The Best Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Women: Barbie, 'The Little Mermaid', Wednesday Addams and More

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Get ready for spooky season with these pop culture-inspired Halloween costumes for women.

Aside from sweater weather and pumpkin spice-scented everything, one of the things we're looking forward to this fall is Halloween. For what is arguably the most fun holiday of the year, we're pulling out all the stops to make sure our 2023 Halloween costume is the best one yet.

With only 2 weeks away, to get you in the spooky spirit, we've pulled together some of our favorite Halloween costume ideas for women.

While we could just direct you to some ready-made costumes on Amazon or Party City, we took things a step further by finding clothing and accessories you can wear long after Halloween is over. Instead of throwing away your costume come November 1, these pieces can be incorporated into your everyday wardrobe.

From the Barbie movie and The Little Mermaid to Taylor Swift and Beyoncé's tour outfits, there's no shortage of pop culture inspiration to pull from the past year. Below, check out some of the best women's costumes and how to recreate them for your next Halloween party.

Roller Skating Barbie


You'll be cute and comfy come Halloween when you wear this '80s-style bodysuit and athletic shorts from Barbie's rollerskating outfit.

Ariel from The Little Mermaid


Disney princesses are always a good Halloween costume, but the recent live-action version of The Little Mermaid makes Halle Bailey's Ariel an especially relevant idea for 2023. Mermaid tails aren't the most practical pieces for late autumn, so here's a wearable take that pays homage to the original cartoon.

Folklore Taylor Swift

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If you want to emulate one of Taylor Swift's Eras Tour outfits without hand-bedazzling a thousand tiny crystals onto a bodysuit, just throw on a flowy dress and boom — you're the Folklore era.

Renaissance Beyoncé

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Replicating Beyoncé's elaborate couture outfits for her Renaissance tour is no easy feat. Instead, deck yourself out in head-to-toe silver and a dazzling cowboy hat just like the one she wore on her album cover.

Wednesday Addams


Our gothic queen of Halloween makes for an easy costume that you can incorporate into your fall wardrobe outside of the holiday. Just add a frown and braided pigtails, and you'll resemble a member of the Addams family in no time.

Find more costume ideas, Halloween decor, trick-or-treat needs and more festive fun in our Halloween 2023 Shopping Guide.