Here are 10 of the internet’s worst Halloween costumes
As soon as September rolls into October, Halloween is on everyone’s minds.
It’s a great time to get together and celebrate with your friends all night (as long as you don’t have a 9 am the next morning). Whether you’re having a chilled kick-back with a small group or an all-out spooky sesh, the one thing that everyone has to have is a Halloween costume.
There’s so much variety to choose from. It doesn’t matter if you’re sticking with the classic costume ideas, or going off the beaten track; it doesn’t matter if you’ve got no time to plan or if you’ve had your costume set since spring. Everything depends on your imagination.
Still, there are certain dos and don’ts when it comes to Halloween costumes. Do look awesome; do have a good time. But don’t—please, please don’t—have these outfits.
1. Sexy Handmaiden
You may have heard about the controversy surrounding this costume—it really made people see red. (Budum tsssh.) It is, undoubtedly, an insensitive take on a very sensitive topic, trivialising the importance of the message The Handmaid’s Tale delivers about rape and consent. Luckily the company that stocked this outfit have realised their mistake and taken the outfit down from their site, but the damage has been done.
2. Sexy Kitty
Okay, okay, okay. This one is controversial, I admit. The thinking behind this makes sense. I know how easy it is to put on cat ears and a cute outfit and go to a house party. I know it’s sexy enough. But it’s been done so many times! Halloween is about creativity! It’s about going wild! Trust me, I’m sure you can come up with something better than a sexy cat. Also, the sexier you make it, the more inappropriate the whole idea gets. Let’s not whip it out again, yeah?
3. Oscar Pistorius
This guy is a murderer, a real-life criminal. Not only is this a kick in the face for families affected by murder, but I also can’t imagine it’s quite the tone you want to strike at a light, an entertainment-filled night with friends.
4. Sexy Pikachu
If there were ever a situation I wouldn’t want to imagine Pikachu in, this would be it. On a normal day, I don’t think anyone would particularly disagree with me either. As soon as October rolls around, though, it seems all common sense flies out the window.
5. Sexy Yoshi
I’m not quite sure what it is about this costume. Maybe it’s the long, thin gloves. Perhaps it’s the innocence in Yoshi’s eyes. Either way, I have now lost all my faith in humanity.
6. Day of the Dead (and other culturally appropriative costumes)
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This one is a real problem that pervades throughout the Halloween season. The Mexican celebration, Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, lands on November 1st/2nd and has always been typically close to Halloween. That’s encouraged people, to dress up in the same sort of style while neither understanding or honouring the real aim of the culturally significant day. The backlash against this tokenisation has been steadily rising throughout the years, but fancy costume companies have continued to stay tone deaf.
It’s not just Dios de Los Muertos either—there is often widespread cultural appropriation of POC during Halloween, particularly Native Americans. The company I’ve cited too many times, Yandy, is currently under fire not only for its “sexy” Handmaid’s Tale costume but also for its page dedicated to culturally appropriative Native American Halloween outfits. (Yikes.) Most prevalent in Northern America (but seen wherever Halloween celebrations are held), this compounds the conflicts between these two of America’s different ethnicities. As Native Americans are horrendously underrepresented and undervalued by larger society, the least you could do is respect them by not reducing their culture to a Halloween costume.
These are the costumes that were being sold at Spirit Halloween but we got them taken down. They were on clearance for about $10 while accessories costed much more around the store. pic.twitter.com/Zdbr5mX18t
— Culture isn't a costume (@CultureIsn) October 10, 2018
7. Anne Frank
— Cathy Ashley (@CathyAshley) October 15, 2017
What part of ‘do not tokenise serious and sensitive issues’ do Halloween costume providers not get? The more we trivialise such things, the less we understand the seriousness of their situations. Even if it’s pitched as honouring them—which is definitely not the case here.
8. Donald Trump
People love to put on a Trump mask for Halloween. There’s even a whole site dedicated to Trump costumes. But, really, we see his face enough. Don’t push him onto people trying to party as well.
9. Creepy Breathalyser Guy Costume
There are so many other decisions people could have made to ensure this never saw the light of day. Please don’t be the creep that wears this to the party.
10. Sexy Crayon
I have so many questions.