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Last year, we asked,"What is up with today's Halloween costumes!?"It seems that everything out there for little girls is more suited for single ladies in a club! Way too adult.


Here's what you had to say:

I totally agree! I had the HARDEST time trying to find a costume for my 8-year-old daughter that WAS appropriate. And of course she wanted every midriff/short skirt combo she could find. She did not leave the store happy. -- Jen

That's awful! I don't know any parent in their right mind that would approve of that. I'm lucky that I live in Oregon. It's always rainy and very chilly, so hopefully it will spare me from having to witness these "costumes" firsthand. -- Lacey

How about making costumes out of things you already have at home? -- SesshoumarusGirl

Said the same thing the last couple of years. WTH are parents thinking? Actually they don't think. As you mentioned, parents are the role models for behavior and dress, even beyond peers at times. Does your household set the standard for women as OK to bare lots of skin? Does your family value modesty? Parents should absolutely be involved in how their children dress, be they girl or boy. -- Todd Jordan

I hate the costume choices that are out there. I have a 14-year-old girl and it is so hard for her to find something in which she is not showing herself to everyone. In my house, showing too much skin is not allowed at all. There is no reason for it. I don't do it, so my daughter sure won't. In fact, she is very aware how things fit, so she does not show anything without me even having to say a word. It starts by teaching them when they are young and setting a good example. Not hard at all. -- Wendi

Please. SOMEBODY is buying all these costumes, or they wouldn't be all that was available. Yes, yes, none of US, of course, but then who? We are all at fault for creating that kind of culture, and only good parenting of both girls AND boys will make any kind of difference. I also want to know why even in this column you take away agency from the girls and give it all to the boys/men. As if we can solve the problem by having men explain that this is not sexy to them (implying that the goal is still always to please men)? That girls should not dress too sexy only because "what will the boys think"? Isn't this the exact same kind of objectification and lack of control that we're trying to avoid? -- Michelle

I agree 100 percent. I am 16 years old, and I'm tired of seeing all these slutty outfits out there. Halloween turned into Whorelloween. It seems to be that society these days wants girls to grow up fast. And unfortunately, in this day and age, sex sells. I am against this in every aspect, and I know that sometimes I disappoint my own mom, but this is just getting out of hand. I wish more teens knew that moms do this because they care. They don't want guys all over them. They want to protect their daughter. What I really hate seeing is these little girls modeling clothes that would fit their Barbie dolls better. I can see most teens' dilemma with being unable to find an appropriate costume, because I'm struggling with that, too. I went and bought a football player costume that consists of a tight little dress with shoulder pads, gloves, knee-high socks, and a blow-up football. Doesn't sound too bad, but the skirt was made just a teensy bit too short. So if you're having this problem too, here's what I suggest: Sew something on the bottom of the skirt or the sleeves or the neckline .... That's what I'm doing. :) Well, I hope you all have a happy Halloween!! -- Disappointed

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23 comments so far | Post a comment now
Debs October 29, 2010, 9:33 PM

Michelle’s comment was the most accurate.

HeeHee October 31, 2010, 2:19 PM

Just Say NO!

alexis November 6, 2010, 9:47 AM

you know, its funny how the girl Disappointed mentions that society wants girls to grow up fast. This reminds me that girls are entering puberty earlier and earlier now, which begs the question if girls are growing up quickly biologically as well. I know I for one was starting into my first bra at the age of 7 because of my ethnic heritage and by the 6th grade, I ha a fully developed body.

lola November 20, 2010, 11:26 AM

I don’t really agree with this, they were skirts aswell , or do you remember the cute litlle dresses we used to let em wear ? … it’s the same. it is cute and it’s modern
if you don’t like it than say so .. but don’t go making it a scandal. the costumes you show on the picture aren’t really very short … it’s the same as those dresses

Kitty November 30, 2010, 9:51 PM

I’ve view this last year, Cute is always right. But if them don’t like it themself, I’ll don’t purchase a costume.

Kitty November 30, 2010, 9:52 PM

I’ve view this last year, Cute is always right. But if them don’t like it themself, I’ll don’t purchase a costume.

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