The 8 Best Halloween Costumes for Women to Buy in 2018

Fun and clever picks for this year's festivities

Dressed up women toast at halloween dinner.
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Looking for an impressive disguise? Consider this your one-stop shop, whether you want to go classic, comfortable, or scary.

For adults, the only holiday more pressure-filled than Halloween is New Year’s Eve. Do you dress up even if you don’t have a party to go to? And if you do have a party to go to? You can add finding a creative costume to the top of your to-do list.

The trouble is finding a costume that’s unique, affordable, and modest is much harder than it should be —especially when you’re...MORE on a deadline. That’s why we’ve done the legwork for you. Here you’ll find the best costumes for women in a variety of categories. Whether you like to go classic or trendy, or comfortable or sexy, there’s a costume for you.

Order early or order a couple days shy of the big Halloween party—it doesn’t matter because most of these costumes will be at your doorstep in two days or less.

 

  • Best Overall: Fun World Women's Peace Love Hippie Costume

    This getup probably won’t win any prizes at the Halloween costume contest, but it’s the gold standard when it comes to Halloween costumes. Why? It checks just about every box: It’s classic (you can wear it again a few years from now), it’s comfortable, it’s modest, and it’s affordable.

    Plus, everything you need—from head to toe—is included. The costume comes with a dress complete with an attached vest, a headband, and boot covers. Totally groovy.

    Dozens of reviewers note how many compliments they...MORE got about this costume. And why not? It’s true to size and looks great on.  

    If you live in a cool climate, throw some tights on for a little extra warmth. If you live in a warm climate, put the boot tassels on over flip-flops rather than boots.

     

  • Best Budget: VESNIBA Prop Soft Fabric Butterfly Wings Shawl

    You don’t have to go all out on a costume to look fabulous on Halloween. In fact, some of the most creative costumes are born out of one simple accessory. And that’s exactly the idea here.

    This gorgeous and mesmerizing shawl makes a statement way beyond what its price tag may suggest. Choose from 30 different color combinations and patterns, and simply throw it on over a black dress to transform yourself into a beautiful butterfly for the evening.

    Reviewers note that the design is realistic and...MORE that it’s the perfect costume for accompanying kids while they trick-or-treat. It’s not too fussy, but it doesn’t look like you phoned it in either.

  • Best Trendy: Halloween Party Online Adult Women's Handmaid Full Set Costume

    If you’re looking for a trendy Halloween costume, look no further. This costume comes straight from the scenes of one of the most popular —and disturbing—shows on television, The Handmaid's Tale.

    You may not be able to stroll through Gilead (consider that a good thing!), but you can take the kids trick-or-treating or hit the local Halloween parade in this four-piece getup. Each set, available in four sizes, comes complete with a dress, a cape, a bonnet, and a bag. Reviewers note the costume...MORE is a bit long, but otherwise fits true to size.

  • Best Sexy: Secret Wishes DC Comics Wonder Woman Corset Costume

    What’s sexier than a strong, independent woman? This Halloween costume is a great choice for someone who wants to look sexy without showing too much skin.

    The costume, which is officially licensed by DC Comics, includes six pieces: a corset, a headpiece, a skirt, gauntlets, a belt, and a cape. Choose from four sizes: extra-small (0-2), small (2-6), medium (6-10), and large (10-14).

    Reviewers recommend considering bust size before ordering and sizing up if you have a larger chest, but otherwise say...MORE the costume fits nicely and is well-made.

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  • Best Last-Minute: Sidecca Metallic Mermaid Costume Maxi Skirt

    What do you do when the party is in two days and you still don’t have a costume? Buying a single item and piecing the rest together with things you already own can be a great solution.

    This mermaid-shaped metallic skirt is exactly what you need to transform yourself into a mermaid for the night. Simply choose your favorite color mermaid tail (green, hologram kelly, turquoise, hologram silver, or teal) and pair it with a brightly colored bathing suit top or T-shirt. Bonus points for some creative...MORE face makeup.

    The costume is available in four sizes (small through extra-large), but reviewers note the stretchy nature of the costume offers some forgiveness in sizing.

  • Most Comfortable: ES Unico Adult Animal Onesies Costumes

    A unicorn is one costume that’s all but guaranteed to be everywhere again this year. Stand out from all the other unicorns by being a narwhal—the unicorn of the sea—instead.

    This costume is not only more unique than the alternative, but it’s also a truly comfortable disguise, particularly if you live in a chillier climate. The one-piece suit is made of colorful and durable fleece to keep you warm all night long.

    If a narwhal isn’t your thing, choose from 18 other options, from a cow or a koala...MORE bear to a pug or a corgi.

     

  • Best Classic: California Costumes Women's Incantasia, The Glamour Witch Costume

    One of the most classic Halloween looks gets a sophisticated upgrade. Slip this black and purple costume on and—like magic— you’ll be transformed into a witch for the night.

    Each package comes with a dress and a hat— it’s up to you to add shoes and a broom to complete the costume. The pointed hat has a decorative buckle and the long-sleeve dress features a contrasting sash and a standing collar.

    Reviewers praise the costume for being comfortable, flattering, appropriate, and well-made.

  • Best Scary: Women's Disney Maleficent Black Christening Gown Costume

    Sometimes it seems like finding an attractive and impressive Halloween costume at an affordable price is an impossible feat, but this costume proves otherwise. The structured dress and included headpiece looks upscale enough for a Halloween gala but suits an afternoon trick-or-treating session with the kids just as well.

    The officially licensed costume comes in four sizes: small, medium, large, and extra-large. Most reviewers note the sizing is accurate and the dress fits well. Others note the...MORE headpiece is attached to a piece of cardboard that helps keep it in place.  

    If there is one, the only drawback is the fabric may arrive slightly wrinkled—but that’s nothing an iron can’t fix!

     

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