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Creative Halloween Costume Ideas for Women

Updated on September 13, 2014
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Halloween Fun

For some people Halloween conjures up thoughts of jack-o-lanters, black cats and witches on broomsticks. For others it might be chocolates, candies and trick-or-treating. For many adults, it's all about finding the perfect costume and a chance to be someone or something else! I loved trick-or-treating when I was a kid. My mother didn't celebrate Christmas with us, but she took us trick-or-treating for some reason.

I loved getting dressed up and getting all the delicious morsels of sugar in all shapes and sizes. No wonder I got so fat! It really was all about the sweets for me. Once I felt that I was too old to go and beg for candy from total strangers, I discovered the fun of dressing up in costumes you wouldn't be caught dead in on a normal day.

I did all the normal or traditional costumes....dracula, priest, burglar and so on. After awhile I started to get bored with these traditional looks and I was hardly given a second look at my unoriginal costumes. So one day I decided to go as a bed. The decision was easy because I was tight on money that certain year and the only thing I could find around my house was an old bed sheet. I was also out of time for a last minute invite to a party.

I basically took the sheet, wrapped it around myself and carried a pillow around town with me. It was absolutely silly but everyone seemed to notice the strange man walking around with a sheet and pillow. I rather enjoyed the attention and it was the closest I've come to feeling like a celebrity.

Halloween is not as big here in Japan as it is in the US. Trick or treating is not practiced at all except in a handful of major shopping malls. It's more used as a marketing tool to get families to visit the mall. Halloween parties are mostly held at clubs and other nighttime venues for young adults. The best way for adults to indulge in this holiday here is to have home parties where they can invite their friends to dress up and celebrate any way they desire.

The last time I had a Halloween party was six years ago so perhaps I'll have a Halloween party this year. The great thing about Halloween is that it can be enjoyed by people of all ages in whatever style they want. It's also great fun too!

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There's a superhero in all of us

I've always found something exciting and sexy about superheros. The costumes are all tight fitting and they all seem larger than life. Superheros have superhuman powers and usually have the ability to fly. What's more sexy than that? :) I tried transforming myself into spiderman and superman in the past. One of my male friends decided to dress up as Marilyn Monroe and that was a blast! However it does take a fair amount of courage to dress up as Marilyn when you're a guy so superhero was my choice for that year.

It was great fun and we both got about the same number of compliments and humorous comments along the way. In fact we had more fun walking down the street and on the trains than at the actual party we were going to.

Superhero costumes

I've always been a fan of Spiderman...you know that guy in the spandex outfit that's incredibly tight-fitting and all.

One year I acually got up the nerve to go as the Incredible Spiderman. No kidding! I had a blast! Spandex outfit and all!

Having a mask on helped me get over my inhibitions and who knew how much fun it could be to transform yourself into something different, even if it's just for a day?

Oh, Supergirl is pretty awesome too! Just not as awesome as Spidey. Hehe

You Can Even Make Your Own Wonder Woman Outfit

Who is your favorite super hero?

Which superhero would you go as for Halloween?

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Inspirations from Japan

A Japanese theme can be a great way to impress and express the Asian in you. You can choose to be a sexy and mysterious geisha. How about a strong and courageous samurai? Others may prefer to be a Japanese lolita girl, which is just as popular with Japanese girls themselves.

You can also learn how to make up your face like a geisha. I have a video tutorial right below this so that may interest you. The make up works great with other looks as well because of the dramatic look. If you have a yukata or kimono you've purchased on a past trip to Japan, you can complement the look with props like a Japanese fan and geta sandals.

Geisha Makeup Tutorial

Rubie's Costume Geisha Kimono With Skirt Corset and Hair Sticks, Multicolor, Medium Costume
Rubie's Costume Geisha Kimono With Skirt Corset and Hair Sticks, Multicolor, Medium Costume

Mysterious, beautiful and alluring, a true Geisha emits class, style and subtle sexiness. But donning yourself in a real kimono would cost you fortunes ( they are expensive ) and honestly, real kimonos inhibit movement forcing you to walk in tiny rabbit steps.

This beautiful costume keeps the intrigue and mystique of the Geisha, while making it more suitable for the modern Halloween party-goer.

 
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Become The Ice Queen

Ever since Disney's musical extravaganza Frozen came out in theaters, Elsa, the Ice Queen has become THE queen girls around the world wished to become. But why let all the little girls have all the fun?

There are some absolutely gorgeous costumes available for adults. All you really need to do is all the extras. Flawless makeup, a blong wig and blue shoes and you're all set to head up to the Ice Castle deep within the mountains.

What Do You Plan To Dress Up As? All Comments Welcome. Thanks!

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      Michael W Smith Jr. 3 years ago from Florida

      What women doesn't like playing dress up. They all did it when they were kids and Halloween is the perfect excuse for women of all ages to get back in touch with their inner kid. Good post.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh yes ecogranny I can only imagine how fun it is to be in San Francisco during Halloween. How fun!!!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I won't dress up, I'm afraid. try to get into Halloween every year, but it's a half-hearted attempt. I do enjoy going about the city and seeing all the wonderful decorations people put on their homes. San Francisco has a lot of fun with Halloween, and the drag queens are especially fun with their outlandish getup. Riding the trains can be one fabulous spectacle after another.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: haha. too funny

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      VinnWong 4 years ago

      Next year I think I'm gonna dress up as a Dai-kon.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: Those two ideas are great Papier. I love anything that's totally wacky! lol

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Not any more. I think the last costume I wore was back in childhood, but if I were to wear one now it would either be totally wacky or 1800s.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: That's sounds so awesome! Can't wait to see it.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I will dress up as a fantasy queen this year.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: Wow, that sounds so awesome! I hope you have a good time this year!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I enjoy this time of year so much. I live only an hour from New Orleans, and we always go there two days before Halloween, to some of the parties. Great lens!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Lydia Ham: Awesome idea!

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      Nico 4 years ago from Ottawa, ON

      the masque is beautiful!

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      Lydia Ham 4 years ago

      I might suggest to my friend that we go as royalty at a masquerade ball.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Nicoinstitches: Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. It really is isn't it?

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: OH, that would be awesome!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      A really good "ALIEN" costume, if there is one.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tok2gman: Ohhh I would have loved to see you in a witch costume! My worst costume was jolly green giant. Green was not my color!

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      tok2gman 4 years ago

      One costume which worth mentioning was of a witch. That was a truly unique costume, nothing like is witches are commonly portrayed. I have to add that I am a guy.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ghoststorylover: Pirates and Draculas are always a hit. I went dressed as them in the past too. I have no idea what I'll be this year yet.

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      I dressed up as a pirate, and count Dracula a lot. They were both boy's costumes but I loved Dracula and pirates!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LoriBeninger: I love in love with your collection of awesome lenses! Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      One of my ideas for a costume is a Zombie Marilyn Monroe...you're introductory picture just reminded me that I have to get going on that one! Thanks for the wonderful ideas, your Comment on my Ursula The Sea Witch Costume lens (I love you, too), and a great lens.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyaalves3: Thanks so much tonyaalves for your comment and visiting. Cheers!

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for sharing