I get that not everyone likes horror movies. I get that not everyone wants to dress up as a corpse or as something scary. I get that may not be appropriate for the little ones. So I totally get the cuteness factor that can be Halloween, especially for the little ones. I dressed Sabrina up as a hot dog last year. Might be scary to the vegetarians, but in general...not scary. I totally get costumes like this for the little ones:
The cuteness is almost unbearable. Parents of young ones should do this.
Even as they get older, still the real scary stuff is too much for them. I get it. So something like this? Totally appropriate for the elementary school crowd.
I got tons of catalogs for Halloween costumes this year. Most of them I enjoyed flipping through while Chris and I watched TV. Occasionally I'd lean over and show Chris a picture, "Oh my GAWD, wouldn't Sabrina be the cutest Flower?! Evah??" and he'd smile and nod.
But then, things turned ugly fast. Suddenly, instead of giggling softly at the cuteness in front of me, I was appalled. Seriously, appalled. And I don't appal (? is that a word? if not, it should be) easily. Because while I am familiar with the "Mean Girls" explanation of Halloween for the high school/sorority sector (throw on a negligee and some animal ears and call that a costume) and I know that the older girls do see Halloween as a way to dress like a whore without being accused of being an actual, um, whore....I was blissfully unaware that this trend had hit the elementary and junior high school sector. Until this year. When I saw these:
I'm taking a stand against this shit this year. I'm tired of girls thinking they need to dress provocatively at a young age. I'm tired of parents allowing this. If you're daughter says she wants to be a referee for Halloween, then she should be wearing black slacks, and a striped shirt ala Foot Locker. Not this:
So this year, I will not be handing out candy to the slutty costumes. Please join me in this crusade. If a young lady shows up on your doorstep wearing this, please educate her that Alice in Wonderland wore a knee length dress that did not show cleavage, and flats, not stripper heels:
Just say no. No candy for the sluttified Halloween costumes.