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The Best Halloween Costumes for Women on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of costumes before — including dog costumes, baby costumes, and children’s costumes — here, we’ve rounded up the best (surprisingly tasteful) costumes for women, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated costume for women

Leg Avenue Women's Wet-Look Zipper-Front Catsuit

Part of what makes this vinyl catsuit so appealing to so many reviewers is its versatility. Dozens opted to go as Catwoman (or just a cat), such as one reviewer who says her Catwoman costume came to life with “five-inch-heeled boots, a homemade mask, an ear set, gloves, and this suit.” She says it “was effectively the talk of the party.” But many reviewers thought outside the box with this as the base of their costume. One reviewer went as a jewelry thief and notes that this catsuit is comfortable. “It has great movement. I was able to do kicks and underarm turns,” she writes, though she warns, “You do need either no-show-line garments or no lines at all, if you catch my drift. Because it will show everything.” Another agrees that even though it’s skintight, “You can jump around in it, do squats, do jumping jacks, sit comfortably, and not feel like you are about to rip the seams.” A few felt this costume may work only for narrow frames, but one reviewer confirms, “This is the best jumpsuit you can buy for a thick girl like myself with a small waist. You may need a belt if you do have a big booty to show off your curves. I won best dressed in a costume contest and got lots of compliments.”

Best-rated (less expensive) costume for women

California Costumes Deluxe Hooded Robe Adult Costume

This is another costume that reviewers made their own. Some chose to go as a vampire or witch, while others were simply Renaissance women. But regardless of what they ended up being, they appreciated how comfortable it was. One customer writes, “It’s easy to wear and looks great. I think it’s a great price for the quality.” Many were shocked by the quality. “It’s pretty well-made, and the fabric wasn’t paper-thin like most costumes,” another reviewer says. A third customer just expected “a passing costume to use for the day” but was blown away: “What arrived was of far better quality than expected, and the fit made me look and feel thin and sexy. I received MANY compliments. I am keeping this for use on future Halloweens.”

And now some micro-picks for every type of women’s Halloween costume you might be looking for.

Best witch costume for women

California Costumes Women's Incantasia, The Glamour Witch Costume

Women who wanted a more conservative costume appreciate that this witch costume is not too revealing. “I hate that most options for women are sexy this or sexy that. I just wanted a normal and fun costume to enjoy Halloween with my kids,” writes one mom who says the “quality is outstanding, not cheaply or poorly made.” On the quality, another reviewer writes, “It was VERY comfortable, not sheer, the right length, and by far my favorite costume to date.” A few mention that the hat is flimsy, but many say it’s easy enough to just get a new one (like this witch hat that was recommended to us by witches).

Best 50s-themed costume for women

Hip Hop '50s Shop Adult 4-Piece Poodle-Skirt Costume Set

“You’ll want to rock and roll all day in your adorable poodle skirt,” writes one customer who has worn this costume more than six times now. She accessorized the outfit with black-and-white saddle shoes and a black cardigan to make it look more authentic. “All together, it looks like I just stepped out of the soda shop.” Many appreciate the quality of the costume, including one shopper who writes, “The material of the skirt is a heavy felt and is absolutely beautiful. The scarf is chiffon, just like the old days.”

Best skeleton costume for women

Leg Avenue Women's Glow-in-the-Dark Skeleton Bodysuit Halloween Costume

This glow-in-the-dark skeleton costume was a big hit with reviewers because it’s comfortable but cute. “It’s sexy without being over-the-top, kind of a subtle sexiness about it. And it’s comfortable,” writes one reviewer. “You will definitely want black undies with this because you can see light colors through it.” Another says, “This costume fit like a glove,” explaining, “Hugs every place you want it to with NO camel toe. That is very important.” A third reviewer thought it “might be a little too cartoony-looking,” but she says, “I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this over the realer-looking skeletons.”

Best hippie costume for women

Fun World Women's Peace Love Hippie Costume

Dozens of reviewers call this hippie-themed costume “fun.” One who thinks it’s “very fun to wear” says she got “sooo many compliments at a Halloween event” when wearing this. “I can’t believe people used to dress like this,” writes a slightly stunned customer, who adds that “it’s a little short” and advises others to “wear shorts underneath.” Another shopper agrees that it’s very short, but she “fixed this easily with a pair of dark-brown leggings, which really complemented the whole look” (and also kept her warm). She adds that the boot covers really stole the show. They are “fabulous and feel wonderful on your legs,” she says. Another customer writes that regardless of the length, this costume is still “very comfortable and makes it easy to do those wild and crazy Soul Train dances from back in the day.”

Best flapper costume for women

California Costumes Women's Fashion Flapper Plus-Size Costume

“The fringe flies freely when dancing. I would definitely recommend this costume to anyone looking to have fun as a flapper,” writes one reviewer of this costume. Another says it’s actually “not costume-like”: “The entire dress is covered with fringe and looks like an actual dress.” Many plus-size women worried about the sizing, but as one reviewer says, this dress runs “a smidge big, which is refreshing when you are used to everything being too small for a larger bust and rear. This dress had more than ample room for my voluptuous curves!”

Best Red Riding Hood costume for women

Leg Avenue Women's Gothic Red Riding Hood Costume

Lots of reviewers chose this Red Riding Hood costume because it’s sexy without being too revealing, and it has enough size options to fit women of many different shapes. One reviewer explains, “The fit was perfect and sexy without looking like lingerie.” A bunch of reviewers added an extra petticoat to give the skirt more volume. One says the extra layer “adds to the look and makes it better,” but plenty were satisfied with the costume as is. Another reviewer appreciates that the back has “slightly stretchy material, so there’s a bit of give to the costume for larger sizes.” She adds, “This isn’t an actual corset; it doesn’t hold you in. But it covers the bust adequately, so it’s very tasteful.” One more shopper raves, “Curvy girls, THIS is your costume. This costume is actually amazing on me, and I say that not out of selfishness but happiness.”

Best Snow White costume for women

Leg Avenue Women's Classic Snow White Costume

“I was asked multiple times if this was a rented costume because of how beautiful it was,” writes one owner of this classic Snow White costume. Another purchased this to complete her “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs–themed family costumes for our Mickey Mouse Halloween party.” She adds that it’s “good quality and got a lot of compliments.” Another reviewer calls it “typical costume quality, so it wouldn’t be any good for jumping chain-link fences or anything like that,” but overall, she’s very impressed: “I love this freakin’ dress! It won me first prize in a G-rated-costume contest.” A bunch of people complain that it’s much too long, but one says, “If you are a crafty person, you could easily cut off extra fabric to make it shorter.” And another notes that the length is ideal for taller women: “The dress just barely touches the floor, so perfect length for me. To the people complaining about it being too long, I’d much rather it be too long than too short.”

Best Cinderella costume for women

Leg Avenue Women's Classic Cinderella Princess Costume

Many expected this costume to be cheap looking considering the price, but dozens of reviewers say this felt high-quality. One reviewer explains that her daughter requested she dress up like Cinderella for Halloween at her school, and this costume “exceeded all expectations.” She writes, “Parents at my daughter’s school actually thought I was a professional the school hired to come in costume! It fit wonderfully, and the quality is excellent.” Another admits she’s “so not a princess-type person” but thought this costume was “seriously magical,” explaining, “I actually feel like a pretty, pretty princess when I wear this dress.” Like many more reviewers, she suggests getting an additional petticoat to make the skirt really “pop.”

Best Queen of Hearts costume for women

Leg Avenue Women's Wonderland Queen of Hearts Halloween Costume

One reviewer describes this Queen of Hearts costume as “Disneyland quality”: “Parents were asking to take pictures of their kids with me.” Another reports that “this costume is a fabulous find” because it fits perfectly and looks well made, but she recommends putting a “large hoopskirt under it” because otherwise the dress is too long and less authentic looking. Another thinks the details on the costume stole the show, explaining, “It fits beautifully and has lots of nice details like gold piping on the bodice and playing-card-suit details on the collar. No sloppy workmanship or loose threads.”

Best Poison Ivy costume for women

California Costumes Women's Lethal Beauty Costume

This costume vaguely represents the comic-book character Poison Ivy, which is why it appealed to many reviewers. “What a great costume,” writes one reviewer who won first prize at a Halloween party after pairing this costume with a red wig to look like the real character. Lots of shoppers love the way it skims the body, including one who writes, “I was very surprised with how flattering the costume was to my figure, since I’m very self-conscious of my midsection after having three kids and felt the costume did a great job of hiding my small, little muffin top.” She adds that it “would be very flattering to other different body types, too.”

Best disco costume for women

Dreamgirl Women's Disco Doll Costume

“Super-foxy, disco bell-bottom jumpsuit,” writes one customer who enjoyed this throwback look for Halloween. She says another standout feature of this jumpsuit is the cups sewn into the top so you don’t “have to worry about wearing a bra, or bra straps showing.” Another agrees that’s a highlight of this costume but advises reviewers to get double-sided tape for the top, “otherwise you will spend your evening with wardrobe malfunctions or trying to prevent them at all costs.” And yet another suggests you “wear a cami or something underneath if you’re a little more modest.”