What’s with the trashy Halloween costumes for teen girls?

The Party City circular that arrived in our Sunday paper had an interesting grouping of costumes for teen girls.

While I think they were advertising a witch costume for teen girls what I saw was a hooker witch costume for teen girls.

The Batgirl costume also appeared to actually be a Hooker Batgirl costume. The Sailor, devil, milk maid, pirate, Red Riding Hood and even Raggedy Ann all appeared to be working the streets with ridiculous short skirts and some revealing bust lines. Just FYI, the Pocahontas outfit covered the most skin. Here’s the Web site so you can see what I’m talking about.

I’m not trying to say this is Party City’s fault. It just happens to be the Halloween costume circular I looked at. But it is a problem over all in society.

I think it was the movie “Mean Girls’ a few years back that said Halloween was when teenage girls got to release their inner slut. I personally think that’s pretty scary!

(Here the actual quote from “Mean Girls”: Cady: [voiceover] Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.)

How did Halloween become the holiday to look trashy?

What do you think of the teen girl Halloween costumes that are mass produced and available in stores? Do you think they are too revealing? Are you shocked by what you see teen girls going out in on Halloween?

What are your rules for costumes, especially for teen girls? What is your teen daughter going out as? What are some good costumes that won’t make them look they’ll be working on a corner later that night?

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fatherknowsbest

October 20th, 2009
6:13 am

Next time your at Party City take closer look at the selections. This has been going on for the last 4 years that I recall. It’s this type of costume selection that make it difficult to explain to my 10yr old daughter that certain outfit are just not appropriate. Parents must be buying this crap if it keeps coming back year after year.

DB

October 20th, 2009
6:51 am

Easy solution: Don’t buy the costumes. They’re hideously overpriced, anyway, for the cheap little bit of ill-fitting fabric that you get. We always made our costumes — I sew, so we always enjoyed going to JoAnn’s early in October and picking out a costume. My daughter enjoyed the medieval princess looks, so she was usually covered from the chin down to her ankles, and I got to enjoy playing with some really interesting fantasy fabric! The shortest costume she ever wore was a Power Puff Girl costume she wore to school one year — I made the pink, blue and green dresses, and they bought the short wigs and white tights — they looked adorable!

And, BTW, it’s not just the Halloween costumes that make teenage girls look like sluts, when clothes in the stores are tight-fitting and scooped down to their navel!

Paul O'Brien

October 20th, 2009
6:52 am

Producer

October 20th, 2009
6:59 am

We have a culture that glorifies the “slut” appearance whether it be in teenage girls or women in general. Go ahead and thank those wonderful examples like Brittney and Madonna, navel rings, tramp stamps. Our culture has made a trashy appearance central to popularity. Good luck trying to reverse it.

Vork

October 20th, 2009
7:17 am

The purpose of Halloween is to dress up one day a year like something you are not. It’s not like girls who wear these costumes dress like this all the time. And if these costumes didn’t sell well, they wouldn’t show up in the circular or on the web site in the first place. This is how real life is, adapt or die.

Vork

October 20th, 2009
7:28 am

You want a good topic Theresa??? Read this: http://www.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?action=cpt&title=He’s+in+the+Army+now+-+JSOnline&expire=&urlID=412930745&fb=Y&url=http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/64677772.html&partnerID=380639

notgonnagiveit

October 20th, 2009
7:37 am

I see some lovely comments here by people who obviously do no have daughters and think that the ’slutification’ of young girls is perfectly ok…especially with them. No wonder this country and indeed the world around us is going to hell-in-a-handbasket. Adapt or die, you say…I say you’re already dead in more ways that you can possibly understand.

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Andrea

October 20th, 2009
7:45 am

Theresa, I totally agree with you. The costumes are too risque for girls. They are even marketing them in the small sizes (7 to 8) and those are for younger girls not teens. I find it very disturbing.

I certainly don’t agree with the adapt or die mentality. It is that type of laissez faire thinking that has undermined the roles of parent and child. I am a firm believer that if you don’t stand for something, you will surely fall for anything.

Photius

October 20th, 2009
8:12 am

If parents did not buy them, businesses would not sell them – let the free market reign.

notgonnagiveit

October 20th, 2009
8:16 am

If lecherous men didn’t find slutty looking young teenage girls appealing then there would be no market for garbage like this. And heaven forbid a father should instill in his daughter a little worth beyond her appearance…

workingmom

October 20th, 2009
8:18 am

This is not just a Halloween problem as one poster already noted. I recently saw a young girl about age 8 wearing Juicy Couture sweatpants. How did I know? The word “JUICY” right across her bum was a dead give-away. Am I the only one that thinks inviting the public to stare at your pre-pubecent girl’s a$$ is beyond bad taste and bordering on bad parenting?

Vork

October 20th, 2009
8:21 am

Look at all the prudes on here today…DAMN.

Sex sells…..deal with it.

deidre_NC

October 20th, 2009
8:24 am

have any of yall tried to buy ‘decent’ clothes for your teen girl lately? and even younger than teen…someone said halloween is a night to dress like you normally dont..BS!!! it takes a lot of looking to buy clothes that arent skin tight…jeans pubic hair low….shirts low enough to just about show the belly button…pants so low you can see things that should be seen by everyone in the world…its not just halloween…its a shame…and its not just halloween

HB

October 20th, 2009
8:26 am

It doesn’t help when the school approves ridiculously short cheerleader skirts either. When I was in high school, we had a strict 3″ above the knee limit (a little too strict for some of the taller girls), but an exception was made for cheerleaders who wore their uniforms to class on game days. Their skirts barely covered their, um, assets…

Mary

October 20th, 2009
8:26 am

It’s not limited to Costumes. Teen aged girls have been getting sluttier and sluttier every year. Short shorts that say “Juicy” on the butt…..Even the little kids are tramping out…..low riding pants, make up at 9 years old.

So instead of bashing Party City for slutty costumes, go complain to JC Penneys, Kohls, etc. AND go ahead and blame the parents that allow their girls to dress like tramps.

notgonnagiveit

October 20th, 2009
8:28 am

Vork…no…I will not teach my daughters that their worth is based on their looks and their sexuality. It makes for people who propagate the crap you a spewing here. It is obvious where you find your worth…and that is sad…as are you.

Becky

October 20th, 2009
8:28 am

I agree that the costumes are slutty looking on girls, but if you don’t want your child to wear them, don’t..As others said, parents keep buying this crap and thats why it keeps coming back year after year..When my 7 year old granddaughter wantst o buy something like that, I just tell her that it will make her look not nice..She’s ok with that..

notgonnagiveit

October 20th, 2009
8:31 am

Indeed, Mary. This is indicative of a societal problem that started with the whole ‘moral relativism’ craze that changed how parents taught their kids. Parents are to blame… and to some degree the cretins above are right… market pressures drive this sort of thing. But that doesn’t make it right…and it doesn’t make it something we have to just ‘take’ or ‘deal with.’

MomOf2Girls

October 20th, 2009
8:32 am

So if I am to understand some of you correctly, you are saying that since these scraps of cloth masquerading as costumes are available, being marketed to impressionable girls, purchased by said girls, and (presumably) approved by their parents, turning preteen and teen girls into objects is fine with you? Wow. I assume you don’t have daughters, because if you did, you would loathe the message these costumes send out to the girls (your body is an object to be shown off rather than respected).

Girls need to know that their sense of self-worth cannot be suspended one night simply because of a date on the calendar. The implicit message they are getting (especially the younger girls) is that if they can dress like this, even for one night, there’s nothing wrong with showing their bodies off for the other 364 days. Halloween doesn’t change who you are. The girls know that, and believe me, the boys who see them in these costumes know that too!

Vork

October 20th, 2009
8:43 am

@notgonnagiveit

Good luck getting anything to change….like I said…sex sells…that being said….let the neighbor’s kid dress like a slut……as long as your kid doesn’t why do you even care?

JJ

October 20th, 2009
8:54 am

I have NEVER allowed my daughter to look slutty. She wasn’t interested in that look anyway…..she has her priorities and being a slutty dresser is NOT one of them…..She has good taste in cloths and nothing is skin tight.

You need to leave SOMETHING to the imagination….and not put it all out there.

Michelle

October 20th, 2009
9:01 am

I don’t think this phenomenon is limited to Halloween. As many others have stated, look at the racks of clothes for girls these days? Better yet, take a look at the kids coming in/out of high school and middle school!

I realize that there are “trends” that come and go. I think as parents, we should be responsible for stopping some of them. Yes, kids have their own ideas, BUT, we buy the clothes! You can still be trendy without looking like a “ho ho”!

Why go to Party City for a “pre fab” outfit? How about using your imagination to create your own?

Vork is right when he says “sex sells”. However, as a parent, it doesn’t have to sell for your child!

notgonnagiveit

October 20th, 2009
9:10 am

Vork…because you and your ilk believe that people should be judged on their appearance rather than their character. You poison society with it. That’s why I care. Women are ‘good’ as long as they are ‘hot.’ Otherwise they are not worth your time…and by extension society’s time. What a sad, pitiful view of the world you have…

Big Daddy

October 20th, 2009
9:13 am

Prudes. This country is full of people scared of the human body. We all have curvy, bulging parts, even teens. Deal with it or move to Iran and wear a burka. (Or at least buy a burka for your daughter so that you feel better.)

Stan

October 20th, 2009
9:17 am

Vork, that was a touching story. Thanks for posting it.

I’m no prude by any stretch, but I do NOT want a see a young girl dressed like this. A young lady 18+, I would LOVE to see dressed this way ;)

To me it comes back to parents doing their job of being parents and setting ground rules as to what is acceptable and more parents need to learn a new word “NO”.

gimmeabreak

October 20th, 2009
9:17 am

@notgonnagiveit your views appear feminist or puritan. Either way, get over yourself. People of *your* ilk deem people who are “hot” as “bimbos” or “sluts” when the fact of the matter is they may be as intelligent and as “good” as you and aren’t afraid of what nature has granted them. What isn’t worth society’s time is this nanny state P.C. wussification of America.

Vork

October 20th, 2009
9:18 am

@notgonnagiveit

What an angry person you are. That to me is sad. One should not be so angry. I’m a realist and as such I tell it like it is. Optimism is wasteful and pessimism is defeating.

I do have a 5 year old daughter and as such I would not allow her to wear revealing clothing until such time as she is old enough to be on her own and make her own decisions. My daughter is my responsibility, noone else’s.
As I said, let the neighbor’s kid dress like a slut, as long as your kid doesn’t why waste your time trying to control something you have absolutely no control over?

lmno

October 20th, 2009
9:21 am

Teenagers are exploring their sexuality through clothing?!?!

Surely this is a brand new phenominon! Surely we are the first generation to think that our children are wearing inappropriate clothing!

I bet that half of the women here complaining were told by their very own parents that their clothes were inappropriate and at the time they probably felt like their parents “just don’t get it”.

Its a part of growing up to explore the things that your parents object.

New Stepmom

October 20th, 2009
9:24 am

Amen to those screaming this is not just with Halloween. Trying to find my 10yo step daughter clothing for church and the annual father/daughter dance is a nightmare. Thank goodness she wears school uniforms-I am all for those and used to be totally against them. All of the fabric for girls this ageis cheap looking and the look is hooker chic. To find more modest “preppy clothing,” I end up spending a small fortune. I bought her 2 dresses last year at Hannah Anderson and I got them a size too big so that she could wear them this year too. Polo and J Crew make decent looking stuff, but again it is expensive. Target has the most age appropriate clothing at the best prices, but it is tough to find. Thank God she is a little tom boyish and not into the trashy look for the most part. She did ask for a ho dress for the father daughter dance last year and that was quickly vetoed. She ended up in a simple black velvet tank dress that covered everything!

My husband would make her dress like an Amish girl if he had his way, her mom and I both prefer more conservative “preppy” clothing for her but it can be a little more stylish than the Amish look. Good luck to all you moms fighting this battle. It is awful out there…

Vork

October 20th, 2009
9:29 am

@Stan

Yeah that story was a good one, and I’m not one to get all sappy.

I’m glad you could get to the site as it looks like the link I posted might be broken but if you highlight the entire link and paste it into your address line it should work.

lmno

October 20th, 2009
9:30 am

The problem isn’t that parents object to their kids wearing this stuff, its that some parents object to ANY kid wearing this stuff.

Where do you draw the line on dictating what other parents should be allowed to let their children do?

I mean, for some people, the line might be a revealing outfit on halloween, for others it might be reading Harry Potter.

Its one thing to say, “not in my house” and another thing to say, “not in anyone’s house”.

Yes, a line is drawn somewhere, but do you really think you should be the one to draw it.

Vork

October 20th, 2009
9:35 am

I think this is a better link than the one I posted earlier and it’s much shorter….again I’m not one to get all sappy, but this story is a good one:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/64677772.html

mystery poster

October 20th, 2009
9:44 am

Thank goodness when my daughter was that age, we lived up north. A Halloween costume had to go over a winter coat.

Oh, and BTW, Cady wasn’t condoning that “slut” attire in the Mean Girls movie. She dressed as a zombie bride and was shocked at how the other girls at the party were dressed. Hence the quote “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”

bugman

October 20th, 2009
9:45 am

I think you all have missed the boat completely here. The reason the costumes are prevalent is due to the fact that ADULT women have buying and wearing these for years. It has just recently trickled down to the teenage sector.

Another problem caused by “do what I say, not as I do.”

SRH

October 20th, 2009
9:59 am

What is even worse is that the teen girl section of this site has a “career” sub-section. The choices are: maid, candy striper and diva. Are you kidding me?

SRH

October 20th, 2009
10:05 am

.. and of course the boy’s “career” sub-section has doctor, pilot, firefighter and policeman. So sexist!

Jimmie

October 20th, 2009
10:08 am

Dress like a slut, get treated like a slut. And don’t give me the “Just because I dress like a slut, doesn’t mean I am a slut” line. If you were in distress and I was dressed like a police officer and you came to me for help, how would you feel if I said… “Just because I’m dressed like a Police Officer doesn’t mean I am a police officer.” Get a life.

Jimmie

October 20th, 2009
10:11 am

SRH… I agree it is sexist. But, it’s supply and demand and the demand is to dress like sluts

Lana

October 20th, 2009
10:19 am

Its JUST a costume, your only young once and its just dressing up, partying and having fun for one night of the year where you can be something your not. Its all good fun and our own choice, seriously don’t some of you have anything better to do? like go to work or something? let us teens party while we are young… theres really nothing you can do about it so let us live before we get old and boring…

Becky

October 20th, 2009
10:22 am

@Vork..Just saw the website that you posted..I really, really feel for this family..I lost my Mother to ovarian cancer 19 years ago..She lived 11 years after that had told her that she would only live 6 months..SHe passed away on Sept. 11, one month before my wedding..

Barak

October 20th, 2009
10:26 am

OMG…….all of you get over yourselves…..If you think the outfits are too risque…then DON’T buy them. Leave everyone else alone….Let the free market reign…..

Kat

October 20th, 2009
10:29 am

I think what Lana meant was that “I’d like to think there’s nothing adults can do about it, but I’m just a stupid kid and don’t know better. With my limited knowledge, I don’t understand how adults could have (at one time) been young and know what I’m talking about and could ever have a clue. And, when I said ‘let us live before we get old and boring,’ I should have said before I get pregnant because I seem (and probably am) so easy.”

SRH

October 20th, 2009
10:30 am

Lana, you should actually learn how to spell instead of wanting to party while you are young. You will probably need the teen girl “career” costumes when you get older – I am sure they will add a pole dancer one at that time.

LizDawg

October 20th, 2009
10:30 am

Totally agree Theresa, although I must say as a senior at Norcross HS I did dress up as Leia in the infamous Golden Bikini.

Jimmie

October 20th, 2009
10:38 am

Like OMG! I like TOTALLY need to get over myself! I, like can’t have an opinion about seeing young girls dress as sluts. Like, WTF! OMG!

Gwinnett Parent

October 20th, 2009
10:45 am

One has to wonder who is calling the shots in the purchasing department when it is time to decide which new styles will make it on the shelves. Some parents buy this junk, because there are not many choices. Last year I tried to buy jeans for my then 5 yr old, and most of the stores had snug fit hip huggers.(for a 5 yr old!!)I have to scour the racks to find things that are not trashy. There are some sick people that enjoy looking at 5 and 6 yr olds dressed like Hannah Montana with hip huggers and belly button showing. A few months ago my daughter pointed to black lacey outfit which looked like lingerie. It was a size 6X. Unfortunatley this style is being pushed on us, because choices are limited. The material being used for these outfits is also cheap.

Sting Em

October 20th, 2009
10:49 am

Lana: Your != you are; you’re = you are. Its != it is; it’s = it is. Proper punctuation makes your ‘point’ easier to understand. The internet is killing grammar and spelling.

cofthenight

October 20th, 2009
10:52 am

Halloween time is yet another reason I am SO glad I have 2 boys! I didn’t ever want to deal with girls and their clothing, haha!

Barak

October 20th, 2009
10:54 am

Jimmie? Like are you okay? Smoking is bad for you man…..