The most improper Halloween costumes to avoid, according to parents.


The most improper Halloween costumes to avoid, according to parents.

You might want to think twice about allowing your child to dress up in these Halloween costumes.

In a recent OnePoll poll, 2,000 American parents of children aged 0 to 10 were asked to vote on which “offensive” Halloween costumes should be banned from stores.

Holocaust-related costumes, like as the notorious “Anne Frank” suit that sparked a social media uproar in 2017, ranked first on the list of things to avoid (45 percent), followed by blackface (43 percent), the Confederate flag (38 percent), and transphobia (38 percent) (37 percent).

Pandemic-related costumes, such as biohazard suits (32 percent), and depictions of cultural stereotypes came in second and third, respectively (29 percent).

Within the last decade, the relationship between Halloween and cultural appropriation or stereotyping has become a heated topic, with critics and campaigners popularizing the term “My culture is not a costume” in online conversations.

When asked to characterize cultural appropriation in their own words, one parent responded, “when you disrespectfully take someone else’s culture and make it your own.” “The adopting and flaunting of another people’s culture in a playful or ridiculing way,” according to another respondent. Although the majority of the parents polled believe cultural appropriation is a matter worth discussing with their children, many aren’t sure how to describe it.

Cultural appropriation, according to one parent, is “being proud of your culture.” Others said they had no idea what the term meant.

Because of the challenges Americans face in today’s society, 63% of parents claimed they’ve previously had conversations with their children concerning cultural appropriation.

And 58 percent of parents said they’ve told their children that cultural appropriation, or any form of appropriation, may be “very damaging” to others.

Nearly half of parents (45%) say they regret wearing certain Halloween costumes in the past that are now regarded improper or insulting, compared to only 37% who say they don’t regret wearing them.

Because they don’t want to offend anyone, over two-thirds of respondents (63%) have been more cautious with their families’ costume selections since then.

Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Superman, Lady Gaga, and Gomez and Morticia Addams are among the 42 percent of parents who plan to dress up this Halloween.

1. Characters from films, television shows, books, and video games (e.g., Disney, Sesame Street, Super Mario Bros.) (64 percent)

Superheroes (n.d) (64 percent)

3. Disguising oneself as food (58 percent)

4. Putting on animal disguises (58 percent)

5. Colored pencils (56 percent)

6. A phantom (51 percent)

A vampire is number seven (49 percent)

A witch is number eight (47 percent)

A pirate is number nine (46 percent)

A scarecrow is number ten (46 percent)

Three-quarters of adults (75%) said their children plan to dress up as well, citing costumes as an example… Brinkwire News in a Nutshell


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