This year I wanted to be Harley Quinn for Halloween (from Batman). I accidentally ordered a “teen” costume. When the costume arrived I opened it and started laughing because it look like it was made for a doll. As I went on the website to get the return information I began to look at all the other teen costumes out of curiosity. What I saw was frightening.
I saw over-sexualized costumes that were incredibly inappropriate for teenagers and, more frightening, for children. Some of the costumes were not only revealing, short, and low-cut, they were also all made for a very specific body type: thin girls. I did not see one single costume made for a fuller-figure. All I saw were tiny costumes made for tiny girls.
What kind of message does this send to adolescents? You must be a certain body type to look cute for Halloween? You must also only want to dress up in a “sexy” costume to fit in with all the other kids. This kind of message being sent so early on to children will only further perpetuate the message that the media sends. Thinness and sexuality are both emphasized to women at such a young age. It is important to help take the emphasis off of this by encouraging creativity and individuality in our youth. Let kids decide their own style and be unconventional.
So, this year, help your kids make a costume. Go to Target or Walmart and pick out silly things to put together a scary costume or something original. Help them to see that the holiday should be fun and not just an excuse to dress up as a sexy Harley Quinn (do most kids even know who that is??).
The Harley Quinn costume I accidentally ordered: