Costume design by Kat Brooks, photography by Team Lily, words by Carol Shih
For Halloween, we’re taking recent news — from the gender pay gap to the popularization of Rep. Maxine Waters’s (D-Calif.) “reclaiming my time” — and turning it into party-ready outfits.
Some are news-inspired, others are just plain punny. Better yet: They’re all DIY, doable and rich in references. (The hallmarks of a great costume.)
They’re also meant to inspire meaningful dialogue.
So take these ideas or drum up your own. After all, Oct. 31 is just another golden opportunity to showcase your ingenuity and talent.
Go forth and create.
Estimated cost: up to $100
The conversation starter: Dusty pink, salmon pink and warm pink: these shades — and more — describe the millennial generation’s Instagram fascination with this color. And brands are capitalizing on it.
Model:Aviva Loeb is a digital designer at The Washington Post.
Estimated cost: free
Props: Outfit is model-owned. Clap emoji was printed, cut out and taped on.
Estimated cost: $50 to $60
Props: Crown made from clock hands. Headband, wire, iron-on letters and watches from Michael’s. Shirt from Amazon. Additional thrifted watches.
Estimated cost: $25 to $50
Props: Thrifted suit from Ann Taylor Loft. Sweatbands from Amazon. Race bib designed from iStock.
Estimated cost: up to $20
Props: Power cords were pre-owned.
The conversation starter: Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of toy company GoldieBlox, is changing the conversation around STEM subjects for young girls. Her company features toys, apps, books and videos that challenge gender stereotypes.
Estimated cost: $20 to $50
Props: Thrifted purple glass. Menstrual cups from Amazon used as earrings. Feather boa from Michael’s. Dress is model-owned.
The conversation starter: The majority of women in the United States use menstrual products every month for decades of their lives, with little information about what’s in their tampon, pad or menstrual cup. Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) has introduced a bill which would require companies to provide a detailed list of ingredients.
Estimated cost: $5 to $10
Props: $20 bill was designed from iStock, printed out and glued on posterboard. Poster board from Staples.
The conversation starter: Women haven’t appeared on U.S. paper currency since Martha Washington made a brief appearance on the $1 silver certificates over 100 years ago. Mnuchin will not commit to carrying out the Obama administration’s plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
Estimated cost:$20 to $40
Props: Thrifted shirt and wig from Amazon. Pants are model-owned.
Estimated cost: $50
The conversation starter: There’s a dearth of statues honoring women in the United States. An app called The Whole Story is trying to fix that. Using augmented reality, people can create and submit their own female statues.