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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October 20th, 2009
11:01 am

I dont know wat to wear guy help me


October 20th, 2009
11:04 am

The only costume I saw that was really offensive and inappropriate was the Wacthmen outfit. The others weren’t as bad as the article leads one to believe.


October 20th, 2009
11:09 am

OMG Barry! Thanks for the concern!

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Brittney's Dad

October 20th, 2009
11:22 am

Brittney will be dressed as Betsy Ross this year – covered in a puritan colonial costume from neck to ankles and wearing a cute bonnet. She got the idea from a history book picture and we put together the outfit ourselves.

Jersey Dad

October 20th, 2009
11:25 am

My daughter wanted to dress like a congresswoman and I told her no daughter of mine is going out looking like one of them losers. I bought her a “Mansion Madam” costume instead.

Mike in Miami

October 20th, 2009
11:27 am

I agree with the attempt to slutify our little girls with the pretext that its Halloween. Sadder, though, are the people who accept it and are desensitized by it. It’s irresponsible and easy to pass the buck to the parents who buy them , or to hide behind the First Amendment, or to say if you don’t like it don’t buy it. Someone’s got to make a stand and say something even if, and especially, when it won’t be a popular opinion.
When you see shows on TV glamourizing scantily clad toddlers, and you see half-naked teens on magazine ads, it’s no surprise we have so much child abuse and molestation epidemic in this country. Everyone prefers to look the other way, pass the buck, it’s not their problem, it’s protected by First Amendment, etc. I think the Founding Fathers of this country would cringe if they saw how Americans are abusing the First Amendment to basically get away with everything to fulfill their own selfish needs and not care about the moral decay in society. Unfortunately, we are already starting to see the consequences in our society of such condoning and permissive attitudes. The Roman Empire fell because of similar attitudes, and it’s not too late to stop our country from decaying from within. But we must speak and act now.

John Mark Karr

October 20th, 2009
11:34 am

I don’t get the problem with girls wanting to look hot and sexy. Get over it you philistines, puritans, and prudes.


October 20th, 2009
11:39 am

Slutty halloween outfitts are for co-eds not teens. Here’s an idea don’t let your daugter dress like a slut, be an adult and set limits, draw the line and be firm with them. When they go off to college they can look like a hooker on Halloween if they want to. As for them being in the stores, they wouldn’t be there if people weren’t buying them. Turns out there’s a lot of younger women that think it’s cool for one night of the year to dress like a hooker. I think this party tradition may mirgrated from fright fest in Key West, but that’s just my two cents


October 20th, 2009
11:42 am

“Someone’s got to make a stand and say something even if, and especially, when it won’t be a popular opinion.”

Fine. Make a stand for something, but is this going to be it? Is this where you want the line drawn? What about people who feel that its not far enough? That girls should not be allowed to wear anything but a uniform until they are 21?

Ridiculous? Well, some people feel just that strongly. And others feel that girls should be able to wear whatever they want.

Same thing with the books kids read. The same thing with the toys they play with and the music they listen to, and the games they play.

And as far as the the Roman Empire falling because of permissive attitudes; many people felt that the Roman Empire fell due to citizens no longer paying attention to important issues because they became distracted by trivial interests. Now, that could never happen here.


October 20th, 2009
11:49 am

If you can’t find a costume suitable to your tastes in today’s world then I am sad for you. Yes there are plenty of risque costumes out there for adult women and girls but those of you picking on a single flyer that came out really need help. Again this is a non-topic. There is a market for it, either you buy it or you don’t.

We have much bigger problems in this country than sex or the way or woman or man dresses. The human body is what it is, either cover it or flaunt it those are you only choices and that can only be done by you as an adult or for your children as an adult. Who are any of you to tell a person other than kids what they can or can’t wear? Also you have no business telling another parent how to dress their kids. As a father of a soon to be six year old daughter she wouldn’t be caught dead in this stuff, however I am sure there are other parents who would dress them up in it and I know some of them. That is there right in this wonderful country we live in.

Sue in Boston

October 20th, 2009
11:55 am

Timely find on the internet–I was searching for ‘teen halloween costumes’ in Google and this article came up first. I was shopping for a costume with my 13 year old last night, and was just disgusted (again this year.) Dorothy–with a boob job and miniskirt, Mouse, with a boob job and a miniskirt, Nurse, with a boob job and a miniskirt–you get the picture. So many bad costumes–most downright embarassing. My daughter is going as Spongebob, in a child’s costume.


October 20th, 2009
11:56 am

@Mike in Miami: “The Roman Empire fell because of similar attitudes” – You, sir, just like to say random garbage just to inflate your puritan, holier than thou views that you wish to push on people. The last time I checked, the Roman Empire was a time of artistic elegance, with the nude male and female form being cherished and celebrated. Also, the last time I checked, the fall of the Roman Empire had nothing to do “permissive” attitudes. It had to do with religious, conservative zealots becoming so self-righteous while forcing their beliefs down others’ throats that the empire was torn apart.

Seriously, go move to the middle east where women lose life and limb for letting their hair show let alone a harmless comic book hero costume that shows some skin for one day of the year. You’d probably like it better there.


October 20th, 2009
12:09 pm

I know that I’m going to be showing my age here, but why don’t parents make costumes? You don’t have to know how to sew to make one..What happened to planning the oufit and buying just the right stuff to make it the best in the bunch? Yeah, I know, that was then, this is now..


October 20th, 2009
12:11 pm

Leah, you must have been looking at a different website than I did. The skirts on the outfits were almost all too short, the tops were very skimpy.

I think the most disturbing one actually was the Raggedy Ann one. That was just wrong.

What I think is sad is that today’s girls have been sold a lie that says they are ‘freer’ when they show off a lot of skin. They don’t realize that this really just objectifies them in the eyes of most men instead of empowering them. Bowing to the popular culture is not actually giving up some of your own control.


October 20th, 2009
12:12 pm

By the way, I love how it’s totally cool for female children of all ages to wear 2-piece bathing suits at the pool, in their front yard, at the park fountain, etc., but it’s “slutty” and morally wrong for a 16 year old to wear a superhero costume or a witch costume with a short skirt. I’ve seen pictures of teen girls wearing less at the swimsuit section at Target.


October 20th, 2009
12:26 pm

Wow! So many prudes worked up over a simple blog about Halloween costumes – far out! Lord, protect me from your followers….


October 20th, 2009
12:54 pm


Noble idea but I think that requires too much thought and time. Two luxeries people have little of anymore.


October 20th, 2009
12:55 pm

and that would be luxuries, not luxeries….my bad.

Hey, Vork...

October 20th, 2009
1:04 pm

…is lakerat writing under a new name now that someone has tried to imitate her/him?


October 20th, 2009
1:08 pm

“Lord, protect me from your followers….”

Photius, I really enjoyed that book.


October 20th, 2009
1:11 pm

@Hey, Vork…

How the hell would I know?

lakerat (the original)...

October 20th, 2009
1:46 pm

…evidently, Vork, someone thought that we (you and me) are the same person!!!


October 20th, 2009
1:54 pm

Ha, that’s funny I kinda thought that motherjanegoose and lakerat were the same person.


October 20th, 2009
1:55 pm

Hey Jimmie….It’s Barak not Barry man…..You would think you would recognize your President…..

katrina not from NO

October 20th, 2009
1:57 pm

Be outraged. Don’t buy this crap. Say “no” to your kids. They will get over it. You, as a parent, are not their friends. They have friends. Who are their own age. You are their parent(ts).

I am so done with hearing and watching parents say “well, they wanted it and it was only xx$, so I gave in. We were in a hurry.” or “They say it is what their friends are wearing.”

So if their friends were wearing slut clothes that would be OK, and if their slutty-clothes-wearing friends wanted to jump off a bridge, because all the kids are doing it, that would be OK.

Because you are raising friends who are actually sheep and we all know what happens then – the sheep follow the leader.

You are responsible for what you breed.


October 20th, 2009
2:03 pm

So how old are the ‘teens’? I think at 13 or so they should not be out pestering the neighbors for candy. They can be at Halloween parties in somebodies basement, den or wherever.

I told mine I am not buying costumes this year. Check the dress clothes pile or your closet and come up with something. They both have some interesting ideas none of which include showing belly-buttons. It is too cold for that most years anyway. We all love costumes shoved over bulky coats or coats covering the costume right?

Hunter of MILF

October 20th, 2009
2:18 pm

The more skin the better I say, only I like em older and more experienced…..hello ladies….

maybe not good for my daughter, but love them on my wife!

October 20th, 2009
3:44 pm

I have to admit that if I had a daughter in her early teens (i have a young son thankfully), I would be uncomfortable with her wearing most of this stuff. But I also have to admit that my wife and I are going to our Halloween party as dorothy and the scarecrow…and my wife looks really, really good as Dorothy in thigh highs, heels, and pig tails (I’ll never watch the Wiz of Oz the same way again!). Not too slutty, but juuusstt enough to make my heart skip a beat at this alter ego of my proper soccer mom wife. She doesn’t have a problem with it, she knows she looks pretty good, and I don’t have a problem with my wife showing herself off a little. I honestly see nothing wrong with it. I don’t think she’s setting a bad example for anyone. On the other hand, its leads to a question regarding this topic. There is obviously an age where a girl is too young to wear one of these costumes and it not be a little creepy…..but there is also an age where if you can get away with it, you should feel no shame in going for it, IMHO. So where is the line drawn? I really don’t have an answer, just thought it was an interesting thought.

One other thought for those who are expressing their outrage now…”Lolita” was published in 1955, the movie hit the scene in 1962. They were scandalous and ENORMOUSLY popular. That’s a full half century of society’s fascination of slutty teen girls….and I’m sure I could find lots more dating back even further….I should check my bible….I bet there are some juicy examples there. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just saying that to be outraged now is a little late in the game.


October 20th, 2009
3:57 pm

Speaking of scary creatures, let’s not feed the TROLLS!!!


October 20th, 2009
4:02 pm

I have to admit…I’d hate to see these on my daughter, but would crawl on glass to see them on my wife.


October 20th, 2009
4:12 pm

i think 18 yrs old is the age that draws the line…or after high school


October 20th, 2009
4:37 pm

Any credence to the idea that these girls are dressing like their mothers? With more and more single moms dressing trampy, the girls see it as acceptable. Just MHO


October 20th, 2009
4:41 pm

that damn MTV generation! the chickens are coming home to roost!


October 20th, 2009
4:46 pm

so is the problem with the costumes, or a lack for modesty in those who wear them?


October 20th, 2009
4:55 pm

I loved the movie Mean Girls- and I remember Cady saying something like those girls idea of a costume is to wear sexy lingerie and put on a pair of animal ears…lol


October 20th, 2009
4:56 pm

I think some of you are confusing sexually explicit costumes for adults with the ones for children. Adults can wear what they want — I don’t care if an adult dresses provocatively, because presumably they can weigh and accept the consequences of their actions, even if it’s just in fun.

But for children? And young teenagers? It’s creepy, sexualizing a young child in such a way, and encouraging them to think of themselves in such a way. Parents who permit it or think it’s “cute” won’t think it’s so cute when their 15 year old comes home pregnant, or they are having to deal with an oral STD, because, after all, sex is CUTE. And they are the same ones who will roll their eyes and ask plaintively, “But where did they get the idea that it was alright?” Parents are supposed to teach and protect their children, and not allow them to display themselves in such blatantly lewd inappropriate ways.

I don’t care who is buying it, and I don’t care who is selling it. That doesn’t make it right. The human body is beautiful, but there is a time and place for that beauty to be enjoyed.

Interesting, though, how none of the guy’s costumes seem to be tight fitting at the crotch . . . because THAT’S “gay”.



October 20th, 2009
5:37 pm

Jeff I think it depends on the single mom. I am one and I do NOT wear clothes that look painted on or that show my belly button on purpose!

Even if I did look like Heidi Klum I would not do that.


October 20th, 2009
5:39 pm

BTW as a Mom of girls it is difficult find decent clothes for them to wear. I do it.

Oldest had shorts on the other day, and I said, those go in the good will stack kiddo. She got huffy, so I asked her how she would like me to get a pair just like them. The pants went on the stack.

Jesse's Girl

October 20th, 2009
9:04 pm

My kids dress for Halloween the same way they dress for any other day of the year…repsectfully. These moms that dress like a wanna-be Pam Anderson are the ones I blame. If a parent dresses as if their BFF is a pole…what the heck do you think their kids are going to do? Have some respect ans pride please. Do not dress like a trollop. Everyone has a belly button…we don’t need to see your’s. It isn’t special.


October 20th, 2009
9:58 pm

lmno your right. I am guilty of having been told certain clothes were inappropriate. A particular mini-skirt comes to mind. However I had the good sense to obey my parents.

Why is that children are in such a hurry to grow up? I am not just talking sex (especially since I was close to 20 before I had any). I mean wearing clothes that made me look like I had boobs well before I did. Or thinking that I should be in make-up.

Yes it is back to haunt me now with my daughters, but like my parents did with me, I get veto power! Too short, too tight, to whatever and out it goes. Both my children know if I see words printed on their butt they are in trouble. They say they find those shorts tacky!

Cable Car Couture

October 20th, 2009
10:47 pm

It isn’t just costumes for teenage girls, but women in general. The majority of costumes for women are overtly sexual and revealing in nature.


October 20th, 2009
11:12 pm

There’s a simple solution – until your daughter is on her own or old enough to take responsibility for her actions, she needs to follow the law of house and her parents. Who cares what little Debbie down the street is wearing, just worry about your own kids and their well being, and let little Debbie’s parents worry about her or not as they so choose.


October 20th, 2009
11:17 pm

@ DB…glad someone has a somewhat moral compass here. Where is catlady and the real Lakerat? I guess you will have to hang in there for the rest of us ‘old folks’….thanks!

@ Vork, I am too busy spewing my crazy and lengthy ideas to those that are paying to hear me to chime in much, so enjoy yourself. I am happy that someone does indeed pay me to talk for 6 hours…..hmmmm.


October 20th, 2009
11:18 pm

ooops…where are catlady and the real Lakerat…sorry for my grammar….my time zones are all mixed up now that I am back from Alaska….

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October 21st, 2009
7:29 am


Really? That’s great that you get payed to talk, because I, and I’m not alone on this one, would pay you just to shut up.

It’s easy to talk about something you know a lot about but you, my dear, have this annoying knack of talking endlessly about topics that you clearly have no business discussing because you add nothing of value to the conversation. And you add insult to injury by dragging on your belabored point for several paragraphs.

Seriously? I mean can’t you make your point in less than 1000 words? You lose my attention after the first paragraph.

By the way this is what is called constructive criticism, I’m not hating on you.


October 21st, 2009
8:36 am

@ Vork….put your money where your mouth is…..how much are you willing to pay me?

You can send the check to Theresa ( she knows exactly how to reach me) and when I receive it I will let everyone know on the blog that you are willing to pay me more to shut up than those who pay me to talk. It would be wonderful to be paid not to do a thing, I will even leave if you pay my ONE DAY rate. I need a new sofa/loveseat and that might work.

FYI…I am not cheap!

As far as I can tell. this is a open mic and anyone can “talk( ing ) endlessly about topics” .

I am a MOM and I am thinking the title of the blog contains that word.

To me, SHUT UP is hateful.

( NOT 1000 words)


October 21st, 2009
8:43 am



I see that I pissed you off….GOOD. To me that is worth it’s weight in GOLD and far surpasses any amount of money I could give you.

Now you know how some of us feel when we are forced to read one of your novels that you post here. Keep that in mind the next time you feel like getting long-winded.



October 21st, 2009
9:04 am

“feel when we are forced to read one of your novels that you post here.”

Really? I’ve never been ‘forced’ to read anything MJG has posted, ever. There are some folks that post here that I don’t care to read, so when I see their name, I skip to the next entry. Pretty simple really.