Last-minute Tin Hinan

In the final run-up to Halloween, we’re offering tips on how to do last-minute, stripped-down versions of some of our popular costumes. Do you have any blue sheets? How about some blue curtain sheers, or maybe a blue shawl or scarf? If so, you can be Tin Hinan. Tin Hinan was the semi-legendary matriarch and […]

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Last-minute Demeter

In the final run-up to Halloween, we’re offering tips on how to do last-minute, stripped-down versions of some of our popular costumes. Do you have a sheet? Do you have food? Can you get some leaves (the kind that grow on trees)? If at least two of those things are true, then you can be […]

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And on to Operation Hecate!

Can you believe it? This is stunning. Thanks to the incredible outpouring of support for this project, we zoomed past our first stretch goal—Operation Ishtar—in only three days. Ishtar and Esther are booked! Thank you!!! Now we’re into our second stretch goal. In the continuing spirit of total nerddom, we’re calling it: Operation Hecate. (Imagine […]


Welcome to Operation Ishtar!

Thanks to our wonderful backers, we’re now into the stretch goal phase of our Kickstarter. And because we’re total nerds, we have a name for it: Operation Ishtar. So, welcome to Operation Ishtar! The outpouring of enthusiasm for our project (and btw, we were just linked by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, which is the coolest […]



What an incredible day this has been! Exactly two weeks ago we launched our Kickstarter to fund the next year of Take Back Halloween. And today, less than halfway through our Kickstarter campaign, we reached 100% our initial goal! We’re doing the happy dance of joy, because now we know we’ll be able to bring […]


One week down, three to go

October is off to a great start here in the land of Take Back Halloween. Our first week on Kickstarter has been fantastic, thanks to our wonderful community. We’re already 46% of the way towards our goal! We’ve already gotten some very early media coverage: Halloween costume website announces new resource guides, contest and fundraising […]


Like our site? Want us to be here next year? Join our Kickstarter!

Yesterday we launched our new Kickstarter campaign, timed to run through the witching season (aka the month of October). We’re raising funds for a new year of Take Back Halloween, so that we can continue to make the world safe for creative and empowering costumes: The popularity of our site (did you know that we’re […]


Enter our 2013 Costume Contest

Note: Winners have been posted here. Our costume contest last year was such fun that we’re going to do it again this year. And this time with more prizes! We’re thrilled to announce that five Amazon gift certificates have been donated for our costume contest this time. That means we can offer a prize in […]


On Friday the 13th, a thank you and a summing up

For most of the world, the 2013 Halloween season is just starting. For us, the 2013 season has been going on for months, as we designed and published the new costumes funded by our Kickstarter campaign. This week we unveiled the last of the 19 new costumes with Baba Yaga and Hedy Lamarr. Here’s the […]


Happy Birthday, Your Majesty

One hundred and seventy-five years ago today, Queen Liliuokalani was born. In honor of the occasion we’re unveiling our new Liliuokalani costume, which is based on the beautiful portraits made of Her Majesty in the 1880s and 90s: Queen Liliuokalani was a big favorite with our backers and Facebook friends when we ran the survey […]


Finally, the Trung Sisters

Our new Trung Sisters costume, which we published yesterday, has been a long time coming. People have been asking us for a DIY Trung Sisters costume since our very first year of operation. If you grew up in a Viet community, you’re of course familiar with the seamstress-made costumes sometimes worn on Hai Ba Trung […]


What do Hypatia and Queen Christina have in common?

Aside from the fact that we have new costumes for both of them this season, which we published this week? They’ve both been the subjects of highly inaccurate movies with really cool costumes. Really cool costumes that we didn’t hesitate to mine for inspiration! Here’s Christina of Sweden, and notice the still photo of Greta […]