With Halloween around the corner, it's time to figure out which costume you'll wear for your holiday festivities. Here's some advice: Don't pull a Heidi Klum and
dress up like a Hindu goddess, and you probably shouldn't throw a Mexican-themed fiesta, either. It's 2017, so you'd think we wouldn't have to talk about cultural appropriation and Halloween costumes, but we do. If you aren't familiar with cultural appropriation, here's a quick explainer: Taking something that has deep meaning to an oppressed culture and wearing it for entertainment or laughs. Somehow, people manage to come up with uniquely offensive ideas every year, and we expect 2017 to continue the sad trend of racist and culturally appropriative costumes. If you're wondering how to easily avoid cultural appropriation this Halloween, we've got you.
If you're thinking that people are being too sensitive, consider this:
Cultural appropriation helps perpetuate white supremacy and further marginalizes people who are already dealing with some level of oppression. Is a Halloween costume really worth it? The answer is no. But there's good news! You can wear pretty much anything and not be culturally appropriative as long as you're sensitive to what's appropriate. Here are 13 costumes that aren't grossly offensive that you can wear and still have fun during the spooky time. Check out the entire 'What's Up, Boo?' series and other videos on Facebook and the Bustle app across Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV. A Cat Cat Costume, $35, Party City
Look at this costume. Have you seen anything more beautiful? Not only does it require zero preparation, and appropriates exactly zero cultures, but it also looks
really comfortable. I'm probably going to buy this to sleep in. I don't know how you'd use the bathroom in this, but I have faith that you'll figure it out. Ballerina Ballerina, $45, Halloween Costumes
You don't have to be coordinated to pull off this costume, but it'll help. You can fulfill your childhood dreams of becoming a dancer and wear a costume that isn't insulting to anyone's culture. Win-win.
Popcorn Popcorn Costume, $29, Find Costume
Not only is this costume guaranteed to make everyone at your event jealous, but you'll also have the perfect garb if #drama erupts at a Halloween party.
Pizza Pizza Costume, $20, Walmart
Pretty much everyone loves pizza.
This is a verifiable fact. Dressing up like a pizza slice will make your party guests hungry, and they'll probably be drawn to you subconsciously. (Note: this has not been scientifically proven, but it probably can't hurt.) A Pineapple Pineapple Costume, $26, Amazon
I'm not going to lie: This costume looks very uncomfortable, and I can't imagine eating or drinking with those gloves on. But you get to be a pineapple, and you're not being racist! What else can we ask for?
Peanut Butter and Jelly Peanut Butter and Jelly Costume, $29, Target
This one is for anyone who's very attached to a significant other. If you want everyone to know that you're an item, what better way than this cliché costume? You may gross out the people around you, but you won't have time for the haters. This costume is also allergen-free, if that was a worry, too.
A Minion Minion Costume, $40, Party City
Please only wear this costume ironically. I'm begging you.
Minions are everywhere, and it is my worst nightmare. This is another costume that looks like it'd make a good sleep suit, so you might as well kill two birds with one stone while dressing up as the scariest/cutest thing alive. A Bumblebee Bumblebee Costume, $35, Halloween Costumes
If you're looking for a cute animal costume, this is a winner. Bonus points if you have a friend dress up as a flower and follow them around all night. (Just don't call a bumblebee your spirit animal.
Please.) A Banana Banana Costume, $24, Target
I will admit that this costume looks uncomfortable and will also probably not make you any friends, but it doesn't take any preparation and you can sing Gwen Stefani's iconic "Hollaback Girl" without shame all day.
This is just a handful of costumes that aren't culturally appropriative in the slightest, but there are
literally thousands more options out there. You don't have to be offensive this Halloween (or ever). It doesn't even require creativity! All it takes is sensitivity. If you're questioning whether a costume is appropriative, do yourself a favor and don't wear it. Pick something from this list instead.