Halloween will be here in a few days, and we know there are a lot of folks out there looking for the perfect costume to make a splash while trolling the streets for free candy. It's a fun tradition that people of all ages can get into. But there are a few no-nos when it comes to what's acceptable and, every year, it seems like there are a few people out there that didn't get the memo. With that in mind, we've decided to put together a list of 10 Halloween costumes you should absolutely not wear this year. Trick or treat!


1. Anything Ebola related

Listen, we know the thought of strapping on a hazmat as part of the Ebola Prevention Team might get you remembered at your annual Halloween party, but we're here to tell you that it won't be for the right reasons. You won't be remembered as clever or witty or cute. You'll be remembered as that guy that didn't realize how unfunny his costume is. It's too soon, too mean-spirited, and too stupid. Don't be that guy.


2. Ray Rice or Janay Palmer Rice

Not only is domestic violence completely unfunny, it's actually the least funny thing in the entire universe. The Ray Rice incident (and the video of the former-NFL running back knocking out his then-fiancee-now-wife Janay Palmer) should make every human being sick to their stomach. It absolutely should not make you think, "That would make a great Halloween costume!" How about this? Save the money you would have spent on the Ray Rice jersey and donate it to a cause that helps those harmed by domestic violence. Seems like a pretty decent thing to do, right?


3. A bent iPhone 6 Plus

While there's nothing inherently offensive about you and your buddies getting dressed up as giant bent iPhone 6 Pluses, it's probably a lot less funny than you think. It's not really that funny, and it was old before the meme even started. Instead, think outside the box. Want to do something Apple-related? Find something clever to do that a thousand other people haven't already thought of, and stick the bent iPhone idea into your back pocket.


4. Anything involving blackface makeup (or anything disrespecting someone's culture)

Julianne Hough learned this the hard way when she slapped on some blackface to go as "Crazy Eyes" from Orange is the New Black last Halloween. The backlash was unrelenting, and rightfully so. Appropriating, and disrespecting, anyone else's culture for your own benefit is a ridiculous way to try to get Likes on Instagram pictures of your dreadful Halloween costume. Just don't do it. You're smarter than that.


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5. Any celebrity that recently passed away

You might think it would be a nice tribute to the genius career of one of your favorite actors to dress up as them for Halloween, but most people won't see it that way. Chances are your costume will just come across as disrespectful and inappropriate. So, please, can we let folks like Robin Williams and Joan Rivers rest in peace? No one needs to see your lame attempt at a tribute (or, even worse, a terrible joke). It's just too soon.


6. Pedophile anything

Pedophilia (and all crimes against children) is just as unfunny and offensive as domestic violence, if not moreso. If you think it would be "hilarious" to dress as Jerry Sandusky, or anyone involved in the Sayreville High School hazing incident, or a "Pedophile Priest," you might want to skip Halloween and check yourself into an asylum because you're clearly crazy.


7. Something "sexy" that should never be "sexy"

A quick look around the Internet reveals that there are already about a million things that are legitimately sexy. Why, over the past few years, have Halloween costume-makers decided to make everything "sexy"? Some things should just never be considered sexy. Babies? Not sexy. SpongeBob? Not sexy. Zombies? Not sexy. If you have to ask yourself whether something is sexy or not, here's a hint: It's probably not. No sexy babies this year, ok? Can we all agree on that?


8. Anything ISIS related

The rise of ISIS on the global consciousness has really exploded over the past six months, and in the most horrifying of ways. Sure, the media might be using some of their usual fear tactics to get attention, but the truth of the matter is that people are dying in the fight against the radical group. Wearing a costume that's ISIS-related in some way is just in terrible taste. Don't be the guy that tries to make beheading funny. It will never be funny. Ever.


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9. Adrian Peterson

Remember a year or two ago when everyone thought Minnesota Vikings running back was not only one of the best players in the NFL, but also one of the best leaders in the league? Yeah, those days are long gone now. Since it was revealed that he had been accused of beating one of his children with a "switch" (and the horrifying pictures made it all too real) the public has come to learn that not everything is what it appears. Making light of this kind of abuse would be incredibly inappropriate. No one wants to see that. Stay far away from anything Adrian Peterson related.


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10. Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson

The death of Michael Brown sparked a national civil rights story out of Ferguson, Missouri and the conversation is ongoing. It's an important story and one that involves the death of a young man. You dressing up as either Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson to give your friends a chuckle is only going to make you look like a big, insensitive jerk. Don't do it.


Bonus points for combining two insensitive topics: Sexy Ebola Containment Suit

Wait, what?! Sexy Ebola Containment Suit?! Just let that phrase ring through your head a few times. Sexy. Ebola. Containment. Suit. NO. Just no.

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