We've been focusing a little more on our daily favourites than our top fives lately, but in the spirit of Halloween we decided to put together a quick fire series for you, and in true Halloween fashion it's all about the inappropriate. At what point is it OK to dress up as recent political, social or criminal event? When is it NEVER OK? Our writers try to articulate that fine, ambiguous line between hilarious and offensive. Take notice Prince Harry!
Child Pageant Queen / Jonbenet Ramsey / Eden Wood: The only thing worse than children dressing as sexy adults is adults dressing as children dressing as sexy adults.
A Nazi: If Prince Harry can't get away with it, neither can you.
Native American / Navajo: Yay racist cultural appropriation! Not okay in fashion, not okay on Halloween.
Jake the Muss: I knew someone who dressed as Jake Heke for Halloween one year. On the outside I laughed along but on the inside I had the major creeps.
Anything sexy: "Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it" - Cady Heron WRONG. I'm going to say something about it. Y'all look like sluts. That shit is for bitches. Not inappropriate per se, just offensive.
- Jamie Lind
A Nazi: that being said I have once dressed up as Prince Harry as a Nazi. That seemed OK? Maybe it wasn’t.
Barack Obama: yes, I watched somebody get this wrong last year. I would say world leaders in general, but there was also a Tony Blair present, that felt better.
Dolly Parton: yes big boobs are hilarious, but not everyone can make it work. Seriously.
Children dressed as rappers: always bear the family photo album in mind. Little Tobias aged 5, as Kanye, Halloween 2011.
Murdered Disney characters: if you want justification for this, consider yourself de-friended on Facebook. If we're not friends on Facebook, I probably won't add you.
- Kat Patrick
Wearing a meat dress a la Gaga: it's going to get really nasty in some areas.
Recently passed celebs: you know someone's going to go there. I predict an army of ghoulish turtlenecked Steve Jobs accompanied by beehived zombie Winehouses. Offensively boring.
Dressing as a deceased famous child like Jonbenet Ramsey or Heather O'Rourke. Or anything pedophile related. Totes awkward.
Lady Di: don't ever go there. Lady deserves some respect.
- Gemma Rasmussen
Amy Winehouse: because you're going to be drinking on Halloween. A lot. And that's awkward.
David Bain: I think this is just one criminal phenomenon that will never be OK to replicate in this country. I went to a dress-up party in - albeit - Dunedin a few years back and as a multi-coloured sweater and paedophilic eyewear sauntered into the room, the music turned off, conversation stopped, jaws dropped. And no-one wants to be that person at a party.
Johnny Depp: Even after this he's still totally lost his touch.
Anything anatomically female: Yuck. Especially if you're a dude:
- French rugby player: Your sly tactics, caffeine and croissants won't save you now.
- Courtney Sanders
Sexy School Puppy: It's... everything, not least of which that insanely - deliberately - provocative pose. If you don't get why this is inappropriate then perhaps we have bigger issues here than Halloween costumes.
Anna Rexia: Inappropriately lazy, that is. Undermining all the hard work that
anorexics have to put into their look. Have some commitment.
- Warbonnets AKA “Native” headdresses: About two or three years ago this actually crossed over from questionable Halloween territory to become a general hipster staple. Jostling for attention from the crowds of Coachella and the pages of the Cobrasnake (which, as an aside, give me distinct notes of B.O, regret and crushed up MDMA) they quickly become a popular way for wearers to differentiate themselves as “quirky” OR “free-spirited”. Now, I don't want to be the fun police for all you urban Apaches or Navajos out there but yes; this is very much inappropriate for this Halloween, next Halloween, your whimsical fashion blog, the launch party for that new vodka/sneaker/skate-art exhibition etc etc. Why? A: Do you want to look like this fool? B: It's pretty much like wearing Blackface. Read here for more info.
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Whatever this is: I don't know what's going on with young Noah Cyrus here but it feels wrong.
“Sexy” Nemo/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Cookie Monster: These all exist, by the way. I understand the worldwide phenomenon of ladies looking to use Halloween as an opportunity to dress “slutty” but let's leave our childhood memories out of this. There's pushing the boundaries of appropriateness and then there's giving guys weird boners that make them question everything they thought they knew about their upbringing.
- Katie May Ruscoe