For those of us who don't want to be sexy cats, dishevelled zombies or murdered brides this Halloween, here's a selection of brilliant costumes that not only practically guarantee you a unique outfit, but make a statement along the way.
Whether you're after something comedic (a giant contraceptive pill, anyone?), beautiful (Frieda Kahlo) or historical (Nobel prize-winning scientist Marie Curie), these particular examples of fancy dress are nothing to do with sultry vampires or playing the victim and everything to do with strong, independent women with ideas of worth to contribute to the world.
They're not traditional Halloween garb in the scary sense, but they sure do provide an alternative to the ten-a-penny provocative pirates. Happy Halloween!