Tweens and "sexy" halloween costumes

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Tweens and "sexy" halloween costumes

LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
What age would you draw the line if your child wanted to dress provocatively?
10/26/2011
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Peggi Peggi
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Originally posted by LavenderSkies
What age would you draw the line if your child wanted to dress provocatively?
Hmm this is tough to answer...

I say this because I am not against small kids wearing belly dancer shirts and the like, but I understand that as kids become teens, things change. Child predators will find a kid dressed up like they live in Alaska as "sexy" as they will a kid in a short miniskirt, but teens are different. They have another predator after them: boys with cooties!!!

I'd say, it depends on the teen! My parents wouldn't allow their other 2 girls to wear anything that showed middrift or cleavage until they were 18, but Halloween time came around and I could wear a short skirt and a tube top if I wanted! Although, I dressed in what was barely allowed at school anyway...because they knew me well enough to know that I wasn't using the way I dressed to attract anyone.

As for predators, I think the same rule applies
10/26/2011
SaMiKaY SaMiKaY
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Originally posted by LavenderSkies
What age would you draw the line if your child wanted to dress provocatively?
I have a 3 year old step-daughter whom I consider my own. In my opinion, and in this world, provocative dress doesn't get to happen until she is out of high school.

I see no reason for children to grow up any faster than they need to. Even if it is Halloween.
10/26/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
I don't have children so I might not be the best person to answer this but I think I wouldn't draw a line at a certain age, I would draw a line at the level of "provocativeness" ... If I can see certain parts of your body in the outfit, you aren't wearing/buying it.

Then again, I have no idea since I'm not a parent.
10/26/2011
K101 K101
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Originally posted by LavenderSkies
What age would you draw the line if your child wanted to dress provocatively?
How cool that this was brought up! The other day we had to make a late trip to Wal-Mart because for pink socks for the oldest boy's football game and I stopped at the costumes and was talking about our almost 2 year old girl's costume. I want her to be a zebra and my partner, kid and I got to looking and I said "whoa!" These costumes seems very sexed up for babies and kids! I even told my partner some of them looked similar to what the costumes HERE are like! Lol. I think it's awful. When we were leaving I said I'll stick to making our own kid's costumes! I thought they were entirely inappropriate and even the 12 year old boy said they looked too revealing! That's bad when the kids even notice. I was pretty shocked. When I was a kid and even as a teen there was NOTHING like what they have now. You were either a teeny bopper, a cat or a monster. Lol. Or a superhero. We never had costumes that provocative.
10/26/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
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Originally posted by LavenderSkies
What age would you draw the line if your child wanted to dress provocatively?
Forty-three.
10/26/2011
zwee75 zwee75
I just saw a pic on FB of a friend's daughter, who's probably around 10 or 11, in a hoochy candy corn costume. My eyes bugged out on my a bit. I think MAYBE junior year of high school, I would be OK with it, WITH my approval.
10/26/2011
hyacinthgirl hyacinthgirl
I've worked in the Halloween industry for several years, and the slutty kids costumes never cease to amaze me. Then there's Leg Avenue, which makes sexy women's costumes, and has expanded into making smaller versions for teens and tweens. They're less overtly sexy than the adult versions (as in, they are slightly longer and slightly higher cut), but it makes me wonder if girls are supposed to wear them with their mothers.

I think there are a lot of appropriate costumes for young girls that don't rely on sex symbols. A 10 year old doesn't need to be a French maid, a harem girl, Playboy Bunny, or cop in a mini-skirt. Those are all costumes that are considered the "looking to get laid" costumes for adults (seriously, if you buy one of those costumes, the people selling the costume are going to assume you are straight out looking for a hook-up at your Halloween party). It's generally assumed to be extremely permissive parenting when kids get them, and we all know that eventually she's going to graduate to wearing nothing for Halloween but underpants and bunny ears. It's really sending the wrong message to young girls that the only way to have fun on Halloween is to dress as sexually provocative as possible.

Also, on a purely practical level, unless you live in one of the warmer climates, these costumes are totally inappropriate for trick-or-treating. No one is going to see the little French maid under her overcoat up here.

So... my age for my kids getting to dress provocatively, I hope I'll have taught them that you don't need to show a ton of skin to be attractive.
10/26/2011
Ash1141 Ash1141
Lol...I just posted on this topic. I was talking more about the kiddie costumes though. Little girls costumes 10 and under. I think it's disgusting that the companies are making them provocative for this age group. Even the tween age group.
10/27/2011
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