Halloween is the time where many participate in such activities as trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, haunted houses, gathering around telling spooky stories, watching scary films and shows, and most particularly, dressing up! With traditional costumes being modeled after supernatural beings such as vampires, abnormal creatures, ghosts, witches, demons, etc., over time, popular culture has extended more ideas to celebrate the excitement of Halloween. Here at Honey’s, we’ve put together a list for the Top 10 Female Characters to Cosplay for Halloween. We hope you enjoy and get inspired for Halloween 2016!
10. Misty from Pokémon Indigo League
- Episodes: 276
- Aired: April 1997 – November 2002
The release of Pokémon Go has been one of the highlighting events to shake this year. As it is one of the most downloaded and profitable apps to date, it is fitting that we include one of the original characters on this list to cosplay. Pokémon, at its infancy in 1997, includes Misty, a sassy gal, determined to be the best water-type Pokémon trainer. Misty throughout the series, with Ash and Brock as her companions, acquires more knowledge of Pokémon and progressively develops as well. We believe that her outfit reflects her intrepid and cheeky spirit.
Misty’s trademark outfit includes a yellow crop top tank, red suspenders, jean shorts, red sneakers, and an orange pack. As she is continually active with capturing Pokémon, battling various trainers, and traveling with Ash and Brock, what she wears encompasses ease and is acceptable for her active life. Misty is a great choice to cosplay because of her namesake in a highly classic and acclaimed series in the world of anime!
9. Enma Ai from Jigoku Shoujo (Hell Girl)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 2005 – April 2006
Hell Girl, for the most part, surrounds the concept of revenge, watching people reap what they sow and essentially getting their “just deserts.” Imagine if inflicting this punishment was possible by simply accessing a website to send your intended victim straight to hell. The concept in and of itself is extremely scary. This “Hell Correspondence” will call up Enma Ai, whose sole task is to ferry the chosen target to hell. As this is only the half of it, the remainder of this contract must be completed when the requesting person submits payment of himself or herself into hell as well. Yikes!
Enma is a great choice to cosplay for this Halloween because of the swift and unforgiving nature of her job. The fear of death and damnation is something one does not look forward to when their time is up. This circumstance is heightened when someone as sinister and creepy looking as Enma is the one to bring you to your doom. Often seen with a floral kimono and piercing red eyes, she may appear harmless, but don’t be fooled, she is far from friendly.
8. Ikaros from Sora no Otoshimono (Heaven’s Lost Property)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2009 – December 2009
Tomoki Sakurai’s peaceful life is forever changed when a strange, bright, white, meteorite-like object falls from the sky. As this entity lands on the surface, its appearance is angelic and adorable. The purpose and function of Ikaros, as she is called, is to find a being to call her master. As she gazes upon Tomoki, from that moment forth, servant and master experience a ton of craziness and shenanigans.
As Heaven’s Lost Property is recognized for providing a great deal of fan service, Ikaros for cosplay, Halloween 2016, is no doubt an eye-catching and sexy choice. Her ensemble includes a white revealing bustier dress, thigh high socks, knee high boots and a set of angel wings. In combination with a look of innocence, Ikaros redefines the description of what a virtuous angel should look and act like.
7. Misaki Ayuzawa from Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Maid Sama!)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2010 – September 2010
Can you keep a secret? Misaki Ayuzawa’s part-time job as a café maid may seem embarrassing to her, but place the utmost confidence in Honey’s, as we are certain that this outfit is the one to choose for cosplay. As Misaki’s character in Kaichou wa Maid-sama! reflects her strong and stern demeanor, her maid attire contrasts this completely.
The concept of maid cafés allows for patrons to be serviced at their whims and desires by loveable and charming maids, willing to please their “masters of the moment”. Maid cosplay is a common and timeless choice and we can think of no other maid to choose from than our favorite, Misaki! As maids have a reputation for alluring, with a short black dress, white apron, white headband and a “can-do attitude”, this maid ensemble is perfect because it is an enticing idea to have someone do whatever you want, so you can kick up your feet and relax. Ahh, this is the life!
6. Mikasa Ackerman from Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2013 – September 2013
Attack on Titan focuses on humanity’s struggle as they face these monstrous beings called titans, destroying and devouring the human race without reason. In an attempt to blockade the titans, mankind has built three enormous walls, where for a century, people have been able to live without trouble. One day, the peace is disturbed and the outer wall is breached. The people living within these walls are scared, as everyone scrambles to safety towards the center. However, there are those that believe their existence is worth fighting for and train to face the threat on humanity.
As one of the three main soldiers in this anime, Misaka Ackerman is a very quiet and stoic individual. She has a very close bond with Eren because as children, he saved her life. As she is loyal to him, Mikasa joined the ranks to fight alongside him. She is extremely skillful, graduating at the top of her class and essentially is a paragon. Dressed in her combatant uniform, which includes a khaki jacket, white cargo pants, white button-up top, combat boots and her equipment, she sets herself apart from the others with a lovely feminine red scarf. Misaka is a great character to cosplay because of how awesome and ass kicking she is.
5. Touka Kirishima from Tokyo Ghoul
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2014 – September 2014
Tokyo Ghoul takes place in a time where humans and human-like beings called ghouls coexist. These ghouls possess superhuman abilities. As they can only eat human flesh, the ghouls are mercilessly hunted down by a government agency called CCG. Consequently, humans constantly fear becoming prey to these ghouls. In contrast, the ghouls face the challenge of living among humans, attempting to blend in. Engaging in the internal fight against instinct and external issues of avoiding capture by the CCG, Ken Kaneki, being from both worlds, demonstrates the difficulties and ease of each species.
Touka Kirishima is a ghoul in the series, who can successfully balance living as herself among people. She is a significant character because of her accessibility to the ghoul community; as an informant and food supplier. Touka works hard at protecting her kind as well as establishing harmony with humans. However, don’t let her appearance fool you! She possesses superhuman abilities, in addition to her smart and perceptive attitude. Dressed in a school uniform, with her dark black eyes and piercing red pupils, her ominous look is fitting for Halloween. Touka’s sinister looks will definitely scare you off, as she is someone you would not want to run into in a dark, cold alley!
4. Cyan Hijirikawa from Show By Rock!!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2015 – June 2015
Cyan Hijirikawa from Show By Rock!! has a tremendous passion for music. Cyan is incredibly shy, but wants to join her school’s music club because of her love for music. In one attempt to sign up for the music club, she backs out, hanging her head low and burying herself in her phone app, Strawberry Heart. Harboring such musical talent, all of a sudden, Cyan is sucked into an alternate world called Midi City. Through her phone, Midi City is where music is profoundly critical to one’s life. Tragically, Midi City is faced with the problem of shadow monsters taking over musicians and music, where eventually they will become monsters as well. Cyan was intentionally sent to help destroy the shadow monsters for good. With the help of her Plasmagica bandmates, they set out to complete this mission, restoring musical bliss to Midi City.
Cyan’s outfit is absolutely adorable! Cyan is a great choice to cosplay because her whole look is super cute. She wears cute cat accessories, a long sleeved navy dress, striped thigh high socks, and black mary janes. Additionally, she has her guitar/weapon, Strawberry Heart. Moreover, who wouldn’t want to be a rockstar and a hero in one?!
3. Albedo from Overlord
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
Overlord follows Momonga, a powerful wizard who is a part of a guild called Ainz Ooal Gown. As Momonga’s coveted virtual reality game comes to a close, due to it being shut down, he spends his final moments remaining in the server. As he observes the final countdown, something unexpected happens. Although the time is up, Momonga still remains in the game. However, the setting has vastly changed and the NPCs are fully involved with him, with developed consciousness as well. Eager to figure out this new development, Momonga tackles on this new adventure!
In Overlord, Albedo is the highest-ranking NPC in the game and Overseer of the Floor Guardians of the Great Tomb of Nazarick. Albedo was not always as she was programed to be. As they were transported into the new world, Momonga made some administrative changes to her character, so that Albedo is now unconditionally in love and devoted to him. In appearance, Albedo wears a strapless, cold shoulder, cut-out dress, has black angel wings, and horns that kind of resemble a crown. Albedo is another fantastic choice for cosplay because of her otherworldly look paired with a touch of feminine elegance.
2. Mira Yurizaki from Dimension W
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2016 – March 2016
Dimension W is an exciting sci-fi, futuristic, action anime. Dimension W is a newly discovered fourth dimension. With a newfound technology called coils, humanity can now use an inexhaustible source of energy to power up robots that closely resemble people. However, our lead character, Kyouma Mabuchi, is skeptical of the usage of coils because of his affinity for classic and old school technology. As he is an independent contractor, his job entails retrieving these coils. Upon one of his missions, we run into Mira Yurizaki, an android.
Mira is an interesting character that has been sheltered for more of her existence and must cope with learning how to interact with humans. Mira insists that she is human, despite having robotic mechanisms and equipment attached to her body. After a tragedy occurred in Mira’s life, she decides to join Kyouma and help him retrieve coils. As such, Mira’s look includes an interesting looking headpiece, yellow frill tank, pink biker shorts, and thigh high white boots. She also has a tail and technological markers all over her body. Mira would be an attractive pick for cosplay, adding a twist to the robot getup.
1. Bananya from Bananya
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2016 – September 2016
Bananya is a cute and carefree, optimistic, kitty in a banana. Bananya wants to become a chocolate covered banana and is obsessed with this idea. As many of us are guilty of watching kitty videos on YouTube, watching cats doing absolutely nothing but groom and play with random things, we can observe Bananya doing just as much; doing cute kitty things, all the while being in a banana peel.
We feel that Bananya for cosplay for this Halloween is a simple and cute look to create. As there are various colors and characters of cats to choose from in Bananya, all that needs to be done is to choose your breed and pair this with a long yellow skirt or pants with some fabric that folds over! Silly and adorable, Bananya is so cute we at Honey’s “CAN’T EVEN!!!” Furthermore, Bananya is a choice that will definitely stick out!
So there you have it. These are Honey’s Recommendations for Top 10 Female Characters to Cosplay for Halloween. These picks take on some traditional and iconic Halloween pieces with an added anime twist. Many of these choices are easy to recreate with pieces and accessories that are reusable, so you don’t have to worry about it collecting dust afterwards. Some of these choices are also very daring and bold. The most fabulous and exciting thing about Halloween is that you have the chance to dress up as something fun and different, all the while reflecting your personality. Furthermore, we know there are tons more ideas out there. Let us know what we’ve missed! What others can you suggest to us and other readers? Leave your comments below!