We’re counting down to Halloween… and may or may not have decided on a costume yet. If you’re still stumped over what to dress up as this year, we have some suggestions when it comes to which costumes you should rule out – this year, and every year.
- Cultural stereotypes and traditions. Cultures aren’t costumes, so maybe skip the sombrero, sari, or kimono this year. Certain clothes and accessories aren’t just for show, they have cultural and religious significance you might not understand. If you were thinking about going to the Halloween party as a “sexy geisha” or putting on a Native American headdress… we suggest you think again.
- Body-shaming. Just like cultures, people’s body types aren’t costumes. There’s nothing fun about making fun of someone’s weight, so consider skipping the fat suit and trying out another type of inflatable costume if you must – like a T-rex!
- Do we even need to explain this one? It’s 2021, and we’ve seen enough Black Lives Matter protests to know that racism isn’t acceptable or funny. If you really love a character or person who happens to be another race and want to dress up as them, that’s totally cool – just skip the dark makeup.
- Victims of any kind. Last year, TikTokers came under fire for dressing up as “Holocaust victims in heaven.” It’s not hard to get why making light of a tragedy like the Holocaust puts a bad taste in others’ mouths, and that goes for any other victims or tragic events, too. It’s triggering, offensive and just plain unfunny.