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A Homemade Halloween: 50 Empowering DIY Halloween Costumes for Mighty Girls

50 Mighty Girl costumes for do-it-yourself inspiration at every age!

Halloween is fast approaching, and for some Mighty Girls, that means making a costume straight out of their imagination or bringing to life their own interpretation of a favorite character! Every year, we're amazed by the creative and clever home-made costumes our community shares with us. In this blog post, we're sharing a small selection of the incredible DIY Mighty Girl Halloween costumes that have been submitted to our Halloween Gallery over the past few years. These diverse costumes highlight the inventiveness of Mighty Girls, and are sure to provide inspiration to the DIY-er that you know!

If you're looking for accessories for a DIY costume, or if you've decided to purchase a costume this year, you can find hundreds of empowering options for all ages, infants through adults, in A Mighty Girl's 2019 Halloween Costume Guide.

After trick or treating is done, don't forget to submit your Mighty Girl's costume to our 2019 Halloween Gallery! Every year, we invite members of our community to submit pictures of their Mighty Girls in costume. In 2018, we had hundreds of photos submitted, and we can't wait to see what creative ideas your Mighty Girls have come up with this year!

Agitate for Women's Suffrage!

Agitate!

Ella has spent the last year making her voice heard. After a boy told her girls shouldn't vote, she became even more vocal. For Halloween, she wanted to celebrate women's suffrage!

Amelia & Eleanor take flight!

Amelia & Eleanor take flight!

When Amelia and Eleanor were in first grade the did a project and learned that Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt in a plane and the idea for their second grade Halloween costume was born! (The story of this historic flight is told in the picture book Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride.)

A Mighty Girl!

A Mighty Girl

Our daughter loves your site for music, books and movies. This year she made her outfit and went as Mighty Girl! Thank you for the inspiration!

Defender of the Free Press

Defender of the Free Press

Modern Superhero: Defender of the Free Press

Roller Girl

Roller Girl

Grace, who is 6.5, read Victoria Jamieson's graphic novel Roller Girl about eight times within the first two weeks she owned it this summer. There was never a question about what her costume was going to be, and with Nana's knitting help (those socks!), she nailed it.

Ada Twist Scientist

Ada Twist Scientist

“Why? What? How? When? Why?” Ada Twist, Scientist!

Strong like Switzer

Strong like Switzer

Girls belong in the Boston Marathon just like Kathrine Switzer! (Her story is told in the picture book Her Fearless Run.)

Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew

Natalie is Nancy Drew, as pictured on the cover of The Secret of the Old Clock

Volcano

Volcano

My daughter decided she wanted to be a volcano this year. She had a blast Trick or Treating and I enjoyed watching people's reactions to her unique costume.

Dr. Who

My daughter was enthralled over discovering Dr. Who on BBC this summer. Her outfit is her own design, complete with bowtie, fez and, of course, a sonic screwdriver.

Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall

Isabelle, age 4, became interested in Dr. Jane Goodall after finding an article about her in National Geographic. In her imagination our yard has become a forest in Tanzania and she's been busy studying chimpanzees.

Alanna the Lioness

Alanna the Lioness

Larkin (12) dressed as Sir Alanna the Lioness (from Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books), complete with her signature gold-washed chain mail, coat of arms, amethyst drop earrings, and trusty sword Lightning.

The Notorious RBG

The Notorious RBG

Combining her love of the honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg and hip hop.

Dalek

Dalek

Sophia, age 9, choose to be a Dalek, as she loves Dr. Who. We are excited to see the new female Doctor!

Miss Frizzle

My daughter Kaelyn who is 15mo old, she loves to explore and examine everything. We found that Miss Frizzle was the perfect costume for her curious nature.

Paper Bag Princess Lily

Paper Bag Princess Lily

The Paper Bag Princess: "I'm the hero of this story. Don't need to be saved"
2 yr old Lily slays dragons with her brain.

Wicket the Ewok

Wicket the Ewok

Esmé, at 14 months, had a little help choosing her Ewok costume from Star Wars Return of the Jedi, but she really enjoyed helping her mom to make it (pulling out the stuffing of a large teddy bear).

Save the Ocean

Save the ocean

Save the ocean from plastic and straws. #stopsucking

Susan B Anthony

Susan B Anthony

Inspired to fight equality as Susan B. Anthony!

Trick or Cheese

Trick or Cheese

Trick or Cheese

Fern Arable

Fern Arable

Peyton, 7 years. A passionate advocate for animals, our girl has the same big heart and tenacity that Fern did in Charlotte’s Web. She loved the story about as much as she loves animals!

Stack of books!

Stack of books!

This mighty girl has a newly discovered love of reading and asked if she could go as a stack of books this year! Some of the “book” titles she made up and some were books she wanted to include. She loved it!

Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel

Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel! Inspired by Kamala’s desire to be true to herself and embrace her own path, my daughter was excited to make this costume even though this character isn’t widely recognized. She even took some teasing at school due to her choice but she stayed true to her own heart.

Fleur Delacour

Fleur Delacour

Caitlin, 9, adores Harry Potter and her favourite character has always been Fleur Delacour but she couldn't find a costume to buy, so she asked her Grandma to help her make one instead. They picked the fabrics together and Caitlin helped her sew it. She is so proud of it and would wear it all the time if she could!

Math Fairy

Math Fairy

Math Fairy, ‘because I love fairies and math. Everyone is going to think this is the best costume ever!’

Entomologist

Entomologist

Ruby,4, LOOOOOOVVVEEESSS bugs! When we asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween, she enthusiastically said, A BUG SCIENTIST! It's also her future career of choice. Since learning that a bug scientist is called an Entomologist, she loves to use the proper wording and explain to anyone who doesn't know, what an entomologist does. She just doesn't understand why anyone wouldn't love bugs, especially spiders and her most favourite bug of all - BEES. We had lots of fun making her costume and placing each bug just so. My Mighty little bug Girl.

Pilot with cardboard plane

Pilot with cardboard plane

My daughter Helena, 4 years old, always said she wants to be a pilot whenever we travel. She was inspired to be a pilot for Halloween when we had a woman pilot in our last trip. She was so happy when she saw a woman pilot, in uniform saying goodbye from the cockpit!

4 year old Kalia as Astrid Dragon Tamer

4 year old Kalia as Astrid Dragon Tamer.
Costume made by Daddy.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie

Rosie, 2.5 years old, was Marie Curie for Halloween this year. Here she is proudly showing off her two Nobel prizes. Note the vials of Polonium and Radium in her pocket! Poor Marie still had a few crucial things to learn about the health hazards of being exposed to radioactivity!

We love to have our little Rosie dress up as strong women for Halloween. When we found out that she was going to be born with Down syndrome, we didn't know what the future would look like for her. Once she came into the world, she showed us how hardworking, loving, and mischievous she was! We know that our Rosie's future is bright and full of potential! Her Halloween costumes are one way that we like to challenge society's expectations for individuals with Down syndrome!

Little Miss Julia Child

Little Miss Julia Child

Julia Child! Whipping up some fun!

The Solar System

The Solar System

Eudora, 8, wanted to be the solar system for Halloween! She is so pleased with how it turned out, she is beaming.

Maria von Trapp

The Sound of Music is Flynn's favorite movie. She's wanted to be "ria" for Halloween since last year. You can see her pride in this picture.

Weeping Angel

Weeping Angel

Marianna, age 10. My daughter is a fan of science fiction and fantasy. Over the summer, we watched the entire Doctor Who series as our family entertainment. She loved the weeping angels. For Halloween, she helped me sew the dress and craft the wings (foam board base with craft foam feathers hot glued on top and elastic straps for wearing).

Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

Katie Smith, age 13. Wanted to think outside the box, but wound up in the box flying high.

Marching Band

My 2.5 year old mighty girl loves the CAL Berkeley Marching Band and asked me to make this costume for her.

Amelia Earhart's First Flight

Amelia Earhart's First Flight (with clouds in the

Amelia Earhart: Mabel, 16 months, New Orleans
My husband and I love making costumes for Halloween and Mardi Gras. We're so happy to now have our adventurous daughter join in on the fun.
Mabel had a blast riding around town in her airplane. She had her best friend who was dressed as a cow riding in the backseat most of the evening (we told everyone that she picked up the cow while barnstorming).

Xena Princess Warrior

Olivia us all about superhero females, so nothing would do but Xena Princess Warrior. She's got the war cry nailed, too. It's not available to buy, so her mother knocked herself out.

Fiction Fairy

My seven year old as the Fiction Fairy!

I'm NOT sushi, I'm a KIMBOP!

Audrey (6) decides she want to be one of her favorite foods, kimbop - rice ball wrapped in a piece of seaweed. (hello, party city?....)

Stellar Black Hole

Stellar Black Hole

My all things science obsessed wanted to be a stellar black hole for Halloween. Together she and I built this costume from scratch and made her out of this world dream come true!

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter

Aaliyah age 3 as Rosie the Riveter is a mighty girl every day of her life. She can do it is a perfect motto for my amazing girl.

Baby Viking Warrior

Anika Von Marie, 2 months old
We live in Scandinavia so we thought how apt it will be for her to be a Viking warrior for her first Halloween.

Jenny's Moonlight Adventure

Jenny's Moonlight Adventure

In the middle of a January night, when she was sick with croup, my then 3-year-old asked if she could be a book for Halloween! She stuck with the idea for 9 months and ultimately chose to be a Jenny Linsky Halloween book, Jenny's Moonlight Adventure, as she loves the whole series. Her grandma made the costume and my now 4 year old LOVED it.

Sabine Wren

Sabine Wren

My daughter loves the show “Star Wars Rebels,” she adores the character Sabine Wren. I made her Halloween costume out of various fabrics, craft foam, paint and lots of glue!

Secret Agent

Super sleuth, Zoe

"I want to be a boat."

In a sea of princesses and superheroes, we were pleasantly surprised that Alexa (age 2) had her heart set on being "a purple boat" this year. She served as Creative Director and we merely followed her vision for Halloween 2014. :)

Grace Hopper/Tallulah

Grace Hopper/Tallulah

Last year RBG, this year Grace Hopper!

Sack of Potatoes

Sack of Potatoes

My daughter wants to visit Idaho some day and decided to be a sack of Idaho potatoes for Halloween. The entire costume was made from scratch, including the “potatoes”.

Rainbow

Rainbow

Our daughter chose to bring some sunshine into this Halloween holiday and she chose to be a rainbow. The whole family worked together on this project and made her costume.

Rapunzel's Revenge

Rapunzel's Revenge

My mighty girl loved the novel Rapunzel's Revenge and how strong Rapunzel is. She was super excited to recreate the theme from items found at thrift stores and our home.

Spider Butterfly Queen Doc McStuffins

Sioma 3 years old - My daughter started out wanting to be Charlotte from Charlotte's web but kept wanting to add different pieces to the outfit. The end result is truly unique.

Nella the Princess Knight

Nella the Princess Knight

She loves Nella- planned and worked on this costume for months

Lucia Zenteno - The Woman Who Outshone the Sun

Lucia Zenteno - The Woman Who Outshone the Sun

Mercedes Velazquez, dressed as Lucia Zenteno, the main character in The Woman Who Outshone the Sun. The book retells the Zapotec legend of Lucia Zenteno, a beautiful woman with magical powers who is exiled from a mountain village and takes its water away in punishment.

Luna Lovegood

Luna Lovegood

Kindness and quirkiness for the win! An intergenerational project from radish earrings to leg warmers: grandma the seamstress and knitter, mom the materials and patterns gatherer, and daughter who loves everything Harry Potter and aims to be as kind as Luna every day!

Moiraine, Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah

Moiraine, Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah

10 year-old Jala was inspired by the powerful female channelers of magical energy in Robert Jordan's epic fantasy Wheel of Time series.

Ruby Robot

Ruby Robot

Ruby created this costume all by herself. She worked in it for over a month.

My Tiny Dr. Michaela Quinns

My Tiny Dr. Michaela Quinns

A few months ago my girls and I started watching Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Dr. Michaela Quinn is a female doctor at a time when it wasn’t accepted, she is always pushing boundaries, and she lends her voice to those who aren’t heard. Such a great feminist character for our young women to see.

The Princess in Black

The Princess in Black

Lily decided to dress up as The Princess in Black, the main character of her favorite book series of the same name! She fell in love with how Princess Magnolia is more than just a typical princess and that she fights monsters as the Princess of Black on the side!

Zita the Space Girl

Zita the Space Girl

My 5 year old daughter, Anya, LOVES to read and Zita is one of her favorites!

A fierce champion

A fierce champion

Mikaela (age 7) was adamant she wanted to be a princess/night/warrior, so her dad Byron built her this costume from scratch (about 20 hours of measuring, cutting, painting, gluing...)

Maleficent of the Moors

Maleficent of the Moors

Earlier this year we listened to the Maleficent audio book (engagingly read by Lucy Rayner) with our 6 year-old daughter Maile. Maile has a strong sense of fairness and justice, and by the time the book concluded, Maleficent was a hero to her. Maile knew right then that she wanted to be Maleficent for Halloween -- but the "good, real Maleficent", protector of the Moors and mother figure to Princess Aurora. Over the next couple of months we carefully pieced together Maile's costume to her exact vision; it came together beautifully and she was proud to wear it (and explain it)!

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Cadence is 8 and has wanted to be an entomologist since she was 5. This year, she asked to be a praying mantis for Halloween.

My Morton's Salt girl

My Morton's Salt girl

My Mighty Creative Girl

Bioluminescent jellyfish

Bioluminescent jellyfish

Nora loves biology so we made a jellyfish to go along with her siblings under the Sea theme this year.

Raptor!

Raptor!

A velociraptor (made and worn by 11 yo Addie) and her handlers (mighty girls Fiona and Emmy), were inspired by Jurassic Park. The girls had so much fun!

Mini Dumbledore!

Mini Dumbledore!

She refused a haircut for almost two years, so that it would be “Long like Dumbledore’s”.

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

Krystinia, age 15. made the costume herself one piece at a time from the local thrift stores and hardware store for the snake. She loves to dress up and act as strong characters.

Arihanna Capri as Misty Copeland’s “Firebird”

Arihanna Capri as Misty Copeland’s “Firebird”

As a fellow ballerina, Arihanna’s idol is Misty Copeland and has been dreaming of this costume all year. It cannot be said loud enough: representation is so important! Arihanna has big dreams and we are thrilled she can see any part of herself in Misty.

Homemade Captain Janeway

Homemade Captain Kanewsy

Emily (10) is a huge Star Trek fan. She is enamored with Captain Janeway, and she rocks it.

Mulan the Warrior

Mulan the Warrior

Mulan is one of my daughter's favorite characters because she fought for her country and helped her family by doing what was right even if it was against the norm.

Dina was looking for a Mulan warrior costume and figured that Disney would have a costume available. Unfortunately, Disney only carried the "Princess" version of Mulan - but she was bummed that the costume Warrior Mulan was dressed in for most of the movie wasn't available in any store. :(

So with a few items from our closets, a couple of cotton tees, and some sewing items, here we have Mulan the Warrior!

Thanks A Mighty Girl for inspiring girls everywhere to find the Warrior in them! :)

Moaning Myrtle

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