As Halloween draws nigh, the questions fly… “What are you dressing up as this year?”

For me, the answer is simple. I’m dressing up as that frumpy hausfrau who opens the door and ladles candy out to the adorable kiddies trick-or-treating in her building.
When I was younger (like, early twenties), the answer was more likely, “I’m squeezing myself into something slutty and trying not to freeze my buns off all night as I tear around town getting tipsy.” (I had a misspent couple of years there.)
But as a child, it was all about good, clean fun. I was: a ghost (this meant a sheet with two holes cut out for eyes, as my mom and dad were not home-ec types); a witch (store-bought flame retardant black crepey ghoulishness); a ballerina (oh, how I loved that tutu!); a hippie (borrowed bell-bottoms and a Cher wig), and a devil in red flannel. 
All my friends and I cared about was scoring candy, telling ghost stories, carving pumpkins and bobbing for apples. Now…?

It seems like there’s an insane amount of societal pressure for kids to mimic adults, and not any old adults, but hyper-sexualized adults. Sexy Halloween costumes are more fashionable than ever. Is this a trend parents can prevent? Should manufacturers be held accountable for marketing slutty Halloween costumes to tweens and even younger children?

I mean, look at this “tween” costume:

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Seriously? I think it’s sad our girls (you don’t see boys exploited–or willfully exploiting themselves–this way) are taught this is what society values them for. I think it’s outrageous manufacturers agree to put this stuff on the market. And if any gals come to my door in this get-up this year, I’m handing them a blanket, and their moms a poke in the eye.

What do you think has brought on this trend toward trashy trick-or-treating? And can we regain innocence once lost?

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