The world of Halloween costumes sends some pretty harmful messages to kids. This is particularly true for options marketed to girls, from the disturbingly sexualized outfits to the lack of career-based costumes to the almost exclusive emphasis on "pretty princesses."
While there's certainly nothing wrong with wanting to wear a princess costume for Halloween, kids have limitless imaginations and deserve more options.
Here are 57 fierce costume ideas that can empower girls -- and boys, too, of course! From female icons to superheroes to beloved literary heroines, these outfits bring the Halloween costume game to the next level.
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