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Moms, Quit Dressing Up at School!

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Don't make this day about you.

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Guest blogger Dawn: I went to my kids' Halloween parade this morning, and there were a couple of moms who were dressed totally inappropriately, trying to steal the spotlight from their kids. They wore skirts that were way too mini, and belly shirts -- and they both weighed at least 200 lbs. They were running around posing for pictures in their "costumes." Hello?!? I thought this day was supposed to be for the KIDS, not the moms!

One boy was Troy from "HSM," and his mom was Gabriella. A 40-year-old Gabriella? Come on!

I'm all for moms dressing up during trick-or-treating ... but at school, it's your kid's day. Quit trying to steal their focus.

Do you think moms should dress up for the school parade?

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HMM October 30, 2009, 8:29 AM

My kid would be embarrassed so no, I won’t dress-up for school party. Actually, I stopped dressing up for Halloween when I was 12! An adult costume party is one thing but Halloween is for children. Embarrassing your children (and YES they ARE) would be similar to taking your kid to see Santa and asking to sit on his lap. DISTURBING.

Hollow October 30, 2009, 9:13 AM

Come on leave those moms alone. It’s their only time and excuse to dress slutty and relive their teens years. They want to be the talk of the parade “look at me” *sighs*

Anonymous October 30, 2009, 9:19 AM

I’m going to my daughter’s Halloween party today at school, and while we’ll trick-or-treat tomorrow together, both dressed up, I’m not wearing my costume today. My reasoning was that I felt it would take away from the kids, and it’s not about me, it’s about THEM. Plus I can wear it tomorrow night anyway. I’m wearing an orange Halloween t-shirt and orange Halloween socks instead, with jeans and tennies. I’m in the spirit, but not trying to steal the spotlight from a bunch of six-year-olds. Guess I’ll see in a couple hours if I’m alone in that thinking or not.

TClarke October 30, 2009, 9:56 AM

I had no idea this was a no-no. This is my first kid parade. I was going throw on my gypsy costume and help with the parade. I figured teachers would dress up so it was no big deal. Sheesh…

michelle October 30, 2009, 12:25 PM

Is your problem that these moms were dressed up…or that you judged them too fat for their costumes and they had no business enjoying themselves?

Pamala October 30, 2009, 4:04 PM

My child’s school encourages it. I will have to say one woman, who I think I went to highschool with, wore her cheerleading outfit and letterman jacket. I mean more power to her that she can wear that and fit into it 10 years later, but the skirt was way too short for where we were.

Traci October 30, 2009, 5:31 PM

There’s nothing wrong with parents dressing up if their kids think it’s OK and not embarrassing. Wearing inappropriate costumes that show too much skin to an elementary school is one thing (I won’t even touch the elitist comment about the poor womens’ weight that you felt the need to bash), but to say that parents should nix the whole thing because of your idea of what Halloween is about is a little judgmental don’t you think? (I’m assuming this is aimed at dads too, or are we adding sexist to judgmental and elitist?)

Beckie October 30, 2009, 5:37 PM

I was in charge of my son’s 1st grade party today. I dressed up as Minnie Mouse. Both the kids, the parents, and the teachers really enjoy when parents dress up. While I don’t think there is any place whatsoever for inappropriate costumes at school or in public, it is so fun for the children to see their leaders dressed up cute like themselves. What’s wrong with enjoying the moment WITH our kids?

tennmom November 1, 2009, 11:08 AM

I wanted to wear a black t-shirt, black boots & a 3 ft. wide pair of black wings complete with feathers last night while trick-or-treating with my 9 & 11 year old daughters. My husband was going to be driving our truck, so why not?
The girls took one look at my wings and said NO. So, no costume for me.

Mickie November 9, 2009, 8:57 AM

When I was in elementary school (I’m 28 now) parents who helped teachers with the school Halloween parties always dressed up. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it so long as the costumes are appropriate, not too revealing or scary if the kids are little. When I was a kid though, costumes didn’t seem to be anywhere near as slutty as they are now. Moms came in classic witch or clown or Glinda costumes. That sort of thing is fine.

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