It’s officially October, which means it’s time to start planning your Halloween costume!
While we’re definitely not about any of the slut shaming that tends to crop up around this holiday, if skipping the “sexy cheeseburger” costume (yes, that’s a real thing) and using Halloween as an excuse to celebrate all that’s amazing about women and womanhood sounds like your idea of a party, here are 42 ideas you can use to let your feminist light shine this October.
Everybody’s favorite feminist pop star. Bonus: Gives you an excuse to sing Beyoncé songs all night.
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— Gory Thing (@korybing) July 6, 2015
Because she’s fantastically fierce, and “Mad Max”’s feminist upgrade of 2015 deserves a tribute.
Why limit yourself to female characters? Being a drag king for the night and dressing up as a male character you love (or a female pop star in drag) can be amazingly fun — and also super sexy. Take it from Gaga or lady Gandalf.
Cut some holes in a colorful beanie, don the attitude of a punk rock revolutionary, and you’re ready to go kick some ass.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Because vaginas are magical and dressing up like one is pretty much a guaranteed good time.
Joan of Arc
— Adriana Gómez Licón (@agomezlicon) February 14, 2015
With a spiky hairdo, red dress and a string of giant pearls, you can pull off everyone’s favorite cartoon-vegetarian-feminist. Saxophone optional.
— Renée Rapier (@ReneeRapier) July 2, 2014
Grab a pantsuit, some big sunglasses, a bunch of Hillary 2016 campaign buttons and a wig and you’re good to go. Rubber Hillary masks are also available if you’re feeling really crazy.
Blond wig and flowy dress? Check. Dark eyebrows and a plastic or plush baby dragon? Check. Friends and lovers can also make great dragons for a fun 2-person costume. The mother of dragons is coming for the throne.
Mindy is both badass and iconic. All you need to do is copy one of her ridiculously cute outfits and sport a sparkly bag with her name on it like the one she took to the Emmys.
Candace and Toni from “Portlandia”
The owners of everyone’s favorite feminist book store in “Portlandia” make an awesome costume for two.
— Bubba Chuck (@LRNROSE) November 1, 2014
This feminist powerhouse has had a lot of iconic moments. Choose any O Magazine cover or pair a mic with some shoulder pads and really big hair to go full ’80s Oprah.
Rosie the Riveter
We CAN do it!
— zeppy.io costumes (@zeppy_costumes) September 30, 2015
Grab yourself a cowgirl outfit and prepare to take on the Wild West like the legendary sharpshooter.
This brilliant revolutionary and artist was blessed with unmistakably iconic eyebrows — which also make for an awesome costume paired with a row of red roses in your hair.
The Paper Bag Princess
This feminist children’s book hero who saves the prince from the dragon makes for a super fun, easy to DIY costume.
Queen of the Nile, queen of our hearts.
Emma Watson and Hermione Granger are both feminist dreamboats. This one lets you carry a magic wand.
Beatrix Kiddo from Kill Bill
Fierce to the max. Don a yellow track suit and a samurai sword and you’re good to go — fake blood and/or a blond wig are great bonus accessories.
The brilliant scholar, author and activist also rocked a deeply cool look back in the day, and is pretty much the definition of badass.
— BC4U (@BC4UColorado) October 19, 2014
Easy to DIY with cardboard and awesomely symbolic of a woman’s right to determine her own fate. You could also do an IUD costume to rep everyone’s favorite long-acting form of birth control.
These ladies might have looked prim and proper, but suffragettes helped women get the vote with protests, jail time and even hunger strikes. Grab an old-timey dress and hat, make yourself a “Votes for Women” sash or sign, cop a bossy attitude and you’re good to go.
Daria (and/or Jane)
— Costume Ideas (@costume__ideas) January 20, 2015
Everyone’s favorite teen angst-embracing feminists make a great BFF costume.
Her looks are pretty iconic and different in every film — with a braid and a bow and arrow, you can pick your favorite Katniss.
— Elisa Batista (@ElisaBatista) October 31, 2013
The first-ever Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history reigns supreme — and all you’ll need is a gavel and a robe.
— JadedCulture (@Jaded_Culture) August 27, 2015
She was way ahead of her time and broke all the rules to become first female pilot to ever fly cross the Atlantic. Plus, you get to wear a leather jacket and a super sweet hat.
Amazing and so easy to DIY!
Dressing up like pretty much any version of the incredible Tina Fey makes us feel Bossypants and proud.
— PAPER Magazine (@papermagazine) August 31, 2015
“I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women not to be scared of anything.” So many new iconic VMA outfits to choose from!
A menstrual cup, pad or tampon
Death to period stigma! These are fun and easy to DIY, and a great excuse to play with fake blood on Halloween.
She’s a super cool feminist making amazing music, and she’s got a ton of distinctive looks to choose from.
— Heather (@Heather324) November 1, 2014
The feminist hero of Pawnee is our hero, too.
The Statue of Liberty
I was doing so good on my homework till my mom brought out the Statue of Liberty costume… pic.twitter.com/kaLeGGEYac
— ratch (@rachel_r33) September 25, 2015
Green is the new black.
Power Puff Girls
this dad has the best Halloween costume pic.twitter.com/6oG1gzOQPr
— Typical Girl (@SoDamnTrue) October 19, 2014
Bubbles, Buttercup and Blossom are three of our favorite superheroes, and their distinctive hairstyles and color-coded dresses make for an easy costume to DIY for three — or even four, if you’ve got a professor.
So many adorable vintage looks to choose from.
Leela (from Futurama)
Our favorite one-eyed feminist from the future.
“Cuz females are strong as hell.” Find someone in an Iron Man costume to stand near and you’ll be unbreakable.
— Caroline Freestone (@itsstylesauce) October 28, 2014
Another awesome group costume option — assemble your coven and tap into your 90s nostalgia.
Another brilliantly iconic option for parties of three.
— Susannah McGovern (@Susi_McG) September 16, 2015
Ultimate punk rock star.
— Vonka Romanov (@VonkaRomanov) September 15, 2015
Classic. We can be heroes.