Having a Strong and Empowering Halloween

Halloween is a little over 2 weeks away! If you haven’t decided on a costume for your little one yet, read on! (Read on if you have too!) I know that very soon my baby girls are going to want to pick out their own costumes and there will most likely be some princesses/fairies/witches in my near future. For right now though, I’m having a really fun time dressing them in costumes that are empowering and representative of strong, successful women of our past and present.

I hope that someday they will look back on these photos and say, “my mom was a badass! Look at what my costumes were!” HA! OK, my kids are probably never going to utter that first part…but maybe if I’m lucky they’ll want to continue this trend! My first Halloween costume was a farmer, which was also pretty empowering- hey we all need to eat! I love getting creative with these and try to take pics with a background/environment that coordinates with the costume itself. I found all of these costume ideas on an amazing website devoted to empowering girls called A Mighty Girl. You can read more about my thoughts on the website here.

Last year was Roslyn’s first Halloween and she went as Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon meant to show the equality of the women who joined the workforce during WWII. These women generally worked in the factories and shipyards producing war supplies and munitions.ย  To make her costume, I bought a chambray shirt for $5 and some “We Can Do It!” buttons on eBay, a headband on Etsy and a poster off of Amazon, all for less than $25.

Last year, Lana went as Amelia Earhart (her first costume was Captain America!). Amelia is a famous American aviation pioneer and author and was the first female aviator ever to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. We visited the Strategic Air Command and Space Museum in town, aka the SAC Museum and took some pics- she has loved planes ever since! We also bought a book that I found on Amazon and had many discussions about who Amelia Earhart was and what she accomplished.

Yesterday while shopping at Costco, I happened to find the same outfitย on sale for $20! If you’re not a member, maybe you have a friend or family member that can score you this deal! I used different pants, bought her hat from eBay and I ripped up an old sheet to make her scarf.

This year the girls are dressing up as Jane Goodall, a famous primatologist, anthropologist and conservationist and one of her chimpanzees. Jane has worked tirelessly for over 55 years for conservation and animal welfare issues. Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools is one of the greatest revelations of the 20th century. I found Lana’s shirt on eBay for $3, bought some play binoculars and hat on Amazon and found some khaki pants at the local kids resale shop. I bought Roslyn’s monkey costume at Target online and I thought it was so adorable- it fits her perfectly!

Beside the fact that Roslyn wanted me to pick her up repeatedly (as always) and Lana insisted on looking through her binoculars backwards most of the time (and refused to wear her hat!), we had a blast in the “wilds” of Nebraska. We are all set for Halloween! If you’re not yet ready, these costume ideas are easy and relatively inexpensive to put together. I hope that you have a fun and exciting holiday and that your kids feel empowered in whatever they decide to wear!

P.S. Check out how much Roslyn’s eye color changed in a year! Crazy! ๐Ÿ™‚




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  • Shalene
    October 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you! They are pretty cute so they make it easy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Fred Breci
    October 21, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Shae, you are so creative, and the pictures
    are so spontaneous and unique, I love the pictures of the girls and their costumes.

  • Shalene
    October 17, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Thanks Heather! Lana loves the book we bought too! Adrian and I saw Jane speak here in town a couple of years ago and she was amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shalene
    October 17, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Thanks! Yes I do love my favorite animal! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ellen Ruby
    October 17, 2017 at 5:21 am

    These are wonderful , honey. Somehow you and the monkeys always seem to connect !!!

  • Heather
    October 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    So cute Shalene! Love that theyโ€™re doing Jane Goodall. Parker has a book about Jane and we read it all the time. She loves her.