Friends, it's that time of year again. During the coming weeks you'll attempt to figure out a clever Halloween costume without resorting to the truly scary pre-made "sexy" devil/angel/witch/cat/pirate/pirate's wench/policewoman/doctor getups offered by costume stores.
Sometimes it seems like all women's Halloween costumes MUST be "sexy." At Ricky's Costume Superstore you can purchase outfits with names like Teen Maid to Tease, Sergeant Sexy, Sultry Swashbuckler, Playboy Pink Sexy Girlfriend and Aye Aye Admiral. (You just can't make this stuff up.) A bit of sex appeal never hurt anyone, but better to break out that vibe when it makes sense. That way you'll avoid being massively offensive (i.e. Target's sexy illegal alien costume from 2009) or just downright confusing (like this sexy Crayola crayons costume).
Fortunately, there is a way to avoid Halloween hottie h*ll.
Last year we pulled together 16 not slutty, just brilliant Halloween costume ideas for women. This year, we're doing it again. To get your creative juices flowing, we've come up with some outfits that you'll be able to execute in 2012 without being a professional costume designer -- or breaking your bank account.
Let us know in the comments if you have any other brilliant Halloween costumes to share!
LOOK: Creative Halloween Costumes For Women
Texts From Hillary
The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/05/texts-from-hillary-tumblr_n_1406207.html" target="_hplink">viral Tumblr</a> from April showed off some pretty badass photos of Hillz. Dress up in a nice black suit, throw on some killer shades, a necklace and a blonde wig (if you're not blonde naturally) and whip out your cell phone throughout the night. To finish it off, emblazon your chest with one of the "Texts From Hillary" comebacks. Our personal favorite is "It's Madame Secretary to you."
A 'Toddler In Tiara'
All you need is a poofy dress, a crown, some baby socks and a makeshift sash to transform yourself into one of America's most terrifying 4-year-olds.
Hannah & Adam (In Onesies)
If you're looking for an easy, low-key couples costume this year (and happen to be a fan of HBO's "Girls), we've got it covered. Just purchase <a href="http://www.pajamacity.com/White-Footed-Pajamas-With-Convertible-Feet/productinfo/J743-WH/" target="_hplink">two white onesies</a> and you're done! Bonus points if you walk around with wet hair and cereal bowls.
The Little Girl From "Moonrise Kingdom"
Our Senior Lifestyle editor, Lori Fradkin, is skipping Halloween this year, but if she wasn't this is who she would be. She urges you all to steal her idea immediately. Plus, this can also be a totally not lame couples costume.
The Fab Five
Leotards + gold medals + best friends = win. (You're allowed to wear pants.)
When we saw this <a href="http://imgur.com/gallery/VvTH2">costume on imgur</a>, we instantly fell in love. You get to use yellow boas and show off some skin, but still be super creative. Plus -- EVERYONE will know exactly who you are. (In light of the debates, you could also go as Fired Big Bird.)
"This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends!" If you <a href="http://imgur.com/gallery/gg5PE">dress up as Shari Lewis</a>, you have license to annoy your fellow party-goers all night long -- via an adorable puppet. Who doesn't love "Lamb Chop"?
Hipster Disney Princess
Put a new twist on an old classic. After watching <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/03/hipster-disney-princesses_n_1937467.html?utm_hp_ref=tw">this video</a>, we realized that this would be a REALLY fun Halloween costume. Just don't forget your thick-rimmed glasses.
The 'Having It All' Atlantic Magazine Cover
This suggestion comes courtesy of <a href="http://www.bust.com/blog/10-awesome-feminist-halloween-costume-ideas.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter"><em>BUST</em> magazine</a>. To dress up as Anne-Marie Slaughter's cover story photo, all you need is your office garb, a briefcase and a baby doll. Fairly brilliant.
One Of The 'Rich Kids Of Instagram'
One of this year's most viral Tumblr accounts, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/18/rich-kids-of-instagram-tu_n_1683823.html">"Rich Kids of Instagram"</a> are the people you love to hate. Just grab a bottle of champagne, some gaudy jewelry and wear a cheap gold frame around your neck all night.
A 'Runaway Bride'
Buy a fluffy white dress from Value Village, put on your favorite pair of sneakers and flee away from potential husbands all night long. Bonus: Your feet will be SO comfortable.
A Binder "Full Of Women"
After <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/16/binders-full-of-women-tumblr-romney-debate_n_1972345.html">Mitt Romney made his now-famous "binders full of women"</a> comment during the second presidential debate, it became clear that this was going to be the Halloween costume hit of the year. There are so many creative possibilities. Make a binder dress! Tape Lisa Frank memorabilia all over your body! Do a congo line of ladies around the city and have one person be the front of the binder and one person be the back! The options are endless...