Part of the fun of Halloween for children and adults is dressing up as either fictional characters or as real-life people. Perhaps, as an example, you may choose to find a jersey and then go to a Halloween party as your favorite football player. It is not uncommon to see groups of friends portraying a real band during the Halloween season. Then, there are the standard and even generic Halloween costumes. Examples of these are ghosts, zombies, superheroes and other ideas that can be executed after visiting a local store that sells Halloween apparel. Any of these options are relatively inoffensive.
Some people, however, use Halloween as a way to attract attention by finding or creating costumes that are offensive in the eyes of others. The people wearing the costumes would likely argue that they are merely “making a joke” and that those who find the costumes offensive should just laugh the matter off. While that isn’t an awful point to make, a person who chooses to wear any of the Halloween costumes mentioned in this piece out in public cannot pretend to be surprised if somebody is offended by the outfit. Here are 20 ways that you can get attention this Halloween if you are searching for it.
20. A Dead Celebrity
John F. Kennedy with a fake bullet hole and “brain” parts on the head. Whitney Houston inside of a bath tub. You may draw some laughs if you go with any such idea, but odds are that somebody is going to find the costume offensive. There are ways that you could run with this idea without having to worry about offending anybody. You could, as an example, dress up as the zombie version of Michael Jackson from the Thriller video. The line that separates witty and funny from being offensive is narrow. Cross it at your own peril if you must.
19. Black Face
Here is a memo for anybody who would consider black face as his or her offensive Halloween costume of choice: Just don’t do it. In fact, here is a breakdown of what will occur if you choose to ignore this helpful advice: Somebody is going to take a picture of you in black face, it is going to appear online, and you may even go viral in a completely negative way. Don’t think that there is anything wrong with this? Hoping that your black face Halloween costume will make you an Internet sensation? Just remember that social media websites have, in the past, caused people to lose their jobs. Just sayin’.
18. George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin
Those of you who are looking to become famous because of controversial and offensive Halloween costumes may have found gold in this idea. Websites such as the Huffington Post and Twitter posted stories of people dressed up as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin back in 2013, largely because such outfits poked fun at a story about a 17-year-old male who had been killed. This being an offensive Halloween costume has little to do with where you fall politically. A teenager was shot and killed. There is nothing funny about the death of Martin regardless of what you think about that case.
17. Suicide Bomber
Maybe this is a Halloween costume where the joke merely gets lost in translation. What exactly is the gimmick with attending a party as a suicide bomber? Is it supposed to be funny? Those who take part in these horrific events do not just take their own lives. They kill innocent people who are enjoying themselves at cafes, malls and other public places. Not only is pretending to be a bomber offensive. You may find yourself accused of being a racist depending on your entire outfit. You should, at worst, be able to think of something that is funnier if you are looking to be offensive with your Halloween costume.
16. Homeless Person
It is easy to understand why somebody would want to go with the homeless person look for a Halloween costume. For starters, it’s cheap. All you need is a pair of sweatpants, a sweatshirt, some cardboard, ink and maybe some dirt, and you are ready to go. Homelessness is a real problem in metropolitan areas throughout the world. People who try to turn their lives around struggle with finding a place to sleep on cold nights. Those who are looking to save some money during the Halloween season can find ways to do so without dressing up as a homeless person on October 31.
15. KKK Member
We get that this is probably a point of the piece where somebody is going to have the following response: “What, you can’t take a joke?” The Ku Klux Klan is a downright awful and hate-filled organization that has, since its creation, been involved in some despicable acts. Shootings, lynchings, and the destruction of property are a few examples. You may intend to actually make fun of people who have been part of the Klan by wearing this Halloween costume. Instead, you are taking a chance of being offensive all for a costume that you probably won’t want to wear in public other than on Halloween.
14. Christopher Reeve
“Superman can’t walk!” is the line that comedian Chris Rock has used during a stand-up routine. It was more than just a line. Rock was spot-on, as Christopher Reeve was left paralyzed following a horse riding accident that nearly took his life. The man who once played the Superman character in movies needed a wheelchair just to get around. Not only is this Halloween costume offensive. It is one that is not all that good of an idea. To really pull this off, you’d have to stay in a wheelchair all night. That’s a boring way to enjoy a Halloween party.
13. Jerry Sandusky
Those who want to portray former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky could go a couple of ways with the gimmick. You could simply wear a Sandusky mask. Maybe you could somehow add a “victim” to the Halloween costume. Sandusky has been convicted of child molestation following a case that resulted in legendary head coach Joe Paterno being fired by Penn State. The possibility exists that Sandusky could still face more charges at some point down the road. Going to a Halloween party as a child molester is not only offensive. It’s downright creepy, and not in a fun Halloween way.
12. O.J. Simpson
This is one that we have seen at some Halloween gatherings over the years. What was known as the “Trial of the Century” did not end with the former Buffalo Bills running back being put in prison, but O.J. Simpson is now behind bars following a robbery that he had a part in. You may, to this day, believe that Simpson had no role in the murders of his ex-wife and her friend. It sure seems that Simpson, at the very least, thinks that he can get away with crimes and other awful actions. He may have one more stint in prison left in him before all is said and done.
11. Hulk Hogan
Do you remember the good old days when The Hulkster was seen as a role model who told us to say our prayers and take our vitamins? Those were, we now know, not the only words that Hulk Hogan spoke over the years. Hateful and racist comments that Hogan said years ago were made public in 2015, and those words ended the relationship that World Wrestling Entertainment had with the icon of the pro wrestling industry. Time heals all wounds, says the known adage, and there may be a time when dressing up like Hogan generates nothing but a laugh. As it pertains to the posting of this piece, though, a Hogan Halloween costume is offensive.
10. Anne Frank
Really? You really went with something associated with the Holocaust for a Halloween costume? That was the best idea you had? While Anne Frank has become a symbol because of the stories that she told via her famous journal, it has to be remembered that Frank was an actual person who passed away at a young age during World War II. A Frank Halloween costume is a solid idea for those who are purposely attempting to be offensive. If you just want to make a buzz and get a laugh out of your friends, though, there are other ways to do so without mocking the dead.
9. Ray Rice
Ray Rice became public enemy No. 1 in the sports world back in 2014 when the video of the former Baltimore Ravens running back slugging his then-fiance was made public. Gawker posted a story in October 2014 about a couple that dressed up as Rice and as the player’s wife. That same Gawker story posted pictures of other people, including a child, dressed up as the disgraced pro athlete. Rice has not been given a second chance to play in the National Football League since he was cut by the NFL. Any ideas about Rice Halloween Costumes should be treated the same way by you.
8. Aaron Hernandez
It is not that surprising that crazed fans of the National Football League and/or of the New England Patriots have attended Halloween parties wearing an Aaron Hernandez jersey. Hernandez has, to date, been found guilty of the murder of a friend. He may have shot at least three other people during his life. Two of those alleged victims of Hernandez are dead. Hernandez is, by all accounts, a sociopath who is going to spend the rest of his natural life in a maximum security prison. Nobody should be depicting Hernandez doing anything ever, even if you love the Patriots with all of your heart.
7. Bill Cosby
Oh, how things change. It was only a decade ago when somebody wearing an outfit similar to what Bill Cosby would wear during his famous show would be seen as harmless. Jell-O packets made for the cherry on top of the figurative sundae for the outfit. Now, however, we know quite a lot about the allegations of rape that have been made against Cosby. Lawsuits have been filed. There is still, as of October 2015, a possibility that Cosby could be put behind bars because of these charges. Whether or not Cosby will end up in jail should not be the deciding factor when making a choice of a Halloween costume.
6. Columbine Victims
This one is weird. What exactly is going on in the mind of the person who thinks that portraying one of the victims of the infamous Columbine school shooting is funny? Those victims were, for the most part, kids, students who were merely attending school as they did numerous times before they were gunned down. It was a real tragedy, and the victims are still dead. Humor takes all kinds, sure, but this idea may, all things considered, be the most tasteless of the Halloween costumes mentioned in this piece. We are sure you can come up with a better idea if you think about it for even a minute.
5. Any Shooter Ever
It seems that we cannot go one month without a public massacre committed by a “mass shooter” taking place and then getting publicized by international media members. One easy offensive Halloween costume that you could pull off could be to mimic one of the shooters who has been in the news over the past year. That could prove to be unwise, and not just because somebody took offense to whatever it was you wore to a party or other gathering. You may find yourself speaking to law enforcement officials if you think that carrying around a fake gun in public is a wise and funny idea. Not worth it.
Wearing any version of a costume depicting the Prophet Muhammad may get you more than you bargained for during the Halloween season. One person learned that lesson that hard way when, per the Patheos website, he was actually attacked by a man who was offended by the Muhammad costume. Not only did an attack occur. A judge eventually threw the case out of court. Whatever you think of that particular matter aside, you may want to ask yourself a question before going with this costume idea: Is it worth somebody trying to cause physical harm to you because they are offended?
The idea of dressing up like Jesus Christ may, on its own, not be all that offensive to you. Wearing a crown of thorns and scribbling some red ink on your hands and feet may, however, rub some people the wrong way. A Jesus costume may also get you kicked out of school or a different organized event regardless of how you wear it or what you meant by doing so. In fact, it is a good rule of thumb to just avoid references to any big-name religious figures when coming up with your Halloween costume; unless, of course, you are trying to be offensive during your October get-togethers.
2. World Trade Center
We actually had to see evidence of this before it made the list. Such evidence does exist. There have, in fact, been people who have worn Halloween costumes depicting the destruction of the World Trade Center towers. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, forever changed New York City, the world, and the lives of so many people. Thousands of innocent civilians were murdered on that day. This idea for a Halloween costume is offensive to the point that somebody may attempt to rip it right off of you if you wear it in the wrong place or around the wrong individual.
Are you looking to make a splash by wearing an offensive Halloween costume for any occasion? It is always a safe bet to go with the guy who was responsible for the Holocaust. One positive about the Hitler costume is that it is rather easy to produce if you cannot find exactly what you are looking for at a store or online. A brown military-style suit coupled with a mustache that you may have to cut down to size is all you need to put the ensemble together. Just don’t come crying to us if somebody at the party is offended to the point of being outraged by the Hitler costume. You were warned ahead of time.