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The 411 on Halloween

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Pistol Pete masters the art of face-painting

It’s almost Halloween, Cowboys!

Have you picked out a costume yet? Well, before you get too far let’s get one thing straight.

Deer eating pocorn, "Go On," it says

A culture is NOT a costume.

Elements from costumes depicting traditional wear can be sacred and special to the cultures they are from. Some examples are Native American headdresses, South Asian bindis and Mexican sombreros.

Okay, so what does this have to do with Halloween?

When someone wears these outfits as a costume, it strips the true meaning of the garb, leaving room for a feeling of being mocked or made fun of.

Historical context is key to understanding what makes certain issues sensitive.

Blackface is another example of an insensitive issue based on historical context. The demeaning of African Americans through Blackface was used as a form of entertainment and desensitized white audiences to the horrors of slavery.

Fast forward to today, Blackface carries associations of hate, violence and degradation.

In regards to Halloween, the line gets crossed when people imitate races instead of individuals. Feel free to dress up as a celebrity, but do not try to make yourself a race or make fun of one.

Key takeaway here:

No matter what setting, it is inappropriate, offensive and not reflective of OSU’s commitment to a campus community that promotes a culture of inclusion.

We are all called to follow the Cowboy Community Standards of integrity, community, social justice, respect and responsibility.

Now … let’s go over some tips for coming up with a costume!

Should you go solo or go together with a group costume? What to do, what to do.

Homer Simpson disappears into hedge bush, "Decisions"

Head to the thrift shop

You never know what you might find. Someone’s old stuff could be your new Halloween costume.

Do Some Research

Pinterest is a gold mine for creative Halloween costumes.

Be Creative

Dress up as the main character on your latest Netflix series or turn a normal outfit into something scary with some fake blood. Here’s a guide to dressing up as your favorite celebrities.

dogs dress up for halloween treats

Ask yourself this question

Is this costume offensive? If the answer is most likely yes, go back to the drawing board.

And if you realize you should go with a different costume, this can help you decide what to be last minute.

Stay safe

Before you go out, catch up on the do’s and dont’s of social life.

To get the gist, read the points below.

  • Go with friends
  • Never take open drinks from a stranger
  • Always have a sober friend in your group, especially if you plan on driving home

Don’t drink and drive. Need to find a ride? Text a friend! If you can’t find anyone available, download the Uber or Lyft app on your phone.

"Your Uber has arrived." Adorable corgi in box pulls up

Happy haunting, Cowboys!
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