I remember Halloween when I was a kid. I remember costumes that we threw together with thrift store items or bits and pieces left over from old costumes stored in a Rubbermaid box under the stairs. I recall one year when my grandmother made me a costume of an angel and I believe my sister was a devil.
I was in the mall last year around Halloween and some company had rented out an empty space for the month of October and set up a Halloween store so The Boyfriend and I decided to peruse and see what was up. They had some awesome makeup, props, and accessories but the thing I couldn’t believe was how much the costumes had become all about guys getting fun and creative costumes and girls getting costumes that showed the most amount of skin and really didn’t make any sense at all regarding the supposed “theme”.
For example, I give you the two wizard (read: Harry Potter rip-off) costumes I spotted. As you can see, the male version is quite good. It looks like the movies did. The female version, however, is somewhat…off:
Now I’m not a prude and I’m all for sexy costumes if someone desire to wear one, but I don’t understand why the guy gets to wear the actual GOOD looking costume and the woman is stuck either wearing the male version if she actually wants to look like the movie character, or she had to parade around with her ass cheeks hanging out in close to freezing weather. It’s Canada up here, people…we used to have to wear costumes that would fit over snow suits. It’s freaking cold on Halloween.
Another example we stumbled across was an M&M costume. Yes…the candy that apparently will not melt in your hand (I still call shenanigans on this) somehow managed to be turned into a sexy costume.
My problem with this? IT’S NOT A FREAKING COSTUME!! It’s a skin tight tank dress with a picture of an M&M on it. It’s like when you were little and you’d get the cheap costume with a picture of superman on the smock and a cardboard picture of his face with a crappy elastic around your head and you’d have to pretend to be Superman looking like a weanie in a plastic blue smock and a mask that broke in five seconds. And you don’t look like a weanie in this one…you look like a chick wearing a bar dress with a stupid picture of an M&M on it. NOT a costume…dress with a picture of what your costume was supposed to be. There is a difference.
Just to emphasize my point, I give you the following comparison. Again, the guy’s costume actually LOOKS like what the character is supposed to be, and the chick is wearing a tiny, short dress with a picture of the desired character pasted on the front of it.
I am of the opinion that if you want to wear something “slutty” for Halloween, dress like something that is supposed to look that way. I don’t understand taking the name of whatever you want to dress like, putting the word “sexy” in front of it, and then destroying what the concept of the costume was supposed to be in the first place. For example, in the Batman universe, Harley Quinn (on of my favourite characters) is always sexy. I’ve seen her in the jester costume and I’ve seen her in the awesome outfits she wore in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City (Google searches for pictures here and here. A “sexy” costume of her would make sense. A sexy costume of Robin, The Boy Wonder? That just doesn’t make any sense to me:
Heck, one of those even has a picture of Robin in the bottom corner and honestly, I don’t see his boobs popping out of the costume.
I don’t know…honestly I prefer to still make all of my costume with odds and ends from the thrift store. I love picking through the racks and finding the perfect item to go with the concept and pulling it all together to take the wee tots trick or treating. I still have a giant Rubbermaid bin of all the costumes I’ve had in the last ten years in the storage closet (much to The Boyfriend’s chagrin) just in case I need to use something from a past outfit and I love it. I think it’s great to see people dressed up in original costumes or things they made themselves. It seems like there’s so much more care and fun put into it.
I know it’s a month early and all but Trick or Treat everyone…hope you all have a great Halloween and get your hands on massive amounts of candy!!