Saturday, October 20, 2012

Take Back Halloween

Any ideas what you will be for Halloween this?  Or will you dress up at all?  I love Halloween stores - but it seems like the costume selection is either 1) expensive or 2) sexy.  Sexy is great... but it seems 75% or more of the costumes for women are low-cut, very short, or otherwise revealing.

For example, I dressed up as Wednesday Addams last year.  Before putting my outfit together, Melissa and I made our yearly trek to the local Halloween store.  Not surprisingly they had a Wednesday Addams costume...

Luckily you can find non-sexy versions of her outfit..... Although to be honest I just wore a black dress with white and black stockings, Mary Jane flats, and braided my hair:

Well all of this is leading up to the point of this article: Take Back Halloween.  Take Back Halloween is a website by Suzanne Scoggins, who offers information and suggestions for making cheap and easy costumes.  In fact, most of the costumes on the site can be created using items from around your home.  She even provides instructions on how to make a variety of "sheet" costumes.  I think the one of Persephone is particularly beautiful even though it is mostly a sheet.

 In addition, Suzanne favors costumes depicting powerful historical women such as Joan of Arc,
Hatshepsut, Boudicca, and Fu Hao, among others.  When you click on one of these women, you are provided with a short bio on the figure and then a list of suggestions for crafting your costume.

Also, be sure to check out the Blog section for news, rants about "sexy" Joan of Arc costumes, and some social pieces on Halloween costumes and culture.


  1. Really interesting. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and this information.

  2. love it! I always do the homemade things. Its more fun nd looks better! :-)

  3. I remember when I was little, my brother and I would go through my parents old clothes and my great-grandmother's play jewelry and make our own. It was so much fun!