Best Halloween Costume Ideas for Black Women in 2021by Oudraa S
Well it’s officially fall season, so you know what that means…deep browns and oranges, pumpkin-spiced everything, warm knits, cuddles and HALLOWEEN!
We're listing the best Halloween costumes for Black women in 2021 (old and new) that are super fun and creative for black women to rock this spooky season. Browse this list and choose your favorite look!
1. Dionne Davenport from the show, Clueless
Dionne Davenport was Cher's best friend. Her character was played by Stacey Dash. The movie and TV show portray Dionne as a lovable, fashionable and well-spoken young black woman. Going through the movie or TV show looks of Dionne will help you piece together an outfit that is recognizable and on brand. If you're thinking of going as Dionne Davenport for Halloween, be sure to grab your fashionable hats, plaid skirts, blazers, high socks and statement jewelry!
2. A Clover Cheerleader from the movie, Bring it On
Who doesn't love a good cheerleader costume? If you've ever seen the movie Bring it On, you know the Clovers were not to be messed with. As this costume has become increasingly popular over the years, you're able to buy the exact costume at your local costume store or you can easily make it! All you'll need is a classic green cheerleading suit (a top and skirt), and white cheerleading/sports shoes. The rest is up to you and your personal style! Go Clovers!
3. Toni Braxton from her Self-Titled Album
Not only was Toni Braxton's self-titled album a hit, the cover photo from that album is just as iconic - so iconic that even Beyoncé chose this look as her Halloween costume one year! For this look, grab your favourite pair of acid wash jeans, a white tank top, and a leather jacket. Don't forget to rock a cute bob and a staple red lip and...voila! You've transformed into Ms. Toni Braxton for the night!
4. Beyoncé from the Crazy in Love Music Video
Beyoncé's iconic looks in this video still turn heads and get people talking! You can choose either of these two looks and people will be able to identify you as Queen Bey almost immediately. Depending on outfit choice, you'll either need red stilettos, jean shorts and a white tank, or a colour-blocking neon orange, pink, and purple dress. The dress may need to be made from scratch unless you luck out at a store somewhere with something similar! Don't forget it's Halloween though so as long as you have fun with it, you're bound to look great!
5. Penny Proud from The Proud Family
The Proud Family TV show is staple in Black childhood cartoons. The entire cast will give you great ideas for a costume but if you're looking to be our main girl, Penny Proud, get your deep pink/purple blazer ready. Penny's look is classic and simple - a blazer, blouse, skirt, and tennis shoes. Don't forget Penny's classic pigtails if you're really looking to nail the look from head to toe! You and me will always be tight...
6. Kamala Harris, American Vice-President
What a historic year it has been, in more ways than one! In 2021, Kamala Harris became the first half Black, half Indian woman to be elected as the vice-president of the United States. Kamala can usually be found in one of her classic pantsuits but if you are looking to match her vice-president acceptance speech look, piece together an off-white pantsuit and you're all set!
Whether you want to fly solo or go with your girlfriends, any member of TLC still remains a hot costume for 2021! The group holds many notable looks but if you are looking for one that's easily identifiable, you can try their look from their music video, No Scrubs. The ladies are dressed in futuristic gear with lots of cutouts. If you're going for a more subtle look, you can try their fit from the Creep video which had the ladies dressed in colourful silk pajamas.
8. Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog
Becoming the first Black Disney princess in the 2009 animated film, The Princess and the Frog, Princess Tiana served Black Girl Magic all the way around. If you want to feel royal this Halloween and Princess Tiana is your style, you can purchase the full costume from your local Halloween store or find a similar colored/green ballgown. Don't forget your accessories!
Storm from the Marvel Comics and notably, X-Men, was one of the first black female comic book characters. Storm was played by Halle Berry in four of the X-Men films. For this costume, you'll likely need a catsuit similar to the hers with a great cape. If you're trying to go all the way out, you better remember that icy white hair!
10. Destiny's Child
Another group costume idea is to go as the members of Destiny's Child. Whether you want to be Beyoncé, Kelly, or Michelle, choose your favorite video and get styling! If you're blanking on options for video inspiration, try one of their looks from their Bootylicious or Survivor music videos. As the ladies all tend to have their own unique look, focus on getting the right colours or prints for the outfits and then customize from there!
11. Monica Wright from Love and Basketball
Okay, this costume is perfect because you can dress up alone and still make it work or you can go with your own personal 'Quincy McMall' and have the best couples costume! Love and Basketball is a classic Black romance film and Monica's costume is easy to perfect. Find your favorite jersey, ball shorts, and basketball shoes to nail this look. If you choose to go with a boo, their costume is virtually the same!
12. Venus or Serena Williams
Venus and Serena Williams are the queens that dominated tennis for years. To put your costume together to go as either sister, you'll simply need some tennis gear: an athletic shirt, bottoms, a visor, a racket and a tennis ball for that extra touch. This outfit is perfect if you need something last minute.
Seen as the princess of r&b, Aaliyah left her imprint on the world. Her music videos house many iconic looks but if you're looking for a classic Aaliyah look, think "the 90s". If you have baggy jeans, bandanas, and a pair of shades, you're on the right track. A popular Aaliyah look is from her Try Again video. The look consists of a metallic chain bra top and black leather pants with a metallic belt and matching metallic chain choker.
14. Susie Carmichael from the show, Rugrats
Susie Carmichael brought life to her Rugrats character. Recreate Susie's look with a yellow peplum shirt spotted with purple splotches. Pair this with purple shorts and red shoes. To finish up the look, make sure to add Susie's signature pigtails!
15. Keesha Franklin from the show, The Magic School Bus
Keesha Franklin was part of the Magic School Bus crew that taught millennials about space and science. For this costume, you'll need a magenta or purple sweater with a blue or indigo sash. Bottoms can be a pair of jeans and you can complete the hair look with the character's purple hair scrunchie.
16. Melanie B (Scary Spice)
Melanie B, popularly known as Scary Spice, dominated the 90s and early 2000s with her Britsh Pop music, as part of The Spice Girls. Scary Spice represented the only Black woman in the girl group. Scary Spice was known for her vibrant patterned catsuits but her most notable look would be the cheetah pattern. If you can find anything cheetah print with a golden 'fro to match...your look is complete!
17. Tia and Tamera Mowry from the show, Sister, Sister
If you've got a twin sister, this costume is perfect for you!! But, the look still works with people that aren't twins (lol!). Tia and Tamera Mowry gained popularity from their hit sitcom, Sister, Sister. The twins' style evolved throughout the years but if you're going for their season 1 looks, you can opt for jean bucket hats, any colored shirt and matching jean jackets. If you want something more contemporary, do your thing! Just make sure you're matching with your "twin" to make the costume come alive.
18. A Member of The Black Panther Party
This historical organization was first born out of the need to monitor the behaviour of the police by encouraging citizens to openly carry weapons for protection. The Party also sought to bring awareness to the police brutality inflicted on Black people. If you want a costume that makes a statement...you better serve ALL BLACK EVERYTHING! You can create this look with pretty much any type of clothing, as long as it's black. If you want a more authentic feel, opt for a black leather jacket on top of your fit, black shades, and a slouchy black beret.
19. Solange's A Seat at the Table Album Cover
Solange's album, A Seat at the Table, did numbers when it first came out but OG fans of hers already knew what it was. Solange exudes expression, ease and good vibes. Her album cover was so memorable because it was artistic yet so simple. For this costume, aim to have your hair down and crimped or finger waved. To accessorize your hair, add pink and blue clips to it and you're all set.
20. Young M.A
Ouuuuuu! Young M.A is an American rapper that became well-known after her hit song "Ouuuuuu" went quadruple-platinum! Young M.A, normally rocks her hair in cornrows and wears a simple tank top or a white/plaid shirt. She is normally also recognized by her multiple neck and full-sleeve tattoos.
21. Bernadine from the movie, Waiting to Exhale
Who can forget Bernie's iconic scene in Waiting to Exhale? "Get your sh*t...get your sh*t...get your sh*t...AND GET OUT!" Angela Bassett played the hell out of this role and that just adds to the list of reasons why this costume is a top pick. Bernie is most known for the above scene where she finds out her husband has continued to be unfaithful and she is finally done with his mess. For her look during the infamous scene, choose a sleek black lace or lingerie top with black bottoms and a cream peacoat.
22. Hilary Banks from the show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
No one played the role of Hilary Banks better than Karyn Parsons. The Banks were an affluent family with two successful Black parents; an image that was so important to Black America then and now. Some saw Hilary as spoiled especially since she was unapologetic about it. Ms. Banks showed us what it was like for a Black woman to live a life of luxury without having to go through immense hardship or pain. We love to see it! For this costume, you can go with a classic pant suit (don't forget the shoulder pads!) or a semi-formal knee-length dress with a 90s vibe. To accessorize this costume, add a pearl necklace, earrings and a bowler hat.
23. Niobe from the movie, The Matrix
Niobe appeared in both sequels to the original Matrix film as a supporting character. Her most memorable look is the maroon crocodile jacket, a pant combo with shades, and her hair twisted into bantu knots. If you're unable to find that specific colour, opt for an all black leather look.
24. The Cheetah Girls
This girl group costume is perfect if you and your girlfriends are feeling nostalgic. The Cheetah Girls group stemmed from the hit Disney channel movie that followed four best friends in a singing group trying to make it to the top. For this costume, make sure you and all of your friends are matching! A notable look from the movie is the one found above - different colored valour tracksuits with some form of cheetah print and matching cheetah headbands.
25. The Muses from the movie, Hercules
The five muses from Hercules represent beauty and grace. Named Calliope, Clio, Melpomene, Terpsichore, and Thalia, the muses functioned as a Greek Chorus that told the story of Hercules by singing the majority of the film. They also provided poetic inspiration and wisdom that all artists and thinkers sought. For this costume think: Grecian goddess. Anything that's white/cream and draped on you will will suffice as long as it looks luxurious. Be sure to accessorize with bracelets and any type of head jewelry.
26. Lil Kim
Iconically known as "Queen Bee", Lil' Kim, real name Kimberly Denise Jones, is an American rapper, actress, model and reality television personality. There are so many looks from Lil' Kim that are recognizable so you have quite a few fits to pick from. A popular look of Lil' Kim's is her one-shouldered purple lace jumpsuit worn at the 1999 VMAs. The look was controversial (and memorable!) because the other side of her jumpsuit exposed her chest and covered her breast with a piece of fabric. She completed the look with a metallic purple wig and looked BOMB! A second costume look can be pulled from the music video for Crush on You ft Lil Cease. Some looks had fur coats and others simply showed her in a stylish top. What made these looks iconic were the vibrant colours she chose for each outfit. She wore the colour from head to toe so if you're going to commit to this costume, make sure you go full out!
27. Justice from the movie, Poetic Justice
Directed by the late John Singleton, Poetic Justice was released in 1993 and was Janet Jackson's movie acting debut. Poetic Justice had that 90s black love feel that came through the screen. If you want to go as Justice, opt for a dark navy or black shirt, blue jeans and a cabbie hat or a beret cap. Janet completes this look with her beautiful box braids. If you want to turn this into a couple's costume, find your "Tupac" and have them rock a ball cap and baseball jersey shirt. An honourable mention goes to Janet's white outfit look when she is looking at herself in the mirror. Wrap your hair with a white headband and pair it with a white crop shirt/sweater, jeans, and a black belt.
28. Annalise Keating from the show, How to Get Away with Murder
Played by the amazingly talented Viola Davis, Annalise Keating is the lawyer we all want and need when a situation arises. Annalise embodies power and intelligence - who wouldn't want to rock this look for Halloween? Because her outfits change each episode, to truly capture the essence of Annalise Keating you can rock any type of business/courtroom attire like a pant or dress suit. Don't forget your briefcase and then you'll be ready to go!
29. Grace Jones
Grace Jones is an American model, singer, songwriter, and actress that dominated the 80s pop culture scene. Her iconic model shoots also stood the test of time with models duplicating her looks in honour to this day. When you think of Grace Jones, you should think eccentric, bold, and unapologetic. Grace is also known for her signature haircut that was usually styled asymmetrically. For this costume, you'll need a black suit jacket or a futuristic styled top with minimal jewelry. As the look will really depend on which photo of Grace you use for inspiration, feel free to peruse her best looks and go from there!
30. Erykah Badu
Erykah is an American Neo-Soul singer that has been putting out hits for decades. Inspired by R&B, 1970s soul and 1980s hip-hop, Ms. Badu is known for her ability to produce music that touches you spiritually and elevates you to another level. Erykah has always been seen as a free-spirit and her style emulates that. For this costume, opt for a headwrap or top hat with baggy clothing and layered jewelry.
31. Jodie from the show, Daria
Jodie is Daria's friend from the cartoon show, Daria. Jodie is known for her intellectual wit and ability to match Daria's equally sarcastic humor. Jodie's look consists of her classic cornrow braids, a pink button up blouse, a grey or blue skirt and black shoes. If you have a friend that's interested, have them go as Daria!
32. Bliss from the show, The Powerpuff Girls
Blisstina Utonium ("Bliss") was introduced to the Powerpuff Girls in the five-part television movie that aired in 2017. When creating Bliss, the professor accidentally used a chemical that gave Bliss unique psionic powers like telekinesis. For this costume you'll need: a purple powerpuff girls costume or purple superhero unitard with a black belt and black shoes. Bliss' identifiable feature is her neon turquoise hair. If you're considering going as a group, have your girls each choose a powerpuff character to dress up as and save the world together!
33. Nakia from the movie, Black Panther
Nakia from the film, Black Panther, is a member of the War Dogs and T'Challa's lover. Nakia represented strength and courage as she worked with T'Challa and the rest of the team to save Wakanda and its treasures. This costume has been quite popular over the years so if you're interested, you can likely find the already made costume with accessories at your local costume store. If you'd like something more original, try and find a red, black, and gold superhero suit with gold accessories and black superhero boots. For an added touch, twist your hair into bantu knots to really complete the look.
34. Black Barbie
Halloween is your chance to get creative and fun for the night. There are thousands of costumes to choose from or even create from scratch! We hope this list of Best Halloween Costumes for Black Women in 2021 gave you some fresh ideas! Comment below and let us know your fave Halloween costumes. If you need more ideas for costumes, check out this great list done by My Black Clothing!
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