Photo from Party City.
I took my six and nine-year-old daughters to Party City to pick out their Halloween costumes. We go there because they have the largest selection of Halloween costumes in our area. The kids section is on one wall and the teen and adult section is a few feet away on a different wall. Olivia chose a witch costume and Bella chose the Avatar Neytiri costume. Fine so far, except for this…
Bella is tall for her age so she needed a large size 12-14. What’s the problem you ask? The problem is that next year when we’re trying to find a Halloween costume for her, she will be 10. She will no longer fit into “Girls” sizes. She will be in a “Teen” size.
This is not cool.
Have you seen the “Teen” costumes?
Bella wanted to look at her options for next year so we went over to the teen/adult section. All three of us just blankly stared at the wall (in disbelief). This is one of the teen costumes…
Bella said, “Wow. Those skirts are all really short.”
We are so out of here–right now!–is what I was thinking, but I tried to very calmly tell the girls that we would not be purchasing Bella’s costume from the “Teen” section. What I was really thinking is that there is no way in hell that she is wearing any of those over-the-top sexualized get ups at 10 years old or even at 15 years old—No Way! Why are they selling this merchandise? Because people are buying it.
I am not a prude. I have worn a few sexy costumes to adult Halloween parties. I’ve also worn not-so-sexy costumes. I’m okay with adults dressing up as they please to an adult party, but what I’m not okay with is the fact that many of the “Teen” Halloween costume on the wall looks like they should only be available to women!
Seriously!?! What does a parent have to do to find an affordable costume that doesn’t scream S-E-X for a 10-year-old girl (who will be wearing a Teen size 14-16)!?!
I’m going to have to get crafty.
I might have to pull out my daughter’s sewing machine and have her teach me how to use it. Pathetic, right? All of it–I don’t know how to properly use a sewing machine, teen Halloween costumes are out of control (even some of the girls costumes are bad), and sadly, distributors are selling this merchandise because people are buying it.
Oh Yeah–I’m definetly getting creative next year!!!
Anyone know of a good place to find respectable tween costumes?
P.S. I simply could not believe that the Robin get up was a teen costume, so I looked it up on-line (here). It is categorized under Teen.
P.S.S. One of our readers (Thank you, Jodi) shared this link with me. The link shows 39 non-sexy Halloween costumes for kids. Some of the ideas are hokey but there are also some good ideas that will get you thinking in terms of unique costumes!