Offensive Halloween Costumes? You Tell Me…

As in years past there are several costumes this Halloween that are controversial. I remember when we had O.J. and the Menendez brothers. What did you think of those costumes? Are we and our children desensitized to violence? Do we have a twisted sense of humor? Or is it a peaceful way for us to come to terms with these hideous crimes?

We could say the media is pushing this on us but truthfully many people will be wearing these costumes this year.

The first controversial costume for 2011 in order of popularity is Charlie Sheen. Not so bad right, kind of funny except when your male teen wants to go as him. Great role model huh?  Second place goes to Casey Anthony and Caylee Anthony costumes. The child’s costume is way over the top. Let us not forget that a little girl died. Have we lost sensitivity or are we coping the best we can?

The 3rd place costume is Amanda Knox and Jessica Rabbit, murder and boobs. The fourth Osama bin Laden and 5th is Chaz Bono.  What are we thinking, really? What happened to the scary Halloween costumes like Dracula and the Zombie or cute little pumpkins, scary witches and ghosts?

Some people will feel comfortable with these costumes and others will think they are offensive. What do you think?

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About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. or
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