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Marvel Superheroes and Barbie Costumes Are Banned on Halloween 2023: Hollywood Stars Find Themselves in a Tricky Spot Amid Actors’ Strike

Hollywood actors are facing a Halloween costume challenge during the 2023 strike, with Marvel superheroes and Barbie outfits being off-limits.

Marvel Superheroes and Barbie Costumes Are Banned on Halloween 2023: Hollywood Stars Find Themselves in a Tricky Spot Amid Actors' Strike

SUMMARY

  • SAG-AFTRA warned celebrities not to wear costumes from popular TV and movie characters, Barbie, Wednesday Addams, or Disney-owned Marvel superheroes.
  • They said that wearing these costumes might unintentionally support the studios they are currently in a dispute with.
  • The union suggests actors wear costumes inspired by generic characters like ghosts, zombies, or spiders, or from content not affected by the strike, like animated TV show characters.

As Halloween is approaching, Hollywood actors are dealing with a new issue this year. It’s because they’ve been asked not to wear costumes from popular TV and movie characters, including Marvel superheroes — that many celebrities usually do every year.

Hollywood celebrities wearing Halloween costumes
Hollywood celebrities wearing Halloween costumes

This warning came in light of the ongoing Hollywood strike, which has now completed its 100 data mark. The strike is ongoing due to disagreements on several issues. These include demands for higher pay, a portion of streaming earnings, and safeguards against the use of actors’ images and voices through artificial intelligence.

Also read: Marvel Refused The Mandarin as Secret Third Act Villain for Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man after 2 Previous Movies Were Criticized for Having Too Many Antagonists

Hollywood Actors Advised Not to Dress Up Like Marvel Superheroes, Barbie, and Wednesday on Halloween

Wednesday and Barbie
Wednesday Addams and Barbie

On Oct. 18, SAG-AFTRA (the actors’ union) warned its members by posting this request on their website. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they requested that wearing these costumes might unintentionally support the studios they are currently in a dispute with.

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So, dressing up like pop culture personas — Barbie, Wednesday Addams (the most famous characters of the year), or Disney-owned Marvel superheroes (be it any) is not allowed.

The guild also asked not to share their pictures (wearing these prohibited costumes) on any social media platforms. If a SAG-AFTRA member has a child dressed as Spider-Man or Barbie, they must refrain from posting pictures of them on social media, too.

Also read: “There will be cheers and tears”: Jamie Foxx Was Most Excited About Getting Iron Man Like Feature For His Marvel Return in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: No Way Home

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What Are Hollywood Celebrities Allowed to Wear on Halloween?

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The union suggests choosing costumes based on figures, like ghosts, zombies, or spiders.

The union recommends choosing costumes inspired by generic characters and creatures, such as ghosts, zombies, or spiders. Actors can also opt for costumes from content not affected by the strike, like characters from animated TV shows.

This advice is meant to show studios on strike that actors won’t support their content without a fair deal. But even with animation, there are still some rules to follow.

Ever since the guidelines were announced, ire of celebrities and industry insiders have poked fun at these rules. Recently, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds wrote in an X (formerly Twitter) post: “I look forward to screaming ‘scab’ at my 8 year old all night. She’s not in the union but she needs to learn.”

Singer-songwriter Mandy Moore also posted on an Instagram Story, saying, “Is this a joke? This is what’s important?” … Get back to the table and get a fair deal so everyone can get back to work.”

Also read: “We’ve got a world to save”: Scarlett Johansson Shot Down Romance Rumors With Chris Evans Despite Revealing There Was Mutual Attraction Between Their Marvel Roles

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Written by Shreya

After completing her bachelor's program in Journalism and Mass Communication, Shreya is now pursuing her master's degree in the same. Apart from being an avid reader, she's a huge K-culture buff. She is passionate about dedicated journalism, and with her passion for writing, she's here to give accurate updates about what's trending in the entertainment world with fact checks.