Getting invited to a costume party immediately sparks the need to think of what you'll wear. Wearing a costume allows you the chance to role play and can be amusing and entertaining if pulled off correctly. Masquerade balls, costume parties and Halloween are common times you'd be expected to select a costume. Chances are, unless the events are exclusive to your private, intimate friends, you'll need to be sure that your outfit is appropriate as to not offend others.
Speciality theme parties such as Mardi Gras celebrations and private parties may seem like great outlets for choosing racy attire, however, revealing too much can be too much for even the sexiest bashes. Costumes that completely reveal your private anatomy is likely to may make others uncomfortable. This act of indecent exposure may be illegal depending on the venue and local laws. There's a way to be sexy without baring it all. Consider alternative additions to your costume that will cover up private parts so you still have a good time.
Some costumes seem like a good idea in jest but come off as racist or sexist in nature. Err on the side of caution when an idea that may seem funny could backfire on you. This is particularly true of costumes that you create on your own. Costumes that position other races or genders in satirical ways can be offensive especially if you're following certain negative stereotypes.
Costumes that make light of sensitive subjects such as victims of natural disasters and high-profile controversial cases are inappropriate for public events. Comedy Central television program South Park is notorious for pushing the envelope of appropriateness. Emanating skits seen in these types of X-rated programming is likely to get a few laughs from some who see the humour of your costume but anger others. A costume made to look like the late animal expert Steve Irwin with a stingray wrapped around his neck is an example of something highly inappropriate considering he lost his life in a stingray accident.
Poking fun of specific religions in a negative manner can get you blacklisted from certain types of events. Use your best sense when coming to a party dressed up as a negative stereotype of any religion. Dressing up in a rabbi or Jesus costume is considered sacrilegious by many, so keep this in mind before you venture out in religious garb.
Dressing up kids as pimps, prostitutes, sexy girls or drug dealers is inappropriate. You will also find costumes that allude to pet abuse or pet sexual acts highly disturbing to others as well.
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