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25 Creative Mighty Girl Costumes Inspired by Real-Life Mighty Women

25 Mighty Girl Halloween Costumes Celebrating Mighty Women

halloween-2016-history-blog-webA popular theme among the over 2,000 photos of Mighty Girls in costume submitted to this year's A Mighty Girl Halloween Gallery were costumes that honored a pioneering woman from history or present day. In this blog post, we've showcased 25 of these Mighty Girl's incredible costumes and, to help you and your Mighty Girl learn more about the amazing women depicted, we've also linked to our character collection and biography section where relevant in a "Teachable Moment" feature.

Today is also the last day to submit a Halloween photo of your Mighty Girl in costume to this year's A Mighty Girl Halloween Gallery. To check out last year's photo album, visit our Halloween Gallery

If you're seeking girl-empowering dress-up clothing or costumes anytime of year, visit our extensive costume collection with options for all ages from infants through adults in A Mighty Girl's Halloween Costume Guide. You can also find Mighty Girl stories for many of the upcoming holidays, including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, in our Holidays & Celebrations collection.

Mighty Girl Role Model Costumes

Little Suffragette

"Our daughter's daughters will adore us, and they'll sing in grateful chorus..." Well done, my little suffragette! She chose her hero well!

Teachable Moment: For children's books about the Women's Suffrage Movement, visit our Suffrage Movement book collection or our blog post, How Women Won The Vote: Books for Teaching Kids About The U.S. Suffrage Movement.

Rosie the Riveter

Molly, age 3 One of Molly's favorite books is Rosie Revere, Engineer. We read it almost every night before bed. So Rosie the Riveter was an obvious choice for this year's costume. Strong girls rock!

Teachable Moment: For books, toys, and more celebrating Rosie the Riveter, visit our Rosie the Riveter Collection.

Jane Goodall

My 18 month old Jane dressed as her namesake, Jane Goodall. Mama had the honor of meeting her a few years ago, and she is a hero to both of us. We admire her for her compassion and tireless love of nature. I can only hope to see my Jane grow up in a world of wonder and beauty.

Teachable Moment: For books and films about this trailblazing scientist and environmental activist, visit our Jane Goodall Collection.

Natalia as Marie Curie

Natalia loves Science! She particularly loves mixing things together and seeing what happens. Natalia is learning about Marie Curie now, and was so impressed that she won not one, but *two* Nobel Prizes! She also loves that Curie was of Polish heritage.... Like Natalia!

Teachable Moment: For books for children and teens about this pioneering scientist, visit our Marie Curie Collection.

Misty Copeland

When my mother was a child she was told she didn't have the figure to be a dancer because of her curves. Then a teacher took her to see Alvin Ailey, and she was inspired. She became a professional dancer and traveled the world! I'm so proud to see Misty representing beautiful black dancers for my baby girl.

Teachable Moment: To introduce children to the remarkable Misty Copeland, check out the new documentary A Ballerina's Tale: The Incredible Rise of Misty Copeland and the books When I Grow Up: Misty Copeland for ages 6 to 8 and Firebird for ages 5 to 9.

Ada Lovelace!

My 7 year old loves science and enjoys learning about pioneering women in the different disciplines. Taking her lead our family each dressed up as famous scientists. (Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson)

Teachable Moment: There are three new picture books to introduce children to Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer, and Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science.

WWII "Night Witch" Bomber PIlot

Tabitha, age 11, was inspired by the story of the brave young women who flew bombing runs in all-female Russian Air Force regiments in WWII. The Germans nicknamed them the "Nachthexen," or "Night Witches" because of the whooshing sound made by their planes as they attacked.

Teachable Moment: Teens and adults can learn about many courageous women who stood up to the Nazi regime during WWII in the excellent book Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue.

Michelle Obama and Bo & Sunny

Lila age 9 decided on her costume all on her own. Her siblings were all discussing which super hero they wanted to be this year when she instantly decided to be Michelle Obama. So proud that she saw The First Lady as her real life hero.

Teachable Moment: Michelle Obama's inspiring story is told in the youth-oriented biography, Who Is Michelle Obama? for ages 8 to 12 and the adult biography Michelle Obama: A Life.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Charlotte, 2, is a spicy little lady whose parents thought it only appropriate she portray RBG. She loves telling everyone who she dressed up as!

Teachable Moment: To introduce children to the trailblazing Justice Ginsburg, check out the new picture book I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark for ages 5 to 9. Adults can also check out Ginsburg's new memoir My Own Words.

Simone Biles

Lila Grace is 2 years old and adores Simone Biles. Simone is incredible and I love that my daughter can see girls like her achieve their dreams.

Teachable Moment: To introduce kids to pioneering female athletes throughout history, visit our Sports book section.

Statue of Lulu-Liberty

Lulu (3) has been totally obsessed with the Statue of Liberty for months, so there was zero question of what she would be for Halloween this year. She told anyone who would listen what she was going to be, and was beside herself when it was time to dress up! Little sister Lili (1) even joined the fun as a life-sized tablet!

Teachable Moment: Poet Emma Lazarus famously wrote the Statue of Liberty’s "The New Colossus” poem -- to introduce children to her story, we recommend Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty for ages 4 to 8 and Liberty's Voice: The Emma Lazarus Story for ages 6 to 9.

Martha Graham

I wanted to share my 10 year old's costume with you all. She has been dancing classical ballet most of her childhood and started a modern class this year. She finds it extremely challenging after being a ballerina for so long. She wanted to learn more about modern and we of course began to read about Martha Graham. After seeing this photo of Martha, my daughter Abigail decided she wanted to be Martha Graham for Halloween.

Teachable Moment: To introduce children to the pioneering dancer Martha Graham, check out Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring for ages 6 to 10 and Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life for ages 9 and up.

Joan of Arc

After learning about Joan of Arc in out homeschool history curriculum, our daughter Evie requested to be her for Halloween. We love that Joan was a young girl with strong convictions who was brave even though people said it was impossible for the French to defeat the English in the Hundred Year War. We tried to be historically accurate by creating Joan's battle standard with golden fleur-de-lis.

Teachable Moment: Joan of Arc's fascinating story is told in several books for young readers, including the brilliantly illustrated biography Joan of Arc for ages 8 to 12 and Who Was Joan of Arc? for ages 8 to 12.

American Girls Baseball League

Our Homeschooled Kindergartner saw a baseball movie with all boys and wanted to know where were the girls? So we introduced her to A league of their own. We taught her all about how amazing it was that these girls got to play pro ball! She's in love now and wants to play herself!

Teachable Moment: For a fantastic film about the All-American Girls Baseball League, we highly recommend A League Of Their Own for ages 9 and up.

Mary Anning and Tray

Three year old Isabelle loves to go rock collecting with her dog Faith. So when we read the amazing story of Mary Anning and how she and her dog Tray hunted for fossils together she knew right away what she wanted to be for Halloween ... of course Faith had to be Tray.

Teachable Moment: The story of this pioneering paleontologist is told in two picture books for young children: Mary Anning and The Sea Dragon and Stone Girl Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning.

Hillary Clinton

Evelyn, age 2, was proud to be a woman who has already broken so many glass ceilings.

Teachable Moment: Hillary Clinton has been a trailblazer throughout her political career -- to share her story with young readers, check out Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born To Lead for ages 4 to 8, Hillary for ages 4 to 8, Who Is Hillary Clinton? for ages 8 to 12, and Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History for ages 13 and up.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

Isla, age 7, chose to be the first woman doctor for her school's history day project.

Teachable Moment: The story of the first female doctor in America is told in the inspiring picture book Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell.

Katie Ledecky and her faithful pal Michael Yelps

Eloise (age 9) is an avid competitive swimmer that watched Katie Ledecky amaze us all this summer. She has her sights set on some golden new qualifying times now!

Teachable Moment: To introduce kids to pioneering female athletes throughout history, visit our Sports book section.

Egyptian Cleopatra

Leilah 5, learning about Egypt at school she discovered they have pretty princess that live there not just disney princess!!

Teachable Moment: For a fascinating book about this famous Egyptian queen for readers ages 8 to 12, we recommend Cleopatra: Queen of Egypt.

Anne Frank

Ava is 7 and chose Anne Frank as her costume because she thinks Anne Frank is a hero.

Teachable Moment: In addition to Anne Frank's famous The Diary of a Young Girl, there are numerous books and films about her life for children and teens -- to learn more, visit our Anne Frank Collection.

Annie Oakley

Kassie, age 9, wrote her very first 4th grade book report was on Who was Annie Oakley. She loved the fact that Annie could shoot better than any guy. It was only fitting that this was her Halloween costume.

Teachable Moment: To introduce children to the famous sharpshooter, check out our Annie Oakley Collection.

Laura and Mary Ingalls

Talia (Mary, left) and Zoe (Laura, right) were inspired to dress as the Ingalls sisters for Halloween after their summer road trip visiting Walnut Grove, Minnesota and De Smet, South Dakota.

Teachable Moment: To introduce children to the incredible life of this beloved author, check out Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder for ages 4 to 9, Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder? for ages 8 to 12, Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography for ages 8 to 12, and Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography for adult readers.

Sally Ride

Yulia, 6, loves all things space and was excited to be Sally Ride.

Teachable Moment: To discover books for all ages about this trailblazing astronaut, check out our Sally Ride Collection.

Frida Kahlo

Alana, age 7 as Frida Kahlo. After reading several children's books about Frida Kahlo, Alana asked to be her for Halloween. She enjoys looking at the vibrant colors in Frida's self portraits and guessing what feelings Frida had while painting.

Teachable Moment: To introduce children and teens to this extraordinary Mexican artist, you can find books, dolls, and a coloring book about her in our Frida Kahlo Collection.

Amelia Earhart

Quinn, age 6, as Amelia Earhart.

Teachable Moment: Amelia Earhart's story has been told in numerous books for children and teens -- to learn about about many reading options, visit our Amelia Earhart Collection.

She IS Malala!

A real life modern day superhero!

Teachable Moment: For books for children and teens about this incredible young Nobel Laureate, visit our Malala Yousafzai Collection.


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