Non-Exhaustive List of Halloween Costumes to NEVER Wear

Please, please, please do not wear a racist, xenophobic, transphobic, or otherwise offensive Halloween costume

  • Native American (often referred to as “Indian”)
     
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    Image Description: A light skinned, feminine-presenting person wearing a Native American Halloween costume. The costume is a fake tan leather dress with beading and brown tassels at the hem and neckline. There is also tasseled leggings and a headband

    Image Description: A light skinned, masculine-presenting person wearing a Native American Halloween costume. The costume is dark brown, fake leather shirt and pants with a red feathered headdress.

    Image Description: A light skinned, masculine-presenting person wearing a Native American Halloween costume. The costume is dark brown, fake leather shirt and pants with a red feathered headdress.

  • Indian

    Image Description: A light skinned, feminine-presenting person wearing an Indian belly dancer Halloween costume. The costume is bright blue with gold accents.

    Image Description: A light skinned, feminine-presenting person wearing an Indian belly dancer Halloween costume. The costume is bright blue with gold accents.

  • Geisha

    Image Description: A light skinned, feminine-presenting person wearing a geisha Halloween costume. The costume is a red floral print with a black belt and black neckline.

    Image Description: A light skinned, feminine-presenting person wearing a geisha Halloween costume. The costume is a red floral print with a black belt and black neckline.

  • “Arab” or “Muslim”
    Image Description: A light skinned, masculine-presenting person wearing an

    Image Description: A light skinned, masculine-presenting person wearing an “Arab”/”Muslim” Halloween costume. The costume is light grey loose fitting shirt and pants with a dark vest, a long grey fake beard, and a dark flat hat.

    Image Description: A light skinned, feminine-presenting person wearing an

    Image Description: A light skinned, feminine-presenting person wearing an “Arab”/”Muslim” Halloween costume. The costume is a short black dress with white lace trip and black fake veil.

  • “Mexican” – Actually, just stay away from racial stereotypes or dressing up as any race/ethnicity other than your own
    Image Description: A light skinned, feminine-presenting person (left) and a light skinned masculine presenting person (right) wearing

    Image Description: A light skinned, feminine-presenting person (left) and a light skinned masculine presenting person (right) wearing “Mexican” Halloween costumes. The costumes have sombreros, brightly-coloured fake wool ponchos, and tequila.

  • Ray Rice (or any other known abuser)

    Image Description: A light skinned, masculine-presenting person wearing a Ray Rice Halloween costume. The costume is a Rice 27 jersey with a life-sized Black Barbi doll in a pink dress being held by her hair.

    Image Description: A light skinned, masculine-presenting person wearing a Ray Rice Halloween costume. The costume is a Rice 27 jersey with a life-sized Black Barbi doll in a pink dress being held by her hair.

  • A Rapist/Sexual Predator

    Image Description: A person of colour wearing a Bill Cosby Halloween costume. The costume is a turtleneck sweater, a blazer, and packets of jello.

    Image Description: A person of colour wearing a Bill Cosby Halloween costume. The costume is a turtleneck sweater, a blazer, and packets of jello.

  • “Terrorist” (this is so far from funny)
    Image Description: a masculine-presenting person of colour wearing a

    Image Description: a masculine-presenting person of colour wearing a “terrorist” Halloween costume. The costume is a padded muscle shirt, camo pants, a fake “turban”/head wrap, and fake machine gun.

  • Hitler/Any Nazi (or anyone who’s committed genocide)
    Image Description: A light skinned, masculine presenting person wearing a Hitler/Nazi Halloween costume. The costume is a black fake military outfit with a red armband that features a swastika.

    Image Description: A light skinned, masculine presenting person wearing a Hitler/Nazi Halloween costume. The costume is a black fake military outfit with a red armband that features a swastika.

  • KKK Member – Also, no racalized face paint, come on people!

    Image Description: Three people, one in a KKK Halloween costume (center) and two in black face.

    Image Description: Three people, one in a KKK Halloween costume (center) and two in black face.

  • Ann Frank
    Image Description: A light skinned, female-presenting person wearing an Ann Frank Halloween costume.

    Image Description: A light skinned, female-presenting person wearing an Ann Frank Halloween costume.

  • Trayvon Martin – AND NO BLACK FACE! STAPH! Also, don’t dress up as any sort of victim, talk about poor taste
    Image Description: Three light-skinned people, one wearing a Trayvon Martin Halloween costume (far left) and one wearing a George Zimmerman Halloween costume (far right).

    Image Description: Three light-skinned people, one wearing a Trayvon Martin Halloween costume (far left) and one wearing a George Zimmerman Halloween costume (far right).

  • An Eating Disorder (maybe just avoid all illnesses)

    Image Description: A light skinned, feminine-presenting person wearing an

    Image Description: A light skinned, feminine-presenting person wearing an “anorexia” Halloween costume. The costume is a small black dress with a skeleton on it and a tape measure belt.

  • A Fat Person – No, just no

    Image Description: A masculine-presenting person of colour wearing a fat suit.

    Image Description: A masculine-presenting person of colour wearing a fat suit.

  • A Trans Person (or any gender or sexual identity that isn’t your own)
    Image Description: A light skinned person who appears to be male wearing a Bruce Jenner Halloween costume (left) and a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume (right).

    Image Description: A light skinned person who appears to be male wearing a Bruce Jenner Halloween costume (left) and a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume (right).

For more on why some of these costumes are offensive and should NEVER EVER be worn, check out an article by someone named Anna Keeler, Why Cultural Appropriation Is Okay On Halloween, here. Although, to be honest, if you don’t know why these costumes are offensive you’re probably one of the assholes who will be wearing them this Halloween.

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