Hal­loween cos­tumes with an Ebola edge

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Ebola- themed health­care worker cos­tumes may be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance amid the sea of ghosts, gob­lins and ghouls this Hal­loween.

One web­site says its Ebola con­tain­ment suit will be “the most vi­ral cos­tume of the year,” while another rec­om­mends wear­ing its re­al­is­tic-look­ing hazardous ma­te­ri­als suit and mask to a party, “to talk about the re­cent ad­vances in dis­ease con­trol tech­nol­ogy.” From sexy Ebola nurse scrubs to match­ing con­tain­ment suits for the en­tire fam­ily, the chat­ter on Twit­ter is end­less. But whether or not an Ebo­lath­emed out­fit is a timely or tacky choice has also sparked a mon­ster eti­quette de­bate on the so­cial me­dia site.

“Any­one con­sid­er­ing a Hal­loween cos­tume with an Ebola theme should be quar­an­tined per­ma­nently. And get no candy ever,” one tweeter said. “It’s taste­less. Peo­ple are dy­ing. It’s not a joke,” said another in out­rage.

That sen­ti­ment was shared by Peggy Post, an au­thor and spokes­woman for the Emily Post In­sti­tute, which of­fers ad­vice on so­cial eti­quette. “I’d save it for another year,” she said. “It just doesn’t ring re­spect­ful at this point in time.” Hal­loween is about be­ing fun, hu­mor­ous and clever, but there are so many other themes to choose from, she told the team.

Out­liers At least one cos­tume re­tailer says it hasn’t seen an uptick in haz­mat cos­tume pur­chases. “Peo­ple love to talk about how fun that might be, but aren’t ac­tu­ally will­ing to go through with it,” Court­land Hickey, gen­eral man­ager of Chicago Cos­tume Co., said in an e-mail. It’s not un­usual to see cos­tumes themed on news and pop cul­ture events, he said. “But as of now, My Lit­tle Pony and Frozen are the fron­trun­ners.”

Ebola haz­mat cos­tume? Now that’s scary.

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