Forget spooky costumes. The only thing scary about these outfits is the idea of a middle-schooler disguised as a racy vampire. And whoever heard of a mummy showing that much skin? Makes no sense.
I even saw inanimate object costumes gone risque -- crayon, candy corn, ketchup bottle. Is there really a big demand for a sexy condiment outfit?
These are the regular costumes at regular stores. Go online and it gets even more interesting -- how about a sexy watermelon costume, complete with a giant bite taken out of the side? (That might not sound particularly sexy, but trust me, you're not letting your daughter wear this.)
Sexy lumberjack. Sexy Minnie Mouse. There's even one that looks way too much like a Girl Scout uniform gone trashy -- picture the green sash and little else -- eww.
Halloween has become an $8 billion-a-year industry in this country. Apparently, adult women are looking for a reason to go out to a party wearing basically their underwear.
But it would be nice if costume makers recognized that a lot of these costumes really are for young people who are more interested in funny and scary looks than lewd and lascivious.
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