Hoochieween Begins at Ten

  1. Kansas Mom says:

    Amen! And this becomes even more problematic when your sweet, innocent 7 year old is the size of a 10 year old and only fits in “tween” size clothing. SMH.

  2. Lauren B. says:

    This is really sad, and it makes me very worried for my daughter who is only 1 and a half! crazy!

  3. Sarah says:

    My oldest is super tall, so we hit this stage earlier than most (7). We are firmly on board the Homemade Halloween Costume train, with exceptions given to store-bought costumes that include pants and a top that doesn’t come below the collarbone. This year, she is 11, and has decided to make a Minnie Mouse costume w/black shirt, black leggings, & a red tutu. I did cave and let her get some goofy eyelashes, only because I know she’ll get sick of them as soon as she gets them on.

    My 8 year old has a really unique imagination… This year, she is “Coca Cola”. Brown tights/tutu, red shirt w/CocaCola logo, headband with Coke bottlecaps glued on, & her hair in a bun w/ straws sticking out of it.

    Pretty much forcing them to get creative has helped us avoid the slutty costumes. Enjoying it while it lasts.

  4. Janet says:

    Amen! I personally don’t think a lot of those are appropriate for anyone, child or otherwise, and strongly agree with the “don’t buy them and make your own” idea. Better yet, what modest and enterprising mom out there wants to start a costume company that specializes in costumes that are fun, but modest for everyone?

  5. Angela Price says:

    I also have to talk to my early teen boys why these costumes are not necessarily appropriate for their female classmates.
    Terpsichord??? LOL I almost spit out my Perrier!

  6. Meliko says:

    Time to go back to the homemade costumes! They’ll only offer these if someone’s actually buying them… so sad…

  7. Pam says:

    My daughter is big for her age. Last year her and her friend were Mario and luigi. I went to party city for the costume. She was 10 but needed the adult size. The lady who worked there said ” I don’t think you want the women’s costume!” It was a slutty Mario. Tiny shorts crop top, slutty as hell. I ended up buying the men’s costume and it was perfect. It’s really crazy.

  8. Mary says:

    The worst thing about what the “feminists” want to portray is the idea that this is okay because it gives the girls a “choice” about their bodies. Our bodies are the most precious thing we own. Diamonds and gems are hard to find, but when they are, they are beautiful beyond compare. Tell your children to keep themselves modestly dressed. They might balk now, but they’ll be glad about it in their 20’s and 30’s.

    • Stephanie says:

      I don’t know any feminists, including myself, who are in favor of the sexual objectification of any adult woman for the benefit of men. The sexual objectification of children is disgusting and last I checked, criminal, and has no place in a discussion about feminism. Which, contrary to what extremists on either end would have you believe, is the equality of men and women.

      • Neomom99 says:

        Take a look at the reaction to high school dress codes. There was an enormous brouhaha at a Staten Island high school in September because girls wanted to wear short shorts and tank tops as opposed to the approved finger-tip length shorts and t-shirts. Most of those raging against the school were self-proclaimed feminists who claimed that the school was “promoting the rape culture” and “slut shaming”.

        • Jasmine says:

          You really are projecting your warped view of feminism here. The issue feminists had with the dress code was that it applied to girls only (as most codes do) with the unspoken message that girls are responsible for boys’ thoughts and actions. That is, oh, you got catcalled? Assaulted? Raped? Well, what were you wearing?

          • Neomom99 says:

            No, the dress code was universal, it did not apply to just girls. Neither gender could wear tank tops. There were also bans on things that mainly applied to boys like do-rags and saggy pants. The girls were the ones that pushed the issue and got detention. And if you think it is OK for high school girls to wear daisy dukes to class, then you missed the point of both this article about the “hoochiefication” of girls and the high school dress code.

    • Abby says:

      You really should look up the definition of a feminist.

  9. Blazen says:

    And this is why I make my kids costumes.

  10. BG says:

    When one of these provocatively dressed tweens comes to my door, I throw in a copy of “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” along with the candy corns.

    • ClaviclesFired says:

      And I’ll bet everyone in your neighborhood loves you for being condescending, judgmental, and insulting to the children, rather than to the parents. Why not just give them an apple with razors in it? Saves you the trouble of getting people to come to your house the next year.

      • BG says:

        Calvicles, dramatic much? Since we’re throwing out “why nots”, why not get over yourself? Also, perhaps its because I’m so utterly busy with these razor apples (its arduous prep work) that I don’t have the brainspace to get the Erkel reference in regard to what you write. Am I supposed to supply the words “did I do that” to your comment or…? Please explain, and feel free to wildly overreact (again) while ignoring 1. Humor, and 2. An actual problem known as oversexualizing children (which I was addressing by pointing out that teen pregnancy is perhaps precipitated by how provocatively society encourages young women to dress themselves). You on the other hand returned fire with personal insults and obfuscatory ramblings about me not wanting people in my house (hardly the point, was it?) Why not stay on topic and control yourself when a comment makes your blood boil? Not that it matters to me. Just a ‘why not’, ya know?

  11. Melissa says:

    Okay maybe I don’t want a daughter quite so much any more…maybe I will stick with having boys…

    Last year my niece, who was then 7, was just dying for a Monster High costume. Miniskirts, midriff shirts, and platform heels. NO THANK YOU. My mom, who was buying a costume as a present, and my sister-in-law came up with a compromise – she got the costume, but she wore flat knee high boots, leggings, and a longer shirt under the costume. My niece was pretty happy with that. She has moved on from Monster High to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, thank gawd.

  12. frustrated says:

    Yes and AMen! Janet I agree- just because it is Halloween doesn’t mean we need to turn into sluts. And I most certainly am not allowing my daughters to wear such things while under my roof. It is disturbing enough that i have to see inappropriate images of women at every turn and try to teach my girls that they are beautiful just the way they are. Let alone explain why certain costumes are just not ok. Im tired of this culture battle- for how hard women in history have fought for us to be taken seriously, it all feels like a giant step backward. Halloween seems to be no different.

  13. cheesehead4ever says:

    Fortunately my ten year old wants to go as a nerd. Ponytails, glasses with tape in the middle and mismatched clothing. Thank God my 14 year old is going as a Mean Girl this year (black skirt, pink cardigan), went as Mario last year (bought the hat/suspenders kit with a red shirt and blue pants), and as Flo from Progressive the year before. I will not buy any of those sexy costumes!

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      Ooh, have I got a costume for your ten year old! It’s the “I Love Nerds Tween Costume!”

      • cheesehead4ever says:

        Great! I thinks I like her homemade costume that won’t cost me any money and keeps her body parts covered much better! Do I need to mention it will be 36 degrees in our area of Minnesota Halloween night?

  14. Mothering From Scratch says:

    This is completely freaking me out. Thank you for posting this. It’s getting shared immediately. Let our girls be GIRLS!

  15. keya says:

    I’m just loving all the variations you provided for the word hoochie.
    Also, I’m nowhere near that bridge yet but I pray she’s a nerd like her mom and wants to dress as a zombie or superhero with pants and sleeves and a mask cause Lord knows….

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      My 10 yr old wouldn’t be caught dead in any of this- but I remember seeing some of my stepdaughters’ friends begin dress this way for Halloween around the age of 12- I was shocked when an eighth grader came over in a French maid costume, because WHY WOULD HER PARENTS LET THEIR 12 YR OLD WEAR THAT?!

  16. esbee says:

    Part of the problem is what is seen on TV (slutty behavior, revealing clothing, sexual innuendo) AND that most school districts do NOT allow teachers to express opinions, i.e. “teach” moral behavior (they do not want to hurt the child’s feelings or their self esteem) …so when a girl shows up with cleavage and slutty clothing, the teacher may not say anything, even though the little boy’s are getting a free biology lesson….When I taught school, my only recourse was to send the offending chick to the nurse, who was allowed to tell the truth.

  17. purejoy says:

    Agree wholeheartedly. I have been ranting about this year long since my daughter graduated from size 6x. Instantly, the options for dressing my daughter went from sweet to pre-red-light-district. And this was YEARS ago… everything looked like even Brittany Spears would have trouble covering her body. You’re spot on about girls that age not having a CLUE about the messages their wardrobe choices send. Moms AND Dads need to be involved with making healthy clothing choices all year… not just at Halloween.

  18. Sam2001 says:

    It is the rampid sexualizaton of our children. It is getting younger and younger each year. Children are no longer our most precious resource… the future, no they are now to be made over into sex toys and discarded like used paper tissues. Lolita was banned for a time FOR A REASON. And it is not an “American” thing, it is worse (sometimes) overseas in “first world” countries like Japan, Korea, Germany, and Belgium.

  19. buford says:

    Generation Whore. Wow, we really have progressed or digressed as a society in 2015.

  20. Me says:

    Gives a new meaning to “Trick Or Treat”

  21. justMY2Cents says:

    As a father of twin 3 year old boys, the only issues I view as a tad inappropriate for a tween girl are the Dorothy from OZ, too much bare leg between stocking and hem showing, The skirt of Little Miss Muffet is a tad too short, and the entire costume for a French maid upon what appears to be an 8 year old, but just the posing model, but for any tween, unacceptable.
    Let kids be kids, don’t rush your daughters into slut’dom as all of these so called celebrity pop stars are pushing them towards a career in porn, or street walking. Instiling a simple fact that their brains and hard studies will lead them no where, just where scandalous clothing, attract a mate and just lay on your back.
    This country has gone to Shhh It appears to continue that pursuit of immoralities.

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