Halloween should be a time for a little mischievousness, a lot of candy, and major creativity. However, October 31 has become a day when people dress up in offensive, culturally insensitive costumes. Despite the rise in “My Culture Is Not a Costume” campaigns, we continue to see disfraces that make fun of and appropriate different cultures.

So as we gear up for Halloween, here are six costumes that need to die a slow, painful death.

1

Customs & Border Protection agent costume

Dressing up as an agent for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for that matter – is offensive to undocumented communities. Both of these agencies have preyed and dehumanized undocumented folks, and wearing a costume like this shows a disregard for the abuses perpetrated by these two agencies.

2

A "Mexican" costume

A zarape, mustache, and a sombrero are a one-dimensional interpretation of Mexican culture.

3

The Wall costume

The Border Wall – and President Donald Trump’s immigration policies in general – aims to strip people of their dignity.

4

Sexy Día de Muertos costumes

Día de Muertos – often incorrectly called Mexican Halloween – is a culturally significant holiday where people celebrate their late loved ones. You should definitely stay away from Día de Muertos costumes, especially if they are sexy.

5

"Illegal Alien"

Undocumented people are humans, and this costume is not acceptable.

6

Cholo/Chola costume

Cholo and cholas culture is very specific to mostly Mexican-American communities, so if you’re not a cholo/a, don’t dress up as one.

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