RELIGION

8 Do's And Don'ts Of Religion-Themed Halloween Costumes

Be respectful and have fun.

It happens every year. There's always that one goofball friend at the Halloween party who is convinced that dressing up as a sexy nun is oh-so-hilarious.

No, buddy. It's not.

For many religious people cassocks, veils and turbans aren't costumes, at all, but important elements of their faith practice. And it is never cool to mock someone's faith.

But in case you're still entertaining the idea, we decided to boil it down to a few simple dos and don'ts.  

Don't be a doofus. Do follow these suggestions. 

Don't: Be A 'Sexy' Religious Anything

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That means no sexy priests, monks and definitely not this "bad habit" nun. 

Do: Celebrate Religious Figures From Your Own Tradition That You Admire

Is there a saint whose social justice work you've come to love? Or perhaps a goddess in the pagan tradition who inspires you? It's great to celebrate these powerful figures during Halloween. 

Don't: Pretend You Belong To A Religious Group You're Not A Part Of

Faith doesn't come easy. It's something that people work hard at every single day. When you wear someone else's religious clothing just to get a few laughs at a party, you're trivializing that inner struggle. 

DoCreate Costumes That Celebrate Values Important To All Faiths

Peace, love and protecting the earth -- these are values that are central to many religions.

Don't: Dress Up Like A Deity Or A Revered Religious Figure From Someone Else's Faith

We're looking at you, Heidi Klum. 

Do: Dress Your Children Up As Tiny Adorable Religious Figures 

Baby pope, for the win.

Please Don't: Pretend You're Ahmed

His arrest was an example of the rampant Islamophobia that many Muslims face in this country. Plus, he's a 14-year-old kid. Enough said. 

Please Do: Express Yourself In Creative And Fantastical Ways

The magic of Halloween is that we get to inhabit a new persona for the day. Fairies, elves, wizards and magicians come alive on this playful day. By all means, release your inner warlock and have fun.

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