The Pop Culture-Inspired Costumes You Should Definitely Skip This Halloween
Stormy Daniels Look-a-Like
Yandy, the lingerie and costume brand that's known for pushing policital sattire a little too far, just released its sexy "Cloudy Affair" costume, a nod to Stormy Daniels, the 39-year-old adult-film star who alleged she had one-time tryst with President Trump and was paid by people in his inner circle to keep quiet. Need more proof it's Daniels? The description for the costume reads: "We’re sensing a political scandal with this costume, featuring a red mini dress with a plunging cowl neck, halter straps, a form-fitting skirt, a low open back, and large, foam, fake breasts." The Yandy model is even seen holding a mushroom, a reference to Daniels' comments about the President's private parts.
Sexy 'Op Ed' Article
In more Yandy news, this costume poking fun at the press is probably a bad call. The description reads: "Psst! We've got national tea to spill! You won't be able to resist this exclusive Sexy Op-Ed Anonymous costume featuring a white tank dress with a scoop neckline, thick shoulder straps, an allover newspaper design, a red question mark decal, a form-fitting bodice, a scoop back, and black glasses with furry accents and a large nose."
Yandy's "Brave Red Maiden"
The controversial retailer recreated the body-concealing red clothing handmaids wear in Margaret Atwood’s harrowing dystopian novel (that has been adapted into an Emmy award-winning TV show) by shortening the hem via a red mini dress, adding a cape with slits along the front and side and topping off the look with fishnet tights. The costume, which retailed for $64.95, was quickly pulled off the brand's site because of backlash.
MOANA OR MAUI (IF IT INVOLVES DARKENING YOUR SKIN)
Want to finally become Disney's latest heroine on Oct. 31? Go for it! The girl is amazing. Just don't, for the love of everything, darken your skin to look like a Moana character under any means. In fact, don't ever darken your skin to look like any character or person, whether it be, say, Crazy Eyes from Orange Is the New Black or Nicki Minaj.
Last year, Disney even pulled a costume based on Moana's Maui after complaints about its brown, tattooed bodysuit. "The team behind Moana has taken great care to respect the cultures of the Pacific Islands that inspired the film, and we regret that the Maui costume has offended some. We sincerely apologize and are pulling the costume from our website and stores," the company said in a statement.
So, rock that shell necklace and flower crown all night long! Just put the body paint back on the shelf and leave it there.
ZOMBIE CARRIE FISHER/TOM PETTY/ANY OTHER CELEB WE'VE LOST
You might think adding some fake blood or ghostly makeup to your Princess Leia costume is clever and hysterical, but it will be neither of those things. Honor the late greats the way they should be honored, as in, not in a way that makes light of their untimely deaths.
The Juice may be loose, but he's still most widely associated with the brutal murders of two innocent people. Do not make light of their deaths because you think tiny gloves would get a laugh.
ANY 'SEXY' VERSION OF A CHARACTER PLAYED BY A CHILD
Stranger Things fans, Eleven is a perfectly fun (albeit overdone) costume. Not fun? Trying to make the character, whom you’ll recall is played by a young actress and is supposed to be about 12 years old, some sort of sexual figure. It's gross.
KNEELING NFL PROTESTORS
As you know, tensions have been running high as NFL players protest police brutality and racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. Some people are inevitably going to try and turn this headline-grabbing situation into a trendy Halloween costume. These costumes will be in poor taste.
HANNAH FROM 13 REASONS WHY
We guarantee you that no one who has suffered from the devastating effects of suicide (or has a heart) wants to see you walking around with bloody wrists when they're just trying to get some candy. Maybe get inspiration from another breakout show.
ANYTHING RELATED TO HARVEY WEINSTEIN OR HIS VICTIMS
The disgraced film producer has dominated news coverage since allegations of sexual assault and misconduct were published in the New York Times and the New Yorker. As with most cases of abuse, it took a lot of courage and pain for victims to share their accounts with the world. Using these allegations to get yourself attention on what is supposed to be a fun holiday would not be a smart move.
'SEXY' PENNYWISE FROM IT
Crossing the fear wires with the sexual attraction wires in people's brains is how serial killers get made.
HalloweenCostumes.com recently featured “Anne Frank Costume for Girls,” an outfit that included a beret, brown satchel bag and a blue dress pinned with a destination tag. “We can always learn from the struggles of history!” the website’s copy began, with an eerily gleeful exclamation point. “Now, your child can play the role of a World War II hero with this girls World War II costume.”
The Twitterverse noticed the costume and pointed out that a child who hid for years in an attic to avoid systemic genocide before eventually perishing along with most of her family in a death camp might not be the best choice for Halloween look. The costume has since been removed from the website, though the company still offers a “Chinese Gentleman” yellow-face costume, a “Snake Charmer” outfit where you get the double whammy of pretending to be a different race and having a giant fake snake that goes in a NSFW spot and at Mexican stereotype costume, which is already out of stock.
'SEXY' BORDER PATROL AGENT
Immigration is already such a touchy issue in the U.S., and sexualizing it just makes it worse for those it affects. Yet somehow, this "Border Babe" costume from Spirit Halloween is already sold out.
Which brings us to Party City's $29.99 "The Wall" costume, even more controversial to those who oppose President Trump's proposal to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.
PREGNANT KYLIE JENNER
Companies like Yandy are offering not-so-subtly named "Reality Star in the Making" getups, but we suggest you take them up on some of their other costume offerings.