It’s that time of year again, where little kids get dressed up for a magical night of trick or treating and us older kids dress up for a night of good old-fashioned fun. It’s a great night! It’s the one night of the year where it’s socially acceptable to live out a fantasy in public without being questioned. And costumes have come a LONG way from the vinyl suit that ties in the back with a hot plastic mask that’s held onto your head with a cheap rubberband. The current trend is to be creative, sexy and maybe most importantly…currently relevant!
Here’s some great current costume suggestions I’ve heard about for this year- your favorite Emoji icon, Pharrell and his big hat, Stefon from SNL, someone doing the Ice Bucket Challenge and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. These are clever, fun, non-offensive costumes.
But then you get the people who don’t understand the difference between funny and crossing the line. This year, disgraced football player Ray Rice (in blackface!) with his wife (also in blackface!) seems to be popping up. And Sexy Ebola Nurse just hit the stores the other day. Which makes a lot of us wonder- what are people thinking?! There is a difference between “too soon” and “never should’ve happened”. There is never an instance where blackface is acceptable or funny; freedom of speech aside, it should be considered a hate crime. As for Sexy Ebola Nurse, according to the National Institutes of Health, once someone contracts the Ebola virus, there’s a 10% chance of surviving. Again, nothing funny or clever about it.
We’re all adults though, and as I referenced earlier, there is freedom of speech. But, it’s a lot more fun to have a clever costume that entertains, not offends. Happy Halloween!