Is Halloween Too Sexy?

Lurid is the new scary during a holiday that has been pirated from kids and turned X-rated, even in mainstream costume shops. Trick or Sleaze???

A girl of about 6 stares up at a giant set of breasts hanging from the costume aisle at the Woodworm Party Store on Ocean Avenue in Santa Cruz.

"Mommy, what's that?" she asks.

Her mother grabs her hand and marches her on.

"I don't think this is the children's section."

No, that's way in the back, in a small area, cloistered from the lurid displays up front.

This store is no exception for a holiday that has been spirited away from the innocence of trick or treating and turned into a giant Exotic Erotic Ball.

Take all the costumes for women – pirate, witch, mermaid, angel, maid – and add the word sexy to them and that's what you get in the new Halloween shops.

The kids' section is tucked away in a separate room in the back – the kind of place they once put the X-rated stuff or the bongs – and even some of those once innocent styles look a little too salacious. No, a lot too salacious. (See the pics above.)

Parents used to fear evildoers giving away bad candy on Halloween. Now, in the downtowns of many of our cities, they have to shield their childrens' eyes from the sluttiness that passes for normal.

Has Halloween become too slutty, particularly for girls and women? You don't see these styles for men.

Are you offended by what you see in the shops and the costumes being worn by all ages out at night?

How do you keep your kids away from the overwhelming sexualization of the holiday? Is this an only-in-California phenomenon?

Brad Kava October 18, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I sure didn't mean to imply that this is the only store that has these things...They all do and so do the catalogs.
Dave N October 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Slutty is an under statement. These shops should be ashamed of themselves - amazing how morals go out the door if there is a buck to be made. I for one will cease to patronize, now in the future, any store that I find has sold out to nothing but greed. Glad you brought it to our attention while I still have time to order on line from a company with scruples.
Watzon McWats October 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I think it's partly a regional thing. I mostly grew up... somewhere else... and the year I moved to SC county I was pretty thrown back by the costumes, as well as the fact that kids didn't trick or treat in my neighborhood. I could kind of care less though, at least about the adult costumes. The bulk of them aren't any more "slutty" than something you'd see at the beach. Hell, pier over the cliffs on West Cliff Drive and you're bound to see a nude sunbather or two on any given day. Just the human body, not that big a deal if you ask me. As long as people behave themselves, who cares how they're dressed? That's my two cents anyway. As a side note, I was really stoked to find that Watsonville goes all out on Halloween when I moved here from North County. Trick or Treaters, haunted houses, decorations, etc. I didn't see much of that in Santa Cruz or Capitola. It was mostly all about the big party downtown.
Daniel Skeen October 18, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I can see this in an 'adult' section of a store as I have seen all over the Bay Area. Adult stuff for adults (parties, stores, flyers). Halloween it's self, IMHO, is a very important holiday for most younger kids. Dressing up and free candy, what could be better? So, keep the adult stuff with the adults and let the kids have their fun!
Miguel Banda October 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Grownup halloween costumes are no worse than anything you would see at the beach. Every few years you get some prudes whining about it, invoking the self righteous ideas of children being harmed by costumes and that people wearing these costumes being prostitute-like or promiscuous. The most interesting part about all this "save the children" garbage is that the people screaming this in response to halloween costumes, are often perfectly fine with raping children's minds with ridiculous mythologies from various religions. "There's an invisible man in the sky who will throw you into a fire if you (fill in the blank with any organized religions mythology)" followed by something along the lines of "those costumes are destroying kids." Why is there no article about beaches, lingerie shops, or the underwear department at the mall being, "too slutty?" All of these places display everything this article whines about on a daily basis. Seriously, there are bigger problems going on in the world like rampant pedophelia and child abuse in the Boy Scouts and church.


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