It isn't the thought of bats and spiders making me cringe this Halloween.
It's the plethora (see, I do use this word!) of ridiculously inappropriate costumes for young girls at the local go-to store for Halloween get-ups.
Don't get me wrong. I don't think every little girl has to dress like a Pilgrim to be okay. Although I do think dressing like a Pilgrim is kind of a cute idea, I don't think it's the sole appropriate costume choice. I think, however, I would rather see M1 as a pilgrim than as a pirate hooker which is, apparently, a completely lovely get-up some little girls will be donning this Halloween season. Granted, the wee pirate hooker's body parts are covered more than if she wore a Princess Jasmine costume (belly buttons, anyone?) but there is just something about boots and faux leather with skulls and swords that says, "No...um, NO." But, you know, if you have this black pirate hooker dress for your younger daughter and you need something for your size 10-12 or 12-14 daughter, why not buy her an outfit so the family can have a theme?! And, no, I'm not talking about anything as creative as a parrot or even Captain Hook. I'm talking a "Mentor Pirate Hooker" costume. It's important that all new street walkers have an older girl to show them the ropes. And, with this costume, an older sister could do just that! And, I bet if we look hard enough on this site, we could locate some trashy pirate garb for Mom too. And, before you ask...it makes absolutely ZILCHO difference to me that she's wearing see-through tights under her non-existent skirt.
Not even American icons are safe from sluttification.
Exhibit A: Midwestern Kansan, Dorothy Gale, no longer in a tea-length, gingham print dress looking for the way home. This street-wise, tarted up version of Dorothy (available in sizes 4-6, 8-10, and 10-12) is sure to set every perverted old man in the neighborhood's heart to racing when the "yellow brick road" is his driveway on trick-or-treat night. What mother in her right mind would put her daughter in this get up?! M1 went through a Dorothy phase just prior to M2's birth and was Dorothy for Halloween in the fall following M2's summer birth. She wore a real deal Dorothy costume I bought for her while in Vegas at the MGM Grand. I just don't understand why, if you want to dress as Dorothy, you don't just dress as Dorothy instead of her slutty cousin from the city, Delilah?! Seriously. Does this outfit NOT remind you of the ones dancers wear when they go to visit naughty, naughty boys for a bachelor party?!
If that weren't enough, we have the Devil Grrrl (their name for it, not mine) costume which this manufacturer thinks is perfect for your size 10-12 or 12-14 daughter. And, don't worry. Your little darling's faux leather red dress comes complete with devil wings, leggings, glovelettes, horns, tail and a mini pitchfork. Thank goodness! Whatever would we do without all those accessories?! Again, no. The see-through tights do not make a whit of difference to me. This is completely and wholly inappropriate attire for any kind of thing my 10-14 year old daughter would need to do to celebrate Halloween. Good grief! Of course, if you have three daughters that range in size from 4 to 14, you could dress them all alike with this "Red Hot Devil" costume. Again, their name for it, not mine. Do you really need your 4-year-old to be dressed in anything "red hot"? If you do, you may want to seek professional help. Yes, I see that the pants are full length, but do you also see the halter top and her belly hanging out? I would bet there is ZERO coverage in the back of that top.
M2 has always picked her own costume. This year she wanted to be a giraffe. I will post a photo when I take some because posting a photo without her in this costume would not do it justice.
M1 asked to be a vampiress. Where this idea came from, I have not the slightest. It's a break from the princess she's been every time except her first (she was a pumpkin) and given the costume choices, we could have found ourselves in trouble. However, we looked over the entire brochure from the costume place and found a few, acceptable choices. Once we saw the larger photos at the store, we settled on Spiderella.
She is completely covered and perfectly spooky. We even picked up a black, long wig at the store for her to wear if she wants. She won't for school, so for that we'll have to do something spooky with her hair (thinking of putting it up and finding some of those plastic spider rings to hook on her blond locks). She really likes the costume and I was happy to hear her say that she found very many of the things we were looking at inappropriate.
She'll be a big hit at her Halloween gatherings, I'm sure.
I still can't get over that some mother, somewhere will be dressing her daughters in the costumes above or worse.
(Photos from the Party America advertisement)