Kimberly Byrd reclaimhalloween

This Halloween, there was a new trend among young women’s costumes, and they didn’t involve dressing up as a sexy condiment or a revealing Disney character. The trend was strong, female role models.

It has been seen time and time again, when Halloween rolls around, girls are expected to dress as scantily clad as the weather will permit, as any person or item as long as their outfit involves the least amount of fabric possible.

Well, this year, there was a noticeable shift in the perception of female Halloween costumes and many young women embraced this movement in full force.

This movement actually started last year as So She Did founder, Victoria Song saw the expected yet disturbing ideal of women dressing as the “racy” version of whatever character or object beginning to spill over into younger and younger girls’ costumes. Song urged women to go out on Halloween dressed as their favorite female icon and share their photos with the hashtag, #ReclaimHalloween.

Earlier in October, in an interview with the Huffington Post, Song stated, “We present an alternative. We’re asking women to #ReclaimHalloween, and celebrate their own version of sexy: women who live from the inside out.”

The #ReclaimHalloween movement took off across the country this year and many young women took to the internet to share their inspiring and empowering costumes.

From Rosie the Riveter to Ellen Degeneres to Frida Khalo, young women and girls were inspired to emulate their personal female icons on a holiday so often geared towards the objectification and scrutiny of the female body.

By literally redefining what a woman should look like on Halloween, maybe our next generation is on its way towards gender equality and an overall, stronger sense of self-worth and respect in our young women.

And that’s not all! Even some young men supported the movement by dressing up as their favorite female icons, proving that support from the most unlikely demographic isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.