Happy Halloween 20GAYTEEN, Here’s Your Community Costume Photo Gallery

Hello Happy Halloween and welcome to this year’s community photo gallery celebrating The Holiday Of Our People! Literally every single year I’m like, “Wow, our readers really blew me away this time around, there is no way they’ll be able to top themselves next year,” AND THEN… you do! The next year rolls around and y’all just top the heck outta yourselves, you really do! [Insert joke about ending the top shortage via creative Halloween costuming here, you’re welcome.] Anyhow, today’s not a day for me to ramble on. Today’s a day to eat mini Milky Way bars you’re supposed to be saving for your trick-or-treaters tonight, tell a friend you love them, and browse our truly impressive Halloween community photo gallery, made up entirely of submissions from our lovely readers.

PS: Because Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year and I know some folks will be dressing up today/tonight and some of y’all may even still have Halloween parties this weekend, I’ll be accepting submissions for this gallery through *midnight on Sunday, November 4.* If you’re very excited about your costume and want it featured here, email me 1-2 photos to vanessa [at] autostraddle [dot] com and include name, age, and costume title for everyone in the photo. Make the subject line Gay Halloween 2018. If you do not follow these instructions I will not post your photo! Thank you!

Happy Halloween 20GAYTEEN!

Sarah, Riese, and Courtney, Becx, Kaylah // Ma Anand Sheela, Jane Stork, and Rajneeshees from Wild Wild Country

Alyssa, 26 / the “Mother” from the movie Mother!

Alyssa, 26 / Furiosa from Mad Max

Simone Bauer, 28 / Alex Vause of Orange Is The New Black

Chani, 23 / Charcoal Sketch!

Sarah, 30 / Megara from Hercules

Lianne, 33 and Jessica, 27 / Miss Frizzle and Miss Frizzle’s chameleon

Heather, 30 / Paulie Bleeker from Juno

Kae, 36 / Zombie Vanellope von Schweetz

Taylor Quinn, 28 / Forest ‘Demon’

April, 29 / Tenth Doctor from Doctor Who

Ebony, 24 and Harper, 24 / Domino and the original Carmilla

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    • IKR? So awesome! So creative and well executed.

      Back when I taught art and design, I loved leading class discussions of that painting – it’s a technically brilliant composition and it has the right level of gross out to engage college frosh.


      OK so my dad is an art history teacher and when I was a kid this painting was on the front of a coffee table book we had, and for some reason – the composition? The blood? I always kind of thought of it as a painting of someone giving birth, which it most definitely is NOT. Like I as a young kid I thought ew gross, vaginas! But, reader, there are no vaginas.

      I will love it always. GREAT WORK CASSIDY.

    • That’s me!! I was the 13th Doctor! That is the highest praise I could imagine!! Thank you!!!

  1. These are all so gooood and so clever! Y’all are cute and great!

    My special fave is Pearl (wearing human clothes!). I hope that you met your cool pink-haired lady, if you were looking for her!

  2. I love these. As I scrolled through I was like, hmm, I’m surprised there’re no genitalia costumes. And then bam! I scrolled down to the vagina pants!

    What can I say? I know my people.

  3. I would apologise for my pictures being HUJI-selfies but what is Halloween without a couple thirst traps?

    That Mother boob illusion! WOW. Y’all went out.
    I love the Ms Frizzle/chamaleon couples costume, as the CMBYN boys. Taking sexy costumes and making them cross the line twice is awesome and I loved the sexy tampon. I have So Much Respect for the ones that included full body painting because that takes so much work and patience! The charcoal sketch and the decapitation painting, ughhhh I love art and funny takes on it as costume are bomb. I’m going to stop myself here because I’m throwing up love and hearts at this point, but know that I see and treasure every single costume and that you. are. a. cutie. Yes, you.

    • Thank you so much!! If you happen to be near a TV at 630pm, you should tune into Kare 11’s Breaking the News, because Jana asked me to come on her show!!!!! GAHHHHHH! I’m only kind of sort of freaking out a little here. I had to frantically try and throw my hair up in pincurls at work this morning when I got the email.

    • I’m glad y’all like it! Ppl didn’t seem to recognize me irl :( I thought I nailed the look – – they prob just didn’t know Riverdale..

    • I just updated the caption to reflect this but it’s from Wild Wild Country, a documentary about a cult in Oregon! I forgot that if you’re not living in Oregon or obsessed with cult documentaries (we’re a fun crowd here at Autostraddle!) you wouldn’t necessarily know what this is…LOL.

  4. Ahhhhhh these are all so great! If anyone is local to Minnesota, I got asked to wear my costume on Jana’s Breaking the News segment on Kare 11 at 6:30pm. *NOT-SO-SILENTLY SCREAMING*


      • So I originally tagged Jana in my photos on twitter on Saturday, and then someone else got inspired by my pictures and went as her yesterday for a work party. So then they featured both our photos last night on air, and then this morning asked us to be on the show tonight! I had to frantically pin curl my hair this morning at work, so it would have time to set before going on air.

        Clip #1:

        Clip #2 (and honestly the best part of the whole thing): https://twitter.com/kare11/status/1057815470823432192

          • You and me both! I’m still on cloud 9. Totally planning on framing the pocket square she gave me along with one of the photos Kare 11 took!

            Also got off work tonight to find out I won the costume contest at a local diner’s halloween party I went to Monday night! So yeah, pretty much the best halloween EVER. <3

  5. I love the Megara costume with Hades. Such an under appreciated Disney heroine.

    I just want to point out that Ms. Frizzle did not have a chameleon, she was a lizard named Liz.

  6. You know that feeling of “Ah yes, my people!”? As soon as I saw the second variation on Ms. Frizzle couples costume, I got it. <3

    Fantastic work, everybody. Especially the Doctors and Captain Marvel who will definitely set everything right.

  7. <3 <3 <3 My favorites were the charcoal drawing WOW and sexy tampon YESSSSSSS
    these are so excellent in quantity and in quality i love it so much! Thank you all. And thank you Vanessa!

  8. I admire a good gore make up, and that one is most admirable

    Biker Jesus, the best Jesus.

    Spike and Angel have the appropriate height difference. :P

  9. I am so impressed with everyone’s costumes! I’m sure you’re all the toast of your Halloween parties.
    Special shout-out to J Balvin, complete with cross earring and Familia tattoo :)

    • Gracias! I almost didn’t get Familia on my chest since I was planning to keep my shirt buttoned up, but luckily my friend convinced me and It made a huge difference. Mi gente always looking after me.

  10. Oh man these are SO GOOD. I’m 100% sending you photos of my Sexy Harry Hill costume I wore today! I love this community’s creativity :-)

  11. Jeffrey, Ina, AND a chicken!?! ? I love it!! I quickly last minute threw together an Ina costume for a work Halloween costume contest (bc of course yes I have several variations on the oversized denim blouse+dark pants combo) and I WON!!

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