The 10 Best Halloween Costumes for Girls

Kids have been dressing up for Halloween for the past 100 years, and the tradition has come a long way from the simple paper mask or bedsheets that were once used for Halloween costumes. Modern girls look forward to Halloween as the chance to really and completely transform into another person. Or animal. Or monster. Or TV character. Or anything they can come up with! Fortunately, there are endless possibilities when it comes to choosing a girls Halloween costume these days. You won’t have to spend weeks sewing, or searching out individual items, either; there are plenty of interesting, unique, and affordable complete girls costume sets to choose from that can be quickly shipped right to your door.

With so many options, how do you choose the best girls halloween costume? Our ranking of Best Halloween Costumes for Girls gives you an overall winner and runner-up for every age bracket, based on the priorities that matter most to parents.

Cost certainly matters. We’ve narrowed down the selection to costumes that cost $30 or less. After all, this outfit may be worn only once, so there’s no reason to spend a lot. Costume completeness also matters. Most parents would prefer not to buy a costume, only to have to find a certain helmet, wig, cape, or wand that is needed to complete the look. We’ve ranked higher those costumes that don’ t need extra accessories to look good. Availability is another important factor. Most kids change their minds about their costumes at least once. Parents know that it’s smart to wait until the last minute to buy that pumpkin outfit, since their kid just might later decide she wants to be a princess after all. We’ve given extra weight to costumes that are available through Amazon Prime’s free two-day shipping.

Another important factor in choosing a halloween costume is quality of materials. You may not need a halloween costume to hold up to everyday wear and washing, but it does need to hold together and look good for a day of running around, trick-or-treating, and possibly a bounce house or dance party. We’ve researched materials and reviews to find costumes that are well-constructed using strong materials. Last but not least, girls Halloween costumes need that all-important “razzle-dazzle” factor. Whether your child wants to look extra glamorous, especially spooky, or just extremely unique, she’s bound to love turning heads with an eye-catching outfit. We’ve looked for costumes that are made with bold, sparkly, flashy, and imaginative designs. Each of these Best Halloween Costumes for Girls is sure to make this Halloween a memorable night.

Best Halloween Costume for Girls age 2-4: IDGRL Cow Pajama Costume

Many parts of the country are quite chilly by the time the last day in October rolls around, especially after the sun goes down. For many kids, that means having to cover up their cute costume with a puffy jacket, which is never a happy outcome. The IDGRL Cow Pajama Costume is not only a cute choice for girls in the youngest Age Group, but is warm and snuggly enough to keep little ones cozy on a chilly Halloween night. The costume is made of eco-friendly, fluffy fleece material, and includes a hood for extra warmth.

This costume stands out for its clever design as well as the comfortable material. There’s a zipper in both the front and lower back, meaning it’s easy to dress little ones in it and pull off a quick diaper change without removing the entire halloween costume. There are no hat or headband pieces that little kids can pull off and lose- everything’s attached in one single, soft piece. The costume is fully machine washable, and can also be spot-cleaned in case of spills and accidents. The largest available size is 31.5 inches, a good fit for girls age 3-4, while the next-smallest size, 30 inches, would be a good fit for girls age 2-3. Customer reviews consistently say that this girl’s Halloween costume runs big, so shoppers should err on the side of buying the next size down if they are between sizes.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Warm fleece material and hood make this a good costume for cold climates
  • Super-soft and plush fabric and lining are comfortable and cozy, with a pajama-like feel
  • No extra pieces or accessories to lose
  • Additional zipper in rear makes diaper changes easy
  • Cow costume is timeless and gender-neutral, so it easily could be passed down to a baby brother

Cons

  • Not well-suited for warmer climates, as the fleece material is very insulating
  • Many kids don’t like wearing hoods, especially younger ones, and will pull this part down
  • Cows are cute, but not flashy, and some kids may want a more dramatic costume or recognizable character
  • Large-sized 4 year olds may not fit this costume, which tops out at a size of 31.5 inches

Score

Cost Score: 96/100

Costume Completeness: 100/100

Availability: 100/100

Quality of Materials: 100/100

Razzle Dazzle Score: 95/100

Overall Score: 98.2/100

Runner-Up for Girls age 2-4: NucLighter Halloween Jack o’ Lantern Costume

If you’re like most parents, you’ve had your fill (and then some!) of Paw Patrol, Disney Princesses, and other TV and movie characters. While they’re still really young, why not dress your little girl in a classic halloween costume? The NucLighter Halloween Jack o’ Lantern Costume is an adorable outfit that’s half pumpkin, half witch. Unlike the latest TV character, this cute halloween costume will still be on point for years to come, so it can be re-used or passed on to younger friends or siblings.

The NucLighter Halloween Jack o’ Lantern Costume comes with four pieces: a long-sleeved Pumpkin Tee Shirt, Star Patterned Legging Pants, a pointed Witch Hat, and a Bat wing Cape. All four pieces are made from soft, machine-washable cotton. Unlike many halloween costumes, these can all be folded flat, so you won’t have to dedicate precious closet space to an outfit that’s used just once per year. The shirt has two shoulder buttons that make it easy to slip on and take off, and the cape stays attached with a button on either side, so you won’t have to eat with the inconvenience (and safety hazard) or typing a string around your little girl’s neck.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Classic jack o’ lantern design means this costume can be used over and over
  • Long pants and sleeves are just warm enough for a cool halloween night
  • No bulky pieces or accessories means this can be worn all day long
  • Machine washable and flat material makes this costume easy to clean and store
  • Three sizes available for this Age Group: 2-3, 3-4, and 4-5, meaning you can get a close fit

Cons

  • Not warm enough for very cool climates
  • Kids in this youngest Age Group may not be willing to keep the pointed hat on, or may lose it
  • Some kids may prefer a more flashy, on-trend or gender-specific costume
  • Halloween-specific costume means this won’t work well for a second life in the dress-up box

Score

Cost Score: 98/100

Costume Completeness: 100/100

Availability: 100/100

Quality of Materials: 95/100

Razzle Dazzle Score: 90/100

Overall Score: 96.6/100

Best Halloween Costume for Girls age 4-6: Snow Queen Elsa Disney Set

With her icy powers and fiery personality, it’s no wonder girls ages 4-6 identify with Elsa, the heroine of Disney’s mega-blockbuster, “Frozen.” Elsa also rocked some pretty great outfits throughout the movie, and this halloween costume set for girls comes in no less than 13 glamorous versions, so kids can choose their very favorite look from the movie to replicate on halloween. Fans of the movie will love getting to play their favorite princess for halloween, and can re-use the costume throughout the year as a dress-up box staple.

Each of the dresses is available on its own or with accessories. These include satiny and embroidered gloves, a jeweled tiara, a jeweled wand, and a clip-on braid with a barrette. The dresses themselves are nothing short of glamorous; there’s a blue version with a heavily sequined bodice, a short-sleeved one with a multi-layered skirt of tulle with different colored embroidered flowers, another with a ruffled lace bodice and silky rosette collar, and another with a jewel-encrusted sequined front. Each dress has a silky or tulle cape attached, along with details like embroidered snowflakes or metallic embellishments, making this girl’s Halloween costume a real show-stopper.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Loads of embellishments and design details make this a dazzling and head-turning costume
  • Faithful to the movie, this will Elsa costume will satisfy Disney fans
  • Three-layered skirts and attached cape make this a swirly outfit that’s great for dancing
  • Accessories can be mixed and matched with other princess outfits
  • Choice of 13 Elsa and Anna outfits to choose from (prices vary slightly)

Cons

  • Accessories may be easily lost
  • Fancy shoes needed to complete the look
  • Girls on the younger end of this Age Group may not be ready for such an elaborate outfit
  • Clip-on braid may not match child’s hair, and could be uncomfortable
  • One of the higher-priced costumes included in this ranking

Score

Cost Score: 94/100

Costume Completeness: 100/100

Availability: 100/100

Quality of Materials: 100/100

Razzle Dazzle Score: 100/100

Overall Score: 98.8/100

Runner-Up for Girls age 4-6: Little Jupiter Rainbow Unicorn Costume

Unicorns are the best. They’re wise, bold, majestic, and beautiful. Depending on who you ask, they may even fly, perform magic, or poop rainbows. Whether your little unicorn lover is a little precious or a little silly, she’s sure to love dressing up as a unicorn in the Little Jupiter Rainbow Unicorn Costume. There are plenty of unicorn costumes out there, but this one stands out for its cute design and fun accessories, including a handy purse that can double as a halloween candy bag.

The Little Jupiter Rainbow Unicorn Costume comes with four pieces: a unicorn hairband, a layered rainbow tutu skirt, a pair of leggings, and a plush hand bag. The headband has a shiny rainbow-color, soft spiral horn, multicolored glittering ears, multicolored silk roses, and a rainbow colored tulle unicorn mane. The tulle skirt is pastel rainbow colored and has a second inner layer that’s opaque, keeping the body covered and preventing itchiness from the stiff tulle material. Under this, girls can wear the pale pink leggings, which are soft and machine-washable, and can also be used as part of daily wear. The purple handbag as handles as well as a shoulder strap for two convenient carrying options, and closes with a zipper. On the side, it’s embellished with a unicorn face, and measures 11 inches wide and tall.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Purse and leggings can be used as part of everyday outfits after halloween is over
  • Rainbow colors, shiny material, and glitter make this an eye-catching outfit
  • Comes with a bag that can be used for trick-or-treating candy, flashlight, and other halloween necessities
  • A good value at $22 for four high-quality pieces

Cons

  • Girls who find headbands uncomfortable won’t want to wear the headband-based unicorn horn and ears headpiece
  • Doesn’t come with a shirt
  • Handbag may not be big enough to hold a good-sized haul of trick-or-treating candy
  • Skirt doesn’t have a unicorn tail attached, and tulle material may be uncomfortable for sitting on

Score

Cost Score: 96/100

Costume Completeness: 95/100

Availability: 100/100

Quality of Materials: 100/100

Razzle Dazzle Score: 95/100

Overall Score: 97.2/100

Best Halloween Costume for Girls Age Group 6-8: ALIZIWAY Long-Sleeved Mermaid Costume

Mermaids have been a source of inspiration and fascination for young kids since the beginning of time. They’re glamorous, mysterious, and a little mischievous. With the ALIZIWAY Long-Sleeved Mermaid Costume, little girls can make their mermaid dreams come true in a halloween costume that’s surprisingly comfortable. Lots of mermaid costumes don’t allow the wearer to more their legs easily, or don’t look much like a convincing fish tail, or don’t give enough coverage for a young wearer. This girls halloween costume solves all these problems, and features remarkably good materials and construction too.

The ALIZIWAY Long-Sleeved Mermaid Costume’s purple top has long sleeves that make it suitable for a cool late-fall evening. These are embellished with lacy flowers at the top, and connect to a sequined bikini piece that is part of a full tummy-covering top. There’s a sparkly green fin-like ruffle where the tail meets the top, and the tail is made from shimmering scale-patterned stretch fabric. The tail fins are wide and sheer green shimmery material. At a cost of $20, this is a well-designed costume that reviewers say is both comfortable and well-made. It could be easily worn as-is, or embellished with a long wig, seashell hair clips, pearl necklaces and other ocean accessories. It’s no surprise that the ALIZIWAY Long-Sleeved Mermaid Costume has been designated by Amazon’s official “top pick” for the category of “girl’s mermaid costume.”

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Long sleeves and tummy coverage make this age-appropriate and warm enough for a cool evening
  • Combination of shimmery, sequined and metallic fabrics is eye-catching
  • Details like flowers and ruffle embellishments make this a fancy and whimsical costume
  • Scale pattern print and wide fins really look like a realistic fish tail
  • Two available sizes can fit this Age Group: 4-5 or 5-6, meaning you can get a close fit

Cons

  • Fins at the end of the tail are made from sheer fabric that could be stepped on and torn
  • Thin material may not be warm enough to be worn for halloween in a colder climate
  • Many girls probably won’t feel the outfit is complete without a long mermaid wig
  • This classic mermaid costume doesn’t replicate the Disney movie, which may disappoint “Little Mermaid” fans who want to look like Ariel

Score

Cost Score: 98/100

Costume Completeness: 100/100

Availability: 100/100

Quality of Materials: 100/100

Razzle Dazzle Score: 90/100

Overall Score: 97.6/100

Runner-Up for for Girls Age Group 6-8: Rubie’s Complete She-Ra Costume

If you grew up in the 80s, you probably remember the bold exploits and adventures of She-Ra, the Princess of Power, who fought the forces of evil on the planet Etheria. Girls today are loving the new and stylish series re-boot, and She-Ra is a bigger icon and better role model than ever. This She-Ra Halloween costume for girls is a licensed costume that faithfully replicates the heroine’s look in the new She-Ra show. There are plenty of lower-quality imitations available, but this official one is well-made by Rubie’s, an American-based and family-owned company that’s been making quality costumes since the 1950s.

The costume set includes several high-quality pieces. There’s a She-Ra white and gold jumpsuit with peplum, an attached red knee-length cape; gold gauntlet arm-pieces, white and gold printed knee-high boot-top shoe-covers, and a gold winged headpiece. The gold peplum shoulder pieces are nice and wide, the headpiece wings are tall, and the boot covers are suitably thick, so the costume recreates the character’s silhouette convincingly, and the cape is long enough to add a dramatic flair. Each of the pieces is well-made and soft enough that they can be comfortably worn all day long. Adding a long blond wig and sword would make this She-Ra outfit even more impressive. It’s a good value at the regular price of $32.99, but has been discounted to $26 for an even better value.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Official licensed charter outfit looks just like She-Ra does in the TV series
  • Lets girls explore a powerful and positive female hero role
  • Well-designed pieces add width and height to re-create the character’s form
  • Quality materials from established manufacturer are durable enough that the pieces won’t tear during wearing
  • Bright colors and high contrast for visual impact

Cons

  • Outfit doesn’t include She-Ra’s iconic sword, an essential part of her character’s power
  • Most girls will probably want a long blond wig to complete the character’s look
  • Flesh-tone tights will be needed to make the outfit warmer in cool areas, since both sleeves and skirt are short
  • One of the more expensive girls’ halloween costumes on our list at a total of $26

Score

Cost Score: 94/100

Costume Completeness: 95/100

Availability: 100/100

Quality of Materials: 100/100

Razzle Dazzle Score: 95/100

Overall Score: 96.8/100

Best Halloween Costume for Girls Age Group 8-10: Unicomidea Glow in the Dark Skeleton Bodysuit

A skeleton is a spooky classic boys or girls costume choice for Halloween. But a green glow in the dark skeleton is a cool twist that will make this traditional choice shine. Kids in this age group care about looking cool, and a costume that glows in the dark adds a special, unique flair without involving bulky and uncomfortable masks, body paint, wigs, etc. Black shoes of any kind will pair well with this black and neon green suit. The Unicomidea Glow in the Dark Skeleton Bodysuit looks great on its own, but would be even more eye-catching if paired with skeleton face paint, a green wig, glow-stick jewelry or other skeleton accessories. Best of all, it will help your child stay visible at night while trick-or-treating, which is always a safety concern.

The Unicomidea Glow in the Dark Skeleton Bodysuit is made entirely from Polyester and Spandex fabric, which is highly stretchy, soft, and breathable. The crew neck, long sleeves, and long pants mean your child will be well-covered, though the fabric is thin enough that chilly climates might require a jacket as well. The skeleton bone shapes are realistically printed in neon green glow-in-the-dark on both the front and the back, and a front zipper down the middle is thin enough to not interfere with the look of the skeleton. By exposing the glow in the dark material to light, girls can “charge” the material so that it will glow brightly for several hours. Users report that machine washing this Halloween costume is fine and won’t cause the glow in the dark fabric to fade.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Eye-catching but still comfortable
  • Long sleeves, crew neck, and long leggings provide coverage
  • Blended synthetic fabric is stretchy, breathable, and comfortable enough to wear all day long
  • Glow in the dark material is very bright, according to customer reviews
  • Classic halloween costume can be used again and again, never goes out of style

Cons

  • Many girls in this age group will prefer a ready halloween costume to a traditional one like a skeleton
  • Glow in the dark material needs to be exposed to light beforehand in order to work
  • Thin fabric won’t be warm enough for cold nights without a jacket
  • Cost of $30 makes this one of the most expensive girls halloween costumes on our list
  • Face paint or other accessories may be needed to complete the look

Score

Cost Score: 98/100

Costume Completeness: 95/100

Availability: 100/100

Quality of Materials: 95/100

Razzle Dazzle Score: 100/100

Overall Score: 97.6/100

Runner-Up for Girls Ages 8-10: Rubie’s Twinkle Witch Costume

If you’re looking for a classic costume with a lot of razzle-dazzle, look no further than the Twinkle Witch Girl’s Halloween Costume from Rubies. This charming witch outfit has a sparkly top and a skirt that lights up. A sparkly pointed hat completes the look. The lights twinkle on and off, and are quite bright. Kids wearing this dress at night will look like a truly enchanting witch, and will also be more early visible, which is especially important for safety while trick or treating in the dark. Pairing this cute twinkly with girl’s costume with a toy broom or plastic cauldron (for holding candy) would make it even more delightfully spooky.

The Rubie’s twinkle with costume comes with a light-up witch dress and pointed witch hat. The dress is made from 100% polyester and features puffy short green sleeves with metallic sparkles, an orange bodice with contrasting criss-cross sequin ribbon lacing, peplum waist with sequin trim, and a full, long skirt of orange polyester with a sheer top layer. The top layer has a net of twinkling lights that are activated by a push button and twinkle on and off. The lights run on a 1.5-volt button cell battery which can be replaced if necessary. The tall, pointed witch’s hat is also made from sheer polyester with a wire-reinforced rim, and features green sparkles.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • High level of detail and embellishment, including sequins and sparkles
  • Twinkling lights add a lot of pizzaz and visual interest to this classic witch outfit
  • Lights make kids easier to spot at night, an added safety bonus for trick or treaters
  • Charming classic feminine design makes this outfit both pretty and spooky

Cons

  • Not machine washable because of the electric lights
  • Short sleeves and thin material mean this won’t be warm enough for a chilly halloween evening trick or treating
  • Not eligible for Amazon Prime free two-day shipping, though third party sellers offer to ship for free at a slower rate
  • At $30, this is one of the most expensive girls’ halloween costumes on our rankinng

Score

Cost Score: 98/100

Costume Completeness: 95/100

Availability: 95/100

Quality of Materials: 90/100

Razzle Dazzle Score: 100/100

Overall Score: 95.6/100

Best Halloween Costume for Girls Age Group 10-12: Cleopatra Queen of the Nile Outfit

The real-life Cleopatra was a cunning political strategist, a glamor icon, and a powerful ruler. She’s inspired legends, movies, and artists for thousands of years, and tween girls will love emulating this groundbreaking figure in the Cleopatra Queen of the Nile Outfit by MorphSuits. There are lots of Cleopatra halloween costumes on the market, but this one stands out as particularly well-designed and well-made. After all, if you’re playing the part of a queen, you’ll want a costume that’s regal in every way.

The Cleopatra Queen of the Nile Outfit comes with a dress, collar, beaded headdress, cape, and two bracelet cuffs. The linen-y, gauzy white dress has a soft, natural feel, and has a wide decorative belt that wraps around the waist and hangs down in the front to below knee-length. The belt is elaborately embellished with metallic criss-cross braid and diamond-patterned blue sequins with satiny gold ribbon. The collar is very wide and reinforced stiffly, and made from two rows of the same material. The same material is also used to make the cuffs, which close with velcro around the wrist, and have external velcro patches that allow them to attach to the cape. The cape is made of beautifully sheer silky blue synthetic fabric, and flows down to the ankles. The headdress is a real show-stopper, with silky gold fabric in a crown shape and rows of gold beads hanging down to chin-length. It’s crested by a large, jeweled diamond shape in the front. Reviewers report that the material of the dress can be hand-washed or run through the machine on a gentle cycle.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Elaborate and convincing Cleopatra Egyptian outfit, with loads of detail and embellishment
  • Allows tween girls to dress as a historical feminist icon and look glamorous at the same time
  • High-quality materials and crafting means this girls halloween costume can withstand wear and tear
  • Cape can be detached if desired

Cons

  • Cost of $28 puts this among the more expensive in our ranking of Best Girls Halloween Costumes
  • Light material and sleeveless dress means this is only good for evening outdoor wear in the very warmest climates
  • Won’t pair well with sneakers- sandals will need to be worn for a good match
  • Many reviewers say this dress runs large, so parents will need to adjust their size orders accordingly

Score

Cost Score: 96/100

Costume Completeness: 95/100

Availability: 100/100

Quality of Materials: 100/100

Razzle Dazzle Score: 100/100

Overall Score: 98.2/100

Runner-Up for Girls Age Group 10-12: Girl’s Wild Cat Costume

Tweens still love trick or treating and dressing up, but there’s no denying that they’re on the older end of this halloween tradition, and looking for a more grown-up look. The Girl’s Wild Cat Costume from Lingway is sassy enough to satisfy tweens’ sense of cool, but still thoroughly cute and age-appropriate. Half party dress, half leopard suit, this Girl’s Wild Cat Halloween Costume would also work well for other occasions like a fun run or theme party.

The Lingway Girl’s Wild Cat Costume comes with a tutu dress with attached hood and tail, plugs black legging tights and a pair of fingerless gloves. The dress is made of stretch fabric and has long black sleeves and a leopard print bodice that zips up in front. The hood is made of leopard print and has oversized cat ears that stand up straight. A short cat tail hangs down from the back. The tail and front waistband are decorated with glittery gold bows. The skirt is a layered black and leopard tutu with a ruffled hem. Underneath, girls can wear the provided opaque black tights. The gloves are fingerless and made from leopard print and have oversized, puffy black wrist embellishments.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Sassy and cute, but also very sweet and age-appropriate
  • Long sleeves, hood, and leggings add warmth and coverage
  • Costume could be used for other occasions like fun runs
  • Complete costume- no other pieces needed apart from a touch of optional face paint

Cons

  • Price of $30 post this on the higher end of our girls halloween costume ranking
  • Gloves could easily get lost, making this outfit less appealing
  • Sitting on tutu and tail could get uncomfortable
  • Thin material doesn’t provide a lot of insulation, and a jacket may also be needed

Score

Cost Score: 94/100

Costume Completeness: 95/100

Availability: 100/100

Quality of Materials: 90/100

Razzle Dazzle Score: 95/100

Overall Score: 94.8/100

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