As we all know, Halloween costumes for kids have really deteriorated - in every sense of the word - in recent years.
Just look at what my Native American girl costume of the 1970s has morphed into over the past thirty years:
I've complained about the sexualizing of costumes for girls ever since I bought my then 3-year-old a scarecrow outfit in a bag from Wal-Mart only to get it home and find out it was pageant-worthy (and I don't mean that in the good way).
Not to be outdone by the inappropriateness of the scarecrow choice, her older sister chose to be a Blood Ninja that year.
My 2009 blog rant about girls costumes got me an email from a reporter at The New York Post when Halloween came around the next year. She interviewed me and used my quotes in her article Would you let your child trick or treat in this? In addition to getting the chance to share my thoughts on the inappropriate scarecrow costume it was also the welcome first evidence that anyone ever read my blog.
Last year I was happy to see others also sharing my disdain for the costume options for us ladies. The Bloggess shared some seriously scary stuff for grown-ups at Skanky-Ween. and Scary Mommy got right to the point with Dress Your Daughter Like a Whore Day!
I would like to add the following costumes to ever growing list of The Worst Halloween Costumes for Kids:
The entire Monster High collection, shown below with the also hideously wrong Gothic "Cheerless" Cheerleader and the Zombie Cheerleader:
A big no also to this witch:
And this cowgirl, look at her! Is nothing sacred, Sears?
And boys? Ick and double-ick to so many of their choices, too. And why do so many options emphasize the "bloody skull?" Or, pictured here, the bleeding ghost:
The thought of my son wearing these costumes sends the same chills down my spine as does the thought of my daughter choosing from one of the crappy options for girls.
So tell me if these are the worst ideas for kids Halloween costumes, what are some of the best ideas?
This is the fourth post in my Week of Halloween, for all the posts click here.