11 Halloween Costumes for Women That You Can Wear Again


With Halloween less than 3 weeks away, it’s time to get this year’s costume together. While some people plan for this holiday months in advance, I know plenty of others who get so caught up in work, school, kids, or life in general and end up throwing something together last minute and hoping that it works. For the later of the two groups, I’m here to help.

I’m a big fan of using regular clothes to put together Halloween costumes. As an adult you’re either stuck with inexpensive but incredibly cheap looking store bought costumes or really nice but way too expensive store bought costumes. By using regular clothes you can justify spending more than you would on a cheap store bought costume because you can wear it again while also using thrift shops and second hand stores to find the best deals. So for all my fellow ladies who want a nice costume at a decent price, here’s 11 women’s Halloween costumes you can use throughout the year.

1. Witch

It’s a Halloween staple. The best part about this costume is you can pretty much wear anything with the witch hat to make it work.

What You Can Use Again

  • Black top
  • Black skirt
  • Black dress
  • Black shoes

Strictly Halloween Items

  • Witch Hat
  • Broom

2. Cat

Again, another Halloween staple. You can either wear pants, skirt, or a dress as long as everything is solid black. Use black eyeliner to give yourself whiskers and some cute cat eye makeup.

What You Can Use Again

  • Black top
  • Black pants
  • Black skirt
  • Black dress
  • Black shoes

Strictly Halloween Items

  • Black cat ears and tail

3. Leopard/Cheetah

It’s basically the same as the Black Cat but with prints instead of head to toe black. This is best for someone who already likes leopard or cheetah print and has a lot of it in her closet. Don’t want head to toe print? Use black or dark brown to break things up.

What You Can Use Again

  • Leopard/Cheetah print top
  • Leopard/Cheetah print pants
  • Leopard/Cheetah print skirt
  • Leopard/Cheetah print dress
  • Black shoes

Strictly Halloween Items

  • Leopard/Cheetah print ears and tail

4. Librarian

A favorite of girls who love to wear their glasses, this look can be for a family friendly event as well as something more sexy for those adult functions. Both use the same pieces, but for a sexier look leave a few buttons undone on your top, opt for a tighter skirt, and wear heels.

What You Can Use Again

  • Button down blouse
  • Pencil skirt
  • Cardigan
  • Pearl necklace
  • Glasses (if you already wear glasses)
  • Any shoes that aren’t boots or sneakers
  • Bonus points for carrying around a book or two

Strictly Halloween Items

  • Fake glasses (if you don’t already wear glasses)

5. Athlete

Do you have a favorite sports team? Do you have any of their jerseys? Perfect! Just put on some athletic bottoms, maybe get some eye black and a ball/equipment, and you’re set.

What You Can Use Again

  • Team jersey
  • Athletic shorts/pants
  • Athletic shoes

Strictly Halloween Items

  • Eye black
  • Sport equipment (if you don’t already own some)

6. Wine Connoisseur

This costume is really practical if you’re going to a BYOB party. Just carrying around your own wine and a wine glass, and sniff and sip all night long. Since there’s no real uniform of a wine connoisseur you can basically wear something fancy enough to drink fine wine in all day. Or boxed wine, I’m not here to judge you.

What You Can Use Again

  • A nice outfit to match the color of the wine you’re drinking
  • A wine glass (preferably one that isn’t glass)

Strictly Halloween Items

  • Wine, because let’s be honest how much are you actually going to have left over from one bottle or box after the party?

7. Hostess with the Mostest

Strongly recommended only for those throwing their own Halloween party since it’s weird to play hostess at a party that isn’t yours.

What You Can Use Again

  • Halloween sweater, t-shirt, or any other festive top
  • Any pants you own
  • Any shoes you own

Strictly Halloween Items

  • Always have a platter of Halloween-themed finger foods in one hand and a trick-or-treat bag full of Halloween themed items like vampire fangs and spider rings in the other
  • Bonus points for going all out on Halloween decorations to compliment your costume

8. #1 Fan

Do you really like a band, movie, TV show, book series, board game, or really just anything in general? Do you have a t-shirt to prove it? Excellent! This costume can be as simple as a t-shirt, but it’s better if you go all out with it.

What You Can Use Again

  • The t-shirt you already have in your closet
  • Jeans
  • Any shoes

Strictly Halloween Items

  • VIP backstage pass
  • Autograph book with your obsession’s “signature”
  • Dolls/action figures
  • Poster
  • Really any little accessories you can find that will prove your undying love for whatever you like
  • Bonus points for finding and carrying around a life size cut out all night

9. Nudist On Strike

Are you lazy? Do you just need something to wear for one party? Do you have cardboard, a marker, and some string? Then you have a costume, my friend. The Nudist On Strike is mad about something (broken heater, lack of towels, whatever issue you think a nudist could be upset about at a nudist camp) and they’re not going to take it anymore!

What You Can Use Again

  • Literally whatever you want to wear. Just pick something from your closet and throw it on.

Strictly Halloween Items

  • A cardboard sign around your neck reading “Nudist on Strike”

10. Socialite

Do you like to play dress up? Wish you were the wealthy center of attention everywhere you went? Then it’s time to let your inner socialite shine.

What You Can Use Again

  • Cocktail dress
  • Heels
  • Fancy jewelry (I discourage wearing real jewelry to a costume party)
  • Oversized sunglasses

Strictly Halloween Items

  • Bonus points for carrying a stuffed dog in your purse the whole night

11. FBI Agent

If you have a good poker face I suggest playing the serious FBI Agent. This is even better if you can get a group of friends to join you so you can stay in character throughout the party. Bonus points for having someone dresses as the President or any other important figure for you to guard. Or maybe you were sent to the party to protect the Socialite for the night?

What You Can Use Again

  • White button down top
  • Black dress pants
  • Black blazer
  • Aviator sunglasses

Strictly Halloween Items

  • Fake ear piece or, if you’re in a dedicated group, real walkie talkies to communicate with the whole night
  • FBI badge

Halloween is a fun holiday with great parties and events all through October. Don’t miss out just because you’re disappointed with store bought costumes or too busy to get really crafty on your own. Just look through your closet and get creative.

Florida Memory. Halloween party for the troops in Miami, Florida. 18 Aug. 2010. Online image. Flickr. 15 Oct. 2014. https://flic.kr/p/h7mzV4


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