Each year, Brock University Students’ Union is dedicated to creating Halloween celebrations at Isaac’s Bar and Grill that demonstrates integrity, respect and which honor our diverse student membership on campus who embody wide ranges of cultural backgrounds. At BUSU it is our priority to maintain a campus climate that prevents costumes reinforcing harmful stereotypes around race, gender, culture and mental health from entering our venues.
The Halloween Costume Vetting Protocol is a way of communicating to students on what is not acceptable, encourage students to be mindful of their costume choices and prevent offensive representations of our friends, family members and co-workers from permeating our spaces in an oppressive and offensive way. Vetting Halloween costumes isn’t a matter of telling people what to wear. It’s a matter of paying respect to the stories and experiences of marginalized groups who are depicted in these costumes: their culture, history and lives should never be desecrated, but understood and celebrated. BUSU stands in solidarity by prioritizing that cultures are not costumes.
What happens if a member of my group is denied entry based on their costume?
We’re working hard to spread the word on appropriate costumes here at Brock, but mistakes happen. In order to create an inclusive and diverse environment, some costumes may be denied. If a member of your party is denied entry because of their costume, they will be escorted to a space where they can change or remove the offending item. They will not lose their place in line during this process, and can enter Isaac’s once the costume has been deemed appropriate by team of Isaac’s Bar and Grill Management and Student Justice Centre Staff.