Skip to comments.Preteens Trading Fairy Wands for Fishnets (Halloween Costumes)
Posted on 10/30/2007 12:23:43 PM PDT by Huntress
Gabby Cirenza wanted to be a referee for Halloween. The outfit she liked had a micro-mini black skirt and a form-fitting black and white-striped spandex top held together with black laces running up the flesh-exposing sides. She looked admiringly at the thigh-high black go-go boots that could be bought as an accessory. And she thought the little bunny on the chest was cute.
"Absolutely not," said her mother, Cheryl. "That is so not happening."
Gabby is 11.
And the Playboy Racy Referee costume was only the latest that her mother had vetoed one pre-Halloween-crazed afternoon at Party City in Baileys Crossroads as too skimpy, too revealing, too suggestive .
Bawdy Halloween costumes, however, have become the season's hottest sellers in recent years. Not just for women, but for girls, too. And parents such as Cirenza don't like it.
Gabby eyed the Sexy Super Girl but decided against it. A friend at her Catholic school had worn that costume for a Halloween parade and pulled the already short miniskirt way up to cover her tummy. "That didn't look very good." But Gabby did like the Aqua Fairy, a vampy get-up with a black ripped-up skirt, black fishnet tights and blue bustier that comes in medium, large and preteen. A medium fits a child of 8.
How about the Funky Punk Pirate Pre-Teen, with an off-the-shoulder blouse and bare midriff?
Gabby pointed to the Fairy-Licious Purrrfect Kitty Pre-Teen, which, according to the package, includes a "pink and black dress with lace front bodice and sassy jagged skirt with tail. . . . Wings require some assembly."
Cheryl Cirenza shook her head in exasperated disbelief. "This is all so inappropriate. It's really disturbing."
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My children will not be raised to celebrate halloween so it won’t be an issue.
The parents who allow the child to dress like a slut or whore are not really parents in my eyes.
I could not agree more.
Though I would go a step farther and argue that what are doing is the moral equivalent of child abuse.
Given where this store is and the people I have seen in it, I’m surprised the mom actually nixed everything. Good for her.
I’ve heard of that trend, too. Why the objection to Halloween per se?
I despise Valley Girl talk, especially from a so-called grownup.
When I first tried opening this Washington Post article just now I got a warning from my spam filter service that it might contain pornographic material. I guess the story used enough of the buzz words to set the sensor off.
Speaks volumes, doesn’t it?
I too have noticed the trend to slutiness in Halloween costumes.
Unfortunately, there are a ton of parents who will allow their kids to go out in those costumes.
I have already decided that if a child comes to my door dressed like this I will ask to speak to their parents, in private of course.
My mom made me wear an undershirt beneath the costume and I was SO MAD!! LOL...
My daughter is tall for her age, so her size puts her squarely in the middle of the pre-teen slut-wear Hollowe’en costume bracket. We had a hard time finding a costume that we would let her wear. But she was fight on the same page, and thought that all the vampy stuff was “gross”.
We finally found one, and she is as cute as a button as an Eskimo Princess.
Because, IMO, there's nothing Christian about it.
I don’t know about you; but I am tired of seeing boobs hanging out; stomachs showing and butt cracks in public.
My wife wanted my daughters to be Disney princesses.
I wanted zombies.
Disney Princess Zombies ;)
I would have suggested that they were in the wrong section of the store, except that it says pre-teen on the label. O_o
Madonna lives in England in an effort to shield her children from the slutty chaos she helped create
How sad it is that it has become socially acceptable for children to walk around dressed like sluts, and how sad it is that so many ‘Parents’ readily approve of such costumes.
I am too. I'm really going to be glad when low rise pants go out of style. I don't much like seeing them or wearing them.
Well, there's nothing Christian about bowling, do you avoid that as well? Football? Badmitton? Fourth of July?
Not just your opinion, FRiend.
It’s become a cultural event that celebrates death and the macabre. There’s nothing wholesome or edifying about it.
You already lost your argument with hyperbole. None of them have their orgins in pagan/occultic religion. Bowling, football, badminton, etc don't celebrate demons, vampires and death.
Kids: “Trick or treat!”
Us: “Oh look, how cute! A pirate, Superman, and a whore!”
Perhaps some public shame is needed to correct these trends.
Haven't you ever heard the phrase, "Blessed are the pinsetters..."?
I know I'm not the only one. A lot of Christian congregations organize alternatives to the death cult/halloween celebrations either as "harvest festivals" or as celebrations of "Reformation Day".
And don't you try to tell anybody from West Texas that Jesus didn't play Football...
I don’t know about preteens, but the adult women were looking alright at the party I went to on Saturday night.
I wonder if after shaking her head she kept her children in public schools.
>> On the one hand there are all the sexual harassment laws and complaints by feminists about the objectification of females. Pushing hard against this is the other side which seems to want to display as much sexual image as possible in public as well as in the entertainment medium, regardless of the age of the female.
Actually - I’ve often thought some of this was a backlash against feminism. Feminism denigrates female beauty, the natural female desire for a male companion, etc. Thus, feminism is so anti-feminine, and anti-sexy that girls and women have been going to the opposite extreme as a backlash.
Feminism went to one extreme, so women and girls over-emphasize their femininity and their attractiveness to men. In turn, feminists get more pissy, and more extreme. This is why feminism is increasingly radical in an age where Girls Gone Wild is increasingly popular.
As for the youth ... kids always want to grow up too fast. The problem is when parents allow it to happen.
“Pushing hard against this is the other side...”
That’s the only mark you missed. They are the same “side”. Self-contradictory. It’s no coincidence that the most sexually “open” places in America have the most stringent harassment laws.
It’s about women having all the power related to all things “woman”.
Kids: Trick or treat!
Us: Oh look, how cute! A pirate, Superman, and a whore!
Not letting your girl dress like this is obvious to any good parent because of the number of pervs out there, not to mention if you start the kid on the road now your chances of being a grandparent the next few years rises exponentially.
But the worst part is you can dress some girls with the kind of outfits described in the article, and they look 5 or more years older than they are. Then some young guy goes out cruising for girls and ends up with more than he asked for. This happened more than once to me or my friends when we were in high school/college.
Luckily growing up in a small town someone would pretty quickly give us the heads up before it was too late. Some average Joe who’s not the least bit a perv gets his life destroyed (and some little girl knocked up) because momma thought it was OK to let her child vamp up to where she looks legal.
My daughter is going to be Hannah Montana. I thought, to make it different, we could bloody her up a bit, make her a Hannah Montana vampire or something. She wouldn’t go for it, though.
I was gonna say that but decided not too. I agree about the abuse part. I guess great minds think alike.
I don’t know why kids today just can’t go out and break windows, throw rocks at passing cars and steal smaller kids candy like we used to 50 years ago.
There may be a certain benefit to encouraging kids to classify this stuff in the same category as scarred monsters, pitchfork-wielding devils, green-faced witches with nose-warts, etc — silly get-ups you wear once a year until you outgrow trick-or-treating. It doesn’t scare me so much that young girls might dress like this on Halloween, as that many of them basically dress like this every day, often with the full approval of their parents. I can’t get very worked up about it being on the Halloween costume racks, while the school clothes racks are chock full of similar garbage year round.
Halloween = National Dress Like a Whore Day.
or you could look at it the OTHER way. lots of churches do a hallelujah night/ trunk or treat.
safe place for the kids to have fun, get candy and evangelise. invite your children’s schoolmates/ neighborhood kids.
Or sit out on your porch and pass out tracts, or bible verses attached to candy.
the best way to evangelise is to go where God is needed most. God didn’t give the great commission saying, “hang out in church and hope the sinners come to you” he said “go into all the world preaching the gospel.”
The sad part is the sorry ass parenting that would allow a child to dress like that will probably result in her growing up to be a slut.
i was thinking about the old devil’s night tradition in detroit.. arson!
unfortunately, the city would probably subsidize it to get rid of some of the blight, taking all the fun from it.
I dont know about you; but I am tired of seeing boobs hanging out; stomachs showing and butt cracks in public.
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Okay, okay . . . Point taken. I’ll try to dress more modestly.
I wonder if after shaking her head she kept her children in public schools.
The Cirenzas are friends of mine. They are devout Catholics and their kids all attend Catholic schools. Cheryl is a fulltime mom and does a great job. Their girls all dress very modestly.
But not all Catholic school parents are as conservative. I know a few there in Alexandria who would never dream of sending their kids to public schools, but their daughters are sluts.
Because of the Samhain roots of Halloween, I am not a bit surprised at the revealing nature of costumes for Halloween. It is not a good 'helliday' to keep.
Oh he’s a fan, I’m not saying he isn’t...but I heard he’s a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Then you better stay away from Christmas trees too.
50 years ago everyone made their own costumes. Mothers, Fathers and children would be creative and use their imagination to create some pretty fantastic costumes. Now you just pick something up at the store.