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Monday, October 27, 2014

Sexy Halloween

Halloween uses "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death." (Sam Portaro) 

Has Halloween become the celebration of sexiness? Last time I checked, Halloween served as an acknowledgement of death. Not the same thing. Although some will make a connection between sex and death. Don't the French call orgasm "la petite mort" ("the little death")?

Maybe that's why Halloween has become increasingly sexy. Let's blame it all on the French! But really, what does the need for females of all ages to show as much skin and curves as possible on that occasion stem from? And how disturbing is it when it involves prepubescent girls?

As it turns out, dressing up sexy for Halloween might not be as much of a choice as we might think. For the most part, sexy costumes is what the market offers to females. Even in toddler sizes, there is a "sexed-up" version of the traditional Cookie Monster, Police Officer, Firefigther and what not. As for the "girl costumes" that do not qualify as sexy per se: they still, for the most part, put the emphasis on looks and being beautiful - princess galore! (as opposed to actually accomplishing something, empowering yourself and being useful). What does this teach our kids? As is it a "natural tendency" for them to look for "gender appropriate" and stereotypical costumes, or does society slowly but surely instill the idea in their malleable minds?

Let's see what this mom thinks about it (interestingly, a lot of the readers who comment below the article do not agree with her rant; what do YOU think?): click here.

This and this should also get you thinking about Halloween costumes and appropriateness.

Let us know what you think!

Ah, but Halloween is also a great opportunity to express your creativity. Here is an excerpt of what my eight year-old wrote in preparation for this sweet holiday (spelling mistakes corrected; contents her own):

Outside, two ghosts were swinging on the swings and talking about how much they loved being able to walk through walls and fly. When they were done, they decided that they wanted to scare somebody, so they went inside Bob’s house through the window and scared Bob and Kevin right out of their pants! Bob and Kevin screamed at the top of their lungs and ran out the door into the woods… and got lost. But luckily they had fruit bowls on top of their heads, that they had put in the morning when they woke up. Somehow the fruits were still good! So they each had five pears and five apples. After that, Bob and Kevin found a river. They were super thirsty so they drank. They talked about the ghosts. Bob did not know that his house was haunted! The house actually belonged to the two ghosts! Meanwhile, the two ghosts were wondering why Bob and Kevin were in THEIR house. They didn’t even know them! The two ghosts' names were Hallo and Ween, so put together, it was Halloween. They went to their beds, that were sink-proof so that they would not sink through, and started happily sleeping. Then the way that they woke up was by hearing a loud sound! The loud sound was actually a wrecking ball about to crush both of them! Quickly they got out of the house and left to build a new one. Their new one was going to be in Ghostville so that they were not the only ghosts around. And also when they woke up they could go to their neighbor’s house and say "good morning, how are you?" without spooking them, then go back home and eat breakfast, then go for a nice walk, come back and do whatever ghosts do other than scare people. Meanwhile, Bob and Kevin were still lost in the woods somewhere that nobody knows or will ever know. So basically Bob and Kevin were in the middle of nowhere. That is so very sad. And the ghosts were still wondering who Bob and Kevin were and why they were in their house! But it kind of makes sense because the two ghosts had gone on a two-year vacation to Disneyland and had just come back, and so they hadn’t scared somebody in a long time… that’s why Bob and Kevin thought they could move in! Finally, at night, Bob and Kevin found a friend whose name was Joe, and he brought them into his house and gave them hot chocolate so they were warm and toasty in Joe’s house. Joe asked Bob and Kevin how they got lost in the woods and they had to explain how and why that happened.

Happy Halloween everyone! Choose your costume wisely! And be ready to be spooked!


  1. I had to dress up for Halloween this year (for the first time since college)... I had a really hard time finding a costume that wasn't sleazy or skimpy. I also came upon the little girls skimpy nurse outfits and other sexy/sexist costumes. Even a lady bug was very revealing and not very bug-like. I don't think it's a very good message to be sending.

  2. I don't really have an opinion about Halloween costumes other than we should vote with our wallets. Don't buy something of which you disapprove. Thanks for turning me onto the cat videos. They are the best!

    1. I am all for voting with our wallets! That in itself can go a long way. I think that we should also openly discuss society issues... in a blog post or in any other way. Thanks Karen for your comment! :-)

  3. lol! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! It's being eliminated by political correctness and peoples behaviors faster than we can say trick or treat :-(

    I have to say I disagree with your thought that it's becoming more sexified today, and I'll tell you why. Many years ago, my little Florida college town had the greatest Halloween part ever!! It took place on campus on a large dimly lit plaza. However the whole town had a party. Everywhere you walked or ate or went into was filled with people in costume, although the best were at the plaza. There was a yearly contest and one year the winner set up a gallows and "hung" himself!! Well it all was a blast and going along just great until the last year they had the party because one couple decided to have their sex on top of a car in front of 200 cheering college students, and then the university decided they had better not have the party anymore!

    1. I guess it's been a sexual holiday for a long time! LOL

  4. Halloween in the UK is certainly growing and the shops have been full of Halloween goodies, costumes, etc to buy.

    My grandchildren went to their friends Halloween themed parties and enjoyed themselves - me I had a lovely Halloween meal with a relaxing glass (or two) of wine.

    Blissfully quiet relaxing.

    All the best Jan