John on October 30, 2007 at 9:12 am
The Washington Post has a good piece on the current trend in Halloween costumes for girls. The author recounts the battles mothers across America are having with 10 and 11 year old daughters over sleazy costumes:
Gabby eyed the Sexy Super Girl but decided against it. A friend at her Catholic school had worn that costume for a Halloween parade and pulled the already short miniskirt way up to cover her tummy. “That didn’t look very good.” But Gabby did like the Aqua Fairy, a vampy get-up with a black ripped-up skirt, black fishnet tights and blue bustier that comes in medium, large and preteen. A medium fits a child of 8.
How about the Funky Punk Pirate Pre-Teen, with an off-the-shoulder blouse and bare midriff?
As it happens, we had this same discussion with my 6 year old daughter. She wanted to be a pirate this year but the first costume she picked out (for a six year old!) was very trashy looking. Eventually we did find something she liked that wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t easy.
Joe Thaler, head of TransWorld Exhibits Inc., runs the annual Halloween Expo for big-box retailers. He said suggestive costumes for girls burst onto the scene about three years ago and the phenomenon is so big that he’s had to create a separate fashion show. The costumes have since moved to the plus-size market for adult women and now come in teen and preteen versions. Even little girl costumes show more leg and tummy than they used to. “They’re just good sellers,” Thaler said.
Hey, Joe, I hear Crack is a good seller too. Maybe you should sell some of that as well.
Kathy Grannis of the National Retail Federation blames Halloween’s loss of innocence on baby boomers who can’t let the holiday go, with their adult parties and costume contests at bars. “Halloween is no longer a child’s holiday,” she said. “It’s no longer about handing out candy and putting on a witch’s hat and walking down the street hand in hand with your kid.”
Generally speaking, I’m happy to blame everything on the baby boomers, but in this case I’m just not buying it. The real problem is kids entertainers like Britney Spears and the Spice Girls who make trash appealing to 10 year olds. Then you have guys like Joe Thaler who don’t care what they do to girls so long as money is being made.
[A] frazzled Kathy Rafferty was doing her best to fend off her 6-year-old daughter Grace’s choices. Grace liked the Mega Star costume, with a tiny bandeau top, bare midriff and low-slung sparkle pants. And she thought the Runway Diva in leopard skin, big sunglasses and knee-high boots was cool.
“Some of these are just incredibly sleazy. Nothing in here except Tinkerbell is innocent,” Rafferty said. “Last year, Grace was a snow princess. Now, this is what she likes. I don’t know what’s happened.”
I don’t know either, but my 3 year old daughter is going as Tinkerbell this year.
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