Halloween 2018 Costume Contest Winners

Every year the entries to our contest get better and better. I want to give everyone a prize. So many beautiful costumes, so much creativity, so many agonizingly difficult decisions. I’m just in awe of all this heartfelt handiwork. Some of the categories were brutally competitive this year. If you didn’t win, don’t be discouraged! […]


Halloween 2017 Costume Contest Winners

Hoo boy, it was tough this year. So many great costumes! And we had so many entries in the new Masquerade Division that we divided it into amateur and professional sub-divisions, added a category for “Fantasy” costumes, and reworked the prize money a little bit to make it go further. (For reference, here’s the original […]


Halloween 2016 Costume Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our 2016 Costume Contest! Thank you so much for your patience in the wake of recent events. All the winners will be uploaded to our 2016 Costume Contest Winners album on Facebook. You can also review all the entries this year in our 2016 Costume Contest Album. The prizes track pretty […]


Halloween 2015 Costume Contest Winners

They’re here! The winners of our 2015 Costume Contest! Our contest was huge this year, and we were astounded by not only the number of entries but the quality and variety. They’re all in our Facebook album, which I invite you to marvel over: 2015 Costume Contest Album. And if you need a refresher on […]


Halloween 2014 Costume Contest Winners!

They’re here! After much agonized sifting through the many amazing entries, we have finally settled on the winners of this year’s costume contest. If you need a refresher on the rules and what the whole deal here is, check out our original contest announcement post. The level of quality in the entries was incredible this […]


Halloween 2013 Costume Contest Winners!

We had over 200 entries to our costume contest this year, which was way more than we expected. That’s the kind of response big newspapers and magazines get when they run contests, though I daresay the level of quality of our entries was higher. But that just made the judging harder. To make it manageable, […]


Announcing our 2020 Costume Contest!

UPDATE 10/26/2020: The deadline for entering the contest has been extended to November 15! Due to real-life circumstances, we’re going to have to delay the judging by about two weeks, so we’re also extending the deadline to enter. We’ll plan to get the prizes awarded the week of Thanksgiving. Thanks for understanding! After a one-year […]


Announcing our 2018 Costume Contest!

The countdown has begun: exactly two months from today is Halloween. Will you be ready? Will you be wearing a fab historical costume? Will you have photos? Will you enter our contest??? Let the answer to all of those questions be an enthusiastic “yes!” Our 7th Annual Take Back Halloween Costume Contest is on. Send […]


It’s October, and that means…it’s time for our annual costume contest!

Hey, everybody! It’s time to put on your chitons and your corsets and get those cameras ready! Our 6th Annual Take Back Halloween Costume Contest is on. Send your photos to contest@takebackhalloween.org, and we’ll upload all the entries to our 2017 Costume Contest Album on our Facebook page. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm […]


Contest judging interrupted by national catastrophe

To everyone who participated in our 2016 Costume Contest, rest assured that we will announce the winners soon. Pretty soon. As soon as I can pull myself together, basically. My goal is to announce the winners on Sunday. This has been a devastating week. It’s still devastating. Take Back Halloween is, of course, a feminist […]


It’s time for the 2016 Costume Contest!

It’s here, everybody: our 5th annual costume contest! It’s still the same lo-fi contest it’s always been, but this year we’ve added a separate professional division for you cosplay types with your latex and blowtorches and whatnot. For everybody else, haul out your helmets made from tinfoil roasting pans! Send your photos to contest@takebackhalloween.org, and […]


Enter our 2015 Costume Contest!

UPDATE 11/9/2015: Thank you, everyone, for your amazing entries! This year’s contest is our best yet, and we are thrilled by all the terrific costumes. We plan to announce the winners on Monday, November 16. In the meantime, be sure to look through our Facebook album to see the incredible creativity of all our entrants: […]