A Guide to Solo Halloween Costumes for Lesbians in Quarantine

Now that we’re not allowed to leave our homes, celebrating Halloween is more fun than ever! Lesbians and other queer folks can finally enjoy all the fun parts of Halloween (getting to eat candy so fast that you pass out) while skipping all the bad parts (having to go outside and interact with other people). And just because you live alone doesn’t mean you can’t rock an amazing Halloween costume for your Zoom Halloween party or Insta story. Here are seven easy solo costumes for lesbians in quarantine that will help make this Halloween the best one yet* (*this will not be the case)!!!!

Miss Trunchbull

Miss Trunchbull from the Matilda movies leans back across the hood of a car, wearing a gray sweatshirt that reads 1972 OLYMPICS, a weightlifting belt and gloves

Look down at your body. Are you wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt right now? Are your feet comfortably nestled in big, strong boots? Are you wearing a fucking enormous belt over your sweatshirt for no reason at all other than to intimidate the children in your neighborhood? Is your hair pulled back so tightly that your lips hurt? Congratulations! You’re already in costume as Miss Trunchbull, secret lesbian hero of the film Matilda. “No,” you cry out, your topknot cutting off circulation to your brain, “Miss Trunchbull is the villain of the movie!” Whatever!! I’m not a scientist. This is a good costume for people who are fucking DONE with puzzles and are ready to start amateur-javelin-hurling their way through the next few months of quarantine. We’re not all cut out for scrapbooking, Cousin Beth!

Ursula

A still of Ursula from the Little Mermaid movie, a fat lavender-skinned merwoman with octopus tentacles, bright red lipstick, and white hair

Ursula is one of the coolest, gayest sea monsters around. She found a straight girl brushing her hair with a fork and used contract law to steal her larynx! An easy trick to nailing Ursula’s makeup is: don’t wear makeup for seven months, and then try to put on a casual, everyday look. By the time you’re done, you will look exactly like Ursula. Finish the costume by throwing on something black and strapless, and you’re good to go! If you really want to commit to being Ursula, go kidnap a couple of eels and train them to follow you around as your lackeys. (And please stop asking me “How do I steal an eel?” You are an adult!! Maybe start at THE AQUARIUM??? Honestly!)

Carla Gugino in The Haunting of Bly Manor

Carla Gugino wearing a gray wig and reclining in a chair during her appearance in Haunting of Bly Manor

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Sure, Dani or Jamie would be the obvious choice for a solo lesbian costume, but what’s gayer than hijacking someone’s wedding rehearsal dinner to tell a nine-hour ghost story? For this costume, you’ll need to wear a dress over a shirt, like an absolute maniac, and if anyone asks who you’re dressed as, just swirl your brandy and say, “I’ve got a story about that” and then do NOT let them stop you from telling them a VERY long and detailed story where you do all the voices, even if they say “Stop doing that!” or “Wait, why is this part relevant?” or “That’s not what an Irish accent sounds like!!!” You can’t mute me on Zoom, Cousin Beth!! It’s part of MY COSTUME!

Literally Any Riverdale Character

For this one you’ll need to wear an outfit that is too complicated and scary for a real high-schooler to wear (both because Real Teens are self-conscious and also because it’s hard to change out of fishnets and into gym shorts), but mostly you’ll just need to periodically shout insane things at other people over Zoom. “What do YOU know, Mom? It’s YOUR fault I have the serial killer gene!” Gold. “This Milky Way is sweet, but not as sweet as when the cult leader who wanted to harvest my organs put on an Evel Knievel jumpsuit and tried to fly off in his homemade rocket.” Perfect! “I know you’re trying to talk about your daughter’s engagement, Cousin Beth, but I feel like we need to focus on the fact that my 17-year-old boyfriend went to prison and ended up in a teen prison fight club.” There you go! Fishnets and yelling? That’s what I call a Halloween costume!

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson in a tasteful mock turtleneck, clutching at her chest with a concerned expression

This is an easy one. Start by wearing whatever the hell you want. Then, while you’re on your Zoom call, discreetly check your phone every few minutes, occasionally flashing an enigmatic smile. “Oh, it’s nothing,” you’ll say when your friends and family ask what’s going on. “Well, if you must know, Ryan Murphy wants to make a Netflix show where I play a ‘70’s housewife who murders drifters and turns them into coats.” Take a long, sinister sip of your martini. “And how are you doing, Cousin Beth?”

Angry WNBA Fan

Two stressed-out-looking white women lean forward as if watching a basketball game intently, gesturing with their hands like they're upset by or excited about what's happening in the game, respectively

Put on your favorite WNBA jersey, lace up your basketball shorts, and spin a ball around on your finger! Then, once your friends have all had a few minutes to admire your cool gay basketball costume, hit them with the cold, hard facts: “Women’s basketball is unfairly overlooked in favor of men’s basketball.” “The highest-paid WNBA player in 2019 earned $127,500, while the highest-paid NBA player earned $40 million.” “Air Bud is more famous than most WNBA players.” Let that sink in for a bit, and then tell everyone that if they don’t start watching women’s basketball, you’re going to hit Air Bud with your car. Halloween is fun!

The Computer From San Junipero

A towering set of computer servers with blinking lights and indicators

You could dress up as Kelly… you could dress up as Yorkie… or you could dress up as the computer inside which their consciousnesses will live forever! Nothing says “I’m alone, so terribly, terribly, alone” like dressing up as the eternal computer prison of your favorite fictional lesbian couple. Start by wearing computer clothes (all gray, with buttons) and “beep boop” your way through Cousin Beth’s description of her favorite fall recipes. You didn’t invent stew, Beth! Periodically “freeze” and “need to be restarted” when your brain starts thinking about the extent to which the American government mishandled this pandemic and inflicted years of psychological trauma upon all of us. Beep boop! You are a computer! Lesbians live inside your brain! Happy Halloween!

Allie is a writer and comedian living in Chicago. She has written for such publications as Reductress, the Hairpin, and the Women's Review of Books. Like all cool people, Allie loves the thrill of buying a good scented candle. You can follow her on Twitter, but it's 90% bad puns.

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11 Comments

  1. I feel like this is the right forum to share my theory that the real story in Bly Manor is that Carla Gugino is the ghost and has consumed the soul of every single other character on the show, because that’s the only explanation for why her accent is all over the place.

  2. I’m super lucky that upon deciding to be Gideon Nav from Gideon the Ninth (how’s that for a solo lesbian costume), I found out that my two closest friends are also dressing up as Gideon and Harrowhark. Matching costumes hundreds of miles apart <3

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