Gothic Cheerleader Costume Ideas

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Create a costume with an edge over your typical cheerleader with a gothic cheerleader look. Gothic cheerleaders turn the concept of a bubbly cheerleader on its head by using dark colours and a brooding persona. The elements of a great gothic cheerleading costume can easily be found or made.

Colour Scheme

A gothic costume should have black as the staple colour, and some helpful colour combinations to throw into the mix include black/pink, black/red, black/white and black/blue.


A search on the Internet will find countless wigs for sale, as will a trip to a local party supply shop. Wigs are available in many colours and styles. For a gothic cheerleader look, you could wear a black wig with side ponytails or a brightly coloured wig complete with bows and hair pom-poms.

Cheerleader Uniform

The staple piece in your gothic cheerleading costume will be a sassy cheerleading uniform. A standard cheerleading uniform usually made up of a short, pleated jumper dress or pleated skirt and vest combination. Costume stores sell gothic cheerleader uniforms, but you could also make your own by adding gothic touches to a regular cheerleading uniform, such as skulls and crossbones, devils and lightening bolts.


Pom-poms are a necessary item to accessorise your gothic cheerleading costume. Pom-poms come in two types, a plastic handle or with a finger loop. Pom-poms are available in many colours and sizes, and you should be able to find a pair to match your chosen colour scheme.

Black Fishnet Tights

Black fishnet tights add a gothic touch to any outfit, especially if the tights are ripped in strategic places.

Combat Boots

Combat boots add an edge to your costume and come in a variety of colours and sizes. An extremely popular brand of combat boots is Dr. Martens.

Gothic Make-up

Your choice of make-up can reflect whether you want to be cheerleader who's dead or alive. A dead cheerleader requires covering your face with white face paint and using dark eyeliner and eye shadow to colour dark circles under the eyes and sunken-in cheekbones. For a living cheerleader, use dark eyeliner, white face paint and black lipstick to create a gothic look.

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