Dress up, don’t mess up

Halloween is right around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited! There is nothing better than seeing your fellow students in the hallways wearing bunny ears, or the incredibly smart students who are able to come up with the most creative and unique costumes. Halloween can be an amazing time to hang out with friends, relieve some stress and dress up as whatever you’d like! You can literally be a fairy for the entire day, and no one is allowed to tell you otherwise! This blog post is a short guide for Halloween costumes, and will show you how to pick a great costume that is sure to impress everyone and offend no one. Let’s get started on some ways to pick an amazing costume!

1. Pick something that is different from your everyday life.

2. Grab a friend, and get a tacky couples costume! The classic 2 person horse is always going to give a good laugh

3. Making your own costume is a great way to make sure you stand out from everyone else, since you’ll be the only one with your costume!

4. Visit local Halloween shops, websites and thrift stores (link to Value Village on Google Maps) to get ideas on Halloween costumes

5. Check YouTube for Halloween face painting and make up tutorials! You can create a terrifying face mask with items that you can find around the house.

Above are just a few ways that you can find a costume that is guaranteed to impress anyone who sees you at parties, or trick or treating if you are still into that! While Halloween causes a lot of people a great deal of joy and excitement, it can also cause a lot of nerves for many people. Sometimes costumes that are meant to be funny to some can be offensive to others, and it’s not the greatest feeling in the world to feel like someone is making fun of something you hold close to you! Costumes that poke fun of cultures or cultural aspects, races, etc. are offensive and should never be a go to for a Halloween Costume. Below is a guide that students can refer to if they aren’t sure how their Halloween costume is going to be received.
This year, on campus pub Isaac’s Bar and Grill is enforcing a protocol to ensure that students have a fun Halloween weekend while ensuring inclusivity for all Brock students. The protocol will be strictly enforced to ensure students abide by the rules to avoid any incidents that would negatively portray our diverse university environment. The following costumes and accessories will be prohibited at Isaac’s Bar & Grill:

* Face paint, masks or prosthetics that are stereotypes attributable to race (e.g. black face, day of the dead, war paint or bindi)
* Blackface is a practice that dates back to slavery, and is rooted with negative connotations and stereotypes that are offensive. There is no way to remove these negative connotations from Blackface.
* Wigs that are race related (e.g. afros, dreads, cornrows)
* Traditional headdresses including first nations feathers, African head ties, Hijab, Burqa, Niqab or turbans
* These items hold sacred cultural meanings, and shouldn’t be used as a costume.
* Costumes that represent a cultures’ traditional dress: Geisha, Thobe, First Nations
* Confederate flag in any form
* Anyone dressed specifically as Caitlyn Jenner
* Anyone who makes fun of suicide or rape (Bill Cosby, Robin Williams)

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Students who wear costumes deemed inappropriate by Isaac’s staff will be asked to change or remove the offending garment or make up (Isaac’s will provide a separate space, as well as t-shirts, wet wipes, etc. for individuals to make necessary changes). They won’t lose their spot in line, but they will have to change before being permitted entry.

Halloween is a fun time for everyone, and everyone has the right to have a great time without being offended. Don’t be the person who wants to make people laugh for the wrong reasons! Have a safe Halloween badgers!

Special thanks to Carole Moss, Ombudsperson at Brock, and Dr. Jenny Janke for helping information for writing this article.

-Christopher Lawrence

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