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From The Land Of Reddit – ‘Slapping’ Parents Who Dress Their Kids Scary On Halloween

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Let’s go in the wayback machine to a few weeks ago when we were all getting ready to celebrate Halloween! There was a lot of discussion over what costumes were appropriate or inappropriate for kids to dress up in, and now this friend of a Reddit user has come up with a novel approach to dealing with all you parents out there who dressed your kids up as zombies or other scary things: slapping. Slap them all!

The image that got this friend of this Reddit user all in the slapping spirit was a teensy little sprite dressed as the Chucky character from the Child’s Play movies, and the comment posted was this:

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Here is the child in question:



Besides the fact that this kid is totally adorable, and I love her little scary face, it’s just so silly. I don’t think this child is “perpetuating extreme violence.” She probably won’t even really remember this, and I doubt this is going to make her grow up to be a knife wielding maniac who goes around killing people.

I’m not crazy about costumes that involve props like this, mainly because kids should be focused on lugging their candy around and maybe a flashlight, and I think getting all furious with parents about this is totally idiotic. Has this slapper suggester even had kids ever? I’m sorry, but parents devote EVERYTHING to their kids, between the changing them and feeding them and playing ponies with them for hours nonstop, and if a parent wants to dress their kids up scary for Halloween it’s their right. Some of the comments on the thread are pretty epic:

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Parents who take the time to dress up their kids as horror movie villains are not the problem with the USA, it’s the parents who don’t dress their kids up, who lie on the couch, having spent all the milk money on the drugs, and who then beat their kids when they ask for a snack. That’s what contributes to the culture of violence in the USA. Or adults who want to “slap” other parents for what they dress their kids up in.

(Image: reddit)


  1. ChillMama

    November 15, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Balderdash! It is called playing and using your imagination. I played cops and robbers ALL the time as a kid, and yet I never got the urge to be a police officer or a master criminal.

    However, I guess I am a horrible, wannabe violence-enabling mom. I really wanted to dress my toddler up as Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead, and spent waaay too much time researching how to make a mini, non-functioning crossbow from carboard and paper. Oh, and her dad and I were going to be the “walkers” she was hunting. Alas, the costume never materialized.

    • Eve Vawter

      November 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

      I love the Halloween you had IN YOUR MIND

    • ChillMama

      November 15, 2013 at 10:36 am

      For a brief few moments she was also going to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer, until I realized she’d need a pointy stake. Pointy stake + toddler = child’s services, methinks.

    • AmazingE

      November 15, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Don’t forget the ridiculously high heeled boots she always wore as well. Honestly i’d be more worried about that than the pointy stake, as both my children seem to be following in my clumsy, accident prone footsteps.

    • ChillMama

      November 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

      I always have the best holidays ever….in my mind.

    • G.E. Phillips

      November 15, 2013 at 11:12 am

      That’s awesome. Last year, I wanted to dress my (then 2 year old) son as The Dude from Big Lebowski, but his father talked me out of it. Boo.

  2. Annona

    November 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Oh, come on America…this shit is just getting embarrassing.

    I always wanted to be as scary and disgusting as possible on Halloween. My mom used to beg me to be a princess or a bunny or something cute and I would have none of it.

  3. AmazingE

    November 15, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Ugh, I have been begging my sister to let me dress my youngest niece as Chucky for Halloween since the kid could walk. She’d be way cuter than that kid, but maybe i’m biased, haha.

  4. keelhaulrose

    November 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

    So it’s not okay to dress kids as horror movie villains because it perpetuates violence, but it’s ok to dress them up as superheroes, many of whom have created as much destruction as any villain they’ve fought?
    If we start looking into costumes I’m sure there’s someone who can find a reason that costume is running the youth of America. Processes create an expectation of being treated like they’re totally. Ballerinas encourage body issues. Football players encourage aggression. I could keep going, but it’s all asinine. Halloween is fun, and if you’re raising your child to BE their Halloween character you’re raising them wrong.

    • esuzanne

      November 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      I dressed my infant as a whoopee cushion—I suppose that means I’ve instilled a vulgar and uncouth sense of humor in his delicate little baby brain that will most likely plague him his entire life. OOPS.

    • keelhaulrose

      November 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      You might as well teach your son “I’m *baby esuzanne*, welcome to Jackass” now because that’s where he’s going to go. For shame.

      Where’s that sarcasm button, internet?!?

  5. G.E. Phillips

    November 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

    That costume is amazing. I’m pissed I didn’t think of it. We parents maybe have 4 or 5 Halloweens, max, where we get to pick our child’s costume. Might as well take advantage while we can.

  6. Alicia Kiner

    November 15, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Personally, this kid would give me nightmares, she’s just too freaking close. Child’s Play was freaking scary. Course it didn’t help that I had the freaking My Buddy doll. As long as parents aren’t encouraging the kids to actually BE violent, I don’t see what the bfd is. Halloween is supposed to be fun. People need to chill.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      November 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      No doubt. I couldn’t sleep at night knowing I had that little creeper in the house.

  7. G.E. Phillips

    November 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

    The Vampire Rob Dyrdek. Yes, a skateboarder who makes fun of dumb people, and then bites them and drains their blood.

    • Eve Vawter

      November 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

      FACE !!! Ugh he is so cute

    • G.E. Phillips

      November 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Thank you!!!!

    • Emmali Lucia

      November 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      We need to make a Face fan club.

    • G.E. Phillips

      November 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I have one already, it’s called my Facebook page, lol.

  8. cesp

    November 15, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I want to dress my daughter up at Gage from Pet Sematary next halloween. Scary toddler costumes is one the the primary reasons I even had a child.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      November 15, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Gage scares the shit out of me, and I have a small blonde child. I want to be able to sleep at night. 🙂

  9. EmmaFromÉire

    November 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

    If Halloween is responsible for a culture of violence then that year I dressed up as a mummy is CLEARLY responsible for my affinity for wrap dresses.

    • Melanie Black

      September 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Or it might promote the stealing of toilet paper…

  10. LiteBrite

    November 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I’ll admit my first reaction was “ummm….uhhhh….” But then I read some of the comments, and I see the point. The costume really isn’t the issue here. Props too for getting the facial expression in the pic. 🙂

  11. Rachel Sea

    November 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Cutest. Chucky. Ever.

  12. kris

    November 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I dressed my 5 year old up as a flesh eating zombie princess. Why? Because I wasn’t able to afford costumes this year, and she had a raggedy princess dress from a few Halloweens before, and when I was talking to her about costumes, she decided to be a zombie princess. There were recipes for homemade blood, and I was able to make her up, put dirt all over her, and she loved her costume. She insisted on carrying a tombstone we used to put in the front yard as decoration so that she could say she just came out of the grave. She loved it, and I didn’t have to feel guilty about not being able to afford her costume.

    • Eve Vawter

      November 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      OMG she is darling!

    • kris

      November 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      She had to do her zombie scream

    • kris

      November 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Hard to imagine she is my all pink wearing girly girl lol

    • Melanie Black

      September 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      cutest.kid.ever. 🙂

  13. pixie

    November 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Hmm, I wonder what dressing up as Wednesday Addams three years in a row says about me? I don’t recall ever trying to decapitate a family member or tie a friend to a medieval torture device. Though I definitely wanted to be a creepy goth kid for a few years in my preteens/early adolescence (not depressed goth kid, just creepy…I still like some of the outfits and styles associated with that fashion scene, but I just don’t have, and never did have, the money to afford much of it)

  14. Alanna Jorgensen

    November 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    My daughter asked to be Slender Man next year. I’m really kinds hoping she doesn’t change her mind.

    • Eve Vawter

      November 16, 2013 at 7:33 am

      My son wanted to be that this year! He is OBSESSED

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      November 16, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      The funny thing is, she’s scared of him and loves him all at the same time. I think it would be an awesome way to let her exert control over her fear in her own little way.

    • Eve Vawter

      November 17, 2013 at 7:22 am

      How old is she? Mine is 11 and that’s pretty much all he talks about

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      November 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      She’s only four. She saw me try to play Slender (I didn’t know she was in the room) at my sister’s insistence and thought it was hilarious that I screamed like a ninny. Her ten year old brother then found reaction videos to that game and she found them every bit as hilarious, but she’s in the monsters under the bed phase so at bedtime she thinks he’s a little less funny. I do laugh at the idea of a tiny Slender Man running around next year, but I’m sure she’ll probably change her mind by then.

  15. Momma425

    November 15, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Well shoot. For my daughter’s first Halloween, her dad and I found an adorable tutu with red sequins and a little tail coming out the back. We added some tights, and little sequin devil horns and had the cutest little devil around! I didn’t realize I was damning my infant into going to hell!

    It is a Halloween costume on what, a two or three year old? She isn’t even going to REMEMBER what she was in a year (and neither is anyone else). I think this is creative and awesome and I love that it is not ANOTHER little girl as tinker bell or a Disney princess for the 14th time, plus is super spooky for Halloween! The friend is completely over-reacting and if I had to guess, I would say she probably gives kids toothbrushes and fat letters instead of candy.

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