Halloween is just around the corner and that means it’s time for us all to decide on costumes. Whether it’s rummaging through thrift stores to find the perfect boots to complete your Wonder Woman look, or standing in the endless lines at Party City, hunting down your perfect look can be loads of fun. That said, it’s important for us to keep in mind that some costumes can be hurtful to others. Mean-spirited costumes are often out there in spades, especially this time of year. So how does one react to an offensive Halloween costume, anyway? Sadly, it's something you need to think about because, well, chances are there are going to be a few too many inappropriate ensembles.
Well, first thing’s first. Before you react, you’ll want to check yourself and make sure that your costume isn't offensive, too. After all, no one likes a hypocrite. Honestly, finding or making a non-offensive costume actually isn’t difficult at all, and there are plenty of options out there ranging from a Ghostbuster (the old or new class) to zombie to Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Once you’ve secured appropriate costumes for yourself (and for your kids), you might want to educate yourself a bit more on what costumes actually are and aren’t offensive. Granted, this can mean different things to different people, but there tends to be a general consensus that, among other things, dressing up as a racial minority isn’t OK, and appropriating another culture isn't, you know, "cool."
Prepare yourself to see costumes of all kinds this year, and when you see one that pushes the envelop, feel free to react in any of the following manners: