11 Costume Ideas for the Woke Latina

The scariest time of year is upon us: Halloween, when racists and sexists reveal themselves by covering up in costumes that appropriate cultures (“Tequila Dude”) and would on any other day qualify as sexual harassment (“Frank the Flasher”).

It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Raise consciousness and spark change with your costume. Here, just a few ideas for the woke Latina.

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1. Monarch Butterfly

There’s more to the monarch butterfly than its beautiful aesthetic. These brightly colored insects perform annual migrations across North America. Holding onto their charm during their long, strenuous journeys, it’s no wonder the monarch butterfly has become a symbol of the migrants’ rights movement.

2. Wonder Woman

Femme mamis, this one’s for you: Wonder Woman is a feminist icon, a Chicana (she was originally played by part-mexicana Lynda Carter) and now comic book writers say she’s queer. Costume decision dilemma solved.

3. La Borinqueña Superhero

Want a newer-age heroine? Dress up as La Borinqueña, the AfroLatina superhero representing hope and solidarity for the Puerto Rican people.

4. Mirabal Sister

Gather your badass girl crew together and show up as the Mirabal sisters, the powerful Dominican feministas who gave their lives to end the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.

5. Lolita Lebron

Here’s something more frightening than Halloween: Puerto Rico has been a colony for hundreds of years. Discuss the island’s struggle for independence as Boricua freedom fighter Lolita Lebrón.

6. Frida Kahlo

Be vibrant and feminist AF as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

7. Dolores Huerta holding "Huelga" sign

Remind partygoers about the woman behind the United Farm Workers, Chicana civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. Set history straight by informing them that she, not movement partner Cesar Chavez, started the slogan, “Sí, se puede.”

8. Sonia Sotomayor

Be a boss. Show the fragile hombres at the party who makes the rules by dressing up as Nuyorican Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

9. Young Lord or Brown Beret

Center the forgotten heroines of the U.S.’ Latinx justice and revolutionary movements dressed as a Young Lord or Brown Beret.

10. Cat caller

Start a conversation about the problems of street harassment in this brilliant cat caller costume.

11. The Bruja Movement

As women become more empowered, they are connecting closer to their spiritual side that speaks to that magic and power within and owning it, so put on this tee and a witch hat for the ultimate power girl!

  Bad & Bruja Black Crop Tee, $28, shop.latina.com