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The trend in Halloween costumes for young girls is disturbingly skin-baring and over-sexualized. Girls as young as elementary school age can choose between outfits with short skirts, baring their whole shoulders and arms, and/or that leave their mid section uncovered. What could the long-term harm be in revealing outfits on young girls?
According to recent research, girls as young as 5 are hitting puberty, sprouting pubic hair, and even starting menses at 8 years old. Time Magazine recently ran an article on this phenomenon that some doctors believe may be related to chemicals introduced into children’s systems. However, other doctors believe the sexualized messages bombarding children everyday could play a part.
Maybe we are just teaching our girls to be as revealing and obsessed with having a sexy body because that is what we expect of their mothers. Consider some of the inappropriately sexy Halloween costumes women wear, including a naughty Nemo, significantly less dressed Fiona, a small dress Mrs. Potato Head, and even one of my favorite’s as a kid in a small dress: Big Bird.
Of course, women are adults and can make any decision they want about their own clothing and have every right to dress up sexy on Halloween if they wish. However, the insensitivity of current women’s costumes, such as a sexy Anna Rexia, which pokes fun at a serious eating disorder, certainly crosses the ethical line in my book.
If you have a young girl, please consider creating or buying a more modest Halloween outfit. Remember the handmade ghosts, pumpkins, or princess outfits your parents may have created for you? Or maybe your parents dressed you in the store bought angels, devils, Snow Whites, Cinderellas, Belles, or other long, loose and fun outfits?
As a society, it’s time to remember there are ways to have fun playing dress-up without potentially harming the natural development of your child.