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

Tracy, 48, Mia, 12 and Josephine, 52 / an 1840s family, inspired by Daguerreotype family portraits from that time period

Tracy, 48, Mia, 12 and Josephine 52 / a cat hoarder family, inspired by Kate McKinnon’s Whiskers R We skit on Saturday Night Live

Kaitlyn, 25 and Num, 28 / Bughead! Jughead and Dark Betty

Cate, 27 / Pearl from the “Last One Out of Beach City” episode of Steven Universe

Shea, 28 / “I decided that I couldn’t top last Halloween’s sexy Nigel Thornberry costume, so I decided to just be a sheet ghost”

Cassidy, 24 // Judith Slaying Holofernes, as painted by Artemisia Gentileschi

Hannah, 34 // Carrie White

Camille, 27 and Kaitlyn, 26 // Gretchen and Spinelli from Recess!

Mika, 26 // Biker Jesus

Sarah, 24 and Andy, 24 // Retro Space People

Gilly, 32 // Jana Shortal, Minnesota’s own Emmy award winning news anchor/Host of Breaking The News at NBC’s affiliate station Kare 11 News!

Kendle, 22 and Olivia, 20 // Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum from Adventure Time!

Josie, 22 and Linds, 28 // Juno and Paulie Bleeker from Juno

Sam, 28 // Bisexual Icon and glam goth fashion icon, Riverdale’s very own Cheryl Blossom

Johnnay, 29 and Crid, 25 // “Scissoring”

Kate, 31 and Caitlin, 28 // Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus!

Jana, 28 // J Balvin

Carrie, 30 and Keely, 26 // Teddy Roosevelt and Teddy Bear

Quinn, 28 and Nate, 26 // Spike and Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Dee, 39 // Some sort of alien forest fae…mostly an excuse to use all my purple LEDs

Jillian, 28 and Rachel, 33 // The Woodsman and The Big Bad Wolf

June, 25 and Alice, 24 // The Call Me By Your Name boys, Oliver and Elio

Kasey, 30 and Kaitlin, 32 // Price Is Right Contestant (Fern and Linda)

Lyon, 27 // A Big Dill

Priscila S Tchorbadjian, 27 // androgynous Cruella De Ville

Liz, 24 // Camilla Cream from A Bad Case of Stripes

Meridith, 25, and Daria, 22 // Prom Queens

Sarah, 26 // Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers, comic costume)

Denver, Raina, and Alley // Teen Wolf, Polly Nor’s Airing My Dirty Laundry in Public, and Pattie Gonia

Collin, 22, Sophia, 21, and Emma, 23 // Ina Garten, Jeffrey Garten, and Ina’s Perfect Roast Chicken

Elliot, 34 // Reverse engineered steampunk boi / princeling of the industrial underworld

Erin, 32 // Bowsette

Danielle, 32 / Joan of Arc & Death from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

Melissa, 35 and Callie, 32 // Vagina Pants

Hannah, 31 // Rainbow Brite!

Bessie, 26 // Octocat

Alex, 34 // The Doctor

Dani, 28 // Sexy Tampon

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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.

  1. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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