Look, I don’t want to be a Halloween Debbie Downer. I know how fun it is for kids to trick-or-treat. I know kids like candy (though I will keep preaching on how prevalent child labor is in the chocolate-production industry). And I know kids like to dress up in costumes. But there’s nothing fun about the increasingly sexed-up costume culture. I understand that adults may want to attend a party as a sexy pirate or something, but costumes for little girls—princesses, cheerleaders, etc.—are becoming increasingly sexualized. From the poses of preteen models to the costume designs themselves, costume companies taking it too far.
I received a mailer from a costume vendor and quickly perused it before handing it over to the kids. I’m glad I did, because the costumes for little girls were so consistently sexualized that I ended up throwing it away. I don’t need to send the message to my daughters that their costumes choices need to involve miniskirts and thigh-high boots.
Have you noticed this too-sexy trend? Is there anything that we, as parents, can do about it (besides not purchasing)?