Destiny Soney in native dressDestiny Soney of the Native Student Alliance is one of the faces of the Culture Not a Costume public education campaign.

Cultural appropriation at Halloween not part of the fun, says student group

This Halloween, UWindsor’s Native Student Alliance is reminding students and the community to be mindful when choosing a costume, through the Culture Not a Costume campaign.

The campaign is an educational initiative to raise awareness and discussion about cultural appropriation during the Halloween season. Halloween costumes based on race, ethnicity, religion, or culture can promote stereotypes and racism, and the Alliance is reminding revelers that costumes are not harmless and have negative impacts on targeted groups.

The Alliance wants to spread the message that although often sold in Halloween costume stores or promoted on such do-it-yourself websites as Pinterest,  these types of costumes continue to be a form of oppression against people of marginalized groups.

A Culture Not a Costume Awareness Fair will be held in the CAW Student Centre on Thursday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find more information at