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Understanding the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation is key when selecting Halloween costumes for kids and adults of all ages.

"Halloween is a magical time when children get to be somebody else, but that does not give them a license to cause harm," says Brigitte Vézina, a fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation who has written about curbing cultural appropriation in the fashion industry. "This is a delicate line to walk because we value multiculturalism as a pillar of democratic societies, and we don't want to fence off cultures at the risk of suffocating them. The key is to be mindful and...

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