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Halloween Backlash: 2012 Was the Year Parents Got Sick of the Over-Priced, Overly-Revealing Costume

By joslyngray |

Despite being inundated with pre-Halloween images of “sexy” costumes for kids, I didn’t actually see any costumes like that on kids yesterday, did you?

I attended our elementary school’s annual costume parade, where I saw about 600 kids in costumes, and I didn’t see a “Sexy Big Bird” or a “young pimp” in the bunch. I also went trick-or-treating with my kids last night, and I didn’t see anything other than age-appropriate, adorable kids on a sugar high.

The most grown-up looking costumes I saw were the popular Monster High costumes, but it seemed like every Lagoona Blue and Draculaura costume had been modified…with pants. And that layer wasn’t just because of the cold weather: One of my friends noted on Facebook that her daughter went as Abbey Bominable but “I made her wear pants under the ‘dress’ because it really looked more like a shirt.”

I also saw more home-made costumes this year than I have in the last few years. Is it the economy? Maybe. Lots of families don’t have $60 laying around to buy pre-made costumes and all the accessories. Or is it that we’ve all finally reached breaking point and don’t want to spend that much money on a poorly-made costume that doesn’t even involve much fabric?

I asked my readers to share photos of what their kids were last night, and the results were awesome. I  wish I could have included all the photos here, but I could only use the first 25 that I received. Check out these super-creative, warm, comfy, and (mostly) homemade costumes below–and file away the ideas for next year!

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Rosie the Riveter

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What were the best costumes you saw last night?

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9 thoughts on “Halloween Backlash: 2012 Was the Year Parents Got Sick of the Over-Priced, Overly-Revealing Costume

  1. The Sadder But Wiser Girl says:

    Oh I love them all! Wow what creativity! Box of Puppies, Rock Paper Scissors-my hats off to the people that thought those up!

  2. Margaret says:

    I couldn’t agree more! When I browsed the costumes in the themes my kids asked for, I kept double checking to see if I was in the skimpy chick dept. turns out these are made for 9 to 16 year olds….by who? People on the Megan’s law website?
    Lol! Awesome job parents!

  3. Lori says:

    Rosie the Riveter takes the cake!! Her parents are doing something right!!

  4. Mamajuice says:

    I always insist on homemade costumes for my son — they’re so much more fun, they turn into family projects that we enjoy doing together, and it helps develop the creativity muscle for him and for me. Where’s the fun in putting on a crappy store-bought costume that he could pull out of his dress-up bag any day of the year?

  5. Tracy R says:

    These are all kinds of awesome … LOVED rock, paper, scissors!

  6. CW says:

    Unfortunately, I saw lots of totally age-inappropriate costumes yesterday. I even saw one on a girl who looked to be kindergarten age :-(

  7. bunnytwenty says:

    Oh, the cuteness! Thank you to all these awesome parents for sharing these.

  8. Susan Kelley says:

    The Ghostbuster is amazing. Thanks for posting these.

  9. Wendy says:

    These are awesome- I didn’t get to see many costumes this year, I had food poisoning :(

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