Oct 20

Creativity not Cleavage – Halloween costumes for Geeky Girls

Hey geeky ladies! This post is especially for you.  Halloween can be a great excuse to be more daring, let your sexy geek flag fly and even indulge in some mild exhibitionism. Trust me, I get it, I’ve done, I’ve enjoyed it.

Chew on this piece of pumpkin pie though: plenty of geek girls have the whole Leia slave girl thing covered .. errr not covered. We don’t have to relegate ourselves to the sex symbol or sidekick! Try instead to be a little creative. There’s no reason we can’t encapsulate the spirit of the reluctant, rogue hero Hans Solo himself. We can do so pretty easily too; some cargo pants, boots, a white thermal and black vest and we’re good to go. (I’m assuming you already own a blaster gun cuz, who doesn’t?) If you’re S.O. can do a good wookie impersonation, you’re all set as a duo.

I wanna be friggin Batman! Not Robin, not Catwoman, not Poison Ivy – Batman! I want to be a real Batman. I don’t want a corset and short, flaring skirt that vaguely resembles Batman because the batsign is blaring from my chest in cheap, shiny polyester.  Why, oh why, must we over-sexualize all female Halloween costumes? Everywhere I look are myriad of commercial costumes for women more about trying to emulate some anime look of giant eyes, impossibly tiny waists and gravity-defying breasts. It’s fun to feel sexy, but can’t we be bad-ass without baring it all?

Female comic book characters, which are a hit at the Halloween stores, are these strong women, but the sex appeal is intense. I’m not saying that being seductive isn’t powerful, or that it’s necessarily demeaning to women, it just leaves few options for the lady who would rather dress in something more costume, less cleavage.

Donning the cliché erotic version of a character can definitely help with confidence. You can show off a side of you that maybe even you didn’t know existed. I know when I put on a Wonder Woman costume, I feel entirely powerful and badass. This can be a daunting time for a girl not comfortable with her body, and can be perceived as an open invitation to creepy guys. I’d like to note that, though I loved my Wonder Woman underoos as a child, my costume actually resembled Linda Carter’s – it wasn’t the lingerie they’re passing off at most stores and sites.

Halloween has maybe turned into an excuse for women to reveal all of the flesh above their areolas. My problem isn’t the exposed flesh, or even those bashful areolas, I’m more concerned with learning where the imagination went and why so many women seem to think their body is the only attribute they have to show off.

C’mon, my geeky ladies. You’re better than a costume that requires zero imagination, no wit and makes you look like your SAT scores are a well-kept family secret. Sporting a skirt short enough to show butt cleavage isn’t suddenly acceptable simply because it’s October.

It may be too hard to find one to buy, but making one isn’t difficult. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Amelia Earhart

Nothing says “awesome” like being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. While “Project Runway” winner, Gretchen Jones in the photo below, likely didn’t put this together herself, you can. All you need are a bomber jacket, leather gloves, brown pants and shirt, a white scarf and some goggles.


Abby from the show CSI

While I’m not a huge fan of the show in general, I totally love the quirky lab rat and computer whiz Abby.  You can accomplish this with just a lab coat, pigtails, studded dog collar, maybe a spider web tattoo on your neck created with eyeliner, plastic gloves and a big gulp.

Geek girl halloween Abby

Ferris Bueller

Channel your inner 80′s, gel up your hair, don a leopard print vest with a pair of Ray Ban’s and you’re all set to enjoy a Halloween of geeky antics.

Geek girl Halloween Bueller


Wear all light colored clothing, find a large brimmed hat and attach netting to the brim. Hot glue some plastic bees onto the netting and hat. Done!

Geeky Halloween Beekeeper

Party in My Pants

This one is great if you’d like to be a tad perverted without dressing slutty. Throw on a pair of over sized sweatpants, insert a hula hoop to hold the waist open, fill the pants with balloons, confetti, streamers, and any other party decorations you’d like. For a little something extra, you could insert an MP3 player or your phone for music. Ask people if they want to join the party in your pants!

Albert Einstein

Is an explanation necessary? Good old Al is iconic, quirky and all around AWESOME!

Einsteen geek costume

Walking Dead’s Sheriff Rick

Zombies are sure to be huge this Halloween; take em down! I love the show but, admittedly, got pretty aggrevated with Sheriff Rick’s self-righteous refusal to give up his hat and badge even in a post-apocalyptic world for like months! I digress, grab a sheriff uniform and a fake hatchet, you’ll be all set.

Walking Dead geek girl costume

Wal-Mart Greeter

Yeah, I went there! A Wal-Mart Greeter! You might not be an old white guy with a $5 haircut but if you slap on a blue polyester vest, some silly propaganda buttons and yell, “Good morning!” to absolutely everyone you see, you’ll be the hit of the party! You could even take the extra step of smelling like old croissants and Vick’s.

Walmart greeter as an awesome geek Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween, my fellow geek girls!

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Christina – who has written posts on Virtually Living.

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  1. Christina

    You’re absolutely right. I was excited putting this post together and it shows through some recklessness. I’ve gone over it and corrected any spelling errors I saw. Please feel free to let me know if I missed any.

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  3. Andrew K Kirk

    That’s a great post, especially the cartoon. I’d never thought much about different the perspective on costumes is for male vs. female.

    1. Christina

      I love Halloween and don’t want to put a hyper-feminism twist on it … maybe more revealing costumes for men is the answer here! :-P

      Glad you liked it.

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