As a feminist, I'm not about to fold up my feminism and pack it away during the holiday season. Smashing the patriarchy while making stuffing at Thanksgiving? Sure! Canvassing at Christmas? Why not? So you can bet your you-know-what there are ways to have a feminist Halloween, too. From jack-o-lanterns to costume shopping, decorating to trick-or-treating, there are ample opportunities to flaunt your feminism on the scariest day of the year.
The first step, of course, is acknowleding the history of the holiday. Samhain, what Halloween is essentially based off of, began thousands of years ago, when people believed the veil between the living world and the "spirit world" was at its thinnest. To keep potentially troublesome spirits at bay, people would leave offerings at their doorsteps. In other words, the first trick-or-treaters were not of this world.
Knowing the origins of this candy-filled holiday is just the start, of course. From diving into this country's problematic treatment of "witches," to staying far, far away from racist costumes that rely on outdated and harmful stereotypes, there's so much all of us can do to make this holiday as fun and fair as possible. So if you're looking to enjoy a feminist Halloween this year, here are some simple, easy, and fun ways to keep things real, equal, and inclusive: