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What Should I Be for Halloween : A Perspective from a Woman of Color

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

By Maya Serrano

Photography by Katie Gabe, Styled by Kate Stevens

With Halloween creeping up, that means it’s time to start your Pinterest Boards. You type in your search engine “cute halloween costumes,” and you get thousands of results in seconds of the 30 best Halloween costumes for 2022. Some examples are: Wednesday Adams, Harley Quinn, Black Widow, Eleven, Princess Leia, Elle Woods and many more. Are you noticing a pattern? Many of the results are for women who identify as caucasin or could pass as so. But what if you’re a minority? It’s hard going as your favorite movie character with a lack of representation in the industry, so here are eight powerhouse women of color to consider in your 2022 Halloween costume Pinterst board.

1. Missy from Big Mouth

Missy is a smart and talkative tween who has an overly positive outlook on life and won’t be pushed around. This could be one of the most reusable costumes on the list because all you'll need are overalls, a yellow shirt, and some sandals!

2. London Tipton from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

London is a fashionista with a sense of critical humor. However, she has a soft spot for those she cares about.

This may be one of the more intricate costumes on this list; however it has so much flexibility as London has several iconic looks!

3. Kiada from Atlantis the Lost Empire

Kiada is a Warrior Princess of Atlantis. She can appear aggressive and forceful on the outside, but she has a kind and

respectful heart. An easy way to achieve this costume would be a bed sheet and a tube top! It is definitely one of the more simplistic costumes but the character is far from basic.

4. Santana from Glee

Santana is known to be a persuasive and manipulative “top cheerleader.” She is always finding out secrets

and observing. She only shows signs of kindness towards members of the Glee Club. If there isn’t enough time

to order a cheerleading costume, a color scheme of red and black with a pleated skirt can get the job done!

5. Chel from The Road to El Dorado

Chel is cunning and clever and is known for her seductive charm. This is another costume that can be created with a white bed sheet and a tube top! However, the color contrast between the magenta and the teal is what makes this outfit iconic.

6. Mirabel Madrigal from Encanto

Mirabel is the only Madrigal without a magical power. She is brave and optimistic despite her lacking magic.

This costume is intricate as it’s full of embroidery with bright colors, but with the movie’s recent success,

nobody will question who you are!

7. Iridessa from TinkerBell

Iridessa is the light fairy who always looks on the bright side of things. She is a bit uptight as she loves order and following rules. Despite that, she is warm and welcoming. This yellow color would pop amazingly against a darker complexion and who doesn’t love an excuse to wear fairy wings?

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