Now that the candy coma stomach aches and party-induced hangovers of Halloween have subsided, it is time to look back on the mess that was made.
Not the literal one you made in your bathroom on Nov. 1, but the trend of truly disturbing and inappropriate costumes that seemed to hit a horrible peak this year.
It’s not news that people like to dress in offensive costumes, but this year, some of the most shocking uses of racial stereotyping went viral.
Last week, photos surfaced of a young people at a Halloween party who went as Trayvon Martin, complete with blackface and a bloody sweatshirt, and George Zimmerman who ever-so-playfully held his fingers up like a gun at the “Trayvon,” because Halloween is just a time to have fun and party and why should we take a teenage boy’s murder so seriously?
These people were not the only ones to dress up as the slain teen, showing just how vile and non-isolated this trend was.
Another costume to cause controversy was celebrity Julianne Hough, who dressed as a black character from the hit show “Orange is the New Black,” her skin darkened with makeup.
Apparently no one told Hough that there are plenty of other non-black characters on the show that she could have chosen to be, or that she did not have to wear blackface for her costume still be extremely recognizable since her character wears a nametag and has a wildly unique hairstyle.
Blackface was not the only issue this Halloween; several other costumes exploited numerous races through horribly stereotypical and outright racist costumes from the terrorist beards and turbans to the Indian chiefs and kimono-clad Geishas.
While some of these costumes are no doubt beautiful and possibly reflect a culture or style that people find visually appealing or fascinating, appropriating these cultures and pretending to be from a different race that you are not a part of is unfair and cruel.
People of color have to live with and carry these stereotypes every day of their lives, defying them or utilizing them as they choose.
Another disgusting sight on Halloween was the skimpy costumes, not the ones the adults wore, but the ones that the children wore. Many parents give their children creative freedom during Halloween to choose their own costume, but what child says that they want to wear wedges for their costume? Wedges are horrible shoes to trick-or-treat in.
The fault lies on the parents for dressing their child like that and for letting them walk out of the house like that.
This Halloween should be a wake-up call to people that the impacts their costumes make can be more than controversial; they can be harmful toward perpetuating stereotypes that hinder racial equality and they could potentially put your child in danger who is going door to door asking strangers for candy.
Do not be the person who shows up to a party in black face and has people refuse to talk to them for the whole night. There are so many millions of awesome and hilarious and beautiful costume ideas out there.
Get creative, think for a single second, and come up with a better costume idea than a racist piece of trash you think will get you the most reactions.