There have been quite a lot of offensive Halloween costumes this year, from the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trio to the Boston marathon bombing victim to the child forced to dress up as a KKK member because of family tradition. But for a brief moment it looked like we were going to make it through the holiday without any tasteless 9/11 costumes. Cue a pair of British women who dressed up as burning Twin Towers for a costume contest. Which they won.

Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, both 19-year-old students at the University of Chester,
donned costumes labeled “North Tower” and “South Tower,” and wore head pieces that looked like smoke clouds (topped by American flags). They won the “best dressed” award, and £150, in a costume contest at Rosie’s nightclub in Chester. Then they landed on the front page of the Sun paper with the headline, "Towering Stupidity."

The teens have since apologized in a hilariously tone-deaf fashion: "We never meant to be offensive, but we apologize if any offense was caused. The idea was to depict a modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime and was not intended as a joke."

The club, Rosie's, has deleted its social media presence and released its own statement: "We are extremely concerned that an award of vouchers was made to two young women who were dressed in a distasteful and offensive manner. There was a serious error of judgement made on the evening by a contracted DJ to award such a prize and we apologize to anybody who may have been upset or offended by this. A full investigation by the company is taking place."

This isn't the first time someone has donned an offensive 9/11-related outfit for fun: earlier this year, Israeli parents decided to "playfully" dress up their seven-year-old twins as the towers. There were plenty others in years past as well.

Incredibly, one of the British teen's fathers is a pilot who was flying into NYC on 9/11: "I didn't know anything about it, but I'm not happy about it," Martin Langford told the Telegraph. "She knows I'm a pilot and that's not cool at all. We will be having a little chat, I think."