10 Cool Last Minute Costume Ideas for Black Ladies.

Akasha Queen of the Damned

So you have only a few shopping days until Halloween and don’t want a lame, unimaginative, costume? Consider these costume options which can easily be achieved with a few slight alterations to the “out of the bag” costumes or with a few pieces from your closet or thrift store finds.

1. Michonne


“The Walking Dead” fan favorite’s signature look can be achieved with a few basic clothing items and a plastic sword which shouldn’t be too hard to find. Walker pets, however, are optional.

2. Abby

Abby, Blaxploitation Exorcist

Often called “The Blaxploitation Exorcist”, the title character of the film’s horrifying visage can easily be imitated with a traditional “Exorcist” mask or an ‘Exorcist’ make-up tutorial like this one. If you haven’t seen the film, we highly recommend you check it out. It’s a bit hard to find, but copies usually pop up on Amazon or Ebay.

3. Tia Dalma

Tia Dalma, Pirates of the Caribbean Costume

A severely destroyed “Renaissance” costume, some hair pieces and this make-up tutorial will help you to transform into this mysterious, powerful, character. Magic powers not included.

4. Pam Grier’s Foxy Brown

Pam Grier, Foxy Brown

A great option for natural haired ladies or ladies that love a good wig. Simply sport your best 70’s outfit complete with accessories and be sure to land a few badass kicks and punches in case anyone isn’t sure what your costume is.

5. Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau

Angela Bassett

A great option for ladies sporting Senegalese twists, this look can be achieved with a simple black dress, gold jewelry and your favorite red lipstick.

6. Akasha Queen of the Damned

Akasha, Queen of the Damned

This costume is definitely not for the faint of the heart. We recommend re-purposing a Princess Leia costume and building from there. This tutorial has some great ideas. We must warn you, contact lenses purchased in beauty supply stores and costume shops can often be risky.

7. Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman has become a universal symbol of female empowerment and many have been calling for a woman of color to take on the role for quite sometime, most notably fan campaigns have been calling for Gina Torres to play the iconic comic book heroine.

8. Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura

Nichelle Nichols, Lt Uhura

As much as we love Zoe Saldana we are pretty partial to the original Uhura as it also gives us a chance to experiment with 60’s make-up.

9. Grace Jones

Grace Jones

There are so many options when it comes to this fashion and music icon, but getting the make-up right is key. This make-up tutorial gives some great options.

10. Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman

Eartha Kitt Catwoman

Simply grab your typical “cat” costume and add a bit of 60’s flair.