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Michelle Turnberg, Published October 28 2011

Turnberg: Halloween getting creepy in a bad way

I just walked through a store’s Halloween aisle and was reminded that this holiday rooted in the tradition of summoning spirits, has morphed into a reason to display one’s boobs.

The day of candy, scares and mischief has become the national dress-like-a-slut holiday.

There is a slutty costume option for nearly every character; including slutty Nemos, Mrs. Potatoheads and Big Birds. There are naughty pirates, trollopy Cinderellas and a Wonder Woman option in which the superhero is wearing thigh-high stockings and a garter belt.

Why is there a demand to turn fairy tale characters into playboy magazine wannabees?

Well, to quote a line from the movie “Mean Girls”: “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”

Bring on the lingerie, fish nets and bunny ears because Halloween has become an excuse for us to be a little daring. Of course, there are many guys cheering us on to slip into these slutty outfits that take up so much space in the Halloween aisles. But talk to other women and they’ll talk about how it’s frustrating not being able to find a costume that’s appropriate to wear while taking the kids trick-or-treating.

While I don’t understand the need for so much cleavage and skin, grownups are at liberty to do as they please. What disturbs me is the selection of costumes for young girls. When elementary girls have slutty options, as pointed out in a recent SheSays article, there is something morally corrupt with the system.

I mean, what parent lets their young children dress up half-nude? Is it acceptable to foist the concept of “am I sexy” on pre-adolescents and young teenagers? There should be enough time for that in the next 60-plus years of their lives.

Looking around at costumes makes me think Halloween is getting creepier every year … and not in a good way.