Halloween is notorious for offensive costumes. In fact, it wouldn’t be Halloween without the
standard run of the mill “they took it too far” costumes. Interestingly, it hasn’t always been this way.
The holiday began as a Celtic festival in the 19th century. By the 20th century, it became closely associated with the costume culture that we recognize the holiday for today. Originally, the costumes worn were meant to be scary. Today, we see costumes ranging from scary, to fun, to sexy, to straight up offensive.
This shift in Halloween costumes is problematic. While many people are fully aware that some costumes can be seen as disrespectful, just as many don’t care. Here are three examples this year that most definitely hit the mark when it comes to offensive costumes: Continue reading