Our top picks of history-inspired Mighty Girl costumes from our own Halloween costume collection and photos of Mighty Girls in costume shared by our community!
Halloween provides a chance to imagine yourself as a different person — and for young history buffs, that can mean dressing up as a favorite figure from history! She might be imagining herself as a specific person, like Amelia Earhart or Susan B. Anthony, or she be intrigued by the culture of a time and place, from Ancient Rome to the prairies of the pioneers. Whatever she chooses, history can provide a tremendous amount of inspiration!
In this blog post, we share some of our favorite costumes inspired by history. In the first section, we showcase a number of history-themed costumes from A Mighty Girl's costume guide. Of course, many Mighty Girls enjoy the challenge of creating their own costume, so in the second section, we highlight a few of our favorite costumes inspired by historical figures that community members have shared with us in previous years! Between the two, your Mighty Girl is sure to find lots of ideas for a Halloween costume that deserves a place in your family’s history books.
For more costume inspiration on themes ranging from superheroes to animals, you'll find hundreds of costumes for all ages from infants through adults in our Girl Empowerment Halloween Costume Guide.
History-Inspired costumes From A Mighty Girl's Collection
She'll be ready to play like a girl in this Dottie costume inspired by A League of Their Own! This infant costume set from Fun Costumes is perfect as part of a family theme celebrating these pioneering women athletes. This set comes with a pink uniform dress with an attached red belt, printed button details, and an AAGPBL patch, plus a matching red baseball cap and pair of red socks.
Let her know that she's up for anything — even if she can't walk yet! This Rosie the Riveter costume from Princess Paradise is a terrific option for the littlest Mighty Girls. The detailed jumpsuit is soft yet durable, perfect no matter what she's getting into, and still comfortable to wear so she'll be ready to trick or treat all night long.
Play ball! When the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League got started, these women proved they could play as well as the men. If your Mighty Girl loves baseball, she'll love this Rockford Peaches costume from Costume Agent. The costume provides lots fun details like AAGPBL and Rockford Peaches badges. This set comes with a dress, belt, and baseball cap. Toddler Mighty Girls can check out the Dottie costume for age 1 to 4 years, while older Mighty Girls can check out the A League of Their Own Youth Costume for age 6 to 12.
She'll be ready to take to the high seas in this fun costume! This pirate costume is fun and comfortable to wear, so it's perfect for little trick or treaters who don't want to wear a mask or hood. The costume includes a dress with plenty of piratey details and a matching bandanna. Older Mighty Girls can check out the Pirate Lass Costume for age 4 to 12.
Rule wisely and guide your people well with this Medieval Girl costume from California Costumes! The set includes a soft, flowing gown with long sleeves, a jewel-encrusted crown, and a soft belt that fastens with Velcro so it's easy to get on and off with the perfect fit. The set is available in two color choices, blue and fuchsia.
Any young lady of the Renaissance would have been proud to wear a dress like this! This dress from Rubie's is made of 100% polyester velvet and features pouf shoulders, split sleeves, and gold braid trim. A matching headpiece with veil completes the look.
We can do it! Rosie the Riveter inspired a generation of women to take on jobs they'd never thought they were capable of, and now this costume from Princess Paradise can inspire a new generation of Mighty Girls. The comfortable and durable polyester jumpsuit includes plenty of fun details, including a "Rosie" name badge, and the distinctive polka-dotted head wrap will make her look just like a real-life Rosie.
In Ancient Greek, the goddesses of the pantheon were just as important as the gods! You can channel Athena, the goddess of wisdom, learning, courage, and battle strategy — quite the Mighty package! — with this Greek goddess costume from Fun World. The set comes with a full-length gown with gold accents and a gold leaf headband. This costume is also available in a purple version for the same age group. For another goddess costume, check out the Athena costume from RG Costumes for ages 4 to 12, which includes an all-white, flame-resistant toga.
Defend your village against raiders in this Viking warrior costume from California Costumes! With a faux fur collar, a leather-look belt, and chain-mail textured detailing, this costume really stands out. The set includes a dress, a cape, a belt, a half helmet, fingerless gloves, and boot covers. Please note: sword and shield not included.
At the birth of a nation, Martha Washington was there to inspire the troops and support her husband in the pursuit for freedom from tyranny. This costume from Charades will get your Mighty Girl ready to step out as the first First Lady of the United States! The blue dress includes white detailing that is modeled after the common fashions of Washington's day.
She'll be ready to rule with this beautiful Renaissance Queen costume from California Costumes! This gorgeous light blue dress features polyester velvet with accents of printed gold diamonds, lace overlays, faux pearls, and gold braid. Just add the elaborate crown and she'll be all set for a day at court.
In the first American colonies, every pair of hands was crucial to a family's success — including their Mighty Girl's! This costume from Forum Novelties will make your Mighty Girl look like she's fresh from Plymouth Rock. It includes a dress with an attached apron and a matching cap. It's perfect for dress-up wear or as a costume for school plays, pageants, and history units.
Elementary, my dear Mighty Girl! Imagine yourself as the brilliant detective cracking the case with this costume set from California Costumes. This set comes with a houndstooth coat — perfect for staying warm as you stride through foggy London streets or spooky moors — and a matching hat. Add the red scarf, the pipe, and the magnifying glass, and you'll be ready to follow the clues and solve the crime.
Back when this country was in its infancy it needed something to define it. According to legend, Betsy Ross used her seamstress skills and crafted a flag that would represent this country forever after. Now your little girl can become the famous icon from America's past in brilliant red, white, and blue! This deluxe costume set from Fun World includes a 100% polyester dress in blue with a red, white, and blue stars and stripes detail at the waist, and a matching cap.
Seeking freedom from persecution, the pilgrims braved a long ocean journey and an uncertain life on a new continent! If your Mighty Girl is fascinated by the courage and optimism it took for the pilgrims to make such a daring move, she’ll love this pilgrim girl costume, which includes a long-sleeved black dress with white cuffs, pinafore, and apron, and a white bonnet. This is perfect both for Halloween dress-up and for use in school pageants and historical recreation.
Order in the court! Fans of the indomitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg or the determined Sonia Sotomayor will love this robe that lets them dress up just like their heroes. This Supreme Court Justice robe from Rubie's is just the right size for kids, and comes in four sizes so she'll look appropriately judicial. You can get the robe by itself, or as part of a costume set with its own pretend gavel to bring order to the court!
They may have worn dresses with dainty calico prints, but settling the western prairies was not for the faint of heart — pioneer girls and women had to show courage, determination, and strength to travel long distances and create new homes for themselves, even when they were miles from their nearest neighbor. This costume from California Costumes includes a blue dress with an attached apron, plus a hood. For an additional option, check out Endless Road’s Prairie Girl costume for age 6 - 14.
Soar across the sky in this aviator costume that pays tribute to Amelia Earhart. She was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic; and while her final days remain a mystery, her legacy lives on. This outfit comes with a brown faux leather jacket with imitation fur along the collar, a matching hat, white pants, and a white scarf.
Young fans of the trailblazing author Jane Austen will love this costume from Fun Costumes that allows them to imagine themselves as the writer — or as one of the characters from her books! This 100% polyester costume set comes with a white pullover dress with an elasticized waist; a pink belt with hook and loop fasteners; a dark blue jacket with four buttons; and a matching bonnet.
With bobbed hair and short skirts the flapper was the epitome of the liberated woman in her day! And while she might have seemed more interested in jazz and dancing than politics, the truth was that these women were making their voices heard during an era of change. She can celebrate all the vitality of these daring young women with this set from Forum Novelties, with comes with a dress and a feathered headband. Teens and adults who like this costume can check out the Women’s Flapper Costume.
Young baseball fans will love this costume set that lets her feel like Dottie from the Rockwood Peaches! This costume set from Fun Costumes includes plenty of detail on the included dress, hat, belt, and socks. Younger Mighty Girls can check out the Kit Keller toddler costumes for age 1 to 4 years, and this Rockford Peaches costume for ages 2 to 5.
She can defend her kingdom and save the day with this costume from California Costumes! The Noble Knight costume features a tunic top made of combined black and faux chainmail fabric, decorated with flared studded shoulder pieces. The set also comes with a faux chainmail hood, a pair of gauntlets, a belt with buckle, and a pair of boot tops. For another option, check out this Warrior Knight costume.
Her aim is always true! This Robin hood costume from California Costumes will have her ready to rob from the rich and defend the poor. The set comes with a dress with attached hood and vest, a belt with attached pouch, a pair of gauntlet gloves, and an adjustable shoulder harness piece.
She'll feel like she stepped out of one of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books in this costume set from Spooktacular Creations! Inspired by pioneer dresses from the 1800s, this blue and white dress features a flower print, a sewn-on apron, and a matching bonnet.
Get ready to dance the night away at the big bash with this 1950's themed costume from California Costumes! Her red and black dress features an applique of a poodle, and has a polka-dotted pettiskirt to give it extra volume. A shiny black belt and a polka-dot scarf add some flair. The costume even comes with a sheet of iron-on monogram letters so you can customize it with her actual initial!
She'll be ready to take on all comers in the arena with this gladiator costume from California Costumes! Her Roman-style dress has attached armor so she's protected when she goes into battle. Her flowing cape attaches with two medallions, and she wears a headband and a cuff. She'll be the picture of a fierce warrior in this costume!
When war broke out, she was ready to serve — and she was proud to show that women could serve their country just as well as men. This costume from Smiffys is modeled after real-life World War II Army women's uniforms and comes with a jacket with attached belt, skirt, and hat. It's the perfect costume for a Mighty Girl who appreciates the service women in our history — or who plans to serve herself in the future.
Of course, the Renaissance wasn’t noble ladies and dedicated scholars — there was a huge population of peasants and serfs doing the critical work of farming and building. This costume set from RG Costumes is inspired by the people who did the day-to-day work of this period, and includes a dress and a corset belt. It’s great for school plays or for a unique dress-up option.
She wowed the crowds with her astonishing marksmanship as one of history's great sharpshooters! Annie Oakley is one of the most colorful figures of the Old West, and now your Mighty Girl can dress up just like her with this costume from California Costumes. The fringed, printed dress will have her ready to kick up her heels and set out on her own path, just like Oakley did so many years ago.
Work hard and work proud! This Rosie the Riveter costume set from California Costumes pays tribute to the many American women joined the industrial workforce and helped supply the US war effort of WW2. The set includes a denim texture printed polyester shirt with printed patches and the motto "we can do it" across the back, and a red bandana. Note: pants and boots not included.
Don't let the history books fool you — colonial women were critical to the founding of America! This elegant costume is perfect for a general historical theme, or to represent specific period figures like Betsy Ross, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, and Martha Washington. The set includes a dress with a lace-up bodice; a blue floral top with an attached apron; a matching cap; and of course, the flag of her new nation. This costume is also available in adult sizes.
One of the few Egyptian pharaohs whose name still resounds in popular culture, Cleopatra ruled Egypt for over two decades. Your Mighty Girl can bring her back to life with this detailed Cleopatra costume from Morph Costumes, which includes a dress with an attached belt, a collar, a headpiece, a cape, and two wrist bands. As would befit Egypt’s pharaoh, there’s plenty of gold sheen and shimmer to let the world know that Egypt’s good fortune rests in her hands!
With their countries at war, many women stepped up to help the cause! This World War I nurse costume from Smiffys imitates the traditional uniforms worn by women nurses near battlefronts around the world. This set includes a 100% polyester nurse's dress, a white apron, and a matching cap.
The daughters of noble Roman houses had important duties of their own, representing their families with honor and wisdom! You can pay tribute to their role with this set from California Costumes, which includes a dress with attached contrasting drape and a circlet headpiece. As the representative of one of the largest empires in human history, she’ll feel ready for any diplomatic occasion — or costume party.
Tweens can pay tribute to the daring aviator who captured the world's imagination with this Amelia Earhart costume from California Costumes. With a bomber jacket, pants, scarf, hat, and goggles, this costume set perfectly captures Earhart's distinctive look; the courage and daring come from your Mighty Girl! It's the perfect option for Halloween, school pageants, or any time she wants to show off her love for the woman who made the skies her own. For another option, check out the Amelia the Aviator Costume for ages 4 to 14.
Pay tribute to the original American Dream with this costume of the Statue of Liberty, welcoming all to her country's shores! This costume set from California Costumes will make you look just like the iconic statue. It comes with a draped pull-on dress, a foam crown headpiece, and even a torch.
When America was struck by Civil War, brave women like this Civil War nurse were there to serve! This costume from California Costumes imitates a typical nurse's garb from the day with its light grey dress with bib styling, white apron, and white head covering. It's perfect for school history presentations, trick or treating, and much more!
As we pointed out in our blog post Mighty Girls To The Rescue: Books Starring Sword-Wielding Mighty Girls and Women, who says that the brave knight with sword in hand is a boy? If she dreams of slaying monsters across the kingdom, check out this knight costume from California Costumes, which comes with a “chain mail" shirt and tunic, cape, hood, belt, and gauntlets. She’ll be ready to defend the castle and the kingdom at a moment’s notice!
Whether she's a fan of Astrid Hofferson from How to Train Your Dragon or a history buff, she'll love this powerful Viking warrior costume! This costume set comes with a sleeveless pullover dress in faux suede with a faux fur collar and gold accents, a pair of gauntlets with faux fur cuffs, and a pair of leg warmers. Please note: sword and shield not included.
Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman are two 19th century American heroes — so why not dress up as them for Halloween? This costume from California Costumes can be used to portray either inspiring woman. The set includes a black dress that comes with interchangeable lace and ruffled collars and removable lace sleeve cuffs. Teens and adults who want to pay tribute to these inspiring women can get the adult version of the costume.
"Well done, sister suffragette!" Pay tribute to the bold women of Britain's suffrage movement with this costume from Smiffy's. The pink and grey dress and hat imitate fashions of the time, while the "Votes for Women" sash is in the green, white, and purple that were the movement's trademark colors. It's the perfect choice for a historically-themed costume. For another option, check out this American suffragist costume.
Get ready for the sock hop with this gorgeous, hand-made '50s poodle skirt set from Hip Hop 50s Shop! This costume set includes a hand-sewn poodle skirt, a matching chiffon scarf, a pair of embroidered socks, and a pair of vintage-inspired cat-eye glasses with rhinestones on the frames. They are available in a wide variety of colors and in women's and women's plus sizes.
In the salons and estates of Renaissance Europe, the world was born anew — and while we think of the men of the Renaissance and their impact on history, there were educated women of the same time period whose names were never recorded. You can channel those women in this dramatic Renaissance lady costume from Fun World, which features a velvet lace-front dress with an embroidered ribbon. For younger Mighty Girls, check out the Red Renaissance Dress which suits ages 4 to 10.
Annie get your gun and get ready to prove yourself the best sharpshooter around with this Annie Oakley costume from California Costumes! This costume features a 100% polyester tan dress with an attached white collar, a floral design, and dark brown fringe. Just add the dark brown belt with its big buckle and you'll feel ready to ride the range!
This colonial lady is ready to create a new nation — and she knows it can't get done without her! This elegant costume from California Costumes is perfect for a general historical theme, or to represent specific figures like Betsy Ross and Martha Washington. The set comes with a long dress in shades of blue and pink with ribbon and ruffle detailing and includes a mop cap and a small flag.
Get ready to sail the seven seas with this pirate coat from The Pirate Dressing! The design of this coat was inspired by authentic pirate coats worn during 1800s. This coat is beautifully made, with authentic, rustic cotton fabric in a rusty brown and weathered wooden buttons, plus functional side pockets and a full linen lining. It's a durable, high-quality costume piece that you'll enjoy for years!
You'll feel ready for a day in court with this beautiful Medieval-style dress from seasonofcostume! This lace-up dress has long, flared sleeves and layering in front that makes it look like a wrap over an underskirt. It's available in multiple colors and designs so you can find the one you like best! With soft cotton-polyester blend fiber, it's comfortable to wear, too.
With this costume set from California Costumes, you can choose between two inspiring women for your Halloween night! This set includes a long black dress, plus interchangeable lace and ruffled collars, removable lace sleeve cuffs, and a cameo brooch. Whether you're paying tribute to Harriet Tubman and her courageous work to abolish slavery, or Susan B. Anthony and her tireless work for women's suffrage, it's a costume you'll feel proud to wear. Younger admirers of these women can get this costume set for ages 9 to 14.
When World War II threatened, women answered their country's call! This costume from Smiffy's imitates the women's Army uniforms used during the second World War. The set comes with an officer's cap, a dickie with collar and tie, a jacket with sewn-on "medals" and armbands, and a skirt.
Pay tribute to the groundbreaking scientist Marie Curie — the first woman ever to win a Nobel Prize — with this costume dress from Re-Lady! This rococo dress is made from comfortable poplin, with a tight bodice and a full skirt, mimicking a dress Curie wears in one of her portraits. The bodice includes detailing like a stand-up collar, black buttons, and elaborate trim. It's a fun way to bring some science to your Halloween celebrations!
“Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” There are few physical landmarks as evocative as the Statue of Liberty, so what better choice for a Mighty Halloween costume? This set from Rubie’s Costume Company includes a dress with attached cape and sash and a liberty headpiece. Younger Mighty Girls can get a similar costume with sizes for kids aged 4 - 12; complete the look with this painted 14” torch.
She ruled England with determination and drive and proved she had the stomach to sit on the throne! Pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth I's remarkable role in history with this costume from Forum Novelties. This costume includes a long purple dress with a build-in hoop skirt, yellow and gold detailing, and a stand-up collar; a regal headpiece is also included.
After the raids are done, this Viking woman is ready to manage her land and see her family through difficult winters. This costume set from FunWorld includes a peasant-style gown that layers underneath a leather-look waist cinch with a skirt drape. It'll be up to you if she's just on a tour of her fields...or if she's got a sword on her back ready to defend her territory from invaders!
Get inspired by images of the Irish countryside in this Medieval-look chemise and over dress from Reminisce! The boho-style chemise has elastic and neckline and sleeves for a comfortable fit, while the overdress, available in multiple colors, has laces at both front and back, plus boning in the front to give it shape. Brocade trim and shoulder ties add the perfect finishing touches!
Did you know that the movie Mulan was inspired by a real person from history? Pay tribute to the incredible story of Fa Mulan with this cosplay-quality costume from OSHARE that imitates Mulan's matchmaker day dress from the animated film. This costume comes with multiple pieces to create the layered dress and overskirt, and two waist bands; standard sizes are available per the size chart, but you can also arrange custom sizing. For younger Mulan fans, check out this child-sized Mulan costume for ages 2 to 7.
The kingdom of Egypt is yours to rule! This beautiful Queen of the Nile costume from Morph Costumes will stand out at any dress-up party or Halloween event. This 5-piece set comes with a dress with and attached belt, a cape, a collar, a headpiece, and two wrist cuffs. With high quality fabric and fine attention to detail, this is sure to provide a regal entrance.
The 1920s brought new independence, and the flappers showed it off, bobbing their hair, showing their knees, and dancing all night! This fun costume set from Smiffy's pays tribute to the spirit of the flappers. The set comes with a dress with brooch, a cigarette holder, a pearl necklace, and a headpiece with a feather. For another flapper costume in adult sizes, check out this black flapper dress.
They traveled across the sea in search of a land where they could find freedom and opportunity... while their story has been heavily fictionalized, there's no doubt that the Pilgrims are an important part of American history. In this costume set from California Costumes, you'll be ready for any dress-up occasion. The set includes a long black dress with an attached apron and collar, and a white bonnet.
Don't let the gown fool you — a Medieval noblewoman knew her stuff, whether it was managing her estate or preparing to defend the manor from invaders! These highly-detailed gowns from Nuoqi are perfect for cosplay, Renaissance Faires, or trick or treating. A wide variety of colors and details ensure that you'll get a unique look. Dresses are available in sizes up to 3XL; they are closely fitted, so consider ordering a size up if you prefer a looser fit.
Imagine strolling through the forests of Scotland, discovering mysteries and adventure! This costume set from Fortunehouse is perfect for cosplay, Renaissance Fairs, or Halloween. Although it looks complex, the top is designed as one piece, with "undershirt" sleeves and a jacket-like layer over am embroidered bodice. A plaid skirt finishes the look. Plus, you can even get it made in custom sizing if you want the perfect fit!
Imagine yourself as Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, or other pioneering nurses with this Great War nurse costume from Smiffy's! This costume set includes a 100% polyester one-piece dress designed to look like a black dress with a white apron and trim. A white headpiece with a veil in the back finishes off the look, perfect for character days, trick or treating, and other tributes to women trailblazers in medicine.
Get the boilers blowing and the gears turning; this steampunk heroine is ready for adventure! This steampunk-inspired dress from GRACEART is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to imagine herself dashing across cobbled streets, exploring ancients mysteries and new technologies. The set includes a top shirt, a skirt, and a bustle and comes in a variety of colors.
Bring some holiday cheer to the neighborhood, whether it's Christmas or you're dressing up for Halloween, with this caroler costume from Forum Novelties! You'll look the part in this red velvet skirt with matching shawl and hat, and it even comes with a white muff to keep your hands toasty warm. Please note: white blouse not included.
Don't let the pretty dress fool you — pioneer women were tough as nails! Fans of Little House on the Prairie will love getting to imagine themselves as Caroline or Laura with this costume set from California Costumes. This set includes a blue dress with white detailing and attached apron, and a bonnet with tie.
You'll look ready to do the Charleston when you're wearing this black and gold flapper dress from Party City! This shimmering outfit includes a black and gold sleeveless, knee-length dress with black fringe detail and a matching elastic headband (tights, shoes, and props not included.) With the art deco style of the dress and the feather and bead detailing on the headpiece, you'll feel like you've stepped straight into the Jazz Age!
Civil War nurses were tough as nails, risking danger near the battlefield and fighting to keep their patients alive! With this costume from Forum Novelties, you can pay tribute to their dedication. This costume set includes a long grey dress with puffed sleeves, a white apron with red trim, and a white headpiece.
Head to the seaside for some fun in the water with this costume from Fun Shack! This costume is modeled off of bathing attire for women during the Victorian age, complete with a navy dress with white trim and a pair of navy knickers. Add the straw hat with a navy band for the perfect finishing touch! This costume is available in sizes up to women's 3XL. It's perfect for history-themed parties or trick-or-treating fun.
Mighty Girls in Costume From Our Community
Dr. Jane Goodall
Rosie The Riveter
Amelia & Eleanor Take Flight!
Warrior Queen Boudica
Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
Additional Recommended Resources
- For more costume inspiration on themes ranging from superheroes to animals, you'll find hundreds of costumes for all ages from infants through adults in our Girl Empowerment Halloween Costume Guide.
- For seasonal stories and films starring Mighty Girls, visit our selection of Top Halloween Mighty Girl Books & Films.