SAG-AFTRA's Halloween costume guidelines, explained

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Can you still dress up arsenic your favourite movie character?

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As of Saturday, Oct. 21, SAG-AFTRA has been connected onslaught for 100 days. And pinch Halloween conscionable astir nan corner, nan actors' national has issued guidelines connected really national members tin observe and dress up successful a measurement that doesn't beforehand struck work.

SAG-AFTRA initially posted Halloween-related rules connected Wednesday, Oct. 18, advising members to "choose costumes inspired by generalized characters and figures (ghost, zombie, spider, etc)" and not to "post photos of costumes inspired by struck contented to societal media." However, characters from non-struck movie and TV projects, for illustration animated TV shows, are still allowed.

An orange, Halloween-themed poster laying retired SAG-AFTRA guidelines for Halloween 2023.

SAG-AFTRA's Halloween guidelines for members. Credit: SAG-AFTRA

The rules were met pinch online pushback from respective national members, including Ryan Reynolds, who tweeted, "I look guardant to screaming 'scab' astatine my 8 twelvemonth aged each night. She's not successful nan national but she needs to learn."

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On her Instagram Story, Mandy Moore asked, "Is this a joke? Come connected @sagaftra. This is what’s important? We’re asking you to discuss successful bully religion connected our behalf. So galore folks crossed each facet of this manufacture person been sacrificing mightily for months. Get backmost to nan array and get a adjacent woody truthful everyone tin get backmost to work."

Former SAG-AFTRA president Melissa Gilbert besides criticized nan guidelines, posting connected Instagram: "THIS is what you guys travel up with? Literally nary 1 cares what anyone wears for Halloween. I mean, do you really deliberation this benignant of infantile worldly is going to extremity nan strike? We look for illustration a joke. Please show maine you’re going to make this norm spell away… and spell negotiate! For nan emotion of God, group are suffering mightily and this is what you person to say… c’mon guys…"

SAG-AFTRA responded to nan backlash connected Friday, Oct. 20, clarifying that nan norm was ne'er meant for anyone's children, and that it was specifically put successful spot to reside concerns from national members and contented creators astir really to support nan onslaught complete Halloween.

In a statement, SAG-AFTRA said: "SAG-AFTRA issued Halloween guidance successful consequence to questions from content creators and members astir really to support nan onslaught during this festive season. This was meant to thief them debar promoting struck work, and it is nan latest successful a bid of guidelines we person issued. It does not use to anyone’s kids. We are connected onslaught for important reasons, and person been for astir 100 days. Our number 1 privilege remains getting nan studios backmost to nan negotiating array truthful we tin get a adjacent woody for our members, and yet put our manufacture backmost to work."

Notably, these Halloween guidelines (and nan backlash) travel during a clip erstwhile SAG-AFTRA is still very overmuch trying to discuss pinch nan Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). However, nan astir caller information of talks collapsed down connected Oct. 12, erstwhile SAG-AFTRA announced that "industry CEOs person walked distant from nan bargaining array aft refusing to antagonistic our latest offer," which addressed concerns for illustration artificial intelligence and streaming gross share. After 148 days connected strike, nan WGA were capable to scope a deal pinch nan AMPTP involving akin issues, mounting nan barroom for nan continued SAG-AFTRA negotiations.

So what do these Halloween guidelines and continued negotiations mean for your own costume this year? Well, if you're not successful SAG-AFTRA aliases a contented creator who's been specifically asked not to beforehand struck work, not much. Unless those connected onslaught specifically inquire nan nationalist not to dress for illustration characters from struck movie and TV, you tin still dress up arsenic celebrated figures for illustration Barbie aliases Wednesday.

You tin show solidarity for striking actors successful different ways. Halloween-wise, you tin take to travel SAG-AFTRA's proposal of not posting images of said costumes connected societal media. Elsewhere, you tin stock your support online (check retired SAG-AFTRA's societal toolkit), subordinate a picket statement arsenic a supporter, aliases donate to nan Entertainment Community Fund.

Remember: This Halloween, there's thing scarier than an unfair contract.

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Belen Edwards is an Entertainment Reporter astatine Mashable. She covers movies and TV pinch a attraction connected imagination and subject fiction, adaptations, animation, and much nerdy goodness.

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