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Happy Halloween ... not! Gory, sexual costumes turn Mom off

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(Read caption) Happy Halloween? Really? asks a new mom trying to avoid the gory, sexualized costumes that are becoming more popula for young children. This product image released by Party City shows a girl wearing a zombie queen costume.

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It’s Halloween. You know that, of course. And you probably have your costume all picked out. A political tongue-in-cheek Big Bird outfit, perhaps. Or maybe a Honey Boo Boo get up.

If you’re a mom (or dad, for that matter), chances are you’re even more prepared. You’ve not only figured out your own look – a combo of funny or scary but still appropriately parental – and have already purchased (or sewn, or gathered) a fantastic outfit for each one of your kids. You’ve plotted with them the best candy routes and know the afternoon start time of the wholesome town Halloween parade.

This is how I imagine it, at least.

Because it doesn’t work like that at our house.  Not even close.

Actually, I don’t even have a costume for our daughter, who at 19 months is just the age that greeting cards and catalog ads seem to think is perfect for Halloween dress up. (What’s cuter than a young toddler dressed up like a pumpkin? Or a cat? Or, as Pottery Barn suggests, a $79 Max from “Where the Wild Things Are?”)

I just didn’t get it together this year. And I am feeling pretty darn guilty about it. 


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