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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Halloween Recap

Ok, so here’s what we came up with. Natasha originally wanted to go as Hermione... but at the last second had a gender bending idea of going as Harry Potter. She added her own touch of blood at her school before the parade. Delfine went as a Dutch girl... which really was a pilgrim costume. The wooden shoes were a little too much for her to walk in... and she only wore the crazy Brade's at home and didn’t want to wear them to the parade or to trick or treating. Emerson went as a little police man. The best part of that costume was his little whistle. He had trouble keeping the hat on his head. We’re still reeling from all the candy... and I keep bringing huge bags of it into work. So far they haven’t noticed mommy leaving with large amounts of their candy in the morning.

A recent article from Newsweek I thought was interesting. Seems I'm not alone.

Something Scary Is In Your Closet
By Matthew Philips
Updated: 3:22 PM ET Oct 27, 2007
Halloween costumes are supposed to be scary, but what's putting a fright into parents this year is how slinky the options are getting for their daughters. Designs for classics, like witches and princesses, are featuring more halter tops, miniskirts and bare midriffs. One version of a Little Bo Peep costume for preteens, on sale at Buy, has a corset and knee-high stockings. An Army-girl costume is labeled "Major Flirt." These , along with hot sellers based on TV shows like "Hannah Montana," are making it hard for parents to find something that won't make their trick-or-treater look like a lady of the night.
"Halloween has become just an excuse for little girls to dress like sluts," says Celia Rivenbark, author of the 2006 book "Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank." Americans are expected to spend nearly $2 billion on Halloween costumes this year, twice what they did in 2003, according to the National Retail Federation. But the trend simply reflects the culture, says Jackie MacDonald, a costume buyer for catalog giant Lillian Vernon. "We don't want to say they're sexier," MacDonald says. "Just more confident." Feel better?