Some common Halloween costumes simply take it too far and can become racist, misogynistic, or downright insensitive.
From a convict to a geisha, keep scrolling to see 16 offensive costumes you should stay away from.
This “Dream Catcher” costume could be considered cultural appropriation.
Stay away from costumes that rely on tropes and gimmicks that generalize entire cultures, like this one from Yandy.
Avoid any costume that makes a caricature out of another culture, like this “Sexy Shooter Happy Hour” costume.
This “Men’s Arab Sheik Costume” draws on false stereotypes of Middle Eastern culture.
It’s harmful to reinforce negative and misconceived notions about a region, religion, or group of people, like this Kmart costume does.
Avoid costumes that rely on mimicking another culture, such as this “Golden Geisha” ensemble.
Wearing a geisha costume, like this one from Yandy, could be seen as cultural appropriation.
Think twice about anything that could have questionable implications. This “Rasta Costume Kit” might be cause for concern.
This Walmart costume includes a dreadlock wig that could be deemed offensive.
This costume, which depicts Anne Frank, is insensitive and offensive.
This “Dia De Los Beauty” costume is patronizing and problematic.
If you’re not Mexican, it would be offensive for you to dress in Day of the Dead-inspired garb, like this costume from Yandy.
This “Inflatable Ballerina” costume requires wearing a fat suit of sorts.
Try to avoid costumes that could be interpreted as body-shaming, like this one from Target.
Costumes with misogynistic implications, like this “Droopers” ensemble, should be avoided at all costs.
This mock uniform from Spirit Halloween manages to be both ageist and body-shaming to women at the same time.
This “Reality Star in the Making” costume is insensitive.
This “Stranger Things” Halloween costume caused a controversy, as people claimed that it sexualized a 12-year-old character from the show.
Yandy makes the controversial “Upside Down Honey” costume, which some argue unnecessarily sexualizes Eleven’s iconic outfit by lowering the dress’ neckline while shortening its hemline, swapping sneakers for platform heels, and replacing ankle socks with thigh-high socks
There’s a lot to unpack with this “Snake Charmer” costume.
This Yandy costume not only appropriates Middle Eastern culture but also has disturbing sexual undertones.
This “Sexy Convict” costume could be interpreted as trivializing the US prison system.
Incarceration is not funny, though this Yandy costume tries to suggest otherwise.
Dressing as a “Restrained Convict” reinforces harmful misconceptions about mental illness in prison.
By presenting a straightjacket as a joke, this Yandy costume downplays a serious issue.
You wouldn’t make fun of a homeless person on the street, so you probably shouldn’t dress like a “Hobo Nightmare” on Halloween.
Homelessness is a serious issue, although this Wonder Costumes getup does not present it as such.
Dressing up in this “Gorilla” costume would be innocuous, but calling this a Harambe costume would be insulting.
Visit INSIDER’S homepage for more.
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.