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Top 5 inappropriate Halloween costumes

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Biggest dress up don'ts

If you're still looking for the perfect Halloween costume, we urge you to stay away from the following options. For every amazing, clever costume choice, there is one glaringly offensive costume that should best be avoided at all costs. We're sure there are countless offensive ways to dress up on Halloween, but we listed some of the ideas that really caught our attention.

1Nazi

Sorry, but this one is never going to be appropriate. Dressing up as a Nazi or sporting an Adolf Hitler moustache and swastika-emblazoned outfit might seem hilarious, but it actually errs more on the side of offensive. The Holocaust is no laughing matter and to model your costume after someone who committed so many atrocities is not acceptable, even if it's supposed to be just for fun.

Note: "Sexy" Nazi is an even worse choice.

Sexy Nazi


2Any recently deceased public figure

While you may think you're merely paying your respects to a celebrity or pop culture icon you loved, there is a certain amount of time that needs to pass before you turn that person into a Halloween costume. We know people do it -- they think it's funny -- but dressing up as someone who only just recently passed away is not only inappropriate, it's also disrespectful. We've all heard the saying "too soon" when it comes to making jokes about something tragic -- the same applies to Halloween costumes.

Amy Winehouse


3Anna Rexia

We recently laid eyes on a costume made to resemble a woman suffering from an eating disorder. It was a black, body-hugging mini dress featuring bones painted on the front and a tape measure around the waist. Needless to say, we were speechless that something like that could exist and even more shocked that someone thought it was a good idea to wear it. Eating disorders aren't funny; they are actually a serious medical issue that shouldn't be relegated to an off-color Halloween costume.

Anna Rexia


4Pregnant nun

This one speaks for itself and definitely has the potential to rub a few people the wrong way. We once saw a woman dressed up as a Jack Daniels-toting, heavily pregnant nun. While not offensive to everyone, it still has an air of inappropriateness about it. If you are going this route, maybe keep it amongst friends, versus trying it out at the office or work Halloween party.

Pregnant nun


5Any "sexy" stereotypes

The first one that comes to mind is a "sexy" Native American, which is really just in poor taste. Dressing up as any racial stereotype is bad enough and offensive to many, but adding in the "sexy" factor (as mentioned earlier in association with the Nazi costume) simply amps up the inappropriate factor, or maybe even doubles it. Even if something seems funny, think about whether it might be disrespectful to those around you before you wear it.

Sexy Native American


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