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It’s Halloween So The Offensive Costumes Have Already Started, Like Fashion Nova’s Sexy Selena Costume

Halloween is right around the corner which means people everywhere are looking for the costumes. This also means people testing the boundaries of cultural appropriation which can make the season a bit uneasy, especially for Latinos. Halloween can be a time for people to get really creative or just be plain offensive. For California brand Fashion Nova, some are questioning their just released line of Halloween costumes that include the iconic purple Selena jumpsuit and a family collection of Día de Muertos costumes.

The Fashion Nova Selena costume is named “La Flor” and is getting attention for being much more revealing than the original outfit.

The famed purple jumpsuit is from Selena’s last performance at the Houston Astrodome back in 1995 and is one of her most recognizable outfits. Some fans aren’t too happy with Fashion Nova’s version of the outfit because of the revealing top and their attempt to make money off of the iconic singer’s name.

This isn’t the first time the iconic outfit has been at the back end of some controversy.

One person took to Twitter and said Selena’s “dad would’ve smacked her if she wore this.” This isn’t the first time the outfit has been replicated, just last year Kim Kardashian wore the purple jumpsuit and got some flack for it. While the outfit may not be culturally insensitive, it shows that Selena’s fans are always willing to stand up and defend her name.

This “Dia de los Muertos” collection is also a bit questionable.

Latinos are constantly defending Dia de los Muertos, the multi-day holiday in Mexico celebrating those who have died, because people continue to misappropriate it’s true meaning. With the success of the Día de Muertos inspired Pixar movie “Coco,” it’s no surprise that Fashion Nova tried to cash in on the moment. The collection has three Día de Muertos costumes, including “Señorita Muerte,” which is already sold out, a “Mr. Muerte” costume, and a “Day of the Dead Boy” costume. While it’s not your typical Mexican sombrero and mustache costume, this is still cultural appropriation, especially when trying to replicate a cultural holiday that represents those who’ve passed.

Fashion Nova has been called out before for appropriating and stealing artist work.

The fashion line is most known for catering it’s clothes for curvy women and selling reasonably priced trending outfits. But it has also had it’s share of criticism for appropriating certain styles and using artists work without consent. Just earlier this year, Jai Nice, designer of the brand Kloset Envy, called out Fashion Nova for stealing her design and stealing off black culture. Mitú reached out to Fashion Nova but there has been no response as this time.


READ: 20 Latino Celebrities Who Dressed Up For Halloween Last Year To Inspire You This Year

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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I don’t care if it’s barely August. It’s never too soon to start talking about Halloween.

The year 2020 has already taken so much from us, I won’t let it take Halloween too. And thanks to come very creative, socially-distanced supporting Halloween fans, it looks like we won’t have to say goodbye to the best holiday of the year after all.

Orlando is getting a drive-thru haunted experience and I really want to go.

If you were worried that COVID-19 would spell the end of haunted attractions in 2020, you’d best buckle up. The brave and the squeamish alike are invited to travel The Haunted Road this fall, a drive-thru Halloween experience in Central Florida that offers a socially distant alternative to the traditional haunted house.

The Haunted Road promises a fully immersive horror experience replete with monsters and gore galore — which should ring like music to your ears if going to haunts is your Halloween tradition of choice. The difference here is that you’ll experience the world of nightmarish scenery and gruesome creatures entirely from the comfort of your vehicle. So, kind of like a haunted hayride, but Coronavirus safe.

At the heart of the experience is an original take on the story of Rapunzel. On The Haunted Road, Rapunzel “journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures — and hundreds of shocking scares.” There will also be a more family-friendly daytime version of the event on weekdays.

OK, a huge thank you to whomever thought up this genius idea.

The idea for The Haunted Road was borne from the idea of creating an original haunted attraction that adheres to safe social distancing measures.

Most haunted attractions place visitors into smaller spaces and encourage performers to get up close and personal to secure the scare. But with the coronavirus pandemic raging on, that in-your-face approach is largely unfeasible and could lead most haunts to remain closed for the 2020 season. And that’s where The Haunted Road comes riding in like a headless horseman poised to save Halloween.

“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal, The Haunted Road.

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights, a Universal Studios staple, is not happening this year and there is only one thing to blame: Covid. The virus, which is still spread wildly in the U.S., has forced so many things to be canceled. People are not happy with the decision.

For the first time in 30 years, Halloween Horror Nights is not happening.

Halloween Horror Nights is one of the biggest events of the year at Universal Studios in Florida and California. The sudden (and not surprising) cancelation is a devastating announcement for the fans of spooky culture.

Honestly, people are ready to throw their tantrums over this.

Florida and California, home to both Universal Studios, are dealing with major Covid outbreaks. California had an explosion of Covid cases that forced the state to reverse some of its rapid reopenings. Florida is another state dealing with a major Covid outbreak that has forced some places to reclose as Disney pushes forward with the reopening.

There’s a lot of pain out there right now.

It really is another blow in a very devastating year. So many people hoped that Halloween would still happen yet the patchwork response we’ve had against the virus isn’t helping. The loss of a Halloween tradition is just too painful right now but we will be alright.

All we can do now is wait “patiently” for Halloween 2021…

All it took was wearing masks and social distancing to avoid this yet, here we are. Remember to take care of yourself, your health, and your community. This means wearing masks and social distancing to protect each other.

READ: Republican Senator Blames Latino Community For Disproportionate COVID Case Numbers

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