With Halloween a few weeks away, I wanted to get your opinion on some non-slutty costume ideas. I usually go out in Dupont, U St, etc areas with a group of friends (girls and guys), and we’re looking for something that will be cute and fun but is not your run-of-the-mill “sexy [enter anything here]”. Do you have any ideas that fall somewhere in the spectrum between “naughty schoolgirl” and “bunch of grapes”. I think my friends would be open to a group or theme costume as well.
Many thanks! Ashley
If you Google “Halloween Costumes for Women,” you discover that costume choices for women are very limited. You can be a sexy pirate wench, or Kate Gosselin. Naughty Nurse, or Kate Gosselin. Sultry Sailor, or Kate Gosselin. What a wealth of options.
So what does a woman do if she doesn’t want to dress provocatively, doesn’t want to be a pretty-pretty princess and doesn’t want to, as you put it, dress as a bunch of grapes?
Books are a great place to find interesting costume ideas. Characters from The Hunger Games, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Help and other works of popular fiction are a great source for costume ideas. Even beloved children’s books can yield ideas.
Movies, plays and television are also great place to find ideas. Last year, I saw lots of women dressed in ensembles from “Mad Men.” A few years ago, it was “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Why not go as the stewardesses from Pan Am? Or maybe the cast of Book of Mormon?
Other fun, grown up costumes that I’ve seen include: flappers, Zombie House Pages, the characters from Clueless, and circus sideshows (bearded lady, etc.). There are also some great makeup tips from M.A.C. floating around. I especially love the woman dressed as a Roy Lichtenstein painting.
I’m not a big fan of Halloween, mostly because loud bars, packed with costumed people frighten me. But hopefully, other readers will have some suggestions for costumes.
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