>When Did Halloween Become a Training Ground for Girls Gone Wild?

>Bella chose her Halloween costume early this year. Right after school started, she began combing through the mountains of costume catalogs that were flooding our mailbox. Within a couple of days, she had found her dream costume and talked about it endlessly.

I know just what I’m going to be for Halloween this year! A cheerless cheerleader.
To be honest, I hardly paid attention. I nodded absently every time she brought it up, and probably said, “That’s nice honey. A cheerleader is a great costume.
It wasn’t until October 15 that I finally took a look at this cheerless cheerleader costume. And I instantly lost all traces of cheer.
Because my first born, innocent, still five long years away from her teenage years little girl, had chosen a costume a hooker might feel bashful wearing.


I headed to Target to check it out, and it was even worse than in the catalog. The belly was bare, covered by orange fishnet. The same construction orange fishnet hung down as the only leg coverage below the shockingly short skirt. It hung next to other costumes of its ilk with names like “the bad girl” and “the frisky shipmate.”

Since when did Halloween become a training ground for Girls Gone Wild?

When Bella came home from school that night, I uttered schoolmarmish words I never thought I would be saying to an eight year old. “You can’t wear that costume. It is too sexy. It is simply not appropriate.”
And of course, the tears came gushing out, along with the desperate cries that I was the worse mother in the world, that everyone else was wearing it, and that it simply was not fair. Doors were slammed. Sobs were muffled in pillows. A full fledged teenage crisis was had… in second grade.
A few hours later, once tempers had cooled, we headed back to Target and Bella and I found a mutually agreeable purple witch costume to buy. And the Halloween preparations were able to resume, without the specter of having to photoshop my whored up daughter from our family shot.
At least until next year.

6 Responses to >When Did Halloween Become a Training Ground for Girls Gone Wild?

  1. >Oh dear. Oddly enough, our She-Twin found a similarly distasteful she-devil outfit at Target. We are allowing the devil motif, but NOT that outfit. The one we ended up with does have a V-neck, but not a la Jennifer Lopez. EIGHT YEARS OLD. Seriously.

    Please. We need to stay in touch. 😉

  2. >This is where I'm glad I don't have girls. I've noticed even buying clothes for my little niece who's in a 2T how grown up the clothes are even that small. At least living in Ohio, you have to get Halloween costumes that long johns can be worn under in the even that it's freezing on Halloween. That should help for several more years yet, no?

  3. >My oldest wants to be a skeleton punk rocker with a short skirt. What did happen to the bygone days of clowns and angels and farmers and hobos? Can't wait to see this years Halloween picture!

  4. >I thought that all of the women's costumes for sale were turning into slutty "whatever" was bad but the little girl costumes too?! Geez. I sew. I'll make your kids costumes. You buy the fabric and patterns, I'll do the construction. I could have easily made Bella an age appropriate (and on the kinda cute side) cheerless cheerleader costume that didn't make her look like a ho. Seriously.

  5. >I am with you! They keep asking why these girls are growing up so soon. I wonder?! Good grief let's let them be little girls!!

    Thankfully oldest chose to be Hermoine so that was a pretty easy one to pull together. She always comes up with some interesting ideas (two years ago she wanted to be Cindy Lou Who let me tell you not an easy costume to put together!)

    My youngest on the other hand wants to be Hello Kitty…a bit harder but I think I got it figured out.

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