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31 Days: Women + Halloween Costumes.

For years I have been puzzled by the choices many women — young and not so young — make for their Halloween costumes. It’s become a long standing joke that women’s Halloween costumes are “slutty” this and “sexy” that.

Can we stop this trend please?

One thing that bothers me about this is that it’s as if women were holding their collective breath all year waiting for this one occasion for which it was acceptable to dress in a “sexy” way and then they just go crazy with it. One of my favorite movies addresses it the best here:

Costume from Yandy.com

The other thing that bothers me is that it’s so very predictable. It really is OK to not buy the terrible costumes made available to us. Or you can buy one and add a twist to it. Just don’t be a sexy slice of pizza. It’s not sexy. And it’s not pizza. So really nobody wins here.

BUT a funny twist to that costume? Reheated pizza. Frizz out your hair. Use a terrible self tanning lotion. Fray the ends of the costume. (You can have that idea for free. You’re welcome.)

It’s not for me to say who can dress sexy or not, but as a mother to two girls I can say that I encourage them to be creative with their costumes. That being said… they chose costume store costumes this year. (I know when to pick my battles.) I’ll be escorting a mermaid and Izzy from Jake and the Neverland Pirates around the neighborhood. Damn you, Disney!

Well at least they aren’t princesses, right?

Oh, that’s right. I’m not really a fan of princesses either. Apparently I am trying to ruin Halloween for everyone!

Back in my day we were creative for Halloween. It looked a little something like this:

*Not my real hair. But it IS Shelby’s real hair. With the addition of pipe cleaners.

 

What were we for Halloween that year? I DON’T KNOW. But we didn’t order those costumes online, that’s for sure (mostly because we are older than the internet). And we already had a lot of what we wore.

I think it’s always important to get dressed on purpose, even for Halloween. Our choice in Halloween costumes can send a message just like our everyday clothing can – which is why I usually opt for something funny or quirky, if I even dress up at all any more.

Do you dress up for Halloween? Do you feel like there is more skin involved than there used to be? What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

P.S. **Bonus points if you can guess what year that picture was taken**

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