May the Force Be With … Mothers Shopping for Halloween Costumes

Try as she might to stave it off, CC Fowler can feel the encroachment of the sexy costumes on her children's Halloween shopping experiences.

The beach umbrellas and chairs are barely cleaned and packed away when the Halloween catalogs begin arriving in our mail. Quite honestly, I don’t recall ever ordering a costume online, but apparently my name is on some list, and each year this list multiplies. So before the official first day of Autumn even arrives, the children are choosing costumes.

This year is no different; however, unlike previous years, I have already purchased Halloween costumes for my children and it has NOTHING to do with having been bombarded with catalogs or being organized.

Rather, I made three massive mistakes:

I was at Target, with my children….and took the cart into the seasonal section. Actually, that’s four mistakes. I shouldn’t even be IN Target. Total rookie move.

But I must admit, so long as my children do not change their minds (and I manage to dissect the mail before it reaches the kitchen desk), I am relieved to have something off my to-do list before it was even placed on it.

So how did we make out this year as far as costume selection? While I cannot give away what the children will be, I can say their costumes are coordinated. 

I can tell you they do NOT involve a Sexy Witch, Sexy Cat, Sexy jail-bird, or Sexy Supergirl. During this shopping trip I even came across "made-up" costumes, like "Sexy Baterina" (Sexy Bat Ballerina). Show me a bat that takes ballet and is sexy!

This leads me to the point of this post (and yes, I am going to “yell” this):


I know I am not the only one who feels this way. In fact, I have had this very conversation for several years now, so I am sure there are many who agree with me. How is it, then, manufacturers continue to make these costumes?

I managed to dodge the “sexy” bullet this year, but I could see my daughter lingering at the “sexy” section. Next year, I may have to succumb to massive persuasion to avoid an all-out battle with her—but that is a post for another year.

For those of you who have yet to enter a Target or these random Halloween outlets that pop up out of nowhere, be sure to leave the little ones at home.  Some aisles are certainly not rated G, and most importantly, May the Force be with you!

For more of CC Fowler's thoughts on juggling motherhood and a career, visit www.centraljerseyworkingmoms.com

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Ric October 08, 2012 at 12:16 AM
who could argue with you? you are the expert on whiskey tango!!
M22 October 08, 2012 at 12:49 AM
It's sad to see that Halloween has become another opportunity to dress provocatively. Couldn't we just leave Halloween alone and let kids be kids? This is supposed to be a fun opportunity for kids to use their imaginations and have fun playing dress up. This is not supposed to be a reenactment of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.... Just wish kids could be kids and not have to worry about them growing up so fast. Sometimes I wish we could go back to simpler times where it was ok for a parent to tell their child "NO" without someone calling DYFUS on us for messing with our child's self esteem.
ed crowley October 08, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Because people buy them
ed crowley October 08, 2012 at 01:06 AM
When was DYFUS called because you said no?
M22 October 08, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Ed...it was sarcasm. Dyfus has never been called on me :)


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