Lesbian couple wondering what to be for Halloween!
August 26, 2011 10:18 AM   Subscribe

Lesbian couple wondering what to be for Halloween!

So, my girlfriend and I are looking for something unique or original to be for Halloween. Last year we were Catwoman and Batwoman... it was a last minute costume and not overly original. This year, I'd like to find a fantastic couple costume where people will hopefully know what we are.

Some of my ideas so far:
- two members of the Peaches baseball team (from the movie "A League of their Own").
- Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune from the Sailor Moon series. They were lesbian characters (it was censored in North America). The only problem is, I doubt most people know they were lesbians.
- Xena and Gabrielle (it's often been rumoured that they were lesbians).

As for our physiques... she's short, very fit and muscular, dykey style and not very feminine. She has short dark hair. She doesn't like to wear make up or anything like that... but if I want her to, she will let me cover her in makeup and put her in dresses for Halloween. Myself, I'm short, thin(with curves), long blonde hair and very feminine. I love high fashion and like to be glamorous. Often described as a lipstick lesbian (a lesbian that adopts a feminine appearance and typically looks straight).

If you have any interesting ideas, I'd love to hear them! She also doesn't mind being 'the boy' in the costume (ie. if I were Tinkerbell she wouldn't mind being PeterPan).
posted by DorothySmith to Society & Culture (56 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
As a data point, I was out for a stroll some Halloweens ago when I encountered a group of women dressed as the Rockford Peaches and it was the highlight of my year, so I am maybe a little biased but I think you should go with that.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 10:21 AM on August 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West.
posted by magstheaxe at 10:21 AM on August 26, 2011 [6 favorites]

Madame Vastra and Jenny.
posted by jeather at 10:23 AM on August 26, 2011 [2 favorites]

This might be a more "two ladies" idea than a "lesbian couple" idea, but I think it would be hilarious to both dress as Slave Leia and then pretend-fight all night about which one had the "totally original" costume idea first.

I love-love-love the Rockford Peaches idea, though.
posted by phunniemee at 10:25 AM on August 26, 2011

Are you familiar with The Venture Brothers?

I've seen some great female versions of the costumes.
posted by Constant Reader at 10:26 AM on August 26, 2011 [2 favorites]

Anyone that was a remote sailor moon fan knew they weren't cousins. And if you run into people who didn't know, you could inform them.
posted by royalsong at 10:27 AM on August 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

Popeye and Olive Oil?
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:27 AM on August 26, 2011

Mormon missionaries (male ones).
posted by The World Famous at 10:29 AM on August 26, 2011 [6 favorites]

Thanks everyone! Yeah, I definitely don't need them to be an 'official couple' costume, just something that goes together.

Roomthreeseventeen: Thanks! That's who she would like to be, but I truthfully can't think of antyhing more boring than being Olive Oil. I hate blending in and dressing plain. She could definitely pull off the bulging biceps though! (the forearms, not so much lol).
posted by DorothySmith at 10:30 AM on August 26, 2011

Gomez and Morticia Addams.
posted by hermitosis at 10:36 AM on August 26, 2011 [3 favorites]

You should flip it - be Olive dressed as Popeye and vice versa. She can wear the little black dress and put sailor tattoos on her arms and chomp on a pipe, and you can wear the (adorable) sailor suit.
posted by restless_nomad at 10:37 AM on August 26, 2011 [6 favorites]

If you like doing superhero couples, there's Batwoman and The Question (Renee Montoya). You probably already have half of what you'd need for Batwoman, and I've seen convincing versions of the Question using a nude stocking with some sort of lining for the mask.
posted by Oktober at 10:38 AM on August 26, 2011

Daphne and Velma from Scooby Doo?
posted by polymath at 10:39 AM on August 26, 2011 [4 favorites]

How about Bonnie and Clyde?

Daphne and Velma?

Willow and what's-her-face...the girlfriend, you know who I mean...from Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Buffy and Faith?

Betty and Veronica?

The White Queen and the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland?

Mary Kate and Ashley?

Thelma and Louise?

Poison Ivy & Harley Quinn from Batman?

Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin?
posted by magstheaxe at 10:39 AM on August 26, 2011

Cagny and Lacey?
posted by The Michael The at 10:42 AM on August 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

I really like your Peter Pan & Tinkerbell idea.
posted by bonobothegreat at 10:44 AM on August 26, 2011

If you want to play up the lesbian angle, a military theme would be current.

So it's not boring or impersonatey, you could do something like WAC uniforms with name badges "Ask" and "Tell."
posted by ernielundquist at 10:47 AM on August 26, 2011 [5 favorites]

Ziggy Stardust David Bowie and Labyrinth David Bowie
posted by chrisulonic at 10:49 AM on August 26, 2011 [6 favorites]

Rosie the Riveter and Betty Grable.
posted by Ideefixe at 10:51 AM on August 26, 2011 [3 favorites]

Alternatively, depending on your creativity and costume-making skills, you could go as things that are often coupled together, like:

milk and cookies

peaches and cream

good and evil

death and taxes

heaven and hell

peanut butter and jelly

salt and pepper (maybe you go as the rappers?)

democrat and republican

autobots and decepticons

gin and tonic

thunder and lightening

barnes & noble (be sure to dress like you're bankrupt!)

black & decker

abercrombie & fitch

crips and bloods

block and tackle

cut and paste

mad dogs and Englishman

lady and the tramp (okay, two dogs, but still)

pride and prejudice

smith and wesson

...you get the gist.

(Too bad there's not a third person. I've always wanted to get two friends and go as Lawyers, Guns, and Money)
posted by magstheaxe at 10:51 AM on August 26, 2011 [4 favorites]

FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt.
posted by mynameisluka at 10:56 AM on August 26, 2011

Tank Girl and Jet Girl.
posted by elsietheeel at 10:56 AM on August 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

Michael Field? But they were kinda weird and no one would get it.
posted by motsque at 10:58 AM on August 26, 2011

Laverne & Shirley. Poodle skirts, monograms, and your own theme song.

I remember being confused that the girls dated boys as a child, even before I knew what a lesbian was. They seemed like such a cute couple.
posted by lesli212 at 10:59 AM on August 26, 2011 [5 favorites]

The cutest dykely couple costume I ever saw was the year of Brokeback Mountain. They were cowboys, and their toddler was the cutest little sheep.
posted by ottereroticist at 11:05 AM on August 26, 2011 [2 favorites]

Peppermint Patty and Marcie
posted by hydrophonic at 11:06 AM on August 26, 2011 [8 favorites]

Daphne and Velma works with or without a dog
posted by kanemano at 11:12 AM on August 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

One of you dresses as a brick.

The other wears overalls.

When asked what you're supposed to be, say you're a bricklayer.
posted by cali59 at 11:19 AM on August 26, 2011 [2 favorites]

The creepy Grady Twins from The Shining.
posted by alby at 11:19 AM on August 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

Michelle & Mr Bachmann. (Hey, it would be scary.)
posted by Perodicticus potto at 11:22 AM on August 26, 2011 [2 favorites]

bert & ernie
sherlock holmes & dr. watson
whitney and sara - an excuse to wear sleeve tattoos

whatever you do, don't go as thing 1 and thing 2. /2cents
posted by MaddyRex at 11:25 AM on August 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

One couple I know went as a beaver and a cat. (Sorry, sorry, sorry! I thought it was cute.)
posted by Knowyournuts at 11:39 AM on August 26, 2011

Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin. SCARY!!!!
posted by ian1977 at 11:40 AM on August 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

I always like the gender-bendy stuff. Laurel & Hardy, for example.

If you like glaming up and she doesn't you could be the starlet and she could be suited & with earpiece to be the bodyguard. It's always fun to have things where you can play the character for a while. And you can always do the Costner & Whitney versions when you feel snuggly.

Or you could play up the stereotype and be a mover & a U-Haul truck :)
posted by phearlez at 11:43 AM on August 26, 2011

My old gf and I went as Adam and Steve, but this was to a drag ball/Halloween party at a queer-friendly college. In other words, everyone got the joke.

get the joke
posted by brackish.line at 11:48 AM on August 26, 2011

I was going to suggest Harry Potter for her (and Ginny/Hermione/Luna or whoever you like best for yourself), based on Tina Fey's adorable costume on 30 Rock, but then I thought...well, why not Liz and Jenna?
posted by psoas at 12:00 PM on August 26, 2011

Holmes and Watson?
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 12:30 PM on August 26, 2011

A flapper and a zoot suit duo, or alternatively Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald (because women of any orientation in tuxes are always hotter than hell.)
posted by DarlingBri at 12:30 PM on August 26, 2011

A kitty cat and a bottle of Pussycat Liquor (must read the lable, positively indecent). A rugged cowpoke (dildos in the holsters) and a eyelash-batting cow.

Dirty minds prevail in our household. YMMV.
posted by mcbeth at 12:30 PM on August 26, 2011

Corky and Vi from Bound. Hawt :)
posted by Iteki at 12:38 PM on August 26, 2011

Better pic if you are going to costume it.
posted by Iteki at 12:39 PM on August 26, 2011

Truman Capote and Harper Lee
posted by timsteil at 12:44 PM on August 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

George & Gracie Burns
Lucy & Ricky Ricardo
posted by infinitewindow at 1:00 PM on August 26, 2011

Last year the boy and I went as Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly. It was FANTASTIC.
posted by Madamina at 2:49 PM on August 26, 2011 [2 favorites]

Lil Abner and Daisy Mae, Dagwood and Blondie, Wilma Flintsone and Betty Rubble.
posted by brujita at 4:26 PM on August 26, 2011

Since all your examples are lesbian couples from obscure television programs, how about Naomi Campbell and Emily Fitch from E4's Skins? Google images Note that this series doesn't shy away from the (underage) drugs, sex, and general fuckwittage; I don't know if you're okay with that.
posted by d. z. wang at 6:09 PM on August 26, 2011

Edie and Patsy from Ab Fab are awesome.
posted by defreckled at 7:54 PM on August 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

Go as Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar. For the 19 kids, carry around one of those fold out photo things with pictures of the precious young ones.
posted by bolognius maximus at 8:54 PM on August 26, 2011

Light Yagami and L. from Death Note.

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Bluebeard and his curious but now-dead wife.
posted by DisreputableDog at 8:57 PM on August 26, 2011

Heh, side note: bonus points if you make Bluebeard into a sort of....a woman with a blue beard. Or even put an Asian twist on it; Dress her up in man-influenced but still female finery, like a mandarin collared coat and fur hat, slap the beard on there, a wart on her nose, and it shouldn't be too much makeup.

Make the wife have bloody hands, a bangle bracelet with a bloody key on it, and some sort of cleavage showing a "sword cut" or a line showing a slit throat.

But then...I really like fairy tales, so take with a grain of salt.
posted by DisreputableDog at 9:06 PM on August 26, 2011

Sorry, but this was the 1st thing that popped in my head: Ambiguously Lesbian Duo
posted by Seboshin at 9:10 PM on August 26, 2011

Justin Bieber and an adoring fangirl?
posted by monkeys with typewriters at 9:44 PM on August 26, 2011

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.
posted by deborah at 1:30 AM on August 27, 2011

Jethro and Ellie Mae from the Beverly Hillbillies.

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline

Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt from Interview with a Vampire

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King
posted by MexicanYenta at 8:44 AM on August 27, 2011

Oh, and on the theme of pirates you could be Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
posted by motsque at 7:04 AM on August 28, 2011

Rule 63 versions of Apollo (you) and the Midnighter (her) from The Authority, if you're hardcore superhero nerds. Other Rule 63 pairings: Starsky and Hutch, Joe Friday and Bill Gannon from Dragnet, Kirk and Spock, Blue Beetle (the Ted Kord one) and Booster Gold. Non-rule-63: Cagney and Lacey.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:54 AM on August 29, 2011

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