When I was a kid, I remember everyone wearing plastic superhero get-ups and conservative animal costumes. Even when I was a ballerina one year, I wore a thick, long-sleeved shirt underneath my spaghetti strap ballerina dress. Yet, times have changed. Although there are many age-appropriate costumes out there, I am surprised to see more and more kids’ Halloween costumes leaning towards being sexy. While you won’t see anyone marketing the costume as sexy, the inappropriate Halloween costumes for kids are plentiful.
Back in the 80s, when we wanted to be a princess, we wore a long flowing gown. Now, a lot of the princess costumes have shorter hemlines and more revealing tops. If you wanted to be a pumpkin, you wore a round bulky costume that you stuck your arms through. Now, you have the option of being “pumpkin spice.” I’m not really sure what a pumpkin spice is. I thought that was a drink at Starbucks. However, based on the costume, it is a girl in a short orange dress with a wig.
It’s a Girl Thing
Not suprisingly, there aren’t many sexy costumes for boys. However, there are plenty for girls. While I’m not surprised to see a short skirt for a cheerleader costume, I don’t really understand costumes called Sponge Babe with a tight yellow character shirt and short brown skirt. I mean, the real Spongebob doesn’t have any curves. Even more disturbing is the way some of the girls are posed on the costume package. Chests flung out and hands on the hips hardly seems like an appropriate way for young girls to stand.
Tween Girls Targeted
It seems like a lot of the sexy costumes are targeted towards tween girls. If you want to be a pirate, you’ll get a dress with a tight corset and a short skirt. From a kids major flirt costume to a grown-up version of Alice in Wonderland’s dress, everything is shorter, tighter and more provocative than I would like. In fact, I wouldn’t let my daughter wear half of the costumes that I saw for tweens.
Tween Girls Targeted
I suppose today’s Halloween costumes are representative of what kids wear on a daily basis. Short-shorts, bodycon dresses and high boots are commonplace in the hallways of high schools. However, unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of conservative options in the stores. Even myself, a mom in my mid-thirties, has trouble finding shorts. In the dead of summer, I’m not interested in wearing bermuda shorts to my knees. However, I find myself sizing up on my shorts so I can pull the waist down lower (and compensate with a longer shirt). The trend has even trickled down into girls’ athletic apparel. According to today.com, one popular retailer said they “would no longer be ordering shorts with longer than a three inch inseam, because those longer styles simply don’t sell.” Thus, as parents it’s our dollar that can help reverse this trend. If we stop purchasing the short shorts and the sexy Halloween costumes, they won’t continue to sell them.
When I was in high school, we used to say that Halloween was an excuse for some people to wear ultra-revealing clothing. As a parent, I won’t be using my money to pay for skimpy Halloween costumes….for me or my kids.
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