With Halloween around the corner, the hot topic of conversations across the global party scene is “what are you going to dress up as”. It’s no different in the Middle East quarters for disciples of this pagan festival and indiscriminate party people!- expats and denizens of the Arab world - alike.
But the potential for getting it wrong is rife as the growing catalogue of creative costumes can be a minefield for political and fashion faux pas  -- Prince Harry’s Gestapo gaffe only reminded us that it’s never going to be socially acceptable to pull off a Nazi number. In the politically and religiously charged Middle East where dictator get-ups or dodgy draws like the classic ‘terrorist’ present themselves at every news bulletin, we thought it fitting to put out a cautionary panel of potential Halloween hazards - the horrors that are costume slip-ups best slipped-off! Here, easy costume wins can easily lose you your street cred and friend groups in a society steeped in sensitivities and riddled in red-lines .
So enjoy the night of spooks and keep it footloose and fancy-free, but smarten up your fancy-dress sense -- dress to impress, not to offend.
Every new Halloween season brings the opportunity to overachieve in the realm of costume mayhem. Just be careful that you don’t go so far as to suggest you’ve been completely possessed. There IS a line...and if you want to cross it, try these “over the top” and mostly offensive getups. Or don’t.
Make sure that liberal and daring don’t spill over into tacky and oh-no-you-didn’t ! The no-no’s and blips to avoid this Halloween in our horror show costume parade from the Muslim kinky to the Arab slinky.