Kids (and many adults) love dressing up in Halloween costumes. And what’s not to love? Pretending you’re someone else for one night of festive frolic and good-natured candy begging … that’s a pretty awesome holiday, in my opinion.
As we’ve started planning ahead with our kids, combing through costume catalogs and websites, I’ve noticed a bizarre trend. And it’s one that I find a little disturbing.
What’s up with the way-too-grownup, weird, and/or totally inappropriate costumes for little kids!?
Let me offer a few examples to avoid.
Ummmm, who wants their 8-year-old wearing this? (And how ’bout that gargoyle in the background, eyeing his “prey”?)
Let’s inform all the neighborhood pedophiles that our daughter is all ready to be a child bride — she just needs a groom!
Son, let’s dress you up as the most loathed household insect. It’ll be fun! We can spray you with a pretend can of Raid for “special effects.”
Mom, I want to be a sniper who takes out crazy kidnappers when I grow up.
So those are some strange costumes. But then there are just the blatantly oversexualized “slutty” costumes, specifically for young girls…
Please, no corset-like costumes for little girls. Please.
Freeze, Sexy Police Girl Costume! You’re under arrest … for statutory dressup.
“Rag doll, daddy’s little cutie, hot tramp, come on up and see me …” Noooooo!
A firefighter in fishnets? This costume is especially marked for teen girls. Who have side jobs as strippers?
I’m not being overly prudish, am I? I’m fine with wee lil’ ghosts and goblins, witches and rocker girls. Let’s just agree not to put our kids in costumes that encourage them grow up too fast.
In my next post, I’ll share some of my favorite, and totally appropriate, Halloween costumes for kids. Meantime, please feel free to chime in below with more costumes to add to my “That’s Just Wrong” list.