I’m a redhead, and I like it that way. I’m not going to don a fake, cheap, sweaty wig for a Halloween costume when I like my hair underneath better. (“But Cailin, Halloween costumes aren’t about your identity, they’re about losing yourself!” Shut up. I like being a redhead.) Luckily, redhead cosplay characters are everywhere, if you’re looking!
With that in mind, I’ve been thinking of some awesome Halloween costume ideas for redheads like myself. Here are 56 great ideas (+5 bonus redhead cosplay characters) to play as a redhead for Halloween this year:
- Ariel from The Little Mermaid – classic redhead. You don’t have to wear a shell bikini; you can wear that snazzy blue number from the end or pull the old skin-colored-leotard trick.
- Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy fame. Perfect for curly reds or those with a bob.
- Jessica Rabbit. Va va VOOM. You can work it – don’t be afraid. Here’s the red gown and purple gloves for a quick fix.
- Tiffany. Oh yeah, I said it. Grab an “80s girl” costume, add a denim acid-wash jacket and tease that ginger mane.
- Ginger from Gilligan’s Island. Mee-OW. You just need a long sequined number. Bonus: it’s super easy for your boyfriend to whip up a Professor costume (sorry if he’s more of a Skipper type…)
- Wilma Flintstone. She’s proof that redheads have been hotties since the dawn of time. A tattered white one-shoulder dress and a string of pearls should do it – you don’t even have to wear shoes.
- Or Pebbles Flintstone, if your man is more of a Bam-Bam than a Fred. High pony, y’all!
- Lindsay Lohan. Just add some cornstarch around the nostrils *cough* SORRY…
- Daphne from Scooby Doo! Oh, yeah – that scarf was fabulous. Now your man can play Fred and wear one too. Manly?
- Pippi Longstocking. Pigtail braids around two wires + lots of your man’s gel = perfect Pippi hair. Overalls are IN!
- Joan Harris (nee Holloway) from Mad Men. If you have the body to pull this off, you owe it to the world to squeeze it into a houndstooth pencil skirt. If you don’t, fake it with tissues.
- Wendy from Wendy’s. Yeah, I said it. The one on the sign or the cute one in the commercial who sings love songs to pretzel buns – your pick.
- Poison Ivy from Batman. C’mon, you can’t do a worse job than Uma Thurman. There are always about forty of them at any given Comicon, and they always pull off wearing only leaves way better than I ever could.
- Mystique from X-Men. You can wear a blue jumpsuit – you don’t have to rock body paint like Rebecca Romijn or Jennifer Lawrence.
- Jessica Hamby from True Blood. She works well for real gingers who want a low maintenance costume – just add teeth.
- A “gingerbread man” (or woman). Get it? Ginger bread? Ha!
- Kim Possible. Easy for the sportier chicks – it’s probably in your closet already.
- Ginger Spice. This works best if several other friends will agree to be the remaining Spice Girls… which can be tricky.
- Merida from Disney’s Brave. Best for those redheads with a mane of curls.
- Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman. If you’re not ready for that white ensemble, there’s always the red dress + a necklace box.
- Miranda from Sex And The City. A blazer + 3 girlfriends = done. Great for redheads with bobs.
- Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas. This one’s tough, but I pulled it off last year – you can too!
- The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Helena Bonham Carter version, natch.
- Misty from Pokemon. A classic among redhead cosplay characters, she’s best for fairly short red hair and skinny girls who aren’t afraid to wear Daisy Dukes out.
- Blossom from Powerpuff Girls. A bodycon pink dress, wide black belt and big red bow is all you need.
- Tawny Kitaen. Car optional, Whitesnake playing mandatory.
- Annie. Aw little Annie! Make your curls work and tap dance a little.
- Princess Fiona from Shrek. Great for an updo!
- Black Widow from The Avengers. If you can rock a pleather bodysuit like Scarlett Johansson, you really owe it to us to do so.
- Jane Jetson from The Jetsons. Retro – in space.
- Lois Griffin from Family Guy. Easy peasy! A light blue buttonup and khakis you can wear again to work on Monday.
- Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club as Claire Standish,
- Or in Sixteen Candles as Samantha Baker (bring me a Jake Ryan while you’re at it),
- or in Pretty in Pink as Andie Walsh. You can’t go wrong with Molly.
- Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter. Witchy woman!
- Strawberry Shortcake. The classic version. The new Disney Shortcake is pink-haired.
- Eliza Thornberry. Kid friendly too!
- Little Red Riding Hood. It’s pretty agreed that the hood is the red part, but it looks best on redheads. As most things do.
- Magenta from Rocky Horror Picture Show – make the banister lucky!
- Or Columbia, if your hair is cropped and you like gold hot pants. Don’t skip the hat!
- Mary Jane Parker (nee Watson) from Spiderman. Sidebar: isn’t it weird that normally blonde Kirsten Dunst played ginger MJ and normally redheaded Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard both played blonde Gwen Stacy?
- Jessie from Toy Story. Yee-haw!
- Jean Grey from X-Men. Famke Janssen made it hot, but the Sophie Turner/Dark Phoenix version is a modern option too.
- Emma Pilsbury from Glee. Her style is retro-OCD-hot, so wear a statement necklace with a sweater set.
- Flo from Progressive Insurance. She’s seriously so cute and recognizable.
- Or her competitor Erin from Esurance. Arguably cuter, but she’s a cartoon, so….
- The Devil. Red hair works REALLY well for this. Eerily well. Hmm….
- Leeloo from The Fifth Element. If you’re brave, drop the orange rubberband and go straight bandages. Yowza.
- Raggedy Ann. Good luck getting your BF in an Andy costume. That’s a true act of love.
- Ygritte from Game of Thrones. Hard to spell, nice to look at.
- Dana Scully from The X-Files. Skepticism and a pantsuit. Rawr.
- Dawn. By Joseph Michael Linsner. If you don’t know, look it up – lingerie works pretty well.
- Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Alyson Hannigan’s finest hour.
- Amy Pond from Doctor Who. A redhead through time!
- Dottie Hinson from A League of Their Own. I was Dottie one year!
- Or Kitt, her little sister with shorter, straighter red hair.
If you’re after more 2D anime inspired redhead cosplay characters to choose for Halloween, check out our post about this here, but here’s a quick snapshot of some of your options:
For a Hallow-wow, check out more looks here.
Turn up the fear factor on any decor and add a little Halloween sparkle to any costume or costume easy to fix. Want to add an easy addition to your spooky look? Add a touch of Halloween vibe to your redhead outfit with this Halloween custom lapel pin from GS-JJ.com. These creepy designs are as delicious as Halloween candy for the best boos in the world! An eye-catching lapel pin for custom. Add a lapel pin to shawl collars, hats, scarves, hair, purses, and gloves, and make these accessories even more stylish. A lapel pin will help you express yourself. Great for personal character artwork for your Halloween costumes. Also a great gift for a friend, wife, daughter, mother, or sister on Halloween.
Many of these are referenced in our article about the inane things people say to redheads. Check it out, and share your favorite redhead cosplay characters below! What are you going as this year for Halloween?