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, 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 […]


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 […]


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, and […]


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 […]


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: […]


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 […]


Enter our 2014 Costume Contest!

Our costume contest last year was a blast, so this year we’ve added even more categories and prizes. (Check out last year’s winners to see what kind of costumes won and why.) Our prize fund is much bigger this year: a total of 12 Amazon gift certificates ($25 each) have been donated for the winners. […]


We have a winner!

Actually we have 6 winners. The results of the 2014 Costume Candidate vote are in, and first of all we want to thank everyone for participating. So many votes! So much enthusiasm! We had only planned to do 5 additional costumes, but there were 6 that were so popular we couldn’t narrow it down. However, […]


Costume Candidates for 2014

It’s that time of year when we ask our fans and Kickstarter backers to vote on which new “wild card” costumes they’d like us to do. The wild card costumes, or TBD costumes, are the ones that backers get to pick. They’re extras on top of the regular costumes already promised as part of the […]


Take Back Arbor Day

Exciting news! We’ve been working super hard for the past month on our 2014 season of costumes, and we’re extremely proud to unveil an important new addition to our project: Take Back Arbor Day. It’s become increasingly clear in recent years that the rampant sexualization of Arbor Day has changed the character of what was […]


Ready for Purim?

It’s only two and half weeks away! Yesterday we published our new Esther costume, and though it looks dramatic as all get-out, it’s actually very easy to put together. The key items you need for this look are a fez and five yards of fabric. We used china silk polyester lining fabric—which, despite the name, […]