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Booth's Blog: Are Controversial Halloween Costumes Your Thing?
By Emily Booth, Wednesday 22nd October 2014
We’re hotting up to Halloween and over the next two weeks many of us will be digging around online for an edgy Halloween costume to wear. Gone are the days of turning up as a sexy witch unless you’ve just scooted down to the local supermarket for a last minute costume (I always loved that scene in Mean Girls where Lohan discovers to her horror the Valley girls use Halloween to look like whores, not freaks!)

No these days, like anything it seems Halloween has been turned in to a clever mass marketing scheme to make a quick buck creating cheap and now controversial costumes!

Have you heard about the Ebola Halloween costume?! Now I am not one to pass judgment but this phenomenon has been brought to my attention and people just don’t know whether this is sick in a good or bad way – what do you think?

Yes, it seems Ebola has gone almost global in more ways than one with costume companies catching the disease ridden whiff that people are now dressing up in biohazard suits in order to ride the current tide of disease paranoia. So is it bad taste or just good fun to make light of a potentially horrific situation? Is Halloween just about one – upmanship now? Showing the world how incredibly on the ball and clever you are at laughing in the face of social/political/environmental woes?

It’s OK to be subversive, that’s what punk was all about, apparently and real horror is all around us. The zombie, for example has come to represent various modern downfalls, be it the obsession with materialism (Dawn Of The Dead 1978) or the obsession with fame (Dead Set 2008) and for those reasons this shuffling brain eating ugly creature has the power to not only resonate highly with society, it has the power like a horrid mutating strain of virus, to be ever changing, adapting and reacting to the world itself.

So Halloween is for the taking, make whatever comment you like. Or you could just be old school, have a little fun dress up as a witch, stay in with sweeties and watch Horror Channel!


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