A teacher has caused quite a stir for allowing her son to dress as Adolf Hitler in a ‘last-minute’ Halloween costume.

Pictures of her son dressed in a brush moustache with a Nazi swastika on a red armband have gone viral.

Janet Arsanian, a junior high special education teacher, has defended the outfit claiming her son simply needed a last-minute outfit for a Halloween event in Nevada, US, shares Yahoo news.

“I’m the proud parent of the boy in the Hitler costume and my son did not mean to upset anyone,” Janet Arsanian wrote in a private post to a Boulder City Facebook group.

“He needed a last-minute costume and he put that together today.

“He went as Hitler yes, a historical figure.

“No we don’t worship Hitler or agree with what he did.”

Ms Arsanian, in a private post to a Boulder City Facebook group that has since been deleted, said that the Hitler costume was simply thrown together in haste and does not reflect her or her family’s views.

“He did it all by himself and I’m proud of him,” Ms Arsanian said.

“If you guys are so sensitive maybe you should not leave your house.”

Social media users were furious about the costume sharing their disgust.


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  • Yeah, it’s just simply distasteful.


  • I have no issue with most costumes, I think the hullabaloo about the kid dressed as Nic Natanui for book week the other year was over the top. Same with the kid dressed as a slave this year for Halloween. But Hitler is such a vile character, even a sheet thrown over the child so it could be a ghost. Lack of time and just thrown together are no excuse for me


  • While I think the son and mother both made bad choices, I do get where the mother is coming from. Dressing up in vile costumes for Halloween isn’t celebrating an historical figure, the devil, witch, monsters or anything else. They’re just scary dress up costumes for a few hours in one night of the year and Hitler was among other things a scary, vile individual. Her son made one choice while is mother made a choice by posting the pic online. They’ll most likely think twice come next Halloween since all the judgey cyber critics have pounced on them from a great height. As a society is their nothing we aren’t “outraged” about anymore?


  • I kinda get her point about a historical figure – but it’s too close to celebrating him for me to feel comfortable.


  • How could this parent not be aware of the fallout this choice of costume would cause?

    • I agree – this poor costume choice has happened a number of times and there has always been fallout and media attention. There have been other stories about this costume.


  • Halloween is for all things dark and evil which hitler certainly was but it is in very very poor taste given the atrocities he committed.


  • A parent needs to be the voice of wisdom and explain why this choice is inappropriate. Surely she would have been aware there would be fallout from this costume decision?


  • Well, Adolf Hittler certainly represents something very dark and evil, what in my opinion goes well with Halloween


  • A storm in a teacup


  • I would not agree to letting my child dress as Adolf Hitler. A history lesson should be made as this is not a fun subject to dress as.


  • If he chose it himself then she’s failed as a parent for not explaining what an evil human Hitler was. If not before this, then when he suggested that be his costume. There are so many more options for a last minute costume.


  • When do they celebrate Halloween in USA?? Some people are very racist? Does the boy understand why some people are upset about it. We have to look to the future. We can’t change what happened in the past.


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