Halloween is my absolute favorite time of year. Not only is there an abundance of candy and there are plenty of opportunities to party. Plus, you get to dress up in a costume and be whoever you want! Maybe that's why transgender people, gender-queer people, and crossdressers love October so much. When you're not out to the people in your life, Halloween gives you a chance to dip your toe in so to speak. You can present with your preferred gender expression in a safe and accepting environment. And for one night you get to be your real self without anyone judging you. It's amazing. It cab be your transgender Halloween costume adventure.
Before I was out, I spent at least two Halloweens where my costume was "a girl." So, that is of course one option if you're still not comfortable being out. All you have to do for that is to dress up and then go out. It's so nice because you have the safety of being able to laugh it off if you need to. "Ha ha. What a silly thing for me to dress up and look beautiful. Ha ha." For many of us, this is our first time actually presenting in public or with friends and family. And as everyone who has worn this "costume" can tell you, it feels wonderful.
If you're already out, or if you want to step up your game, you can wear a women's Halloween costume. I would venture that I'm not the only one who saw cis girls out in their cute costumes and felt a pang of intense jealousy. Little skirts, petticoats, thigh highs, crazy makeup, who wouldn't want to want to join in? There are so many fun options.
In general, I enjoy making my own costumes, but let's face it, sewing is not for everyone and sometimes you get that last minute party invite and may only have a day or two to find a costume. So if you're planning to go the store-bought route, here's some things that'll hopefully help you to look your absolute best for both tricks and treats.
A-line costumes or costumes with petticoats will help give you a feminine silhouette and the illusion of hips. Thankfully there are a lot of options for Halloween costumes with A-line skirts. It's practically the default after all.
|Red Riding Hood Costume|
If you're self-conscious about your body shape, you may want to stay away from skin tight costumes. Yes, I know, they are going to look so great in the package illustration and of course you want to look fantastic.
|Fairy Godmother Costume|
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|Civil War Nurse Costume|
Now get out there, b the awesome you you've always known you are, be safe, and have fun!