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Don’t Be These Things for Halloween

It’s the day before Halloween and many of us have yet to acquire the pieces we need for our Halloween costumes! Some of us don’t even know what we’re being yet. As we plot what to wear that can make us seem cute, hilarious, and ahead of the trends (all at the same time), it’s important to avoid costumes that are just NOT okay and costumes that will make us look hashtag basic. Here are some things that, in my opinion, we shouldn’t dress up as.


Some Kind of Cultural Appropriation


Why you shouldn’t do it: because these are stereotypes based on real people, to whom your costume is a cheap version of their reality.


What you can be instead: appropriate some fake cultures! Be a character from a fictional book or movie! If you are questioning whether the costume would openly offend someone you would pass on the street, you probs shouldn’t wear it.


Slutty Professional People



Why you shouldn’t do it: because real people do these jobs and wear the work-appropriate versions of these costumes.


What you can be instead: be an animal, dressed up as a policeman; a not-slutty firefighter; or go as your friend in the business school and wear a full on ~super flattering~ business suit.


Sexy Donald Trump



Why you shouldn’t do it: um.


What you can be instead: Donald Trump.


A Black Cat


Why you shouldn’t do it: hashtag basic.


What you can be instead: a polka dot cat. A cat lover. The Great Catsby.


Miley Cyrus circa 2013



Why you shouldn’t do it: her long brown Hannah Montana Movie hair is back plus this isn’t relevant anymore.


What you can be instead: Billy Ray Cyrus.




Lizzie is a sophomore, majoring in Film and Poli Sci at Wash U. She loves sloths, pizza, Tina Fey, and pizza! 
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