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Halloween Costume Ideas For Black Women That Are Creative AF

Whether or not you go all-out for Halloween, there’s one thing that you can’t forget you’ll need: a Halloween costume. Costumes are the holiday’s main attraction. Everyone has the option to pick and dress up as anyone or anything they like. From cartoon characters to famous people, the possibilities are endless on deciding what to be for Halloween. Halloween costumes give the opportunity for someone to dress in the freedom of how they want, as it’s a free-spirited holiday. In the Black community, the culture spreads to costumes, and there are a ton of Halloween costume ideas for Black women you should try this year. 

Creativity is key for costumes on Halloween. Knowing the type of costume that speaks to you will help you get a good idea of what to be this year. There are even Halloween costumes that reappear year after year because their popularity becomes somewhat of a trend, such as the Chucky doll costume or an angel. A costume can be part of the culture that it belongs to or represents, such as a nun, which is based on aspects surrounding Christianity and Christian culture. The same sort of thing can be said for costumes in the Black community, so here are some Halloween costume ideas for Black women that’ll really give you the W in the costume contest this year.

Costumes For The Culture

Representation is important in the Black community, and Halloween is another great time to show it. Characters like Princess Tiana ($70, Ezcosplay) from Disney’s movie The Princess and the Frog, and fictional cheer squad the Clovers ($32, Amazon) from the Bring It On movie franchise are iconic and timeless. A costume from the 2023 version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Ariel ($45, Fashion Nova) starring Halle Bailey is another good choice. These characters allowed the space for Black women to be shown on the big screen. 

Character Favorites 

Picking character costumes don’t stop at the ones that specifically celebrate Black culture. There’s variety to dressing up in all the characters that you love. Chucky ($59, Fashion Nova), Freddy Krueger ($30, Amazon), and Pennywise the Clown ($35, Fashion Nova) costumes are perfect for bringing traditional scary vibes to your look. Tinkerbell ($52, Fashion Nova), Bratz dolls ($50, Dolls Kill), DC’s Poison Ivy ($23, AliExpress), Kim Possible ($23, Aliexpress), and Daphne ($70, HalloweenCostumes.com) and Velma ($5, Aliexpress) from the Scooby Doo franchise are other top picks, being well-known characters that shaped many childhoods, including in the Black community.

Basic With A Twist

Sometimes, going back to basics for a Halloween costume is best — especially when you can add your own flare to it. Dress up as an angel with this Ruched Front Ruffle Hem Tube Dress ($18, SHEIN), a pair of wings, and a halo to look heavenly. Saddle up with extra accessories like a Buckle Front Underbust Corset ($11, SHEIN) for your cowgirl costume. Outhop all the other bunnies in the mansion with a Playboy Peep Show Bunny 2-Piece Costume Set ($77, Fashion Nova) to be bold and daring. Embrace your inner warrior as a ninja with this Dragon Ninja 3-Piece Costume Set ($42, Fashion Nova). The choices are limitless.

Vivian Gilbert is a style writer at the Her Campus at Georgia chapter. She oversees the style verticals on the site pertaining to fashion. In addition to being part of HerCampus, Vivian has had media experience being on national television as a virtual studio audience for Journalist and Television Personality, Tamron Hall. She has been a cast member for a local educational television network in the Atlanta area. She wrote articles for her high school’s yearbook; a yearbook that went on to be acknowledged at the National Scholastic Press Association. She went to Georgia State University (and is a 2022 graduate) with a major in Journalism and a minor in Spanish. In her free time, Vivian enjoys looking at YouTube commentary about movies and television shows. She loves listening to music and her favorite kind of music is International Music. She is very curious and loves to research online about the world around her. She likes to spend time with loved ones and hopes to become a full-time writer and producer for Television shows enjoyed by millions.