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.
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.
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.
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