EDITOR'S NOTE: In light of conversations around Halloween costumes and cultural appropriation, we encourage readers to check out the arguments against dressing as Moanacharacters for Halloween.
It's no secret that even a year after its release, Moana is one of the most loved "princess movies" ever. Although she's technically a chief's daughter, Moana lacks almost all of the traditional princess movie qualities (like, you know, waiting to be saved by a handsome prince), making her an empowering and inspiring example to girls and adults alike. If you're wanting to learn how to dress like Moana for Halloween (because seriously, she's not just a hero to kids), you'll make a statement while looking conveniently awesome whether you've got a party to attend, candy to pass out, kids to impress, or an island to save. Moana is brave, strong, beautiful, self-sacrificing, and a great singer — what better subject for your Halloween shenanigans this year?
If the ocean is calling you too, you're in luck, because dressing like Motunui's princess is a fairly easy task. Although you could likely pick up a Moana costume at any costume store, making the costume using pieces you own, buy new, or find at thrift stores adds another layer of uniqueness to this amazing costume idea. You only need a few pieces to make the basic costume and from there, you can add weather appropriate layers, makeup, and hair to complete the look.