Witches and ghosts, goblins and naughty Alice in Wonderlands wearing thigh-high stockings — it used to be that the fear of razor blades in apples was the greatest threat to the innocent fun of Halloween. Now, it appears that racy costumes have taken over.
A Patch site in Santa Cruz, CA perused a local party store and found that the children’s costume section had been shoved to the back in favor of R-rated fare throughout, in plain view. A reporter for U-T TV in San Diego wondered about the message sent by racy adult costumes in her report.
It could just be how California does things. But Patch columnist Heather Geyer posed a similar question a year ago here in Milwaukee.
Not everything has gone off the moral cliff, however. At the Party City store in Brown Deer on Green Bay Road, the main costume aisle started with toddlers at one end and ended with adults at the other. While the standard sexy nurse costumes were on display — signs only; the outfits are tucked away — it was not an aisle that would lead one to drag their 10-year-old through as fast as possible.
So have Halloween costumes gone completely from scary to skanky? Or is this just one time a year when tweens, teens and grownups can push a few boundaries in the name of fun and full-size Snickers bars? Vote in our poll then join the discussion in the comments. And tell us what your favorite all-time costume is, or what you'll be dressed as this year.