It's that time of year again! Halloween costumes say a lot about the type of person you are: You can dust off your old witch hat and take the easy route, or try something new and daring. But be careful: It's easy to make a mistake that could haunt you for the rest of your life. So here's our list of the critical Do's and Don'ts for Halloween 2015.
DON'T dress up as any culture that's not your own
Native Americans, Asian geishas or sumo wrestlers, anything that requires "black face," Apu from the Simpsons— basically, all costumes that derive their punchline from the colonialization of another culture are a bad idea. And while you're ditching those ideas, stop wearing Native American headdresses to shows if you are not Native American, because the people behind you can't see past your ignorance.
DO mock your own culture
If you feel the need to appropriate any culture, make it your own. If you can't laugh at yourself...
DON'T be Trump
Because ever since seeing him on Fallon, we are terrified that people will try to make him seem hip. (See an awesome paper-mache Trump in our list of hilarious Halloween costumes inspired by the GOP Debate.)
DO be a pumpkin spice latte
Better off going as pumpkin spice latte, which is just the Trump costume sans the suit. Trumpkin spice latte, if you will.
DON'T make fun of girls who take selfies.
Yes, the second that some women step outside of the male gaze, they gaze at themselves. Still, the teen girl obsessed with technology jokes are getting out of hand. Let little girls do whatever they want and stop feeding the stereotype that they aren't intelligent because of technology. It's already old, and it's sexist to boot
DO be a feminist
Yes, you can! "Feminist" is no longer a word that scares women. So dress up as any of the historic females in the running for the ten dollar bill. Or as Amy Poehler.
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DON'T be Drake from Hotline Bling
Because you can't pull of those moves. Besides, there's a chance you'll run into some Meek Mills, and then there will be drama.
DO be the Weeknd
If you can recreate that hair, then yes. And remember to call up your babe up earlier than half past five.
DO make a Film/TV reference
Broad City, Workaholics, Game of Thrones, Orange Is the New Black, Breaking Bad...and the list goes on. The show you reference says a lot about you and will attract like-minded individuals.
DON'T be Rick and Morty
Because that's what we're going to be. And we're the Rickest Rick of them all, so if you dress up as Rick, you'll end up looking Rickdiculous.