Be a Queen of the Screams With These Scary Women's Costumes

by |October 26, 2018

Be A Queen Of The Screams With These Scary Women's Costumes

Let’s face it: not every woman wants to be sexy or funny for Halloween. We’re here for ladies like you that enjoy looking scary for Halloween. (That was the tradition, after all!) Bring out the scary decor, spooky haunted house soundtracks and check out these scary women’s costumes. We hope you get some frightful new inspiration for Halloween!

Scary Witch Costumes for Women

Tattered Witch CostumeSpooky Sorceress CostumeSalem Witch CostumeWicked Witch Costume

Witches have been topping the charts for popular costumes for women for a long, long time. There are plenty of cute and sexy witch costumes, but we’re not interested in those right now. (No one’s going to take you seriously when you start cackling and chanting "double, double toil and trouble"!) Everyone should know the classic Wicked Witch of the West, but there are a couple other spooky witch costume options too. The distressed fabric certainly lends itself to being scary, and good makeup or a mask will guarantee some screams!

Zombie Costumes for Women

Zombie LadyZombie CheerleaderSnow Fright CostumeZombie Beer Maiden
School Girl ZombieZombie Prom QueenPlus Zombie Prom QueenSexy Zombie Nurse

Zombie costumes are another easy scary costume choice because there are so many kinds to choose from! (You can even get a normal costume and turn it into a zombie costume after some DIY ingenuity and elbow grease.) School-related and occupational zombie costumes are all standard zombie fare, but there are a few less-typical zombies like the “Snow Fright” costume and the zombie beer girl.

Classic Horror Costumes for Women

Mummy CostumeMad Scientist CostumeFrankenstein CostumeBride of Frankenstein

If one of your favorite Halloween pastimes is trying to watch all the classic horror movies on TCM, perhaps you’d like to wear a classic horror movie costume for Halloween. Oldie but goodie favorites like mummies, Dr. Frankenstein and the monster are great scary costume choices for women! (Trust us, we’re not sure how or why poor Dr. Frankenstein and the creature ever got mixed up in the first place, so don’t be too offended when you see “Frankenstein” costumes.)

Ghastly Ghost Costumes for Women

Corpse CountessNightshade BrideHaunting Beauty
Ghostly SpiritVictorian Ghost BrideWomen's Ghost

If you’d consider ghost hunting and paranormal shows and movies to be your cup of tea, you might want to consider a ghost costume for Halloween! There have been many improvements upon the traditional bed sheet with eye-holes ghost costume. (Those were never really that scary anyways.) Part of the fun with women’s ghost costumes are the historical ghost costumes. You can be a spooky countess or the ghost of a Victorian lady!

Voodoo Costumes for Women

Voodoo WitchVoodoo Magic LadyVoodoo Dolly
Voodoo DollVoodoo SkeletonBurlap Voodoo Doll

"Now go do that voodoo that you do so well!" (FYI, this is not an endorsement for amateurs to try doing voodoo. This is a movie quote.) Voodoo costumes are fun and creepy, and a great excuse to do some really cool skull makeup and to tease your hair! Voodoo themed skeleton costumes and voodoo doll costumes are some of the more popular choices.

Creepy Clown Costumes for Women

Sadistic ClownEvil ClownVintage Pierrot Clown
Frightful ClownHeartbroken ClownMiss Mischief the Clown

All clowns can be considered somewhat unnerving, but these are some legitimately scary clown costumes! The fear of clowns is very real. (It's known as coulrophobia.) Most non-scary clowns that work at parties and other events avoid pointed shapes and dark colors in their makeup because it makes them look scary, so go ahead and use black and red makeup with triangles and sharp lines to look extra terrifying!

Vampire Costumes for Women

Elegant Victorian Vamp CostumeVampire Vixen CostumeBatty Vampire Costume
Deluxe Vampira CostumeDreadful Vampiress CostumeVersailles Vampiress Costume

Women’s vampire costumes tend to walk that line between sexy and scary, but they are huge horror icons (although far removed from classics like Nosferatu). Being a little sexy doesn’t mean that being scary is off-limits! Get some vampire fangs and some fake blood, and along with some scary vampire makeup, you’ll be haunting up a storm in no time!

Nightmare-Inducing Scary Nun Costumes for Women

Dreadful NunHorror Story White NunDeadly NunWhite Mother SuperiorScary Gas Mask

If you’re a huge horror movie fan, you might know that scary nuns are not a recent thing. Scary nuns can wear black or white habits, but the habit color doesn’t make them any less terrifying! (Should you happen to be familiar with the nun scene in the third Exorcist movie, you’re well aware of this.) Whether you’re looking to re-create Valak or you just want to be a scary nun for Halloween, these scary nun costumes are good places to start your reign of terror.

We hope you found some truly terrifying women’s costumes! Do you enjoy wearing scary Halloween costumes? What is your favorite type of scary costume? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below! Also, keep that scary Halloween tradition going, queen of the screams!

Angela Poch
Angela Poch

Angela Poch is an Inbound Marketing Specialist and Resident Crazy Cat Lady at, where she is an assistant editor and covers tutorials, crafting and pop culture. Angela has created costumes and props for Halloween events, conventions and Renaissance festivals.

Some of her favorite costumes include 90s Rogue, a custom Jedi, warrior elf, and some nameless Renaissance pirate. (She’s still figuring out how to make a Jedi light-chakram.) You can find her on Twitter @AngelaPoch1 or her cats on Instagram @stardustnebulanova.