The 42 Most Badass Feminist Halloween Costumes For 2015

So much inspiration, so little time.

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.


Because she's fantastically fierce, and "Mad Max"'s feminist upgrade of 2015 deserves a tribute.

Jo Calderone



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.

Pussy Riot

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

The Notorious RBG is an ICONIC badass feminist. Super easy costume, too -- add a crown to make it truly notorious.

A Vagina

Because vaginas are magical and dressing up like one is pretty much a guaranteed good time.

Joan of Arc

O.G. feminist.

Lisa Simpson

With a spiky hairdo, red dress and a string of giant pearls, you can pull off everyone's favorite cartoon-vegetarian-feminist. Saxophone optional.

Hillary Clinton

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.

Daenerys Targaryen

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 Kaling

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.


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!

Annie Oakley

Grab yourself a cowgirl outfit and prepare to take on the Wild West like the legendary sharpshooter.

Frida Kahlo

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.

Hermione Granger

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.

Angela Davis

The brilliant scholar, author and activist also rocked a deeply cool look back in the day, and is pretty much the definition of badass.

Birth Control

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.

A Suffragette

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)

Everyone's favorite teen angst-embracing feminists make a great BFF costume.

Katniss Everdeen

Her looks are pretty iconic and different in every film -- with a braid and a bow and arrow, you can pick your favorite Katniss.

Sonia Sotomayor

The first-ever Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history reigns supreme -- and all you'll need is a gavel and a robe.

Amelia Earhart

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.

A Uterus

Amazing and so easy to DIY!

Liz Lemon

Dressing up like pretty much any version of the incredible Tina Fey makes us feel Bossypants and proud.

Miley Cyrus

"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.

Leslie Knope

The feminist hero of Pawnee is our hero, too.

The Statue of Liberty

Green is the new black.

Power Puff Girls

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.

Peggy Olson

So many adorable vintage looks to choose from.

Leela (from Futurama)

Our favorite one-eyed feminist from the future.

Kimmy Schmidt

"Cuz females are strong as hell." Find someone in an Iron Man costume to stand near and you'll be unbreakable.

The Craft

Another awesome group costume option -- assemble your coven and tap into your 90s nostalgia.

The Supremes

Another brilliantly iconic option for parties of three.

Patti Smith

Ultimate punk rock star.

Wonder Woman

Classic. We can be heroes.

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