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15 Of The Most Offensive Halloween Costumes Ever

09/27/2016 05:47 EDT | Updated 09/27/2016 08:30 EDT

Believe it or not, Halloween is just around the corner.

And while the annual holiday definitely gives most of a chance to dress up and have some fun with our friends before it gets too cold out, year after year, there's always a certain few who miss the memo and go out in a costume that is completely inappropriate.

So to help those particular individuals out, we've complied a list of some costumes you should totally avoid wearing on Halloween. (Seriously, for the love of God, do not wear these.)

1. "Tribal Trouble Indian"

tribal trouble indian costume

Just about everything is wrong with the name of this costume, along with the actual costume itself. Native and indigenous cultures are cultures, not costumes. If you don't identify with this group, do NOT wear this on Halloween thinking it's cute, for everyone's sake.


2. ANYTHING BLACKFACE

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Umm... we're not really sure how anyone can think this is OK to do. Minstrel shows ended a long time ago. They weren't cool in the 19th century, and no one's asked for a comeback. So stick to keeping your skin its actual colour. Thanks.


3. Any type of Dashiki costume (unless you're African, or of African ancestry)

adult hippie dashiki shirt costume

Black culture and pride ≠ costume. Simple as that.


4. "Gorgeous Fuchsia Geisha"

adult gorgeous fuchsia geisha costume

Geishas are female Japanese entertainers with a deep history rooted within the Asian nation's traditions. So again, cultures are not costumes.


5. "Sexy Eskimo"

deluxe sexy white eskimo costume

The term "Eskimo" is extremely offensive to Inuit peoples. So there's red flag number one when it comes to this type of Halloween attire. On top of that, the costume looks absolutely nothing like this group's dress, therefore...

its a no



6. "Seductive Spanish Dancer"

seductive spanish dancer costume

Calavera, otherwise known as sugar skull makeup, is associated with Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, according to Latina.com. The Mexican spiritual holiday is a celebration of loved ones who have passed away, and has nothing to do with being "seductive."


7. "Arab Costume"

arab costume

Other than the fact that the term "Arab" dismisses the many cultural differences of Middle Eastern groups, Islamophobia is real. And while some may think wearing this costume is funny, those who deal with the discrimination probably aren't going to feel the same way.


8. Donald Trump

donna t rumpshaker costume

Why would you want to dress up as "a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther" for Halloween?


9. "Pregnant Nun"

adult pregnant nun costume

This is offensive for pretty obvious reasons. Let's respect people's religious choices, shall we?


10. "Anna Rexia"

anna rexia

Why on earth would anyone make a costume of a serious eating disorder? Not cool.


11. "Tequila Bandito"

adult tequila bandito costume

Yes. Let's dress up in a bootleg serape and pretend that all Mexican people do is drink Tequila. Or not. Definitely not.


12. "Funky Disco Diva"

funky disco diva costume

Being a "disco diva" is OK, but wearing an afro isn't (unless this is how your actual hair grows from your scalp). Black people get enough grief from society about wearing their natural hair, so it's not fair that others can wear it as a costume and take it off at the end of the night. Leave the hairstyle for those who can rock it naturally.


13. "Primitive Troglodyte African Leopard Dress"

the new primitive troglodyte halloween costume adu

Primitive...troglodyte...African...leopard...dress. Yeah, we're going to just go ahead and suggest you definitely pass up on this one.


14. "Kids China Boy Costume"

kids china boy costume

Yikes. Let's not get children involved in this mess, please.


15. "Sexy Harambe"

The story of Harambe the gorilla set the Internet ablaze earlier this summer after a small child fell into his entrapment. For the sake of the child's safety, officials fatally shot the primate, which caused quite a bit of controversy. But whether you agree with the decision to kill the animal or not, this case made a lot of people, parents and animal lovers alike, very upset. So please, just don't even go there, because there's nothing "sexy" about it.

There you have it, folks. While there are definitely way more costumes out there that people should avoid, let's hope more of us will use some better judgement this year and aim to acknowledge that there's a plethora of things to dress up as that won't get anyone upset.

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