Lesbian Halloween is the best Halloween.
Halloween is the queerest of all the holidays. It’s 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 a new DIY couples costume for you and your girlfriend, but don’t know where to start.
Don’t get me wrong: The L Word is sacred, and any related Halloween costumes are not only valid but highly encouraged. In the last few years, however, 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 couples costume game for Halloween this year, and beyond.
No matter who (or what) you dress up as for Halloween this year, you can’t lose — especially if you and your partner get some quality bonding time over a beloved lesbian pastime: good, old-fashioned arts-n-crafts.