These offensive and disrespectful ideas should be on your "what-to-avoid" list this year. If you're looking for some fun and family-friendly outfits, check out these easy-to-make kid costume ideas and these creative family getups instead.
Also advertised as a "WW2 Costume for Girls" and World War II Evacuee Costume," this Anne Frank-inspired outfit was pulled from HalloweenCostumes.com after customers expressed outrage. In a statement, HalloweenCostumes.com said: "We would like to apologize for any offense this has caused. Due to the feedback from our customers and the public, which we take very seriously, we have elected to stop selling this costume immediately." HalloweenCostumes.com spokesperson Ross Walker Smith further explained to NBC that the costumes are also meant to be used for "school projects and plays," not just Halloween.
It might be entertaining to watch gangsters in action movies, but there's nothing funny about your child idolizing these criminals.
Is it really necessary for a scarecrow costume for preteen girls to include an extra short skirt and torn fishnet stockings?
The organs spilling out is just a bit too much, don't you think?
Featuring dark skin and Polynesian tattoos, critics called this costume an offensive example of cultural appropriation. Disney has since removed the costume from its website.
We think it's pretty obvious why you'd want to avoid dressing your infant as weed.
This is just one of many offensive Latino Halloween costumes out there.
After seeing the selection of career-inspired Halloween costumes for kids available at Party City, mom Lin Kramer criticized the company for offering fewer options for girls than boys (and skimpier versions, at that) in a Facebook post that went viral in 2015.
Schools all over the country have banned these violent clown costumes after a growing number of people dressed in similar outfits have reportedly tried to lure kids into woods throughout regions of the U.S..
Making a mockery of mental health patients is never a good idea.
This one encourages plenty of that foul language kids love to use and parents hate to hear.
Another prime example of cultural appropriation, this dress-up idea is made even worse by the fact that it was our own country and government that oppressed Native Americans for centuries.
Even if your child has a problem with cheerleaders, she's better off avoiding this sexy "anti-cheerleader" costume altogether.
Parents may think this popular movie character costume is an innocent idea, but there's much more to the story. Do you really want your daughter dressing as a super villain who tolerates abuse from her boyfriend?
Yes, the actual outfit is pretty and elegant, but its origins are far from kid-friendly. While authentic Japanese geishas are trained in the arts, history reveals that they were often oppressed and used as a source of "entertainment" for men.
Dressing your little one in a cultural outfit like this may offend people who celebrate and respect the Mexican holiday that honors their ancestors.
Given that Slender Man, a faceless boogeyman that targets children, has been cited as the motivation behind the 2014 attempted murder of a 12-year-old girl by her girlfriends, this seems like a poor choice of Halloween costume for a preteen.
Any religion-inspired costume that pokes fun at a church or faith is not a smart idea.
Again, you can expect a lot of potty mouth to come along with this actual potty outfit.