That time of year is here again, Halloween, a time filled with pumpkins, little kids trick-or-treating, and grown women dressing in as little clothes as is possible without getting arrested. Yes this day which had evolved from a time to celebrate a harvest, to a time all about who could get the most candy while trick-or-treating has seemed to evolve again. The moment back to school sales have ended it seems we are flooded with advertisements for Halloween costumes and candy deals. Recently, these advertisements have changed from featuring cute little kids dressed as fruit or bugs, or even the classic witch or vampire to a front page showing women who look to have just left a strip club. The sexy maid or referee costume, the half-naked vampire.
I thought Halloween was supposed to be about scary costumes. Who are these costumes supposed to scare, insecure wives and girlfriends. Quite frankly, some of these ads are filled with more half-naked women than most men’s magazines. When did Halloween become a day to dress as slutty as possible? Did candy get replaced by eye candy? Is there a new meaning to trick-or-treat? Why must, we as adults, take a day that every kid looked forward to and change it into a night of lust, nudity, and booze. I am in no way a prude, or overly religious person, I just think we as adults have all year to be as “adult” as we want to be, why must we take Halloween from the kids. You might also think I’m just overreacting, but I’m a dad who sees more parents concerned with what costume they will be wearing, or party they are going to than how much fun this day should be for their children.
I don’t even like to leave the advertisements laying around the house for my son to see. Something is wrong when my son wants to look for a costume and I have to go past pages of scantily clad women to find maybe one page of children’s costumes. I don’t know when this all happened, but I probably know why. I’m sure the costume makers saw a new market with adult costumes. They may have even started the whole tiny costume craze. What better way to make money than to sell a costume using as little material as possible for as much money as is possible. Think about how can an adult costume using less material than any child’s costume cost three times as much? Let’s think about returning Halloween to the kids, where it belongs. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing a cute little kid dressed as a pumpkin, or princess coming to your door with their bag held open waiting for you to throw in a treat. Not even a half dressed, boozed up nurse, we can see that as much as we want on the internet. Ladies and guys for their part, if you really need another excuse to be naked, how about Mischief Night, the name seems more fitting. Let’s leave the children’s holidays to the kids after all what’s next Santa in a speedo and Mrs. Claus in a mini skirt.