10/01/2012 05:41 pm ET

Women's Halloween Costumes 2012: Ideas More Creative Than 'Sexy Kitten' (PHOTOS)

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!

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Women's Halloween Costumes 2012