UT: Avoid ‘South of the Border,’ Redneck Halloween costumes

Costume selection handout recommends the do's and don'ts for Halloween. (UT handout)
Costume selection handout recommends the do's and don'ts for Halloween. (UT handout)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A handout from UT Austin’s Office of the Dean of Students’ Sorority and Fraternity Life (SFL) offers students a checklist on how to keep their Halloween costumes from having a negative impact.

The handout, posted on UT’s website, gives students a guideline on how to avoid cultural appropriation. SFL recommended costume ideas like dressing as a letter of the alphabet, a Rubik’s cube and preppy. Costumes to avoid: Hawaiian, trailer trash and “Around the world.”

The handout listed the following costume ideas as harmful themes:

  • Painting or tinting your face to appear to be a different skin tone (ex. Blackface)
  • Cowboys and Indians, anything “Squaw” or depictions of indigenous people
  • Gypsies or Geisha
  • “South of the Border,” Fiesta
  • Hawaiian, tropical, “Leied”
  • “Ghetto fabulous,” Urban, “G’d Up”
  • Trailer trash, white trash bash, hobos
  • “Chicks and hicks,” Rednecks
  • “Around the World”

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The handout also offered themes to consider, including:

  • Decade/time period (60s, 90s, early 2000s)
  • Comic book heroes and villains
  • High school heroes, “re-live your glory days”
  • “Sporty and rep your favorite team”
  • “Catalina Yacht Mixer” or preppy
  • Alphabet theme; “Dress as a certain letter you select”
  • When I grow up
  • Rubik’s cube or memory match game

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