Halloween Costume Ideas for Female Teens

By Erica Loop
Your teen can dress up in a scary Halloween costume.
Your teen can dress up in a scary Halloween costume.

Although it's unlikely that your teen still goes trick or treating, she may still need a Halloween costume for a school dance or a friend's party. Instead of allowing her to wear one of the more risqué female costumes -- such as a school girl or short-skirted nurse -- help her to choose a more age-appropriate outfit that will stand out in a crowd.

First Ladies

Pick a piece of history and help your teen daughter to dress like one of the famous first ladies. From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama -- and all the presidential wives in between -- first lady Halloween costumes provide your teen with a range of ideas to choose from. Choose a period costume to make a more historical statement such as Mary Todd Lincoln, who was the first lady from 1861 to 1865. Your teen can wear a long, dark dress with a full skirt and put her hair in a simple up-do. If your daughter is looking for a more modern take on the first lady theme, have her dress in a pants suit and wear a blond wig -- adding on a Vote for Bill button -- or go even more contemporary with a sophisticated dress and cropped cardigan ala Michelle Obama.

Zombie Costumes

Halloween is a time for spooking and scaring everyone around you. If your teen daughter is looking for a costume that fits this bill and evokes a more fearful reaction, go with a hand-crafted zombie creation. While you can get a fancy zombie mask, at a high price, you can also help your daughter to do her own makeup. Start with a base layer of white costume foundation on her face, add black eye liner, black cream blush and gray powder eye shadow under and around her eyes. Complete the look with a pale blue or gray lipstick. Tatter and tear her clothes, before she puts them on, to create a zombie outfit or make her into a zombie bride by shredding a long white dress.

Artsy Costumes

Instead of going with the same old run of the mill witch costume, transform your teen daughter into a true work of art this Halloween. Your teen can choose a famous female from the walls of the world's top museums to dress up as for her school's dance or a peer's party. She can put on a simple black dress and part her hair down the center to make herself into the Mona Lisa. Another option is to create a mixed up Picasso-like costume. Use bright costume make-up to "draw" separate sections onto your teen's face, making her look like a cubist work of art. For a truly abstract look, help your teen drip liquid makeup onto her face and give her a paint-splattered outfit to wear as a Jackson Pollock-style costume.

Not-So-Traditional Witch

Why dress up with the same boring old pointy black hat and fake wart nose as every other witch on the block? If your teen is looking for a witchy Halloween idea, help her to choose a less traditional option. Get her a blond wig -- or make waves in her hair if she is a natural blond -- and pick up a puffy pink formal dress at the local thrift store to make a Glinda the Good Witch costume. Add a sequin-covered crown and a silver glitter star wand to complete the look. For a not as nice witch choice, your teen can wear a white dress and matching faux fur to look like the White Witch from "The Chronicles of Narnia." Young teen girls may want to choose a dark pleated skirt and cardigan combo -- along with a white button down and a striped tie -- to look like Hermione Granger from Harry Potter.

About the Author

Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.