Inclusive Halloween

With spooky season in full swing, it’s a good time to remember that cultural appropriation is never in style.

Halloween is a scary celebration of creativity, candy and costumes. It’s the one time of year when you can come to class dressed as a unicorn, zombie or your favourite fictional character. However, it is not an excuse to mock someone else’s culture, racial, ethnic or gender identity.

Whether it is intentional or not, wearing certain costumes has real consequences and negatively impacts the people that deal with this kind of discrimination every day. Let’s keep Halloween safe and inclusive by leaving culturally insensitive, racist and sexist stereotypes at the grave.

Putting it simply: to avoid costume stress, think before you dress.

Still unsure? Check out some creative ideas and ask yourself:

  • Does my costume make fun of human traits, identities, cultures, or race?
  • Does my costume represent a culture that is not my own?
  • Does my costume reduce cultural or identity differences to stereotypes?
  • How would someone feel if they saw you wearing their identity as a costume?

Do your part to help keep Halloween safe and inclusive by starting a conversation with your friends and family. Stronger than a séance, make sure to like and share this message on social media.