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Five Horrible Halloween Ideas

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As Laura S. pointed out, there are many ways that a Halloween costume can go horribly wrong when it comes to young girls.  But what about adults?  The following are five horrible costumes that should never see the light of day:

1. A Rastafarian

This really goes for all costumes that are horribly racist.  Can you believe that there are even racist costumes for DOGS?  Yeah….but anywho, though there are clearly some pretty blatantly racist costumes out there, I still feel like there’s a rather large segment of the population that thinks that dressing up like an A Rastafarian is somehow ok because you know, like smoking weed is awesome, man, cuz it’s like part of their religion and stuff.  Go listen to some Phish, stare vacantly at your blacklight posters and shut the fuck up, please.

2. Anything Using An Amputee as a Prop

Now, I don’t know if this is real, but it’s all a buzz on the interwebs.  Do I really need to explain why this is a horrible idea?  Talk about nerdery gone wrong.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there’s something about the majority of SciFci convention attendees that just ain’t right.

3.  Michael Jackson

This has got to be the single most overused costume/impression in the history of the world.  Yes, I may recall a little something about him dying last year.  Just stop.  Please.

4. A “Gold Digger”

I really don’t understand why one would like to perpetuate a bullshit stereotype about women, much less why one would be proud of it to some degree.  I understand the whole reclamation of slurs thing, but I don’t know that there’s any value to claim in this case, no pun intended.

5. Amy Winehouse

2006 called, and it wants it’s costume back.  This was fucking boring even then, and it has not somehow ceased to exist.  Does she even sing anymore?  Is it really that funny to make fun of a tragic human existence?  Way to be an unoriginal asshole, guys.

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Anna G - Caliburg Contributor

Anna G - Caliburg Contributor

Anna G. is a Southern California native living in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn since 2005. Anna is constantly trying to unite her love of CA sunshine and the excitement of the New York urban jungle, all the while trying to keep her unwieldy credit card debt under control, and look fabulous at brunch, no matter how un-showered and hungover.


  1. Laurel
    October 30, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Well said, Anna, all the way around!

  2. Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe
    October 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I’m gonna throw Balloon Boy on this list as well

  3. Danielle Levanas - Bargain Soul Huntress
    October 31, 2009 at 9:47 am

    oh I LOVE the Gold Digger! hilarious