Happy Sexualize Our Daughters Season! Or As Some Call It, Halloween.

There are so many sexualized Halloween costumes for kids to choose from this year! As everyone knows, Halloween is sexy time, and you are never too young to start early. Some of these costumes are amazingly inappropriate, some are just plain stupid, and some wouldn’t even be that bad if not for the awful descriptions that accompany the costumes. Sexualized Halloween costumes for kids isn’t a new thing, but it’s something that parents go through every year, whether you are ordering online, shopping from a catalogue, or making a last minute stop at your local drugstore to grab whatever is left amongst the bags of stale candy corn and fake blood. I love Halloween. I love the nonstop horror movies that play on TV. I love oohing and ahhing over the kids that stop by my house and loading them down with candy. I love the pumpkin carving, the decorating my porch, the voices of kids as they laugh and scream as they traipse through my neighborhood. I just don’t love the sexualized Halloween costumes for kids that retailers expect parents to pick from. Your daughter can be a slutty witch or a sluttier witch. Or a slutty crayon.Here are my choices for the bad, the worst, and the utterly absurd.

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    • alice

      I’m in shock that a marketing brainiac at Spirit costumes decided to use “TWEEN COSTUME” and “..it will be snap to lead the boys back to your tipi” in the same description. I had to even go online and confirm the definition of TWEEN to make sure that yes, this marketing is suggesting that 8-14 year old girls should be interested in leading boys back to their homes. Best yet: tweens don’t have credit cards, so the parents are purchasing this online.

      And just in case it’s not obvious: this wasn’t a quirky “slam dunk” slogan that was so obvious it wrote itself. Indian Princess – you hunt, gather, and LEAD. wait what? you lead? that’s the third thing that comes to mind for “indian princess?” umm i guess so.

      Oh i see, you have to say she “LEADS” so that later you can make a repulsive joke about a ten year old girl “leading the boys back to her tipi”

      Horrifying marketing.

    • Jessie

      Okay, most of these are terrible, don’t even get me started on that Native American one, but I don’t think the last two are all that bad.
      Monster High is adorable, and WAY better than those insipid Bratz dolls. Which would you prefer your daughter dress as for Halloween: Dracu Laura or freaking Yasmin? Yeah. Thought so. At least most of the Monster High girls have odd colored skin, so a mom could conceiveably convince her daughter to wear a long sleeved shirt and leggings of an appropriate color underneath the costume dress, and their clothes are never really that revealing.
      As for the witch.. Well, personally I find witch costumes somewhat offensive due to my Pagan religion, however I understand they are a staple of Halloween so I don’t get my dander up too high over it. A costume like that is also a simple fix: Add leggings and maybe a cute little jacket to it, or even a flesh toned, long sleeved leotard underneath if your daughter insists on it looking like the picture, and bam. No more overly sexual costume.

      It’s all in how creative you are in de-sexualizing a costume, really. I know the point is that we shouldn’t HAVE to do such things in the first place, and frankly I agree, but short of learning to sew and make your own modest costumes for your little ones that just isn’t likely to happen, so we have to adjust our views and perform surgery on costumes we buy. Hell, I’m an ADULT and I’m uncomfortable with how sexual costumes are, not a year goes by that I don’t “remodel” a costume I’ve bought to look less like it belongs on a stripper and more like a normal person’s costume.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Exactly! It’s always add a cardigan and leggings and no heels for safety. I agree with your comment totally <3

      • sassysquatch

        monster high is exactly the same as bratz….they wear mini-skirts, high heels, fishnet stockings, and tube tops. they all have the same body type, and face structure. the message is the same from both products.

    • CW

      I have to wonder what kind of parents would buy these kinds of inappropriate costumes for their ‘tween daughters. Enough people must be or the retailers wouldn’t keep stocking them. My 10 y.o. got so frustrated trying to find an okay costume in the girls’ section that she asked to get one from the boys’ section.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        That is adorable. Your daughter rocks!

    • AMB

      I see a future for my three year old with lots of grandmas sewing skills! Maybe some trips to the thrift store for a good old fashion “hippie” costume, what happened to poodle skirts? I’m not that old and we didn’t dress like that until after high school.

    • maureen

      My 4 year old wants to be Strawberry Shortcake and I will make her costume at home. I was surprised to find that Strawberry Shortcake herself had a makeover recently so she’s not the same as the one I grew up with! http://babyblogblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/strawberry.bmp She is still innocent and sweet though; nothing like those awful bratz dolls.

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    • canaduck

      The girls in my generation (like every other, obv) were pretty sexualized growing up but it was neither as early nor as dramatic as what today’s girls go through. I feel so incredibly sad for them.

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    • anya

      if you disregard the quotes and just look at the actual costumes themselves, I would say most are appropriate

      • sassysquatch

        not really…

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