Now that we are halfway through September, before we put up the Christmas tree or defrost the Thanksgiving Turkey, many of us will start preparing for Halloween. Aisles full of costumes and the special “Halloween Store” that pops up like a carnival tent once a year have already made their appearances. For those of us who still have small children at home, it’s fun to see the parade of adorable little kids in their cute costumes while trick-or-treating. If you have teens, you may have noticed that they still like to dress up but at that age the costumes really become scary.
In addition to my teen daughter, I also have a “tween” daughter who now wears adult size clothing. There are plenty of cute, spooky, and clever costumes for kids under 12, but for my eleven year old who needs an adult-size costume, everything is suddenly described as “sexy” or “naughty.” I certainly don’t want my middle-school daughter dressed in a tight mini-skirt and cleavage-baring top paired with fishnet stockings and sky-high heels, but I don’t particularly want my teenage daughter wearing an outfit like that either. And it doesn’t seem to matter what “character” they choose; the costumes past sizes 12-14 all seem to be the same. “Sexy” cop, “naughty” witch, “bad” kitty. Even the Disney Princesses start to look like strippers once you hit junior sizes. I know we still have several weeks until Halloween, so maybe I can use that time to add some material to whatever costumes my daughters choose this year.
Does your teen like to dress up for Halloween? How do you feel about the “sexy” costumes some teens wear?