Dotsie & Catch-up - I definitely agree with the 'it's not what you say but the way that you say it'
With this it's the marketing speak that's flawed. The actual articles are obviously intended for the bad taste dress up market and encompass the 'insane' element of the festival (as in the horror movie 'icons' such as Jason Vorhees or Michael Myers). As someone with chronic clinical depression, borderline bi-polar and anxiety issues I don't feel I've been targeted for ridicule since I live a 'normal' life and have never been hospitalised, nor have I gone on a violent rampage anywhere, despite often being tempted to lose control in that way. The actual costumes are no worse than dressing up as Hrun or Cohen the Barbarians or other violent types like Batman and Spiderman or even Slim Shady - it's a 'fun' thing with a twist and being blown out of proportion in a 'holier than thou' manner that can been seen as overly condescending in PC terms, which is itself offensive in some measure.