11 Cheap Feminist Halloween Costumes You Can Pull Off Last Minute

It sure is, Lindsey.

It sure is, Lindsey.

Stop me if you've heard this one: October rolls around and you start adamantly making promises to yourself to not spend a ridiculous amount of money on a Halloween costume.

And yet you inevitably wake up on November 1 more broke than you were a few weeks before, with only a tattered sexy lobster costume to show for it. Even at Goodwill, the temptation to dish out serious cash for the Halloween costume of your dreams is strong. 

And look, we get it: The dream of being Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice is a valid one. But to do it right, it's going to cost you in terms of money and time, and for many of us, those aren't often resources that can be dispensed willy nilly.

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As such, we’ve compiled a list of fabulous feminist costumes you can pull off on the super cheap, with minimal effort.

Happy all-you-can-eat Snickers night, friends! And remember: Don't be a dick. Ever.

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Feminist Lichtenstein

One way to save is to create a look that uses what you already have: makeup! This badass Roy Lichtenstein-inspired costume just requires a blue dress and a bit of DIY-flair; peep this Lichtenstein makeup tutorial

Bonus points for creating a sign out of the quote from the painting: “I don’t care! I’d rather sink—than call Brad for help!”

Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson

Grab two friends and go out as Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine G. Johnson, and Mary Jackson. Might be a good time to raid your vintage wardrobe, or borrow a few choice items from your stylish aunt.

Costumes inspired by the iconic drunk dancing scene in Hidden Figures can include a purple or flower print shirt and black skirt for Dorothy, glasses and a black shirt and printed skirt for Katherine, and a headband, yellow shirt, and blue pants for Mary. Just remember to DIY some NASA ID badges for around your necks.

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Literally Jane Doe 

Channel your cheeky side with this feminist pun. Are you a fierce proponent of End The Backlog? What about NAMUS?

Then all you need is a Youtube tutorial on deer makeup, a fake wound, and a beige outfit and you’re Jane Doe.

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Abbi Abrams and Ilana Wexler

If you’ve found yourself saying “You’re the Abbi to my Ilana” (or vice-versa) to someone, then this easy DIY is perfect for you. There a tons of variations based on the Broad City girls’ creative ensembles, but the simplest is a beanie, tank top, and leggings for Abbi, and a jersey, bicycle short, black lipstick, and a backwards baseball cap for Ilana.

Or you can go crazy and invent your own Ilana ensemble, and Abbi can wear gym clothes with “Trainer” written onto her shirt. And if you wanna spring for this Bingo Bronson pin, well, we're not going to stop you.

Angela Davis

Angela Davis is the ultimate feminist icon—and one of the simplest to emulate. Follow the lead of this badass mother and child by donning a red turtleneck and black pants, and rocking your Davis-inspired natural hair.

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Frida Khalo

A Frida costume isn't a Friday costume without a unibrow, of course. Make yourself a sweet lil flower crown, and pair it with a loose maxi dress or skirt.

Pussy Riot

This might take the cake for easiest and quickest to throw together in a pinch. Take an old beanie and cut the eyes and mouth out, and ta-da! 

An homage to the Russian renegades of punk and activism. Bright color-block clothing adds an authentic touch.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 

All you need is pink pants, yellow cardigan, floral button-down, backpack, and an unwavering sense of optimism, regardless of how terrible life treats you.

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Beyoncé and Nicki

Grab your bestie and get ready to be feelin' yourself. For Bey, rock an oversize black jersey, colored bracelets, black boots, black mid-calf socks.

For Nicki, you'll need a black bodysuit, black and white bomber, black boots, black mid-calf socks.

Patti Smith

The best part of this costume—aside from the fact that Patti Smith is an absolute QUEEN—is that the less you touch your hair after rolling out of bed, the better.

Grab a white button down, black pants and some thin black suspenders and there you go: Instant rock.

Rosie the Riveter

An all-time classic. Just grab a blue button-down or denim shirt, red bandana, and of course, the most important touch: A GTFO facial expression.

Words: Eva Grant/Deena Drewis
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