Halloween: What to Do and What Not to Do
We may all be college students, but many are still kids at heart. This Halloween, be smart and safe with the following safety tips.
Bad Costume Ideas
- Don’t dress up as a clown. The “creepy clown” sightings are almost becoming an epidemic, and they’re in California now. We’ve already seen two female teens posted with $10,000 bonds for chasing young girls in clown costumes. Stay out of harm’s way because there are tons of people with coulrophobia, fear of clowns, anyway. Do yourselves and others a favor – don’t be a clown, it’s creepy.
- Blackface. This one should be obvious. It’s not the 1830’s; we are in a concrete time battling racism. For those of you who don’t know, blackface is the practice of using makeup to make a non-black person black. It was often used for comedic reasons, but today, it is no longer acceptable. Please do not be ignorant to the unjust histories you may provoke.
- Dressing as a Native American, yes, this includes Pocahontas. Many times, people grab tribal-like clothing, such as headdresses, as a costume. They are gorgeous pieces; they hold historical and cultural value. The popular argument against Native American costume is that they “keep Native Americans in the past, as if we’re not real people today.”
The last two dont’s are more examples of cultural appropriation: using elements of one culture by members of another. This is a form of exploitation and very often times a signal of ignorance for the group’s history, experience, and traditions. Let’s be sensitive and considerate; let’s be the change.
Here is what you should do:
- Do pursue DIY costumes! Do it yourself costumes are inexpensive and easy. For example, take a trip to the dollar tree and find construction paper and tape to make a real life Snapchat filter, the dog and flower crown filters are easy go-to’s.
- Do participate in Halloween activities on campus or off campus! You could give back by volunteering at local community events, attend Kappa Alpha Theta and Beta Theta Pi’s Haunted House 2016 tonight from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, or have a fun Friday night with Kappa Psi’s Halloween Havoc in the UC Ballroom from 10:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
- Be safe. Halloween falls on a Monday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. There are a great number of weekend events to be enjoyed. You should always be aware of your surroundings to not scare yourself as well as not to scare others. Always have a plan. Remember your responsibilities, but have a happy Halloween and halloweekend!
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