Hooray! Halloween is coming! That means an over-abundance of candy, lots of carved jack-o-lanterns and, of course, Halloween costumes of extremely questionable taste.
Case In Point
One year, I wanted to dress up as the Queen of Hearts for Halloween. The idea I had in mind looked something like this:
You know: the Queen of Hearts character from Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Pretty awesome, right?
Well, when I searched online for inspiration and materials to prepare this costume, here’s what I found:
This specimen was labeled as “Sassy Queen of Hearts.” Okay… It looks NOTHING like the actual Disney Queen of Hearts, but whatever.
To my dismay, though, this was not the most provocative version of the Queen of Hearts costume. Oh no. A bit further down the Google search results page, I found this:
Excuse me, WHAT? What does THIS have to do with the first image? I guess the yellow and the stripes vaguely recall elements of her Majesty’s wardrobe, but the rest? I mean, is this for SERIOUS??
Finally, unable to assemble the parts necessary for the real costume, and disgusted by what I was finding available for purchase for the Queen of Hearts, I settled for dressing as one of her minions:
The experience left a bitter taste in my mouth, though. And I asked myself…
Why Does Everything Have to be “Sexy”?!
I realize that some people like to use Halloween as an excuse to dress in a way in which they’d never normally dress. Suddenly, usually modest ladies are breaking out the mini-skirts, form-fitting spandex and/or leather, and plunging necklines (please note that the original Queen of Hearts doesn’t even have CLEAVAGE).
What gives?! Why does “dressing up for Halloween” also mean “dressing like a street-walking prostitute”?
A simple Google search of “women’s halloween costume ideas” comes up with images like the following:
Okay, I get it: if you’re proud of your body and want an opportunity to show it off a bit more than you would normally, perhaps a slightly suggestive Halloween costume is a solution.
But what happened to creativity?! What happened to coming up with the best costume idea? And why, oh why, do women feel more pressure to look “sexy” on Halloween than to come up with the best costume?
Bring Back the Good Halloween Costume Ideas
I don’t know if I’m living in a fantasy world where once upon a time the most important thing about a Halloween costume was how creative it was, but I say, bring that time back.
To me, the whole fun of dressing up for Halloween is planning the perfect outfit. One year, a friend threw a cross-dressing Halloween party; everyone had to go dressed as someone of the opposite sex. I won’t include photos or go too far into the details (this is a family blog, after all–I think), but I will say that I dressed as a flasher. No, it wasn’t sexy. It was simply brilliant and hilarious. It was the night of my greatest triumph.
Other greatest hits include dressing as a laundry basket (truly terrifying) and as the woman from “Psycho” who gets stabbed in the shower.
Dressing “Sexy” Is a Cop Out
Frankly, if you have no more creative ideas than to prance around in your underwear on October 31st, then you have missed the spirit of Halloween.
Halloween is a family holiday. Yes, there are often “grown ups only” parties, but the whole trick-or-treating thing and dressing up is all about fun for the kids.
Plus, what kind of example are we ladies giving to young girls who want to dress up for Halloween? With all these sexy firewomen, sexy policewomen, sexy nuns (yes, NUNS), etc., what message are we sending to girls?
We’re basically telling them that Halloween is about dressing in skimpy outfits to try and attract as much (I would argue negative) male attention as possible.
No. Just, no.
Go Out and Get Creative
Halloween is about fun, creativity, and having a good laugh. If you want to dress in a sexy Halloween costume, go ahead. But at least make it inventive. This year, make an effort to come up with a brilliant Halloween costume idea. After all, having the best and most creative–not the sexiest–costume is what usually gets you the prize.
And just for a giggle, here’s this: