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Still planning your costume? Here are some ideas for costumes as well as some tips to be sure your costume isn’t problematic.

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Content note: contains images of a racist and sexualized costumes.

Spirit Halloween always gets a mention on my Feminist Halloween series in the costume fail category because of their racist, sexist costumes. This year, when Spirit Halloween asked Zooey Roy, an Indigenous woman in Saskatoon, to leave after complaining about the Indigeneous-inspired (read: racist and appropriative) costumes the store stocks. Chris Kortright and the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism decided to take action by taping warning labels on the costumes:

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Image: Spirit Halloween adult costume with a low-cut beaded leather dress with fringe and a headband with three feathers and beading: “Reservation Royalty.” The package has a warning label on it (see below for text). Image via Facebook

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Because who knows, you might be Dlique?

Copyright Tayler Smith. Via Autostraddle. {Image: alien makeup tutorial!}

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Every year I do a quick post on Take Back Halloween, a feminist site dedicated to providing costume ideas and designs for girls and women. The costumes, typically of historical figures (“notable women”), goddesses, movie stars, and queens, span different cultures, time periods, sexualities, and shapes. What you won’t find: Sexy Nurse, Sexy Witch, Sexy Pirate. What you will find: LaSiren, Mercy Otis Warren, and Madhubala.

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[Image: Screenshot of Disney's children's costumes page, with the text

[Image: Screenshot of Disney’s children’s costumes page, with the text “I AM AWESOME.” The costumes are not labelled as boys/girls and there are no models.] Source

The Mary Sue and Jezebel report that Disney has removed gender labels from their children’s costumes, labeling the costumes as “Hulk Costume for Kids” or “Fawn Fairy Costume for Kids.”

While the screenshot on The Mary Sue isn’t inaccurate–a lot of costumes don’t feature models–the ones that do feature child models have a lot of racial diversity, but not obvious gender non-conformity, though that could also be because they are character costumes and wigs have been deployed. (more…)

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Pop culture and topical costumes are always fun for Halloween, but celebrity costumes can be rife with problematic elements. Kat Blaque discusses why dressing as Caitlyn Jenner is not an appropriate costume for cis folks:

[Image: screen capture of Kat Blaque with an image of a Caitlyn Jenner costumer from Spirit Halloween]

[Image: screen capture of Kat Blaque with an image of a Caitlyn Jenner costumer from Spirit Halloween]

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Every blog I follow seems to be covering problematic costumes this week, and you’ve still got one day to read up before the big day! Racist, sexist, fatphobic, transphobic, and appropriative costumes like these don’t have a place in Halloween fun. Let’s see what’s trending this year!

Via Jezebel

Via Jezebel

Warning: these links are about costumes that are, as stated, racist, sexist, fatphobic, transphobic, and appropriative; and include discussions of domestic violence, medical trauma, etc. (Also: tastelessness.)

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