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 Cleopatra, 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 even 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
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.
Your little one will be ready to fly with the famous WWII WASPs — or the Women Airforce Service Pilots — with this pilot layette set! This set from Baby Aspen includes a sleeper printed with a set of pilot's wings and stripes, real pockets on the legs, and lace-up "boots", and a comfy olive cap printed with pilot's goggles. Everything comes packed in a decorative box, making it perfect for gifting, too. It's the perfect way to inspire her to take to the skies from day one.
Your daring young aviatrix will be thrilled with this costume that tips its hat to the famous Amelia Earhart — but is sized just for her! She’ll be ready to go into the wild blue yonder with this costume set from FunFill, which includes a brown aviator jacket, brown pants, an aviator cap with foam goggles, and boot top covers. And there's also a great version for tween aviators too! For another option, check out the Amelia the aviator costume for ages 4 to 14.
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.
Become the most respected cowgirl in the wild, wild west! This cowgirl costume from Smiffys is perfect for any Mighty Girl who's ready to ride the range. This costume set includes a denim-style dress with checkered gingham design, an attached belt buckle, a vest, a sheriff's badge, and a hat. If she'd like to bring her trusty pony along, you can also get this Cowgirl and Brown Horse costume.
Any young lady of the Renaissance would have been proud to wear a dress like this! This dress from Princess Paradise is made of luxurious fabrics and trimmed with rich-looking braid. The costume set includes a red crushed velvet dress with a built-in hoop petticoat and a velvet-covered headband.
Pay tribute to the original American Dream with this costume of the Statue of Liberty, welcoming all to her country's shores! This costume from Amscan includes a foam crown headpiece and a dress with a built-in drape. Just add a torch and you'll be ready to go!
Don't let the elegant dress fool you — this young lady is ready to take on injustice! This Lady of Sherwood costume from Forum Novelties will have your Mighty Girl feeling ready to defend and rule her kingdom in no time. The set comes with a beige and dark green dress with bell sleeves and a matching headpiece.
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.
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.
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!
When World War II threatened London, British girls kept a stiff upper lip, even as they evacuated to country estates. Now, your Mighty Girl can celebrate the determination of the children who inspired characters like Susan and Lucy Pevensie from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe with this green button-up dress and matching hat from Bristol Novelty. It's a unique costume that she's sure to love.
"Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?" Celebrate the daring women of the last years of the Women's Suffrage Movement with this costume set from California Costumes! The dress features fashion details of the time including the Peter Pan collar, the wide waistband, and the floor-length skirt. It also comes with a sash that says "Votes for Women" and includes the suffrage colors of purple, white, and gold. There is also an adult version of this costume available.
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 Fun Shack. This set comes with a long coat with a tartan cape — perfect for staying warm as you stride through foggy London streets or spooky moors — and a double-peaked deerstalker-style hat.
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.
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, a deluxe set that includes a dress, cigarette holder, necklace, and headpiece.
When a newborn country needed a symbol, legend has it that seamstress Betsy Ross answered the call! Pay tribute to the woman behind the iconic stars and stripes with this Betsy Ross costume from Rubie’s Costume Company, which includes a cap, a red and white Colonial-inspired dress, and a blue apron spangled with white stars. Rubie’s also make a more elaborate deluxe Betsy Ross costume for ages 4 - 12.
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.
With their countries at war, many women stepped up to help the cause! This World War I nurse costume from Smiffy's imitates the traditional uniforms worn by women nurses near battlefronts around the world. This set includes a nurse's dress, a white apron with the medical red cross logo, and a matching cap.
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.
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.
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. 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!
Spit spot! When you need a costume that's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, this set from Forum Novelties is the perfect choice. This costume set comes with a hat, a jacket, a shirt front with an attached bowtie, and a skirt. The shirt front has a Velcro strap and the skirt has an elastic waistband, making it easier to fit a wide range of Mighty Girls. Sorry, carpet bag and flying umbrella not included!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who says the brave knight has to be a boy? This warrior knight costume from Fun Costumes is perfect for your courageous Mighty Girl! Textured fabric gives a chain mail look but is soft and comfortable to wear. This set comes with a gown with an attached cape, hooded cowl, and fingerless gloves. Add a suitable sword and she's ready to take on Halloween!
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.
Among the cowboys riding herd on cattle in the American West, there were also a few cowgirls! And for modern would-be cowgirls, it can be great fun to dress up as their historical inspiration. This girl on horseback costume fits around your child’s waist, with suspenders to keep it up; she can then hold the reins to “ride” her trusty pony from house to house! Add a plaid shirt and a suitable hat and she’ll be ready to ride the range.
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.
Split an arrow? No sweat! This archer costume from Amscan will make her feel as if she's just stepped out of an archery tournament in a storybook. This costume set includes a hooded dress with gold and faux fur trim, a faux leather belt, gold-trimmed gauntlets, and a quiver.
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!
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.
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!
Get ready for the Highland Games — or your next Halloween party — in this Scottish Highlander dress from Reminisce! This costume set includes a cotton blouse, made loose so that it can be cinched by the bodice; a cotton twill bodice lace-up; and a Celtic tartan skirt in your choice of two colors. The skirt is even full enough to add a petticoat or hoop. For another option, check out this Highland Lady costume for ages 13 and up.
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.
Imagine yourself as Joan of Arc, or as a brave and bold fantasy knight, in this Medieval-inspired warrior costume from Rubie's! This tunic features an attached cape and silver fabric on the bodice and wrists for the appearance of metal armor. Gold trim, Medieval cross accents, and a printed border on the bottom of the tunic provide additional detail. Leggings and a hood finish off the look.
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.
Feel powerful and strong in this Forest Warrior costume from Rubies! Perfect as an elf, a forest rebel, and more, this costume set uses earthy tones to create a realistic forest warrior's outfit. The set comes with a shirt, a cape, pants with boot tops, a belt, a headpiece, and gauntlets.
All eyes will be on you when you enter the masquerade ball in these extraordinary gowns from Zukzi! These incredibly detailed gowns are available in a rainbow of colors and can be worn with or without a petticoat (not included.) The dresses are available in US sizes 0 to 18, but the manufacturer also offers a made-to-measure option if pre-made sizing doesn't suit. Each set comes with an elaborate gown and a matching headpiece.
Anne Bonny, Mary Read...we may not hear much about the women who plundered the seven seas, but there were definitely female pirates seeking a life of freedom on shipboard! You'll feel ready for anything in this women's pirate costume from Fun Costumes which comes with a hat, a jacket, a vest with attached shirt, a belt, pants, and boot covers.
“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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rule the Nile as a pharaoh or goddess of Egypt in this costume from Dream Weavers. This light blue dress includes gold trim and an attached cape and armbands for a truly regal impression. The shiny gold rope belt and gold headpiece are included. Please note: this dress is designed to be floor length, so you may want to hem it for easier walking during trick or treating!
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.
Batter up! Fans of A League of Their Own will love this costume set, which is officially licensed by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. This set comes with a dress, hat, and belt, so you can look just like your favorite Rockford Peaches player.
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.