Halloween season is finally upon us, which means it’s time to rummage through your closet to find the perfect costume. If you don’t have a costume yet, there’s no need to fret. NYMM’s got you covered with six (that’s right, six) easy costume ideas to bring out your inner badass and make you feel empowered this Halloween.
- The Bride from Kill Bill
Notable director Quentin Tarantino frequently features strong woman leads in his films (Jackie Brown, Mia Wallace), but not one is quite as badass as The Bride from the Kill Bill series. The Bride, portrayed by Uma Thurman, avenges her own attempted murder in a bright yellow jumpsuit and a double-edged sword, which can be found on Amazon and Etsy. Female critics and fans have said that The Bride’s role in the film has “helped [them] in their lives,” and has inspired them to release their own “survival energy” in times of struggle or helplessness.
- Rey from Star Wars
Rey first appeared in 2015’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The introduction of her character is said to have awakened a “feminst force” in young girls, according to critics. Rey, the first female Jedi to have her own origin story, consistently uses her merit (combined with her insanely impressive warrior skills) to problem-solve and never doubts herself in her journey. Variations of her warrior gear can be found on Amazon or can be found within your own closet using brown or grey fabrics. For creator J.J. Abrams and film producer Kathleen Kennedy, it was important that Rey gave audiences a fierce representation of womanhood. Kennedy has referred to Rey as the new generation’s Luke Skywalker.
- Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family
With an all-black dress and some pigtails, it doesn’t take much to portray the cunning and witty Wednesday Addams. The youngest of the Addams family proves to be the smartest of her clan, despite being morbid, sarcastic, and all-around emotionless (all the reasons we love her). Actress Christina Ricci’s humorously dry portrayal of Wednesday in 1991’s The Addams Family remake has made the character a cult-favorite.
- Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
Since the 1990s, Hermione Granger has been owning her intelligence and never backing down from a challenge. Her classic look can easily be accomplished with a black Hogwarts cloak and a magic wand. While she is most known for her smarts, Hermione remains philanthropic throughout the Harry Potter series, standing up for her friends and other students at Hogwarts. Her legacy continues offscreen through the actress who played her, Emma Watson. Watson helped launch the United Nations HeForShe campaign back in 2014 and is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNWomen.
- Moana from Moana
Moana is certainly one of Disney’s more progressive princesses. Opting out of a romantic love story, Moana’s determination is fueled by the love she has for her family, her island, and her people. Her fearlessness and passion for being a leader shows that she is great enough heroine to guide her own journey. Her iconic red floral bandeau, straw skirt, and long brunette locks are easily replicable and are the perfect way to bring the summer back into the fall.
- Ellen Ripley from Alien
Sitting at number five on Empire’s list of the 100 Greatest Movie Characters, Ellen Ripley from the Alien franchise is known for introducing the world to action heroines. The character’s fierce crusade against evil extraterrestrial creatures captured the nation and catapulted actress Sigourney Weaver’s career in the Hollywood spotlight. When the first Alien film was released in 1979, Ripley’s forward-thinking, brave character was bold and refreshing for moviegoers. Her epic badass-ery has made her one of the most memorable and lasting heroines in cinematic history. Strap on a green military jumpsuit, and you’ll be ready to invade Area 51.
Did we forget your favorite badass movie character? Let us know what you’ll be this Halloween!