In 2016, we wrote a story about how not to be an asshole during Halloween. Last year, we outlined the specific costumes, people, and situations you should avoid dressing up as. This year, we’re doing it again because if there’s one thing some people are good at, it’s offending tons of other people for their own selfish entertainment purposes.
We’ve included some instances from last year that still apply, but have added a host of other terrible ideas—many of which can be found on Yandy.
And so, ahead, we present a reminder and an updated list of the people, things, and happenings to avoid this holiday. We’ll likely have to add to it as the 31st approaches, since, along with being the scariest time of the year, it’s also the most disappointing.
Here's what NOT to wear:
This influencer costume (it won't gain you new followers and also you likely have all of these items already in your closet)
Anything that involves people overdosing
Any references to suicide
A Black Panther costume that involves tribal makeup if you’re not black
Sexual harassment (people have done it!)
A black, white, or any other color hooded KKKlansman
Bill Cosby or any other celebrity convicted or accused of sexual misconduct
Climate change (it’s scary enough)
Fashion Nova’s new geisha costume
This lazy Holy Guacamole costume (guacamole is made up of more than avocados BTW)
A shooting victim
Traumatic events in general
Any of the problematic SoundCloud rappers
Beyoncé with bite marks on her face
Anything involving a fat suit (lest you get any ideas from Insatiable)
Anything that makes light of social justice
Anything that makes light of feminism
Anything you’re having second thoughts about because you think it might offend someone. Just leave it at home.