Autostraddle’s Best Halloween Costumes of the Day, Inspired by Gays

We love costumes on an epic level, like Edie Beale times a billion! It’s Halloween!! Isn’t that exciting? What are you gonna be? Isn’t this a fantastic opportunity to look back at some of the best costumes of the day ever worn by our favorite gays & lesbians of screen & stage for any occasion as well as a few other general audience favorites. This is the part where we say “if you’re still unsure what you’re gonna be on Halloween, check out [cute link here],” but is anyone really unsure at this point? I mean, I’ve defo been convinced I’m not doing Halloween at all until a few minutes before someone pours whiskey down my throat and I’ve made a game-time decision to be a “peppermint stick” or “Yale undergraduate,” but you’ve got that squared away yeah? Well if not, Bitch has some cute feminist Halloween costume ideas!

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In Honor of Halloween 2009

Great Moments in Lesbian, Gay and Bi-Curious Costumes


10. The L Word 309: Lead, Follow Or Get Out of the Way (2006)

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Because The L Word exists in a world independent of time, space, seasons, character continuity or National Holidays, we never got a Halloween Episode. But we did get one fantastic costuming opportunity! And no, I’m not talking about Jodi’s Gigantic Caftan.

Max’s Top Surgery Fundraising Party in Season Three may not have worked out so well for the host and his girlfriend (you may recall the money raised was deemed not enough for even “one tit”), but the 90’s prom theme was a total winner, especially for Alice & Dana in their last Totally Cute Moment together before The Death ‘Heard Round the World. Tina’s prom getup was straight out of a John Hughes classic, Carmen did Madonna justice and Jenny’s terrible glasses brought us back to when you know, people actually wore those terrible glasses.


9. Rosie O’Donnell and Rachel Ray on The Rachel Ray Show (2009)

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It’s just funny to have Rosie being Glenda the Good Witch. Remember when she was the “Queen of Nice”? I love her so much more every day. Also, I will never watch this show because 11am is too early for meatballs.


8. My So-Called Life 109 : Halloween (1995)

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Lightyears ahead of its time, My So-Called Life‘s self-consciousness about its self-absorbed overly analytic fifteen-year-old protagonist (who so many of us related to), Angela Chase is perhaps best evidenced in the Halloween episode, when Angela’s sister Danielle dresses up … as Angela. She got the wig, the flannel, and the physical gestures down pat. Meanwhile Rayanne & Sharon were true to type as a bloodsucker and a sex kitten, and Angela timidly wandered the halls of her high shool, dressed like a dead girl from the 50’s. Talking to ghosts was included.


7 & 6. Team Autostraddle at

Carlytron’s 2008 Hollywood Trainwreck Halloween Party (2008)

Riese Alex Paris Hilton Kate Moennig Halloween

Riese & Alex as Paris Hilton & Kate Moennig


Robin Carly Lindsay Lohan Samantha Ronson Halloween

Robin & DJ Carlytron as Samantha Ronson & Lindsay Lohan

Next: Mean Girls, Special Award in Costuming for Ellen DeGeneres, The Big Gay Sketch Show and of course; Buffy the Vampire Slayer

5. Lindsay Lohan & Frenemies, Mean Girls (2004)

Speaking of Lindsay Lohan, one of her cutest moments was when her character was totally earnest about Halloween while her Mean Girl friends went for the more traditional option: really “slutty” versions of … whatever!


4. Special Award for Excellence in Costuming goes to Ellen DeGeneres.

(Forevs & Evs)


Ellen 2009 as her upcoming Oprah Magazine Cover

Ellen DeGeneres as Pregnant Jennifer Lopez

Ellen DeGeneres as Pregnant Jennifer Lopez

Ellen DeGeneres as Bjork while Hosting the Emmys

Ellen DeGeneres as Bjork while Hosting the Emmys


3. Adriana Lima in Ellen Von Unwerth’s Wicked (1998)


Our second-favorite photographer Ellen Von Unwerth did a whole book called “WICKED” with superhawt Adriana Lima. Almost all the photos are redic NSFW but it includes a very awesome costume idea — fishnets, heels, a witch hat, long nails and no shirt! It takes “Sexy Witch” to a whole new level.


2. The Big Gay Sketch Show Does Halloween (2009)

Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show, starring our dear best friend Julie Goldman, has a special Halloween skit for you. Her costume is “Suburban Housewife,” you can try this at home:


1.  Willow in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

(Halloween, Fear Itself, All the Way)


B/c it’s a show about um, vampires and stuff, it’s obvi that Buffy would pull out all the stops for Halloween, including superhawt lesbian character Willow. B/c I’ve never seen Buffy, I had my interns fill me in.

Intern Daphne Duck, our Belgian Supergirl, offers the following synopsis of Halloween, an episode cited on Best Halloween Episodes Ever lists all over the world. I thought about fixing the spelling but I think it’s funnier this way:
2×6- Halloween– So the episode is about Halloween. Buffy, Zander and Willow get assigned to supervise trick or treeding kids so they get costumes. Then there is this evil guy who dessided to turn everybody into the persons in which they are dressed up in. Willow becomes a ghost, buffy a duchess, Zander a soldier. Obv they are useless to fight of the blonde bad guy that way. But hey, the old british guy saves the day by destroying the spell and Buffy beats up the blonde bad guy in the end. And they all live happely ever after.


Intern Elizabeth, our Chicago Treat, has the rest for you:
4×4- Fear Itself– Everyone is trapped by a demon in a frat party haunted house. Willow is Joan of Arc and Oz is God (and they are ridiculously cute). Also, Willow’s dorm neighbor boy is supposed to be either Prince or a weird drag queen.willowfear2
6×6- All The Way– Willow is finally gay and with Tara! But this is a fairly dull Dawn-centric episode and Willow and Tara spend almost the whole episode fighting/not in costumes/covered from neck to toes in clothing. They do have a cute little blink-and-miss-it kiss [screencapped]. And a there is a GREAT LESBIAN JOKE at the beginning of the episode:

Anya to Dawn- Xander’s gonna teach me a new game after work called Shiver Me Timbers… ever play?
[Tara swoops in and rescues Dawn/sends her off]
Anya to Tara– What about you? Ever play Shiver Me Timbers?
Tara- I’m not really one for the timber…


So what are you gonna be for Halloween?

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Riese is the 38-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Oh goodness Robin and Carly as LiLo/SamRo is my new favorite thing! So perfect! In contrast, my most successful Halloween costume to date has been “a 60-year-old librarian.” It was not actually a ‘costume’ in any technical sense because it was actually just an outfit I already own. Mostly I am just an old lady who likes shushing people even in real life?

  2. I was a tourist this year. i had a vest with patches of all the national parks i’ve been to, fanny pack, hiking boots and tall socks, maps stuffed in my pockets, camera around my neck, i even had an emergency poncho. sadly it didn’t compare to my Juno costume last year.

  3. My friend was also Lady GaGa (complete with “hair bow” and zipper over her eye), and I went as a disco stick. I wore all black and had a silver spray-painted bike helmet covered in shiny things and LED lights. I also put little mirrors, silver paint, and glitter all over my face. I lit up the street everywhere we walked. I think I might wear it all the time now… it’s very safe.

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