With Halloween coming up at the end of the month, Take Back Halloween has announced that it has finished publishing the last of 19 new costumes for its 2013 season. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign last November to fund the creation of colorful and practical resource guides for inspiring and amazing women from history and legend, Take Back Halloween began adding to its already impressive collection this year with 10 that creator Suzanne Scoggins picked initially, seven that Kickstarter backers voted for and two special requests commissioned by very generous sponsors.
The costumes for 2013 offer varied and multi-cultural options for women who want alternatives to the mainstream, commercially available Halloween costumes that are often cheaply made and adhere to sexual stereotypes. Take Back Halloween also makes it easy as no sewing expertise is required and there are complete lists of items that are readily available either in one’s home, online or in brick-and-mortar stores.
Examples of costumes introduced this year, according to the web site’s main categories, are:
- Goddesses and legends – Greek goddess Artemis, Haitian mermaid goddess Lasiren and English/Celtic fairy Queen Mab
- Notable women – aviatrix Amelia Earhart, sharpshooter Annie Oakley, Chinese pirate captain Ching Shih, movie star and inventor of frequency hopping Hedy Lamarr, philosopher and mathematician Hypatia and Nobel prize winner Marie Curie
- Queens – crossdressing Christina of Sweden, last Queen of Hawaii Liliuokalani and Vietnamese national heroines the Trung Sisters
Scoggins has also announced that the costume contest this year will have $25 Amazon gift certificates for the winners in the Best Notable Woman, Best Queen, Best Glamour Grrl and Best Goddess categories, and a $50 Amazon gift certificate for the Best Overall costume grand prize winner. Contestants have up to Nov. 8 to submit their photos. For more information and to enter the contest, go to: http://takebackhalloween.org/enter-our-2013-costume-contest/.
Lastly, Take Back Halloween has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its 2014 season. Scoggins has lined up fantastic new costumes and will offer more opportunities for backer input and voting as well as better and timelier rewards. The campaign will run through Oct. 31. For more information and to donate, go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1877121452/take-back-halloween-0.
Copyright 2013, Jean Martin.
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