As much as I love dressing up for Halloween, I think sometimes we cross the line. I’ve been guilty of a few misconducts in regards to costumes in the past, and hopefully you won’t be this year. Before slipping on your Halloween costume, be sure to give it a bit of careful thought.
Fun versus Scary Costumes
If you plan on dressing up as a monster and hiding somewhere only to jump out at kids trick or treating, think about what you might do. Jumping out at your 10-year-old brother and his buddies is one thing, but doing the same to 4-year-old Buzz Lightyear and Woody can cause lasting trauma. Not only will you feel bad when you make him cry, you’ll also likely hear it from their mother. Monster costumes, especially those that are amazingly realistic are great to wear with older kids. Just leave the mask off if you plan on any surprises with the little guys.
Sexy versus Inappropriate Costumes
Browsing through the costume
shops, there seem to be a huge number of costumes that would look at home in a lingerie catalog. Do any girls actually wear these things out in public? I guess they do looking on how many seemed to be missing off the shelves. I’m not one to preach, but I feel like we need to mention there is a line between being a sexy witch and being an inappropriately dressed witch.
Cleavage – both at the top and bottom - is a bit much for a family holiday. If you can’t bend over to pick up fallen candy without falling out of your costume or you look more like turning tricks than gathering treats, you’re over the top. Bring it back to a more appropriate level and everyone will be happier, you included.
Funny versus Degrading Costumes
There are always those costumes out there that seem to play off a stereotype or are demeaning. There’s a fine line to walk between being cute and funny and being offensive. Dressing like Michael Jackson is a good example. You can do it respectfully or not. Being a respectful MJ is a nice tribute. Making it ugly with overbearing make up or outrageous antics is over the line.
The same can be said for the many “pimp” style costumes. Surely no girl would enjoy wearing a leash or acting like she “belonged” to someone dressed that way. Walk that line and have a good time being creative, but if you have a twinge of doubt, listen to your instincts and opt for a different approach to a costume.
You have to have the right personality to wear some of those more outlandish costumes out there. Not everyone can be dressed as a Whoopie Cushion or a giant loaf of bread. Teenagers wearing diapers or hot dog suits are an unusual breed. If that’s you and everyone gets the fun of it, great – go wild. But if you’re timid, you might play it a bit safer with something more conventional, at least for the time being.