Native stereotypes in Party City Halloween costumes draw flak
Jamie Becker-Finn recently went to Party City in Roseville, Minn., to find costumes for her son’s upcoming birthday party. As she walked inside the store, Becker-Finn, who grew up on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, saw Native American-themed costumes that she found offensive.
She took a picture of the costumes, which included brown dresses with fringe and headdresses, and posted them to Party City’s Facebook page. She said she did that after the local store manager allegedly refused to remove them.
“Hey Party City, this is not okay!” she wrote on Facebook. “Educate yourselves and get this offensive stuff out of your stores!”
Party City’s Roseville store referred questions to the company’s corporate office, which did not return calls seeking comment. The company did post an apology to Becker-Finn’s Facebook page, saying “nothing we sell is meant to be offensive” and “there is demand for a wide variety of Halloween costumes.”
Becker-Finn, however, said selling and wearing the costumes perpetuate racism.
“My daughter is not even a year and a half old and it’s difficult enough to raise a mixed-race child, especially in a metro area where she isn’t around a lot of other Native people,” she said.
“Our family and I don’t want her to ever see those kind of costumes and those kinds of images and start to question who she is and whether she has value,” she added. “It’s frustrating that we’re not at a point where people understand that it’s wrong to dress up as a race of people, particularly a marginalized race of people.”
After she posted the comment, Becker-Finn said she started receiving negative and racist replies.
Some people might wear an offensive Halloween costume in the hope of having fun, but they cross a line and veer into racist territory by being insensitive, said Anton Treuer, a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University.
In Native culture, some items are considered sacred and there are guidelines on who can wear them, so seeing people wear Native American-themed costumes evokes strong feelings among Native Americans, he said.
“When somebody gets a chicken feather headdress and wears it for Halloween, it’s not just playing Indian,” he said. “It often feels like a pretty contemporary painful mockery of somebody’s recently suppressed religion.”
Some mascots and names, such as the controversial logo, name and imagery of the Washington Redskins NFL football team, are considered defamatory to Native culture, Treuer said.
“Our public sports culture around the use of Native mascots and imagery in sports has left a lot of Native people really concerned and upset with cultural appropriation,” he said.
Treuer said Halloween can be a unifying occasion and a teaching moment that can be used to spread tolerance. “We should be showing children how to have fun in respectful ways instead of encouraging them to be insensitive to their neighbors.”
As a parent, Becker-Finn said she doesn’t want her children to feel stereotyped and marginalized.
“I’m not a humorless person. I love Halloween,” she said. “It’s actually one of my favorite holidays, but I’m sick of having to face all these racist stereotypes every time I try to celebrate this holiday with my children.”
THE TRUE PRICE OF A PARTY CITY HALLOWEEN COSTUME
There’s something spooky about Party City’s prices. Call it a case of what-you-see-is-not-what-you-get.
party city insideThe writing is quite literally on the wall: In more than 800 stores nationwide, photos of Halloween costumes affixed with a price. But the prices don’t account for all the accessories that you’ll need to purchase if you want to look the same as the pictured costume.
For instance, the photo on the wall for a Darth Vader costume has a $19.99 price tag but that doesn’t include the pictured lightsaber — an integral part to the outfit that will cost you another $10.
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It’s the same story for a Queen of Hearts costume, a pirate outfit, and a “Sexy Chucky” costume, among countless others.
Observe what happened when TINA.org took a field trip to several stores and calculated the “actual price” of those costumes as pictured. Watch as many of them doubled in price:
Perhaps Party City is trying to save customers money by separating out the associated accessories — some of which they didn’t have in store as shelves started to empty out near Halloween — thus giving consumers the option to make the additional purchase. But we don’t buy that. After all, who’s Darth Vader without a lightsaber?
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So many costumes, so many choices. From licensed Disney princess dresses to pirate, vampire, and radiant light-up outfits, Party City offers dozens of affordable costumes for girls to help her stand out from the Halloween crowd.
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Mens classic costumes run the gamut from Elvis to Santa, from a monk to a Beatle, whether you are interested in traditional or quirky costumes we’ve got the perfect one for you. How about going as a banana? Maybe Harpo the Clown or Prince Charming is more your style. You could be a classic Roman soldier clad in armor, a buccaneer pirate, or a dashing medieval mercenary. Looking for an easy costume? How about a pilot shirt or S.W.A.T. vest. Whatever you wish to be this Halloween you’re sure to find it at Oriental Trading.
Classic costumes for women include; the mystical medusa, a geisha costume, a Navy pinup costume, or Mrs. Clause. And those are just a few of the costumes to choose from. Be a Medieval lady or Harvest princess, or be cute as a button dressed for a sock hop or as the Easter Bunny. Looking for something sexy? How about being a Saloon gal, a 1920’s flapper, a golden goddess, a mystical genie or the game Twister. If you want an easy Halloween costume for the evening, try out the fitted referee shirt or an M&M tank dress.
There are all kinds of fun choices for classic kids costumes too! Little boys will get a kick out of being a pirate, an Air Force fighter pilot, a policeman, firefighter, astronaut and more. We’ve got the classic Halloween costumes for boys! Little girls will get their imaginations going with Halloween costumes that include a wild west cutie, a rag doll, witches, princesses, astronauts and more. Get your little one the perfect classic girls Halloween costume this year.
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Attending a notable costume convention or festival? Wear the best quality attire that the costume industry has to offer. We have a serious collection of deluxe costumes for cosplay, comic and anime fan conventions, renaissance fairs, regional festivals and carnivals. Our collection of 16th century Renaissance costumes can be seen in popular events across the world—from our home state’s very own Florida Renaissance Festival to masquerade carnivals in Venice. Locally, we help individuals attending the Florida SuperCon showcase their costumes in Miami Beach, FL. You can also get a peek of our lively jester costumes and masquerades on bourbon street during Mardi Gras! We are a costume hub for everyone! From the proudest steampunk and cosplay geeks to the hipster raver kids. If you are in need of neon fluffies or outrageous masks to complete electronic music festival costumes, we are your EDM outfit shop. Being located in the heart of Miami, we have developed rave costumes that celebrate the PLUR mantra for anyone attending our city’s very own Ultra Music Festival.
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Even if you are not attending a world renown event, Wonder Costumes can be the solution for your costuming needs. Every day of the year, there are costume theme parties and holidays to celebrate. Throwback theme parties celebrate the nostalgic decades of our past with costumes—whether it’s a 1920s and 30s gangster and flapper party, a 1940s WWII themed event, a 1950s swing dance-a-thon, a 60s hippie reunion, a 70s disco night, or an 80s retro flash dance bash—we have various options per category capture the past. If you are in need of an elegant costume for a special costumed gala, you will find our Victorian dresses, princess gowns, and Roman or Greek costumes to be the perfect fit.
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Dress Up for the Holidays
Holidays very special at Wonder Costumes—all of them! Following the Halloween craze, Thanksgiving costumes take their rightful place. You will find anything from a full turkey outfit to a traditional pilgrim or Indian costume for this special American tradition. In December, the holidays are certain to call for extra special outfits that bring joy to the world. Christmas costumes like Santa suits, elf outfits and snowmen are all the buzz. Then, starting early in the year, we feature love-inspiring Valentine’s Day costumes that bring lovers together. In March, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Leprechaun costumes for bar crawls and St. Patty’s potlucks. However, March is not alone; Purim and Easter follow, and so does the demand for Easter bunny costumes and religious themed garments for school recitals and biblical plays. On the 4th July, when we help America celebrate Independence Day with classic Yankee, Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty costumes, and other U.S. flag outfits and accessories that show your patriotic spirit. Celebrate all the holidays joyously with our diverse collection.
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We are a costume company based in the U.S. and located in the Kendall area of Miami, Florida where we serve local community. However, our e-commerce business serves the U.S. and the entire world. We ship promptly to most international destinations, including any APO, DPO and FPO locations. For your convenience various shipping options are available to guarantee delivery by a specific day. Otherwise, our economic flat shipping rate will still get your items delivered efficiently and safely.
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