Students in New York City elementary and middle schools have been advised not to participate in Halloween costumes such as the one worn by a 7-year-old girl depicted in a disturbing “saucer game” video.
New York is known for its Halloween parades and other holiday celebrations — many schools cancel classes on Halloween and hold wild events outside.
But a YouTube video of a 7-year-old girl wearing a Halloween outfit summoning a shadowy, black-cloaked ghost has some concerned that the costume was offensive.
The girl can be seen swaying in the shadows on a street and then apparently opening her “neat little bag of fun goodies” to reveal the aforementioned ghost.
In the clip, the girl is seen spouting material from a chest “like mushrooms” and tells the ghoulish specter: “Hello, sweetie. You’re a demon, you are satanic, and I will kill you. I will send you to hell.”
The video’s description, posted on April 5 by user PharInk’s channel, said the footage came from Seattle. The channel, which apparently has over 8,000 subscribers, also reposted a clip of another girl wearing a similar costume wandering the streets, during the 80s. In the clip, another girl gazes into a glass, saying: “Is that blood?”
The YouTube description, which was labeled as “saucer game: one-take,” calls on viewers to post images of themselves appearing like ghouls and ghosts who “can send your own tweets and stories about these scary events.”
While many commenters simply argued that the song “Got Hella Demons” was appropriate for Halloween, others expressed concern over the clip and its cultural symbolism.
“Imagine a 7-year-old girl wearing that and coming up to you and saying, ‘Hey dude, you’re a devil!’” one commenter told PharInk’s channel. “Just spell the word ‘f**k’, instead of ‘voodoo.’”
A spokesperson for the Department of Education confirmed that principals issued the warning to students this week.
“The Halloween costume video is troubling and inappropriate for students. Therefore, since last week, both middle and elementary school principals have been reminding students that they must adhere to our dress code for Halloween in order to provide a safe and positive environment for all students.”
The clip has already been removed from YouTube. When the Daily Beast reached out to the channel’s creator, a call was not immediately returned.
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