Wednesday October 23, 2013 | By:Lizz Schumer | Editorial
When I was a kid, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. In those days, it meant dressing up in a costume I had labored over for approximately 364 days, using my momís make-up with permission, for once, filling a pillowcase with candy and gorging on it in front of the TV, as my brother and our friends watched ďYoung FrankensteinĒ and made trades that make the stock market look simple. Whatís not to like?
As an adult, I still love Halloween. I love carving pumpkins (or rather, drawing the design on the gourd and cutting it out. I always convince somebody else to scoop out the guts), dressing up and yes, eating all the leftover Halloween candy the kids didnít snap up on the big night. But as an adult, I find that Halloween takes on another level, for a lot of people.
Has anyone taken a look at the adult costume section at local stores, lately? Iím no prude, but those ďsexyĒ outfits turn everything from crayons to carrots into sex symbols in the name of Halloween, and I think itís gotten a little out of control.
I love getting gussied up in the name of good fun, but when I see teens, tweens and college students prancing around in skirts the length of boy shorts, Iíve got to wonder where we crossed the line between dressing up in the name of fun, and using Halloween to get away with wearing as little clothing as possible.
Is it objectifying women to make almost all ladiesí Halloween costumes ďsexy?Ē Is it restricting their freedom of expression to say these costumes are inappropriate to wear anyplace except the bedroom? Yes and yes, if you ask me. Ladies: we donít need to dress as a sexy carrot to look great on Halloween, or any other day. And no, itís none of my business if women want to wear whatever the heck they want, even if thatís a dress the size of a T-shirt. But I think weíve got a societal problem if thatís our only option. I, for one, am not going to buy a sexy carrot costume. I prefer my carrots puritanical, and if my costume goes the same way, Iím OK with that, too.