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Running Late On Your Pumpkin Carving? Check Out These Pumpkins For Your Own Inspo

Latinos are the kings and queens of scary and creepy. Our legends of La Llorona and El Cucuy transcend time, space and generations. We are also a pretty crafty group of people. So, with pumpkin carving being a thing, it just makes sense that Latinos would find a way to make them the grand objects of Latino culture every Latino house needs at Halloween. We don’t do anything basic and these imaginative pumpkins show just how far we go to make sure that our culture is front and center for every holiday.

The best part of pumpkin carving as kids was scooping out the pumpkin brains.

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It was a slimy mess and always freaked somebody out who just couldn’t take the texture. There was nothing more satisfying than scraping out all of the seeds and guts to get the pumpkin hollowed out and ready for the carving.

Carving the pumpkins always stressed out our moms but they always did it to see the smile on our faces.

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She was always so afraid you were going to cut yourself on the knife. Even when you were done cutting the top off and just scooping out the innards of the pumpkin. She was always terrified that you would end up bleeding all over the place. Was she scared of the mess or your safety? Legit question.

Some of us grew up to become professionals.

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I still use a stencil from a children’s book so I know how to carve the damn thing. Who has time to plan out their pumpkin carving masterpiece? My ideas come the day of the carving because I just never tried.

We love a good caricature that really scares people.

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We are in a crazy time politically. That is just a fact. So, why not pull out one of the scariest things people have experienced in their lifetime with a political caricature.

Leave it to Latinos to turn a pumpkin into a palm tree.

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Have you ever seen south Florida at Christmas? Pine trees are cute but the decoration are all up in the palm trees. Halloween usually means falla nd colder weather but some places just stay hot. Therefore, this palm tree carving is genius.

Some of us grow up to be true hidalgos.

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That’s a hard yes. Just never ask someone to marry you on a pumpkin. Carve a pineapple instead to keep your heritage alive.

Puerto Ricans legit carve pineapples instead of pumpkins.

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Okay, so that might be a generalization. However, who would carve a pineapple for Halloween other than Caribbean people? It’s culturally relevant and much more delicious when you hollow them out.

Back in the ’90s, my mom put fake eyelashes on our pumpkins.

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What Boricua would ever be seen without long lashes, big old hoops and a fabulous hair do? Not even my mom’s pumpkins can dress down for their life. Yes, I am still angelic.

Mexicanos see a pumpkin waiting to be painted.

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Día de los Muertos style. Think of it as practice for next weekend and a way to circumvent your mother being scared that you’ll cut yourself. Plus, it really makes your house stand out.

This college freshman won first place for her Día de los Muertos carving.

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For anyone whose always just sliced straight into a pumpkin, take note that carving just the surface off is so much more technical. If you pierce through, it’s all over.

Some kiddos are already making Coco pumpkins!

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Tan cute. This is the first Halloween post-Coco and we expect the imitations to be all over the streets Halloween night. Legit, these are some of the most adorable pumpkins.

NSFW: Because some pumpkins do get scandalous.

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This is something you would never see in your family house. This is something that you will see in a college apartment or on the porch of your single tío.

Keep it real with the pumpkins acting out what you expect your Halloween night to look like.

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Do not worry. Mexicanos crafted this set up. You know it’s true because their moms made them put plastic under the “vomit” to clean it up easier.

Meanwhile, Dominicanos brought myth to reality with this pumpkin carving.

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We aren’t 100 percent sure, but the middle pumpkin looks like a happy chupacabra. Like, the kind of chupacabra that just saw his prey for the day’s dinner.

 Some people create whole new monsters to terrify generations to come.

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It’s what we do. Eso se llamo El Soplo Conglehado and the moment you put one toe out the door past curfew, there he is. Look into his eye and you’ll be petrified and dragged to a lake to be eaten. It’s on brand, right?

Every Cubano pumpkin must have a cigar on hand (i.e. mouth).

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Another accurate reflection of what your Halloween might look like. This year will mark the first annual tradition of stooping con cigarillo to add to the smoky spooky house aesthetic.

TBH, I give props to the Día de los Muertos pumpkins the most.

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They’re multi-purpose. You can leave them out for a week longer than anyone else’s dumb ghost pumpkin. Once it’s November, bobos, Casper is passé. Make your entire ancestry proud and go for the honorific skull.

Or just forget the pumpkins and go for more relevant foods.

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TBH, if avocados grew on trees… Reset. If I were hella rica, I would pass these out in lieu of candy. Name one time you gave an avocado to someone and they were upset. That’s right. Probably never because we don’t give away avocados. They’re the original gold in bartering.


READ: 15 Photos of the Most Clever Couples’ Costumes from Halloween

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JetBlue Issued An Official Apology After One Employee In Florida Dressed Up As A Hurricane Maria Victim

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JetBlue Issued An Official Apology After One Employee In Florida Dressed Up As A Hurricane Maria Victim

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Every Halloween, we have the misfortune of reporting on how white people still don’t understand that culture, poverty, and other races are not costumes. JetBlue has recently issued an apology after one of its employees at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport showed up to work in a homeless Hurricane Maria refugee for Halloween. With tattered hair, makeup smeared across her face, and ripped disheveled clothing, the woman carried a cup for change and an offensive sign. It read, “Homeless, Need help trying to get back home to Puerto Rico or Cuba.”

According to one Twitter user, the costume “sparked controversy” at the airport, offending both employees and travelers alike. The Twitter user decided to take to the Internet to gather public opinion, tweeting, “This was the costume of a JetBlue employee at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I want to read your opinions.” Needless to say, the employee has been adequately roasted by Latinos everywhere, JetBlue has issued an apology, and has told NBC News that “the situation was immediately addressed.” 

Immediately, people took offense to the idea of dressing up as a Hurricane Maria refugee.

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“It seems fatal to me. It doesn’t matter if she didn’t say Cuba or Puerto Rico,” one offended Twitter user said in Spanish. She went on to say, “Many people don’t care about the homeless because they think they “asked for it,” but that is the sad reality of life. So many don’t care or respect the pain or difficulties of others.” Another Latino commented, “This IS offensive. Not because the name of my country is there, that only reflects their ignorance. But the issue of being homeless is too delicate and it is not funny at all to not have a roof, food, or clean clothes … but that’s just me.”

Meanwhile, Florida has become a hub for displaced Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria decimated the island.

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One woman took offense to the degrading imitation of the immigrants “who created and are the basis of this country.” Another woman suggested that the staff be given some sensitivity training regarding the community they serve, actual Cubans and Puerto Ricans. “Not sure if they know but thousands of people lost everything due to Hurricane Maria,” tweeted another dissenter. “For this JetBlue employee to think it’s OK to joke about the epidemic of homelessness in Puerto Rico and the U.S. is sickening and completely unacceptable. That’s NO JOKE.”

Another Latina was absolutely incredulous that a JetBlue employee actually “showed up to work in this racist and highly offensive ‘costume.’ People’s hardship and suffering should not be mocked like this.”

Then, the Twitter trolls infiltrated, calling Latinos “snowflakes” and “virtue signalers” for taking offense at the costume.

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We’ll spare you some of the more pointedly racist remarks. One user defended the costume, wondering out loud to a group of Latinos if, “maybe she couldn’t afford an expensive store bought costume, so she used what she had.” She went on to say, “I was a gypsy practically every year growing up, I’m sure that’s offensive too these days!” ????????????

Someone else jokingly pointed out that the costume is a fail because there is zero bandera pride. ????????????????

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“It grates me because a true homeless Boricua would have the flag, even if it was painted on their teeth,” tweeted Mr. Rivera. The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York reported that more than 135,000 Puerto Ricans fled the island for the mainland United States within six months after Hurricane Maria made landfall. Nearly 57,000 of them moved to Florida. Puerto Rican homelessness is no laughing matter. Hurricane Maria made significant, generational impacts on Puerto Ricans. Whether the JetBlue employee decided to take on that traumatic event as a weak pander to vacation on the Caribbean island, or if she truly was so ignorant that we cannot find reason for her costume, commenting Latinos are largely “furious.”

Others are demanding that JetBlue actually “leave her jobless to find the joke in her ‘costume.'”

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“Shame on @JetBlue and their management for not sending this employee home as soon as they saw this highly inappropriate & insensitive ‘costume’. SHAME!,” commented one user. Jetblue has not responded to the tweet that set the public roasting in motion. Jetblue’s manager of corporate communications, Derek Dombrowski, emailed NBC News to issue an apology: “In the spirit of Halloween, our crew members are welcome to celebrate in costume, but one crew member chose a costume that was clearly insensitive and not in line with our costume policy. The situation was immediately addressed, and we apologize to anyone who was offended.”

While JetBlue has apologized for the offense, folks still want to know how the employee was “immediately addressed.”

READ: This Latina’s Chanclazo Costume Has Us All Terrified And Really Made Halloween A Time To Remember

Two Women Thought It Was A Good Idea To Dress Up In KKK Robes And Parade Themselves Around Black People

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Two Women Thought It Was A Good Idea To Dress Up In KKK Robes And Parade Themselves Around Black People

Why In 2019 Some People Would Think That A KKK Costume Or A Bloodied And Bruised Makeup Look Are ‘Cute’ Is Above Us

Bella Thorne Angered Her Followers For Bloodied And Bruised Halloween Selfies: ‘Stop Glamorizing Domestic Abuse’

Bella Thorne’s Bruised And Bloodied Selfies And Two Women Dressed Up As KKK Members in DTLA Riled Up The Internet This Halloween

Just when we thought we’d made it through this year’s Halloween season without any inappropriate or problematic Halloween costumes, Bella Thorne posted her look on Instagram. A lot of the actress’ followers were offended by her makeup, saying that it looked too similar to a domestic abuse victim. And in Downtown L.A., a group of Hispanic women thought it was ok to dress up as KKK members until people snatched their hoods off. Here’s what went down. 

Bella Thorne wanted to show off her makeup skills in a bloodied and bruised look —but instead, was dragged by her followers.

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Before unveiling her actual Halloween costume as a sexy Girl Scout, Bella Thorne took to Instagram to show off her makeup skills by posting a photo of herself looking bruised and bloodied. Looking like someone had punched her in the face, the actress captioned the series of three photos with: “Hire me for your Halloween makeup I got you boo ???????????? ????????????.”

The actor riled up her followers who were quick to assume she’d been hurt.

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Although the caption made it pretty clear that she hadn’t actually been hurt, many of her followers said the pictures were jarring and worrying. One wrote: “My heart dropped. I immediately got angry that someone hit you. This is uhhh fkn scary.” Another added; “Almost said, are u okay, lol.”

Her followers called the actor out for ‘glamorizing’ domestic abuse.

They also called Bella out for “glamorizing” domestic violence and said it should never be used for aesthetic purposes. Some commenters said: “Why is glamorizing being physically abused culturally appropriate during Halloween?”, “I feel this is too close to physical abuse, you’re crossing a fine line here.”

“That’s kinda insensitive to real victims of DV.”

“I’m just sickened and so disappointed in you. What a platform you have…and misuse it like this. Sickening, Bella.”

The actor is known for her wild, bold and colorful looks —hair and makeup included. The photos posted on October 30, featured a cut lip and bruises on her jaw and eye.

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Commenters thought her makeup would be triggering to those who have experienced abuse in their own lives. Bella has previously spoken out about her own struggles with physical and sexual abuse in the past, so it’s surprising to see her showcase such a makeup look. 

As part of the Time’s Up movement, Bella Thorne spoke up about her own experience of sexual and physical abuse as a child last year. 

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“I was sexually abused and physically growing up from the day I can remember till I was 14..when I finally had the courage to lock my door at night and sit by it,” she wrote on Instagram. “All damn night. Waiting for someone to take advantage of my life again. Over and over I waited for it to stop and finally it did. But some of us aren’t as lucky to get out alive. Please, today stand up for every soul Mistreated. #timesup”

Bella went on to debut her actual Halloween costume on Instagram the following day and has yet to respond to comments regarding her previous post.

And speaking of insensitive and problematic costumes, these two Hispanic women in DTLA thought that dressing up as KKK members would be funny —until it wasn’t.

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A group of Hispanic women dressed as Ku Klux Klan members in downtown Los Angeles, on Halloween night and roamed around town, sparking outrage and alarm. Videos of their costumes were shown in several social media posts. One clip shows a woman telling the cloaked person to take her hood off until someone finally snatches it off her head. 

One of the women who confronted the insensitive trick-or-treaters took to Facebook to share a post about how things went down.

Racist women get KKK mask snatched off them and ran out of DTLA #share #Melaninispowerful“THIS SHIT ISN’T FUNNY”“Oh so you thought this was funny”I’m not a bully nor am I a killer but this type of shit needs to stop, before somebody gets killed or we start a riot as people. Last night Two Mexican women walked down the streets of LA wearing KU KLUX KLAN outfits thinking shit was funny and “allegedly trying to scare ppl” so we snatched their mask off and had a little conversation… this isn’t just disrespectful to black ppl but all people who fought for our rights this is disrespectful to our people my people your people(to The women). “The same people you two are supporting is the same folks supporting deportation of your ppl and your walking #DTLATo “scare people” “ she goes on to say “I am right and I should be mad” that’s the moment I could’ve and should’ve knocked her ass out but unfortunately we would’ve been the ones behind bars for being black in America and fighting the same fight out ancestry fought, we didn’t put our hands on them, we took those mask off and kindly escorted them out of LA.. We didn’t do this for clout, we did this to for our respect ✊ don’t play like this ppl of America cause this generation isn’t gonna let that shit go down!#racist #melaninispowerful #love #energy #bestfriendgoals #trumpsupporters indigenous justice is environmental justice

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“I’m not a bully nor am I a killer but this type of shit needs to stop before somebody gets killed or we start a riot as people. Last night Two Mexican women walked down the streets of LA wearing KU KLUX KLAN outfits thinking shit was funny and “allegedly trying to scare ppl” so we snatched their mask off and had a little conversation,” wrote Ashley Williams, one of the people who confronted the women about the disrespectful costumes. 

“This isn’t just disrespectful to black ppl but all people who fought for our rights this is disrespectful to our people my people your people (to the women). The same people you two are supporting is the same folks supporting deportation of your ppl…”

The video compiles a few clips of what went down and how the two hooded women were confronted by a small mob of people.

The nearly two-minute-long video posted to Twitter shows the two women standing on the sidewalk as a mob of people try to take their hoods. Later on they try to enter a smoke shop as everyone around them booed. “Don’t ever wear that sh*t in your life,” said the female rapper Shatown Johnson to the hooded woman. “You’re right,” replied the woman in the ridiculous costume after being confronted. 

Why these women thought it would be cute or “funny” to dress up as Klan members for Halloween? Who knows! But just like Facebook user Ashley Williams put it on her post: “Don’t play like this ppl of America cause this generation isn’t gonna let that shit go down!”