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Lesbian couples can dress up as King Princess and girlfriend Quinn Wilson for Halloween.

10 DIY Lesbian Couples Costumes That Aren’t All L Word Characters

Whether you’re pop-culture-obsessed or you love puns.

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Halloween is spooky, witchy, full of mischief, and requires you to pretend to be something you’re not — a skill any formerly-closeted person will surely have perfected. Halloween is a night of endless possibilities, and — regardless of your sexuality — the best costumes are always homemade displays of creativity and craftiness. Yet somehow, you and your partner have managed to dress up as Shane and Carmen from The L Word for the past three years in a row because it’s easier to leave everything to the last second, throw on some hair grease and a pair of low-rise leather pants, and call it a night. This year, however, you want something different. You’re looking for some new DIY lesbian Halloween costume ideas, but don’t know where to start.

In the last few years, queer representation in media has reached new heights. Lesbians and members of the women-loving-women (WLW) community can now turn on the TV (or read a book, or open Instagram and TikTok) and find more than just one show that explores queer relationships and lives. This is important not only to educate about and celebrate queerness as a culture, but also because it totally revolutionizes Lesbian Halloween. Channel your inner indie-pop star for a DIY King Princess look, or layer your favorite colorful sweaters à la Ola and Lily from Sex Education.

Whether you two are pop-culture-obsessed, you’re a pair who loves their puns, or you’re in a retro-loving relationship, read on for 10 ideas that’ll shake up your lesbian couple costume game for Halloween this year, and beyond.

Taissa & Van From Yellowjackets
SHOWTIME

One of the buzziest TV shows of the past year, Showtime’s Yellowjackets burst onto the scene with its Lord of the Flies-esque story of a girl’s soccer team that gets stranded in the woods after a gnarly plane crash in the mid-90s. And one of fans’ many favorite aspects of the show includes the heartwarming romance between Taissa and Van — and the characters make for a perfect lesbian couple costume this Halloween. Either go for blue and yellow soccer uniforms, or try to recreate their “doomcoming” party look. You’ll need to DIY a pair of leather and feather-decorated half-face masks like the ones Tai fashions for herself and Van (after Van’s face is torn up by wolves, of course).

For Taissa:

This purple mini dress, $58, Lulus

This brown faux lather fabric, $8.99, Amazon

These pheasant feathers, 15.99, Amazon

For Van:

This brown buttoned vest, $24, Forever 21

This short sleeve button-up shirt, $22.99, Abercrombie & Fitch

These brown straight-leg pants, $98, Everlane

This brown faux lather fabric, $8.99, Amazon

These pheasant feathers, 15.99, Amazon

King Princess & Quinn Wilson
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Filmmaker Quinn Wilson and her girlfriend, pop star King Princess, have never been shy about their relationship or their PDA, making them one of the most fun celebrity couples to follow. For your DIY costume, recreate any number of iconic KP and QW red carpet moments, interview portraits, or past Instagram photos depending on the clothes and accessories you have lying around your house.

For Quinn:

This silver metallic top, $31.20, Nasty Gal

This black lacy bra, $28.99, Amazon

These black satin wide-leg pants, $25, Lulus

These silver sock boots, $53.99, Amazon

This shiny teal eye shadow, $6.50, NYX

For King Princess:

This purple pantsuit, $50, Boohoo

This red lacy bra, $14, Amazon

This red fanny pack, $17.99, Amazon

These black patent oxfords, $29.00, Forever 21

Princess Bubblegum & Marceline From Adventure Time
Cartoon Network

Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time are beloved animated TV characters for a lot of reasons. Not only are they strong femme protagonists written with depth and nuanced backstories, the duo also broke a lot of status quos by being an openly queer couple on a show aimed at kids. Plus, their frenemies to lovers arc is so cute. And with their cartoonish looks, they make for a fun couples costume.

For Princess Bubblegum:

This hot pink wig, $22.88, Amazon

This 3D printed crown, $24.29, Etsy

This fuchsia pink dress, $60, Lulus

This Barbie pink cropped zip-up hoodie, $30, Forever 21

These bright pink cowboy boots, $69.99, Zappos

For Marceline:

This long black wing, $18.99, Amazon

These vampire fangs, $4.99, Spirit Halloween

This red tank top, $12.47, Aerie

These skinny blue jeans, $23, ASOS

These knee-high brown boots, $51.99, JC Penny

U-haul-ers
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Every lesbian has heard the U-haul joke at least once, but here it is again in case you forgot: “What does a lesbian bring on a second date? A U-haul.” The U-haul costume is for any WLW couple that wants to be a little cheeky. Go big and craft a whole truck out of cardboard moving boxes or keep it a little simpler and just decorate a pair of white tees with the U-haul logo and some orange stripes. Follow this (adorable) video for a rough idea of how to cut your cardboard into the shape of a truck.

For the box:

These medium-large moving boxes, prices vary, FedEx

This X-acto knife, $4.99, Amazon

This white wrapping paper, $8.54, Amazon

This orange paint, $11.57, Amazon

This black paint, $0.87, Amazon

This Mod Podge, $6.99, Amazon

This white yarn, $3.42, Amazon (for shoulder straps)

Lily & Ola From Sex Education
Netflix

The British Netflix series Sex Education has captured the hearts of viewers around the world with its frank discussion of taboo topics relating to sex, sexuality, romance, and puberty. Lily and Ola were one the show’s most strange and charming pair — Lily’s a comic book artist with a particular knack for writing space-erotica, for example — and their romantic relationship instantly lands them in the lesbian hall of fame.

For Ola:

This green corduroy jacket, $38.99, Amazon

This appliqué rainbow patch, $5.75, Amazon

This rainbow button-down crop top, $10.99, Amazon

For Lily:

This pastel yellow turtleneck, $34.95, L.L.Bean

This patterned mohair cardigan, $28.32, Yes Style

These floral patterned pants, $96, ASOS

This playful bumbag, $25.60, Madewell

This pack of giant rainbow lollipops, $14.93, Amazon

“Stoned” Butch & “High” Femme
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Calling all 4/20 lesbians! This is another punny one that takes lesbian tropes (“stone butch” and “high femme” make up the opposite ends of the “futch” spectrum) and spins them into Halloween gold. One partner can dress like a classic stoner — in a beanie, a khaki jacket, maybe some weed glasses, and a bandana if you feel like invoking Cheech and Chong. And the other partner can get really fancy and femme, with a long green gown or weed leaf–printed dress paired with some nice weed-themed costume jewelry.

For the stoned butch:

This weed beanie, $11.99, Amazon

This stoner tee, $15.99, Amazon

These weed joggers, $26.99, Amazon

These weed leaf sunnies, $6.68, Amazon

For the high femme:

This weed dress, $17.99, Amazon

These weed hoop earrings, $9.96, Amazon

This green eyeshadow, $6, Target

This green liquid lipstick, $15, Sephora

These green chunky heels, $27.50, ASOS

Gina Gershon & Jennifer Tilly In Bound (1996)
Hulu

A classic sapphic flick, Bound was groundbreaking for its time and explored female sexuality through a female gaze. Plus, the fashion from this era is too good to pass up. Whip out those temporary tattoos!

For Gina:

This white muscle tank pack, $10.98, Amazon

These navy painter’s pants, $18.98, Amazon (option to stain with white paint)

These temporary tattoos, $6.99, Amazon

For Jennifer:

This sexy black slip, $19.98, Amazon

These costume cigarettes, $4.69, Amazon

This red lipstick, $5.8, Amazon

This black nail polish, $1.97, Amazon

Eve & Villanelle From Killing Eve
Hulu

The sexual tension on this show is unbelievable — though nothing is more awe-inspiring than Villanelle’s many outfits. Killing Eve is a gold mine for Halloween costumes, and chances are you may have some items in your wardrobe that already work, like a trench coat for Eve or a colorful blazer for Villanelle.

For Eve:

This neutral trenchcoat, $34.99, Amazon

This green turtleneck, $36, Los Angeles Apparel

This brown slouchy beanie, $12.99, Amazon

For Villanelle:

This maroon blazer, $85, ASOS

These patterned trousers, $60, ASOS

This makeup kit for costume bruises, $6.99, Amazon

Norma Tanega & Dusty Springfield
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Dusty Springfield was one of Britain’s most popular singers of all time. She was a music legend of the early ‘60s with melodramatic hits such as “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” and “Son Of A Preacher Man.” Though it was never confirmed, she was believed to be a lesbian, and she spent much of her adult life in a domestic partnership with folk singer and songwriter Norma Tanega. Prepare your best retro looks because this costume is all about classic ‘60s glam, mixed with a little earthiness for good measure.

For Dusty:

This ‘60s style dress with pussy bow, $39, Zapaka

This super-thick eyeliner, $11, NYX

This frosted pearl-pink lipstick, $23, Runway Rogue

For Norma:

This ‘60s A-line dress, $96, Reformation

These mod dangle earrings, $14, Etsy

Bette & Tina From The L Word
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OK, the list wouldn’t be complete without at least one costume inspired by the show. Bette and Tina are easily one of TV’s most iconic duos, plus they’re easy to emulate for Halloween. Win-win!

For Bette:

This black oversized pantsuit, $26, Shein

This tiny ‘90s red purse, $20, Amazon

These ‘90s-style black sunglasses, $18, ASOS

For Tina:

This mint green ribbed tank, $18.99, Amazon

These tan cargo pants, $49.95, Zappos

This big crossbody purse, $29.99, H&M

This yoga mat, $16.99, Yoga Accessories

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