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.
Top 10 Too-Sexy Costumes for Kids 1 of 12
A quick search online yields the same results. Here are some of the worst offenders:
Hello Kitty Sequin Dress 2 of 12
My girls love Hello Kitty, but this short skirt and come-hither pose? Hello no.
Cheerless Leader 3 of 12
I'm just going to say it: fish-net midriffs should not come in child sizes.
Scary Skeleton 4 of 12
I'm guessing the boy version of this costume does not involve torn stockings and a mini skirt.
Skeleton Sweetie 5 of 12
If it reminds you of a Playboy bunny outfit, it doesn't belong on a pre-teen.
Vampirina 6 of 12
A vampire/ballerina hybrid . . . cute concept, but this skirt is way too short for an active little girl.
Monster High: Laguna Blue 7 of 12
Devil Darling 8 of 12
Horns, bat-wings, tail, miniskirt, boots. And the whole "princess of darkness" thing. Sure, that's cool.
Treasure Pirate 9 of 12
NO. No no no no no.
Gothic Ballerina 10 of 12
My daughters take ballet. They don't dress like this.
Rebel Fairy 11 of 12
These micro-mini skirts are so consistent that I'm as bored as I am annoyed.
Unicorn 12 of 12
Here, thankfully, the inappropriate length of the skirt is minimized by the horrible furry hat.
Have you noticed this too-sexy trend? Is there anything that we, as parents, can do about it (besides not purchasing)?