8 Best DIY Harley Quinn Costumes for a Totally Twisted Halloween

Few fictional characters have gone through a style revolution quite as dramatic as Harley Quinn’s. First introduced during a 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series, the Joker’s girlfriend soon began to appear in comic books and video games, and as her character evolved, so did her trademark look. By the time Harley Quinn made her live-action cinematic debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad, she was one of the most popular anti-heroes in the DC Extended Universe… and Harley Quinn Halloween costumes have been everywhere ever since. And if you’re looking to wear a DIY Harley Quinn costume this year, then we have plenty of ideas to get you started. Like many pop culture-inspired costumes, there isn’t just one way to dress up as Dr. Harleen Quinzel. Yes, you can recreate her ever-popular Suicide Squad ensemble, but we’ve got DIY costume ideas inspired by her comic, TV show, and video game appearances (as well as her other movie roles) that you can shop as well. Dressing as Harley is the perfect Halloween costume for women who are heading out solo, but since she has so many different looks, you can easily find inspiration for a best friend ensemble or group getup. And, of course, if you have someone special in your life, then you can recruit them to dress up as the Joker for a fun couples costume.Whether you’re hoping to put together an elaborate costume or something simple and last-minute, then there’s a Harley Quinn-inspired idea out there for you, and we’ve rounded up all the best. DIY Harley Quinn in Suicide SquadBarry King//Getty ImagesProbably the most well-known Harley Quinn costume out there, this outfit was debuted by Margot Robbie in the 2016 film Suicide Squad, and recreating it only involves a few key pieces (plus, the jacket is optional). Suicide Squad Costume EssentialsCosInStyle Red and Blue JacketICEYOU Daddy’s Lil Monster ShirtHDE Red and Blue ShortsEVERSWE Fishnet Tights DIY Harley Quinn in Birds of PreyDaniel Zuchnik//Getty ImagesIn 2020’s Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Harley reinvents herself significantly after breaking things off with the Joker. And while she has tons of great looks in the movie, her best outfit has got to be the one with her iconic fringe jacket, which you can DIY with caution tape if you’re feeling creative!Birds of Prey Costume EssentialsBioworld Fringe JacketMISSACTIVER Pink TankConceited Pinstripe ShortsHISDERN Pink SuspendersDIY Harley Quinn in The Suicide SquadChelsea Guglielmino//Getty ImagesThough still a free and single woman, Harley’s look in 2021’s The Suicide Squad is more in tune with her trademark style, complete with a red-and-black color scheme and diamond accents. The Suicide Squad Costume EssentialsUnderboss Two-Tone CorsetSpirit Halloween Moto JacketKanora Two-Tone Leggings1Storm Motorcycle GogglesDIY Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated SeriesOllie Millington//Getty ImagesWhen Harley debuted as Joker’s sidekick in Batman: The Animated Series, she sported her iconic court jester jumpsuit. The outfit was also used in Batman: Harley Quinn and other comics inspired by the animated series, and going with this look is a perfect nod to her origins. Batman: The Animated Series Costume EssentialsForplay Two-Tone JumpsuitXcoser Jester HatSumind Red and Black GlovesCANSHOW Black MaskNow 30% OffDIY Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham AsylumAlbert L. Ortega//Getty ImagesFirst introduced in 2011, the Batman: Arkham video game series took Harley out of her harlequin jumpsuit for the first time and put her in a nurse’s outfit, which was then accessorized with a leather corset and clown-like makeup. Batman: Arkham Asylum Costume EssentialsHauntlook Nurse CostumeAlivila.Y Fashion Black CorsetNow 51% OffLeg Avenue Fishnet StockingsNow 14% OffCANSHOW Black MaskNow 30% OffDIY Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham CityAlbert L. Ortega//Getty ImagesIf you want to go with the look Harley wore in the second Batman: Arkham video game installment, then you’ll need to stick to a maroon-and-black color scheme with plenty of leather accessories and — of course — pigtails and clown makeup. Batman: Arkham City Costume EssentialsScarlet Darkness Maroon Corsetmwbay Two-Tone LeggingsMILAKOO Black ChokerNAVADEAL Black GlovesDIY Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham KnightAlexi Rosenfeld//Getty ImagesFor the final installment in the Batman: Arkham video game trilogy, Harley changed things up with a skirt, red and black arm sleeves and red and black leggings. She also traded in her trademark mallet for a bat, which will definitely be a little less cumbersome for you to carry around if you decide to go all out. Batman: Arkham Knight Costume EssentialsAlivila.Y Fashion Black CorsetNow 57% OffScarlet Darkness White BlouseShimaly Black SkirtSister Amy Two-Tone TightsDIY Harley Quinn in a Wedding DressOllie Millington//Getty ImagesIf you want a Harley Quinn costume that’s really unique, then you can go with this look inspired by a photo from the David Ayer cut of Suicide Squad. The photo shows Margot Robbie’s Harley sporting a wedding dress accented with the same red and blue as her pigtails, and while fans have yet to see the scene inspired by the outfit, it will definitely make for an incredibly fun Halloween costume. Wedding Dress Costume Essentialsfrawirshau White CorsetOBBUE White SkirtAchoulei White BouquetS·E·I Tie Dye KitRelated StoryCorinne Sullivan is a digital writer and editor who covers a variety of beats, including lifestyle, entertainment, relationships, holidays and more. She is also the author of Indecent (Wednesday Books, 2018). 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Few fictional characters have gone through a style revolution quite as dramatic as Harley Quinn’s. First introduced during a 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series, the Joker’s girlfriend soon began to appear in comic books and video games, and as her character evolved, so did her trademark look. By the time Harley Quinn made her live-action cinematic debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad, she was one of the most popular anti-heroes in the DC Extended Universe… and Harley Quinn Halloween costumes have been everywhere ever since. And if you’re looking to wear a DIY Harley Quinn costume this year, then we have plenty of ideas to get you started.

Like many pop culture-inspired costumes, there isn’t just one way to dress up as Dr. Harleen Quinzel. Yes, you can recreate her ever-popular Suicide Squad ensemble, but we’ve got DIY costume ideas inspired by her comic, TV show, and video game appearances (as well as her other movie roles) that you can shop as well.

Dressing as Harley is the perfect Halloween costume for women who are heading out solo, but since she has so many different looks, you can easily find inspiration for a best friend ensemble or group getup. And, of course, if you have someone special in your life, then you can recruit them to dress up as the Joker for a fun couples costume.

Whether you’re hoping to put together an elaborate costume or something simple and last-minute, then there’s a Harley Quinn-inspired idea out there for you, and we’ve rounded up all the best.


DIY Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad

Barry King//Getty Images

Probably the most well-known Harley Quinn costume out there, this outfit was debuted by Margot Robbie in the 2016 film Suicide Squad, and recreating it only involves a few key pieces (plus, the jacket is optional).

Suicide Squad Costume Essentials

Red and Blue Jacket

CosInStyle Red and Blue Jacket

Daddy's Lil Monster Shirt

ICEYOU Daddy’s Lil Monster Shirt

Red and Blue Shorts

HDE Red and Blue Shorts

Fishnet Tights

EVERSWE Fishnet Tights

DIY Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey

diy harley quinn in birds of prey

Daniel Zuchnik//Getty Images

In 2020’s Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Harley reinvents herself significantly after breaking things off with the Joker. And while she has tons of great looks in the movie, her best outfit has got to be the one with her iconic fringe jacket, which you can DIY with caution tape if you’re feeling creative!

Birds of Prey Costume Essentials

Fringe Jacket

Bioworld Fringe Jacket

Pink Tank

MISSACTIVER Pink Tank

Pinstripe Shorts

Conceited Pinstripe Shorts

Pink Suspenders

HISDERN Pink Suspenders

DIY Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad

diy harley quinn in the suicide squad

Chelsea Guglielmino//Getty Images

Though still a free and single woman, Harley’s look in 2021’s The Suicide Squad is more in tune with her trademark style, complete with a red-and-black color scheme and diamond accents.

The Suicide Squad Costume Essentials

Two-Tone Corset

Underboss Two-Tone Corset

Moto Jacket

Spirit Halloween Moto Jacket

Two-Tone Leggings

Kanora Two-Tone Leggings

Motorcycle Goggles

1Storm Motorcycle Goggles

DIY Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series

diy harley quinn in batman comics

Ollie Millington//Getty Images

When Harley debuted as Joker’s sidekick in Batman: The Animated Series, she sported her iconic court jester jumpsuit. The outfit was also used in Batman: Harley Quinn and other comics inspired by the animated series, and going with this look is a perfect nod to her origins.

Batman: The Animated Series Costume Essentials

Two-Tone Jumpsuit

Forplay Two-Tone Jumpsuit

Jester Hat

Xcoser Jester Hat

Red and Black Gloves

Sumind Red and Black Gloves

Black Mask

CANSHOW Black Mask

Now 30% Off


DIY Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham Asylum

diy harley quinn in batman arkham asylum

Albert L. Ortega//Getty Images

First introduced in 2011, the Batman: Arkham video game series took Harley out of her harlequin jumpsuit for the first time and put her in a nurse’s outfit, which was then accessorized with a leather corset and clown-like makeup.

Batman: Arkham Asylum Costume Essentials

Nurse Costume

Hauntlook Nurse Costume

Black Corset

Alivila.Y Fashion Black Corset

Now 51% Off

Fishnet Stockings

Leg Avenue Fishnet Stockings

Now 14% Off

Black Mask

CANSHOW Black Mask

Now 30% Off


DIY Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham City

diy harley quinn in batman arkham city

Albert L. Ortega//Getty Images

If you want to go with the look Harley wore in the second Batman: Arkham video game installment, then you’ll need to stick to a maroon-and-black color scheme with plenty of leather accessories and — of course — pigtails and clown makeup.

Batman: Arkham City Costume Essentials

Maroon Corset

Scarlet Darkness Maroon Corset

Two-Tone Leggings

mwbay Two-Tone Leggings

Black Choker

MILAKOO Black Choker

Black Gloves

NAVADEAL Black Gloves

DIY Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham Knight

diy harley quinn in batman arkham knight

Alexi Rosenfeld//Getty Images

For the final installment in the Batman: Arkham video game trilogy, Harley changed things up with a skirt, red and black arm sleeves and red and black leggings. She also traded in her trademark mallet for a bat, which will definitely be a little less cumbersome for you to carry around if you decide to go all out.

Batman: Arkham Knight Costume Essentials

Black Corset

Alivila.Y Fashion Black Corset

Now 57% Off

White Blouse

Scarlet Darkness White Blouse

Black Skirt

Shimaly Black Skirt

Two-Tone Tights

Sister Amy Two-Tone Tights

DIY Harley Quinn in a Wedding Dress

diy harley quinn in wedding dress

Ollie Millington//Getty Images

If you want a Harley Quinn costume that’s really unique, then you can go with this look inspired by a photo from the David Ayer cut of Suicide Squad. The photo shows Margot Robbie’s Harley sporting a wedding dress accented with the same red and blue as her pigtails, and while fans have yet to see the scene inspired by the outfit, it will definitely make for an incredibly fun Halloween costume.

Wedding Dress Costume Essentials

White Corset

frawirshau White Corset

White Skirt

OBBUE White Skirt

White Bouquet

Achoulei White Bouquet

Tie Dye Kit

S·E·I Tie Dye Kit

This content is imported from OpenWeb. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

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