Just because you can, it doesn't mean you should.
It's solid advice, yet so many don't heed it when it comes to Halloween.
Every year, people dream up ever more offensive costumes designed to shock, provoke and make sick minds chuckle.
And this year, we're sad to say, isn't looking much better.
Here are some offensive costumes that you definitely shouldn't wear this Halloween.
(Allegations of child abuse with a switch are no laughing matter.)
(No, you shouldn't dress like this — not at music festivals, and not anywhere else.)
(Not particularly topical, and not the most offensive on this list, but still terrible.)
(This seemed like a fun idea a few months ago. But since the mayor was diagnosed with cancer, it's best to leave it on the shelf.)
(Truth be told, Joan might have laughed at this idea herself. But given her death and its disturbing circumstances, it's best to not bother.)
(We'd love to meet the person who thought this was a good idea. Actually, no, we wouldn't.)
Ferguson Police Officer
(Dressing up as SWAT is generally OK. Dressing up as SWAT from Ferguson is not.)
(As a smart tweet once said, mental illness is not a spectator sport.)
(This costume seems to keep coming back despite efforts to ban it.)
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