It's holiday shopping season once again! And by that, of course, I mean hitting the stores to get just the right Halloween outfits for the whole family. This time of year is rivaling the December holidays in terms of crowded store aisles, long lines, and spending more than we intended. But as parents, we have an additional headache to consider: avoiding the utterly inappropriate kids' Halloween costumes that have permeated the market in recent years.
It used to be that the only issues moms had to worry about when it came to costumes were the price and whether they'd have to ruin the whole effect by putting a coat over the ensemble so their kids wouldn't freeze to death while canvassing the neighborhood. Today, shopping for a Halloween costume means navigating a minefield of offensive, culturally insensitive, overly creepy, and just plain tacky clothing choices.
If you or your kids have your heart set on particular characters for the holiday, I'm not trying to be a buzzkill. But before you hand over your debit card at the party store, think about what impression you want your children to leave on the world, and whether that impression could come back to hurt them later on, particularly if you plan to share their images on social media. And if your child is too young to make their own costume choices, is it fair to take advantage of that by dressing them in a tasteless getup?
Let's bring back the fun and innocence of the holiday for our kids by sticking to the superheroes, princesses, Nickelodeon characters, and not-so-spooky cats and wizards. Save the stronger stuff for the grown-up parties, and let your kids trick-or-treat without fear that they (or you) will be criticized for dressing them in questionable options like these.