Bewitching or Bewildering?


Photo: Wicked Productions

A few years back, something that I’m not entirely comfortable with seems to have happened to Halloween.

I’m going to guess somewhere around the year 1998, or as I call it, “the bitter end of the Baywatch Era”, it became completely unacceptable for a woman to attend a costume party dressed as the wholesome version of anything.

It used to be that there were just a few brazen “Halloween Cliches” to avoid at a masquerade, but it appears that now pirate, superhero, and “educational professional” have also been claimed by the fashion designers who brought us The Mistress of the Dark.

It’s almost impossible to find a witch costume that Glinda would be ok with.

I understand that each of us has a choice about how we celebrate on All Hallows Eve, and there are some ladies out there who like to show up at the office party dressed as a provocateur, but can the rest of us please resist the urge to accompany our kids on their Trick-or-Treat outing in these kinds of costumes?

It’s super uncomfortable to open your front door, distribute candy to the neighbor kid, and then wave goodbye to a mother dressed as Catwoman at the end of your driveway.

Ladies, when we bump into you at the neighborhood mailbox won’t it be really awkward if the last time we saw you, you were dressed as a Pirate Wench?

I know we’re supposed to act like it’s no big deal that you have decided to step out in a lacy Ninja Turtle Costume with knee-length boots, but didn’t you put that costume on to get attention?

Trust me, it’s the kind of attention that your kids, your spouse, and the other wives are embarrassed about you chasing.

So maybe wear something like that for the person who is supposed to be giving you that kind of attention, and give everybody else a break.

We don’t need to have a tainted mental image of you… or Wilma Flintstone.

I’m not saying that Halloween means you should be dowdy or frumpy.

I’m encouraging you to dress up and stay beautiful, not undress to get looks.

Remember that true beauty is always the result of substance, not skin.

People have more respect for Elphaba than they do Elvira.

7 Responses to “Bewitching or Bewildering?”

  1. Brian October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    They even have a “sexy” big bird costume! This trashy trend is WAY out of control…

    • Jon October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      Blasphemy! I’m not sure that the letter B would be sponsoring this.

  2. Sharon October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    We have always called them “Hooker” Catgirl, or Hooker Strawberry Shortcake, you get the idea. Everything you can imagine, and now very young girls are dressed in these costumes, which is something often times youd find in a Porno flick. Its not just the parents, its the parents letting little girls wear this stuff too.

    • Jon October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Totally hear you on this, It’s fairly appalling to see the parents passing it down the ladder.

  3. Vicki Hansen October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Modesty is hotesty!

  4. Cody October 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Awesome encouragement! Try living in Arizona where it will be wonderful 78 degrees about the time everyone heads out. If people are willing to ‘undress’ in 55 degrees than how much more so when it’s warm… We should probably incorporate horse blinders into the costumes ;)

  5. Joe October 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Thanks, Jon

    Seems like you have a number of posts that have a reference to the notion of approval from others versus confidence in God through self. At least in my mind, I jump to piercings, tattoos, costumes/clothes and other body art can be expressions of “look at me” along with this post. When one has faith that Jesus will take care of us, , then the inner confidence reduces the need for external approval. Seems like a bit of a ramble, I know…

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