Subtle, Simple and Chic Halloween Looks for Women Over 50

Halloween is almost upon us, and whether you’re a fan of all things spooky or you prefer to skip ahead to Thanksgiving, it might seem like everything is coming up pumpkins right now. Whether you have Halloween parties on your calendar or if you simply like to get into the spirit of the season, here are some tips and ideas for creating a Halloween outfit that’s simple, subtle yet fun, and includes pieces you’ll likely wear again or may even already own! Here are several simple and chic Halloween looks for women over 50 that we think you’ll adore.

Subtle, Simple and Chic Halloween Looks

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Spooky Sparkle

Most Halloween jewelry can be a bit garish, but leaning into the silliness with a bit of sparkle can be fun. For example, these rhinestone skeleton earrings are a cheap and cheerful Amazon option, or you could splash out a bit more with these spiderwebs from Baublebar at Nordstrom.

One-piece Costumes

We don’t mean cutting some holes in a white sheet and calling yourself a ghost, but instead picking up a simple accessory that makes outfits you already have into a costume. The easiest way to accomplish this is simply to add cat ears to an all-black ensemble and maybe add a pop of leopard, tiger, or cheetah print if you’re an animal print person. Get some light-up LED cat ears like these from Amazon for extra flair! 

A tiara, pair of wings, or magic wand makes you a fairy or fairy godmother, or pick up a flower crown or headband like this sunflower one from Target is another simple way to invoke some Halloween spirit without tons of effort. A feather boa can work too–you don’t necessarily need to be anything specific, just add some whimsy or fabulosity to your everyday look! 

Gothic Glam

Former and/or current fans of gothic attire, this is your time to shine. All the chunky platforms, Victorian-inspired jewelry, lace-up boots, and anything witchy are perfect to wear around Halloween. And of course, if you have a skull scarf or any similar classic Alexander McQueen pieces, now is the time to bring them out! 

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These black lug-sole boots from Vince Camuto via Nordstrom Rack might be nicely witchy paired with a flowy skirt or dress, for instance, and you’d be able to wear them all season, not just on Halloween events. Or try a jet beaded choker like this from Amazon; worn with a sleek black top and perhaps a more dramatic lipstick than usual and you’ll capture the spirit of the season in a subtle but fun way.

Halloween Makeup

If you’re a woman over 50, chances are you do not want to deal with any kind of cheap Halloween makeup that might highlight anything you don’t wish to showcase (unless you’re really leaning into the witch/crone look, in which case we applaud you!). However, going for a deep burgundy lip like NARS Audacious lipstick in Bette or black chrome nail polish like ILNP’s in Eclipse is an easy way to add a spooky edge.

A Little Bit of Home Decor

If you are simply just not into wearing a costume but still want to bring a little Halloween spirit into your life, some simple decorations make for an easy addition. A black candelabra like this rose one from Target might inject a little seasonal glamour into a room. Just add some drippy taper candles for that haunted mansion look. You can also add an elegant but eerie skull like this black and gold one from Amazon.

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CLASSYZINT Halloween Earrings For Women Skull Skeleton Dangle Earrings, $14.99

Baublebar Creepy Crawly Crystal Web Drop Earrings, $52

FlashingBlinkyLights Pink Light Up Cat Ears EL Wire Kitty Headband, $15.99

SWEETV Jeweled Baroque Tiara, $24.99

Target Adult Sunflower Halloween Costume Headpiece – Hyde & EEK! Boutique™, $15

Alexander McQueen Skull Silk Scarf, $345

Vince Camuto Emebrila Lug Sole Lace-Up Boot, $74.99

Avalaya Chic Victorian/Gothic/Burlesque Black Bead Choker Necklace, $15.62

NARS Audacious Lipstick In Bette – bordeaux, $34

ILNP Eclipse – Black to Red Ultra Chrome Nail Polish, $12.50

Gold Skull Decor for Home, $26.69

Target Aluminum Taper Candelabra Black – Threshold™, $35

Do you consider yourself to be a “Halloween person” or not? Do you dress up for Halloween or do you leave it to the kids (or grandkids)? What are you wearing this year and what was your favorite Halloween costume of seasons past?

–Jacqueline Zenn

You may also like to read more of Jacqueline’s fashion posts like Best Ways To Wear The Retro 90s Trend For Women Over 50 and The Best Wide Leg Pants For Women Over 50.

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