If your kids are anything like mine, they change their minds 100 times about what they want to dress up as for Halloween. One day my son is certain he wants to be a superhero and the next day he decides dressing as a mad scientist will be much better. In our ongoing hunt for the perfect costume, I decided to scroll through images online to be inspired. Much to my surprise, I was shocked to find there are more offensive Halloween costumes for kids you should never consider than I would have guessed. Within minutes, I was staring at kids dressed in ways that made my jaw drop.
For the record, I have a great sense of humor. I love a good gag gift, harmless prank, or well-timed joke, so a hilarious costume is right up my alley. But when something is created in jest to represent a type of person or group of people, it crosses the line into the realm of offensive. Since my kids are still young, they choose costumes based on what is appealing to them, so it's my job to step in and explain to them if they've chosen something that is not appropriate.
Halloween is not a free for all — it's not OK to forget about sensitivity and inclusivity just because you go trick-or-treating. Helping children understand that these 15 costumes for kids found on the internet are offensive will help them understand why they can't dress up as anything they want.