Halloween Costume Yay and Nays

Written By | Abeer Syedah


Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love haunted houses, pumpkin season, classic movies, fascinating home and office decor, all-black clothing, glitter, horror movies while aggressively eating junk food, and creative costumes that reference pop culture.

I also know that, for me and others, Halloween can also be a frustrating holiday where ignorance, good intentions, or mean spiritedness can transform into a situation that eerily mimics the way power and division frequently play out in our communities. 

So, in the spirit of holiday fun, I thought I would compile a list of Halloween costume yays and nays!

 

Nay: wearing makeup to look like a different race. Black and brownface are extremely negative in history and purpose.

 

Yay: wearing makeup to look like a mythical creature.

via Tashie Tinks

via Tashie Tinks

Nay: wearing culturally-specific or sacred clothing, like Native American prints or a kimono if you aren’t from that community.

 

Yay: wearing creative, bold, and fun clothing to make you look badass. Like Kim Kardashian & Jonathan Cheban going as Cher & Sonny Bono or Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon as angels:

via Popsugar

via Popsugar

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

Yay: wearing something funny. Like Netflix & Chill or Darla from Finding Nemo:

via AskMen.com  

via AskMen.com  

Nay: wearing a gender as a costume. It’s one thing to gender bend in a costume. Another to wear a gender as the costume.

 

Yay: dressing up as your favorite food, brand, fictional character, a pun, and/or pop culture reference. Like these Guy Fier-ies:

via Taylor Miller/Buzzfeed

via Taylor Miller/Buzzfeed

Nay: dressing up with a disability you don’t have.

 

Yay: dressing up a prominent part of your body! Here is a pregnant person using their belly as an avocado pit:

@twiniversity / Via instagram.com

@twiniversity / Via instagram.com

 

At the end of the day, Halloween is about having fun and being happy. And it’s really easy to find a costume that makes you, and all your peers, feel happy too. Be sexy, or don’t. Be spooky, or don’t. Just don’t be a jerk!

For more awesome Halloween costumes, check out this Buzzfeed article.

 

Aly Hagglund