‘Tasteless’ Anne Frank Halloween Costume Draws Ire

For most young children, Halloween means glowing Jack-o-Lanterns, endless candy and creative costumes. Most children want to dress up as their favorite superhero or movie monster. A popular online retailer, however, has come up with a rather strange costume for young girls — one that falls into another category altogether.

HalloweenCostumes.com, along with other retailers, is selling an Anne Frank outfit this year.

Yes, Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis with her family in Amsterdam during the Holocaust. As we all know, she was eventually discovered and sent to a concentration camp, where she died at age 15.

While Frank’s memory is certainly worth honoring and memorializing, doing so through an act of commercialization aimed at children has the opposite effect. To say the costume is insensitive would be a generous assessment.

And he inappropriate nature of this costume was not lost on social media users:

While Anne Frank is, of course, worthy of admiration, this odd attempt at profiting off of one of humanity’s darkest moments is nothing short of troubling. Truly, it’s astounding that this costume idea was given the green light.

But why let moral decency get in the way of revenue, right?

Fortunately, retailers have pulled the costume from shelves. Most have offered apologies, but FunCostumes, released a statement claiming the costume was intended for school projects or stage performances, not for Halloween.

It seems that virtually every year some tone-deaf costume retailer comes up with yet another bafflingly offensive outfit. Last year, in a curiously similar vein, retailers marketed a Semitic costume including a stereotypically large fake nose.

Just as that costume caused an uproar, so has this year’s Anne Frank costume. Oddly enough, the ensemble does not appear to reflect anything Frank was ever photographed wearing.

And interestingly, this costume is not actually new at all. In 2011, it gained much notoriety online when it was being sold as a “World War II evacuee” costume.

If your daughter idolizes individuals like Anne Frank, that’s a good thing. But to dress as her up as Frank for Halloween makes a mockery of her tragically short life, as well as the millions of other individuals brutally persecuted by Nazi Germany.

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Photo Credit: Photo Collection Anne Frank House/Flickr

53 comments

Kathryn I
Kathryn I22 days ago

The creation of a Halloween costume depicting Anne Frank is as immoral and disgusting as it gets! Petition signed. Thanks

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Kathryn I
Kathryn Iabout a month ago

It's not surprising that this "costume" mocking Anne Frank was devised under Trump's watch, of course! Thanks for sharing.

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Ellie M
Ellie Mabout a month ago

ty

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Virginia Abreu de Paula
Virginia Abreu de Paulaabout a month ago

I fail to see the offense. It could be a way to show admiration for that brave little girl. I would not compare to those who were killed in Las Vegas. Or those todlers who were burned to death in Brazil. It is totally different. Anne Frank is a celebrity that deserves admiration. Try to see it that way.

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Peggy B
Peggy Babout a month ago

Inappropriate.

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Renata B
Renata Babout a month ago

Do we have any costume for those killed in Las Vegas? That would be fun, right? Or maybe not. Think about.

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Renata B
Renata Babout a month ago

"But why let moral decency get in the way of revenue, right?" It is all there. As usual, always.

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Magdalen B
Magdalen Babout a month ago

Not at all appropriate. History Day would be another matter.

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Paulo R
Paulo Reesonabout a month ago

Petition signed, ty

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Tara W
Tara Wabout a month ago

At least they didn't make it a "sexy" costume, as they all seem to be these days! To think... that insensitive crappy polyester get-up will last a thousand years in the landfill.

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