Woman born with cleft lip and palate asked people to avoid featuring scars and burns in their Halloween costumes

A woman born with a cleft lip and palate has asked people to think twice when picking Halloween costumes – to stop scars being viewed as “scary.”

Sarah Alice Douglas, 27, warned how damaging some Halloween outfits can be for people with facial differences.

Sarah says extreme make-up such as fake scars and burns can lead to people with visible differences to feel ugly, worthless, and misrepresented.

She suggested people steer away from wearing things like prosthetic hooks and fake limbs and instead choose something like a vampire to dress up as for Halloween.

Sarah, a singer, from South London, said: “Quite often scars and facial or visibility differences are attributed with being scary and having a villain like nature.

“Scars does not equal being evil and demonising, but this perception is one that has been portrayed over the years by the media.

"In movies or TV shows it is built up that people with scars and burns are treated as outcasts and villains.

“The constant negative connotations these costumes and make-up portray is a very important topic that needs to be talked about”.

Sarah hopes to educate people on how dehumanising some costumes and make-up can be for people living with these disabilities.

"Many people use facial scaring and visual difference to look scary," she said.

"This can be damaging as it can make those people feel ugly, worthless and misrepresented.

"Scars do not equal being evil.

"Please think twice before you do your make-up or pick your costume this Halloween because this is something that needs to change.

“This is a problematic trope and I hope together we can educate the world and make some changes as to how scars and facial differences are perceived.

“As many people turn to have a scary look for Halloween they can try fictional character like a vampire and not costumes that sends a message that people with those disabilities should be feared."