TAKE BACK HALLOWEEN!
Disappointed in the lack of variety/material in women’s Halloween costumes?
Want your costume to be a totally unique conversation starter?
Interested in showing appreciation for your heritage or the great women who’ve inspired you?
Or do you just want to be totally fabulous and glamorous, but can’t find costumes that aren’t cheap-looking or too skimpy for your taste?
HAVE I GOT A WEBSITE FOR YOU.
The creators of Take Back Halloween! have created an amazing resource for creating your own costumes of famous historical and mythical women. Want to dress as Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer of the 19th century? How about Sappho, considered by the ancient Greeks the greatest of all lyric poets?
Maybe you’re more interested in queens and goddesses - while TBH has instructions for creating a Queen Victoria costume, they also have a page on Tomyris, a 6th century BC warrior queen of the Massageteans, who, after refusing his marriage proposal, defeated Cyrus the Great and had his skull made into a drinking cup. There’s also a page for Wu Zetian, the only woman to ever rule as Empress of China.
Chalchiuhtlicue, the Aztec goddess of water, wears a large feather crown and turquoise jewelry, and TBH has even included a picture of her sculpture if you want to recreate her hairstyle. Kiyohime, furious after being spurned by a Buddhist monk, turned into a purple dragon and killed him with her fiery breath. Lasiren (pictured above), the Haitian goddess of the sea, lives as a mermaid in a fabulous palace filled with sunken treasure. And of course, you can’t forget Baba Yaga, the cannibalistic Slavic witch who lives in a hut on chicken legs and travels through the air in a giant mortar and pestle!
Each page includes the histories of these women and why they were so awesome, then links to places you can buy wigs, clothing, and other materials to put the costume together. Take Back Halloween! has costume guides for famous actresses, lady pirates, scientists, philosophers, writers, artists, businesswomen, religious figures, and warriors from around the world.
I was stumped for my costume this year, and now it seems I have too many amazing ideas to choose from!