9 DIY Superheroine Costumes For Halloween Heroics

Halloween is almost upon us, and so are some rad new TV shows and movies featuring superheroines we all know and love — which means this is the Halloween where cosplay and timely pop culture costumes are the same thing! Below are nine revived lady heroes who are coming to big and small screens near you, and links to creating their looks for All Hallow’s Eve.


From DC’s Super Hero Girls

Costume by Aigue-Marine


We’ve seen so many great Batgirl costumes over the years, and while it’s not the current incarnation (in either her New 52 solo title or the forthcoming DC Super Hero Girls animated series), you can never go wrong with the classic Stephanie Brown Batgirl look. It’s a classic.

P.S. You can watch three clips of the first episode of Super Hero Girls online now!

Wonder Woman

From DC’s Super Hero Girls and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Costume by Anna (GlitzyGeekGirl). Photo by Jack Teague


Wonder Woman’s costume has been the source of much debate in feminist circles for decades. In DC Super Hero Girls, she’ll wear the full-pants version of her costume that she does in her New 52 solo title, but with a ringer-t underneath the breastplate. In the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (and presumably her own movie), she’ll wear an armored skirt/corset version of her classic costume, in muted reds and blues. This tutorial splits the difference.

Poison Ivy

From DC’s Superhero Girls and Gotham.

Costume and photo by MyCuteBow


It’s hard out here for a Poison Ivy costume maker (but not as hard as it is for a Harley Quinn one) because so much of Poison Ivy’s look over the years has been crafted to cater that good ol’ male gaze. Her Super Hero Girls costume actually looks much more Disney Princess-y than any of the ones before it (and I mean that in a good way, weirdly), but this tutorial is for a classic Poison Ivy look. It even incorporates real vines!


From DC’s Superhero Girls and CBS’ Supergirl

Costume by AliaKiss


One of the funnest parts of the Supergirl pilot is watching Kara try to figure out what costume she should wear to fight crime. She works through several of the costume designs artists have trotted out for Supergirl over the years, landing on the classic version with full sleeves. Like most live-action superhero shows these days, the colors of her new suit are more muted than the original design and the material is more carbon fiber than spandex, but the general design is still the same.


From DC’s Superhero Girls


Bumblebee has a whole new costume for Super Hero Girls and it is awesome! I love it! It’s super athletic and it adds teal accents and orange sneakers. It’s literally exactly what I wanted to wear to school every day when I was a kid. But no one’s cosplaying it yet! However, you can’t go wrong with the vintage Teen Titans/Young Justice Bumblebee look.


From DC’s Superhero Girls

Costume by earthwocomics


Katana’s fourth wave New 52 title only lasted ten issues, but DC is bringing her back for Super Hero Girls. She hasn’t shown up in the clips that have been released yet, but she’s one of the main seven cast members. I saw her action figure at New York Comic Con this weekend and it was rad as heck. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Agent Carter

From Agent Carter

Costume by Coriolanus. Photo by Robertta From Mars. Full costume tutorial by Galatea.


I know, I know. Agent Carter isn’t exactly a new character, but the show didn’t premiere until after Halloween last year, so this is the first time you’ll be able to dress up as her. And she is one classy broad. None of that spandex and exploding hammer nonsense for her, no siree! The tutorial I linked above has costume ideas for almost everything she wore in season one, too.

Captain Marvel

From Captain Marvel

Costume by AmberUnmasked.


Marvel keeps delaying their Captain Marvel movie, but it is definitely in the works. They have a writer and a director and the entire Carol Corps keeping them accountable. It’s going to happen. In the meantime, you can get a head start on everyone by dressing up as the incomparable Carol Danvers this season, before anyone else!

Black Canary

From Arrow

Costume by ebcangel


This one’s tricky. I wanted to give you a White Canary costume guide since Sara Lance, the artist formerly known as Black Canary on Arrow, will be playing White Canary on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but since DC is keeping that pilot locked up tighter than Arkham Asylum, no one’s got a handle on how to make her costume yet. But there are plenty of tutorials for Arrow‘s version of Black Canary, which is by far my favorite interpretation of the character’s outfit.

If you have a favorite DIY superheroine costume idea, leave it in the comments!

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Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. oh my gosh bumblebee! also i don’t know who agent carter is but she sure looks like carmen sandiego, which i think means i found carmen sandiego

    • I was Carmen SanDiego in high school! It was probably my all-time best costume. I was also Pippi Longstocking one year & Amelia Bedelia another, and upon reflection this amazes me. My high school was apparently way nerd-friendlier than one might expect.

  2. Yeah, I was surprised to not see Batwoman/Kate Kane (pre-Marc Andreyko take over of course. Can we all agree that everything after wasn’t canon?)

  3. Catwoman or Harley Quinn. Who by the way was not in the comics until the Harley Quinn was featured on the batman cartoon in the early 90s. She was the girlfriend of the joker. If you watch the justice league cartoon from 2001 you will find all sorts of villains and heroes to base a costume around.

    • But she became gal pals with Ivy in the cartoon originally too, don’t forget.

      The original cartoon Harley is the best Harley Quinn design.

  4. Also consider Monica Rambeau’s Captain Marvel, which was a silvery white with a matte black Mar-Vell star. Sometimes with black tights.

    Or her as Photon which was just a mid neck white catsuit, white head band, fawn brown overcoat and calf high boots.

  5. Last year I was Catwoman (“Gotham” version), and I’m keeping the super heroine tradition going this year by dressing up as Dazzler from X-Men. I’m super excited!

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