Women’s Halloween costume ideas

Let the good times roll in creative and classic DIY women’s Halloween costumes. Whether inspiration comes from the movies, books, pop culture or history, what you wear this Halloween is only limited by your sense of fun and imagination.

According to National Retail Federation, Halloween continues to be popular for adults, with half of celebrants (48%) planning to dress in costume this year, with witch the top choice.

Here’s how adults can play dress-up for the day with these five Halloween costume ideas for women.

Flower child: Embrace tie-dye, fringe and bell bottoms for this far-out costume. With this look from the ’60s, how can you feel anything but groovy? Peace, baby! In addition to shirts and skirts — think long and flowy — add accessories such as a fringe vest, headband, flowers, anything with a peace symbol, sunglasses and go-go boots.

Snow White: This 1930s Disney classic never goes out of style. Grab a ballgown or go with two pieces instead — a blue shirt or sweater along with a yellow skirt or tutu. Top it off with red lipstick and a matching bow for your updo and be sure to carry an apple.

Roaring ’20s: Celebrate the style icons of this prosperous and freewheeling decade by putting on your party dress. Style it up with a cloche hat or feathered headband, long set of pearls, gloves and a pair of Mary Janes. If you’ve got a bob, wear it with attitude!

Raining Cats and Dogs: Have fun with this play-on-words DIY costume idea. The key to this one is hanging secondhand stuffed animals from an umbrella. Wear a raincoat, leggings and rainboots and you’re all set to be showered with attention.

Little Red Riding Hood: Bring this 17th-century fairy tale to life by topping off a white, red, black or gray dress with a long, hooded red cape. Wear boots and carry a gingham-lined basket. Bonus points for carrying a wolf stuffed animal.

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