeup will instantly transform it into a more gruesome look.
Sizes available: S-XXL, Delivery: 3-5 business days. Wonder Woman Costume DC Comics Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman Costume, £34.28 – £35.45 from Amazon – buy here
Another comic book heroine, Wonder Woman is a Halloween classic when it comes to costumes.
Reinvigorated by the 2017 blockbuster film starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, this iconic costume is as easily recognisable as any of the comic book stars.
Everything you see except for the shoes comes with this outfit, which at under £40 is quite the deal.
might just even get you crowned best costume if one reviewer's experience is anything to go by.
'It's so good y'all. I bought it for Halloween and I won the costume contest, slayyyy!!!' they rave.
Sizes available: XS-L, Delivery: Next Day available. T-Rex Costume Inflatable T-Rex Costume, £32.99 from Amazon – buy here
Less about sexy and more about fun, when it comes to dressing up?
Inflatable T-Rex costumes have been blowing up (no pun intended) on TikTok for a while now, so there's no time like the present to join in on the hype.
For just under £33 on Amazon, you can dress up as the scariest of dinosaurs without causing too much of a fright.
It comes with a fan to keep the costume inflated – and with good airflow, so you don't get too sweaty, there's no doubt this costume will turn heads and crack a few smiles this Halloween.
Sizes available: One size, Delivery: Next Day available. Maleficent Costume Maleficent adult costume, now £62.99 (was £69.99) from Party Delights – buy here
Channel your inner evil Moors fairy (or alternatively, your inner Angelina Jolie) with this stunning, Disney-licensed Maleficent costume available from Party Delights.
The slinky black dress comes complete with batwing sleeves to waft about, a statement spiky collar and of course, a headpiece with those all-important horns.
Easy and comfortable to wear, there's no need to do your hair or faff around with wigs thanks to the headpiece – you'll just need to smooth your hair down underneath, so a cap might come in handy.
Make sure to finish off the look with a bright red lip to channel full Maleficent energy.
Sizes available: 8-10 to 12-14, Delivery: Next Day Delivery pre-12pm available. Fallen Angel Costume Women's Fallen Angel Halloween Costume, £22.99 from Amazon – buy here
Want to dress up as an angel, but not sure how to make it edgier for Halloween? Try a fallen angel.
For under £30, this costume includes a corset dress with sheer mesh sleeves, fluffy black wings and a black halo headband.
There's no wig included but you could pick up a grey one like in the image above – or just rock your own hairstyle and let the outfit do the talking.
To really get the most out of this look, opt for grungy make-up with a dark lip and smokey eye.
'The perfect size and the costume was very good and beautiful!' says one translated review.
Sizes available: S-3XL, Delivery: 12-14 days. Ghost Ship Princess costume Ghostship princess costume, £29.48 from Amazon – buy here
The pallid greys of this delicate ghost ship princess costume will make you look as though you've been dredged from the seabed after hundreds of years.
You'll love the thoughtful details too: tattered sleeves, a cobweb sash and a jaunty captain's hat all add to its spooky appeal.
It's got great reviews for the fit and quality, with one shopper noting: 'I'm a 14/16; ordered a large and it fits like a glove. Very flattering really.'
Just add a grey wig, the Ghost ship make-up kit, some kick-ass pirate attitude – and you'll be Halloween-ready.
Sizes available: S-XL, Delivery: Next Day available. IT Pennywise Costume IT Pennywise Clown Dress, £34.99 – £37.99 from Amazon – buy here
As the antagonist in Stephen King's famous horror novel,
IT, Pennywise is one of the scariest baddies out there.
This is the official costume by Warner Bros, so you know you'll be getting the goods here.
It includes a grey voluminous dress with pom pom detailing, as well as a coordinating pair of tights.
Playing on the evil clown trope, Pennywise is often pictured with a red balloon to add to the menacing vibe of the entire costume.
To make sure you're only getting treats when you go door-knocking, style like the image above with a red wig, balloon and some clown-like make-up.
Sizes available: 8-10 to 18-20, Delivery: Next Day available. Supergirl Costume Set Supergirl – Adult Costume, £31.89 – £35.99 from Amazon – buy here
How could we have a roundup of Halloween costumes including Wonder Woman and Catwoman and
not include Supergirl?
Making up the holy trifecta of female comic book characters, the blue and red costume is as famous as its male counterpart.
This is the officially licensed Warner Bros DC Comics costume, so the detailing is top-notch: the iconic logo sits in the centre of the chest in red and gold, with a red metallic skirt that will catch the light in any Halloween party setting.
Again, no boots are included here but you do get boot covers to go over your own, as well as a sewn-in cape – so you'll be ready to fly into your Halloween party (figuratively, of course).
Sizes available: 8-10 to 18-20, Delivery: Next Day available. Leg Avenue Moonlight Bat Costume Leg Avenue Moonlight Bat Costume, £46.45 from Amazon – buy here
Simple but effective, this bat costume is an easy compromise if you don't love dressing up, but want to do more than just draw some whiskers on your cheeks and go as a cat.
The wings feature a pretty lace design to match the choker and headband ears, while the wet-look dress is pure va va voom – who knew bats could be this sexy?
The only pieces not included are the tights and shoes – but that means you can style the outfit in whatever way you like.
Have some earrings that work? Ditch the choker and go for those instead. Going to be walking around trick or treating? Then pull out some flat boots rather than the stilettos pictured.
Sizes available: S and L, Delivery: Next Day available. Catwoman Costume Womens Classic Catwoman Costume, £27.04 – £34.98 from Amazon – buy here
A full black jumpsuit and thigh-high boots (not included) can only mean one thing: Catwoman.
Played by A-listers including Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway and most recently, Zoë Kravitz, the comic book heroine is a go-to for many during Halloween – primarily because it's such an easy costume to throw together.
This version comes with the eye mask, belt, headpiece and, of course, the jumpsuit.
Of course, this look is truly not complete without a pair of thigh highs, so if you have some black ones at home, make sure to wear them this Halloween.
Sizes available: S, M and 14-16, Delivery: Next Day available. How much do Halloween costumes for women cost?
This varies dramatically depending on how in-depth you want to go with your costume. For example, you could buy some cat ears for just a few pounds, but for a full Mad Hatter costume, you'd be looking at £50 plus.
Where to buy Halloween costumes for women in the UK?
Unsurprisingly, one of the best places to pick up a Halloween costume is Amazon. You can find outfits from a variety of sites collated here and there are a load of price points too – as well as a good selection that comes with Prime's next-day delivery.
Amazon isn't the only place though, of course: check out our favourite retailers below, all of which feature in our picks above.
HalloweenCostumes Boohoo Smiffys Fancydress.com Cider Light in the Box Party Delights Why do we wear costumes on Halloween?
Originally, Halloween costumes were worn to scare away wandering spirits which is why it's tradition to wear something spooky on the 31st.
However, that tradition has evolved over the years, with some taking the opportunity to wear funny, sexy or realistic outfits that show creativity on a night when everyone is also dressing up.
What is the best Halloween costume?
The real answer to this question is… all of them!
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Halloween is a fun night to dress up as whatever you want, which means not worrying about trying to follow fashion trends or what others might think.
From the spooky to the sexy to the downright outlandish: just wear whatever makes you feel good and have some fun with it.
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