Tis the season to start shopping for your kids’ next Halloween costumes. Wait, you don’t celebrate Halloween as if it were as important as Thanksgiving and Christmas? Round here, we celebrate Halloween as if it were every bit as important.
It hasn’t always been like this. I grew up in a house where we didn’t go trick or treating after we turned 9-years-old. Halloween in my house meant we had doughnuts and homemade chili at night while my dad watched football. It also meant I stayed out all night laying in the yard in my hunting camouflage just waiting to build the courage to scare the snot out of some little kid—thankfully that courage never came.
Casey’s experience growing up was entirely different. Her family celebrated Halloween like it was the most important holiday of the year. Yet, come to think of it, it seems like they celebrate every holiday like it is the most important holiday of the year. Not a bad approach if you ask me.
Anyway, with Halloween being such a big occasion in this household it means planning for Halloween costumes pretty early. Early as in this week.
Somehow Casey ended up with a magazine, kids’ costumes ready to be ordered. By ready to be ordered, I mean ready to make me significantly poorer than I was the day before the costumes were ordered, but that’s not really the point of this post. The selection available for kids in that magazine is, well, disgusting and Addie fell in love with all of the disgusting costumes in the magazine. After a long sad conversation with my eldest daughter, she now knows that she will be wearing a modest Halloween costume.
I know that there are parents out there who want to let their daughters explore the world of scantily clad pre-teens and teenagers. As Santo always told me, “To each his own.” If you’re one of those parents, well, that’s your choice. But for Addie… NO. WAY. IN. HELL.
My 7-year-old daughter will not be sporting a Halloween costume that was designed to be, GASP, “sexy.” Sheesh, including the words “7-year-old” and “sexy” in the same sentence makes me want to dry heave. My 7-year-old girl will be wearing something for Halloween of her choosing, but it will not be a costume that a girl attending a wild frat Halloween party would likely choose to wear as a way of impressing the dirty frat students.
Addie will be wearing something modest that conveys the fun of Halloween—not something that conveys the message of Fredrick’s of Hollywood. (Have I mentioned I met Casey at a Fredrick’s?)
If taking this stand on modesty makes me a father of the 50s, so be it. That’s my 7-year-old daughter. All those lame jokes you’ve heard on sitcoms about fathers being protective about guys dating their daughters, those aren’t jokes. At least not in this household.
For more age-appropriate outfits, check out these easy Halloween costumes for kids!
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