With Halloween quickly approaching us this fall season, UNH students and faculty have been discussing appropriate costumes to wear. Many students fail to realize how controversial some costumes may be. UNH has recently been making an effort to raise awareness on the matter.

Halloween is always a fun holiday for college students. Dressing up for a night and going out with friends– no harm in that right? College students fail to realize that some costumes can be found extremely offensive to many social groups, racial groups, etc. UNH faculty is taking charge and making sure no one feels unsafe or uncomfortable this Halloween.

While many people think that dressing up as Pocahontas for Halloween is harmless,  this can be a very offensive and controversial costume. Truthfully, the story behind Pocahontas is much more emotional than Disney makes it out to be.  Students must be careful of this when choosing what they would like to dress up as.

Dressing up and portraying a person of a certain social class, ethnic group, or certain disability can be hurtful to others around you on campus. UNH faculty has been working hard to make students aware of this matter, and to encourage putting thought into your costume to not only be creative, but to also be mindful of who you could offend if you wear this costume out.

Ask yourself if your costume inaccurately portrays a certain social group. How offensive is your costume?

There are so many costumes to choose from that can be creative and fun for you, without offending anyone. Consider these costumes when you dress up to go out this year for Halloween at the University of New Hampshire.


Kayleigh McElroy

Hi! My name is Kayleigh McElroy and I am a student at the University of Rhode Island! Being on campus has taught me a lot about learning how to manage my time, cope with stress, and adjust to the different living conditions! I hope to supply my fellow college students with advice and comfort on all of the situations that come along with being a college student.

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