Costume Candidate for 2013: Amanishakheto

Thanks to our Kickstarter campaign for 2013, we’re adding 19 new costumes this season, 7 of which our backers and supporters will get to vote on. This series of posts is designed to briefly introduce the many notable women and legendary figures we’ll be considering. Voting will take place spring/summer of 2013. A couple of […]

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Get ready to put on your thinking caps

If you’ve been following along you know that of the 19 new costumes we’re introducing this year, 7 are to be voted on by our Kickstarter backers and supporters. I think of those as the People’s Choice costumes. The way things are shaping up, we’re going to go ahead and try to get the voting […]

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Meet Lasiren, the first new costume of our 2013 season

Isn’t she gorgeous? Lasiren (also spelled La Sirène) is the Haitian mermaid goddess of the sea. This is one of the two Special Request costumes from our Kickstarter campaign that we’ll be presenting this year. The wonderful backer who commissioned Lasiren prefers to remain anonymous, but thank you! You can read all about Lasiren on […]

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Button designs are here!

Actually they were here a week ago; but within an hour of publishing the news to our Kickstarter backers on April 15, the Boston Marathon bombing happened. Buttons were the last thing on people’s minds. But a horrible week has ended and it’s time to move forward, so: buttons! There are 63 buttons in all, […]

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Today is International Women’s Day

Every year on International Women’s Day, potted histories appear online to explain why March 8 is the day we honor women. Many of them are wrong. Back in the 1980s historian Renée Coté undertook a meticulous search of the records, trying to figure out the origins of the March 8 date (see “International woman’s day: […]

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Costume Candidate for 2013: Juno

Thanks to our Kickstarter campaign for 2013, we’re adding 19 new costumes this season, 7 of which our backers and supporters will get to vote on. This series of posts is designed to briefly introduce the many notable women and legendary figures we’ll be considering. Voting will take place spring/summer of 2013. Most Americans learn […]

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Costume Candidate for 2013: The Morrigan

Thanks to our Kickstarter campaign for 2013, we’re adding 19 new costumes this season, 7 of which our backers and supporters will get to vote on. This series of posts is designed to briefly introduce the many notable women and legendary figures we’ll be considering. Voting will take place spring/summer of 2013. It’s clear from […]

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Costume Candidate for 2013: Queen Mab

Thanks to our Kickstarter campaign for 2013, we’re adding 19 new costumes this season, 7 of which our backers and supporters will get to vote on. This series of posts is designed to briefly introduce the many notable women and legendary figures we’ll be considering. Voting will take place spring/summer of 2013. “I see Queen […]

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Black History Month costume resources

Despite our name, Take Back Halloween isn’t just about Halloween. From the very beginning we’ve served as a handy year-round resource guide for do-it-yourself historical costumes, no matter what the occasion. Black History Month, Women’s History Month, community festivals, school plays, historical reenactments—we do it all. Or rather, our readers do it all, and tell […]

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Is February too soon to start planning your Halloween costume?

Hi, everybody! We’re back after our holiday break/anti-hacking fight-to-the-death (which we won, by the way), and raring to go. We have 17 new costumes to design, plus 2 Special Request costumes from Kickstarter backers, plus whatever else we can squeeze in. It’s going to be a big year, and we need all the time we […]

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Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Kickstarter campaign is over, and you know what? WE MADE IT! And then some! Thanks to our wonderful backers and friends, we made our initial Kickstarter goal plus two stretch goals! We are so grateful for the support and incredibly excited about the costumes ahead. And the outpouring of love and good wishes towards […]

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Costume Candidate for 2013: Seondeok

Backers of our Kickstarter project will get to vote on which new costumes we do for 2013. This series of posts is designed to briefly introduce the many notable women and legendary figures we’ll be considering. Seondeok was the greatest queen in Korean history, and the first to rule in her own right. She ascended […]

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