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Thanks to a play date with some great friends, my daughter is hooked on Harry Potter, and I don’t think I have ever been happier. Since reading the books, I have been eagerly awaiting the chance to share these great stories with my children. And you want to know what’s even better? My daughter wants to go as Hermione Granger for Halloween. Honest to goodness, my 5-year-old wants to dress in robes and Gryffindor garb for her Halloween costume!
I definitely did the happy dance after she went to sleep because oh my gosh, I’m so excited that she chose such an empowering character for her Halloween costume inspiration!
Admittedly, I dove into the Pinterest vortex again to build a list of other Halloween costume possibilities. I totally admit that, while my kindergartener is very excited to dress as Hermione Granger for her Halloween costume, she may be a slightly fickle… so her choice may change anywhere from now until right before it’s time to load up and go trick or treating. My daughter is dipping her toes into gender awareness, and like my parents before me, I don’t want her to think for one second that there’s nothing she can’t do.
And honestly, I try to have Beyoncé’s Run the World (Girls) playing in the car as I drop her off for school because it’s been our anthem for a few months.
That’s just in case you needed a reminder of the song. Which you probably did. And which I did right now, too.
After looking through some of our favorite characters – and some of the great resources available on A Mighty Girl! – I compiled my top 10 empowering Halloween costumes for young girls. And if you’re like me, a lot of these are available for order on Amazon because as well-intentioned as I am, if I attempt to DIY a Halloween costume, it will likely never get put together.
And a lot of these Halloween costumes (or their components!) are available via Amazon Prime for decent prices. Assuming these costumes are still available when you order, you can get them shipped to you relatively quickly (honestly free 2-day shipping is such a lifesaver at times!). If you don’t already have Amazon Prime, use this link for a FREE 30-day trial. Although Halloween will be here before we know it, I have definitely waited until the close-to-last minute many a year.
Hermione Granger is one of the characters in the Harry Potter series, and she uses her quick-wit and encyclopedic knowledge to help save the wizarding world. She is kind, loyal and brave, and she resembles J. K. Rowling herself. I have seen my daughter light up as she learns more about Hermione and how she is unashamed and unabashed to be true to herself (even if it does involve a slight dalliance with Viktor Krum).
In part thanks to the release of the epically wonderful Wonder Woman earlier this year, young girls everywhere are inspired by Princess Diana (I was even a little inspired by my own personal wonder women!). Well, Princess Diana of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta if you want to be appropriate. Inspired by early feminists in the creation of Wonder Woman, she’s a force to be reckoned with. Wonder Woman is not meek or timid; she is loyal, brave, and a fierce warrior.
While a love of Star Wars hasn’t quite caught on yet (and I hope it does someday!), I still think Princess Leia Organa is a great option for a Halloween costume. Princess Leia is strong, steadfast and sure. She digs deep to keep the Empire at bay and is a driving force behind the destruction of the Death Star. And if you want to talk a little practicality, the long white robes are really great if you’re trick or treating in a cooler climate.
If I weren’t tempted to keep with a British Halloween costume theme that my kids have kicked off, Princess Leia would definitely be on my list!
A cultural icon from World War II, Rosie the Riveter represents the women who worked in factories and shipyards decades ago. Although their employment was driven by conscription, a lot of these women banded together to make it work. They built childcare co-ops so women and mothers could work various shifts.
Plus, this is also a pretty easy to DIY costume if you’re in a pinch and/or feel so inclined!
Moana! Make way, make way! I make no apologies for having the songs and/or Moana movie memorized. Admittedly, when I first saw Moana in theatres, I cried. Legitimately cried full on tears because here was a female character that I could get so excited about for my daughter to emulate and be inspired by! Buzzfeed puts it way better than I ever could:
Something is definitely going right in a movie in which the leading lady is not asking herself who she should marry or what will happen when her father dies, but rather how far she can go. That’s Moana‘s mantra: She wants to go where no one has gone before, where no one has dared to go, so she can save her village from destruction and be a great leader.
Plus the call isn’t out there at all, it’s inside her. So she’s got all of that moxie and drive in one awesome young woman.
Halloween Costume No. 6: Mulan
I finally hit a Halloween costume that was not on Amazon Prime! It was bound to happen, right? Mulan is also another one of our favorite movies, and I love this costume in particular because it doesn’t show Mulan trying to be a delicate female. This depicts Mulan as a woman who dug deep and (spoiler alert!) was the first one to scale the pole in training camp. Mulan flips the script on traditional gender roles and, by saving the entirety of China, proves that women are just as valid as men and worthy of the same honor and respect.
This costume idea will absolutely need a little DIY/personal touch, but I feel like I would be pretty remiss if I didn’t include any of the women who have sat on or who currently sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. As ever, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg summarizes my thoughts on this so eloquently:
Hearkening back to Rosie the Riveter, Justice Ginsburg reminds us that women do the hard work and can do hard things even when we are underestimated.
The series creator behind Doc McStuffins, Chris Nee, knew that Doc was going to be a groundbreaking character. Doc is a six-year-old African American girl who intends on becoming a doctor when she grows up. Among other things, Doc McStuffins goes a long way to help break down the ideological barriers that women in the medical field can only be nurses. Doc McStuffins is a powerful character portrayed in such a gentle way, and she definitely earns a spot in the Top 10 empowering Halloween costumes for young girls.
Unsurprisingly, I couldn’t find an image on Amazon with a girl in an astronaut costume! Which, to me, seems like all the more reason young girls should consider dressing as Sally Ride for their Halloween costumes! In 1983, Sally Ride broke the mold when she became the first American woman in space. She’s also the youngest American astronaut to have ventured into space, making her first voyage at the age of 32. Her feminism was also deftly on display as she pursued her astronaut candidacy, thanks to this article from Ms. Magazine.
Halloween Costume No. 10: Ms. Frizzle
With a reboot forthcoming, featuring the vocal talents of Kate McKinnon, Ms. Frizzle helps to round out our top 10 empowering Halloween costumes for young girls. Ms. Frizzle of the Magic School Bus series quite literally thought outside the box as a teacher. She took her students on daring adventures, helping them to learn things hands-on rather than just be strapped to desks. She’s quirky and funny, and even if you can’t find a costume on Amazon, it’s not hard to use your imagination to build a dress for Ms. Frizzle. Or, if you’re a LuLaRoe retailer, maybe find a use for those unicorn prints!
There are many more that I could have added so please let me know who’s on your list! It’ll give me some great inspiration for the 2018 edition!