Halloween Costume How-To: Kick Butt As Lisbeth From 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

Pop quiz, Halloweenies! Are you an aficionado of goth culture, revenge-by-torture, cold case murders and playing with fire?

If you answered yes to all these questions... well, we're sure you'll have a lovely Halloween in whatever prison you're currently residing in!

But if you merely aspire to this sort of questionably legal bad-assery, then may we suggest that you spend your All Hallows Eve spent dressed up as the lovely...

LISBETH SALANDER?

The heroine of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is a compelling character and the owner of one of the film and literary world's most instantly recognizable looks. Which is great, because when you show up to your local costume party with cropped black hair, a kick-ass leather jacket, multiple facial piercings and lots of sexy body art, nobody will have to ask, "What are you?"

Being Lisbeth involves two things: an all-black ensemble and a penchant for pain. (Don't worry, you can fake the latter.) Start with the basics: a pair of liquid leather leggings (we like these from American Apparel), a black tank top (only $5 at Old Navy), a leather jacket (check out this cheap option from Forever 21) and a pair of heavy-duty black boots—the better to kick your enemies right in their motherfrankin' teeth. Then, accessorize with short black hair (a wig works, if you don't want to chop your own locks), a spiked collar and a faux septum piercing, and, of course, a large dragon tattoo on your upper back. Smokey eyes complete your Lisbeth look... along with a raging desire to issue an epic beatdown or two.

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