Below we’ve built a little gallery of Halloween costumes you can buy for this year’s trick or treating festivities. You can go as Edward Scissorhands, Cap’n Jack, Popeye, Bambi, even Nala from The Lion King. The thing is… they’re all “sexy” versions. That’s right, there’s a “sexy” Popeye outfit out there – and now, the madness has to stop.
My problem is not with fancy dress as a concept, or fancy dress at Halloween. I’m not even saying you have to go as anything especially scary – but really, in your heart of hearts, you know you should – but you should definitely not go as “sexy” Chucky, or “sexy” Donatello from The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I'm not being prudish here, honestly. It's a love of horror and getting the bejesus beboogered out of you that's making me type out this ostensibly really rather priggish rant, not my totally coincidental fear of women. Honest.
The fact is, this hyper-sexualisation of Halloween simply has to stop. The point of Halloween is essentially for horror-loving movie geeks to get their mates round to watch as many of their favourite scary movies as possible – not dress up as part-time (albeit pop culture literate) prostitutes.
The worst offenders are those who dress as young movie / TV characters – like Hermione Granger, for example – and those who dress up as something not only completely irrelevant to Halloween, but something not even to do with movies, TV or, well, anything else for that matter. A sexy bee? You're coming to my party dressed as a "sexy bee'?
Admittedly, part of Halloween’s remit includes kids throwing eggs at strangers’ cars / getting sweets for dressing up as a mummy, as well as keeping the pumpkin growers union in business for another year, but if Halloween involves skimpy outfits attempting to resemble Ursula from The Little Mermaid or Snow White dropping some serious cleavage, then I’m out.
Halloween is a time to be scared. You can be just a little freaked out or truly horrified, but it’s the one time everyone’s a horror buff, and quite frankly, that’s a beautiful thing.
So to emphasise my admittedly ludicrous point: dressing up as ghosts, ghouls, demons, devils, the Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth – all credit to you. In fact, that’s bloody wonderful. But the sexiness? Leave it for Valentine’s Day. No, wait, Hen Dos. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Of course, the question now is: what's the most unnecessarily sexual fancy dress costume you've ever seen? Failing that, what's the worst fancy dress costume you've seen... ever? Let us know in the comment box below.
edjones95 Posted on Friday October 28, 2011, 17:24
A sexy zombie? That's pretty weird isn't it, it wasn't even a good zombie just some ripped clothes and a pale face...
hunterrific Posted on Friday October 28, 2011, 17:54
lara croft. it was halloween and she was lara croft. and she was hot.
RundownDJ Gman Posted on Friday October 28, 2011, 20:11
I see where you are coming from, I want to agree with you, but to be absolutely honest any one of those could come to my Halloween party.
edjones95 Posted on Friday October 28, 2011, 22:50
^ me again maybe the winner? someone came as a sexy shaun from shaun of the dead, slightly weird
Great Ape Posted on Saturday October 29, 2011, 10:25
Halloween costumes should be handmade as well, not some bought weird Disney sexy pinnochio outfit (weird)
Razors Posted on Saturday October 29, 2011, 10:56
I disagree, if you are sexy flaunt it
sirvolkar Posted on Saturday October 29, 2011, 13:10
"I disagree, if you are sexy, flaunt it." - I know sex sells, but when did it become a currency?
Got to agree with this post. The world is seriously going mad when it is acceptable for woman (because lets face it, they aren't making these "outfits" in men's sizes) to dress up as sexualised incarnations of children, but a guy can't "black-up" and go to a party as the Candyman or the American President without getting a few fierce looks and comments on racism?! If being the most powerful man on the planet isn't something to be scared of, I don't know what is.
sweetladybrick Posted on Saturday October 29, 2011, 13:26
All for sexy outfits, but not like this... not like this!! Balls deep in Bambi? Although that might not be the intention of the wearer, it's the marketing ploy. Does this mean I can wear a heavy sweater and go as Fred West then? Or is that just a whole different kettle of wrong? Would it encourage sexy Fred Wests? I don't agree with the sexualisation of children's entertainment- much like the horror of Playboy school stationery.
spamandham Posted on Saturday October 29, 2011, 14:14
Calm down dear, it's fine as long as it's confined to the grown up world. Harmless fun.
JediBobster Posted on Saturday October 29, 2011, 16:15
It doesn't help your argument one iota that you placed them there images at the bottom of your article. I sorta want to agree with you but Halloween is one of the few times I get to dress up as a sexy witch and not get TOO many funny looks.
But yeah, the sexy versions of characters that certainly shouldn't be sexed up really rub me up the wrong way. If you're coming dressed as a Ghostbuster then hey that's great - but a sexy Ghostbuster?! If you want to come as Dana Barret in her possessed outfit then great that's sexy, geeky and appropriate.
But then isn't this a problem that begins with most modern horror films? When a killer hacked and slashed at teens in the late 70s early 80s they looked like real actual teens. Now they look like models using this film as a stepping stone to a glossy singing career or advertising smelly stuff in a 'classy' black and white ad somewhere amongst the pages of EMPIRE.
Sendemast Posted on Saturday October 29, 2011, 20:31
How 'bout a slutty pumpkin?
MurringtonBare Posted on Saturday October 29, 2011, 23:18
Surely 'Sexy Edward Scissorhands' should be 'Sexy Transgender Edward Scissorhands?
MurringtonBare Posted on Saturday October 29, 2011, 23:46
As this article seems to have in place the context that we're referring only to women my three suggestions are, in order of commitment required: 1) Selene from Underworld (costume required). 2) From Dusk Till Dawn's Satanico Pandemonium (albino burmese python required). 3) Planet Terror's Cherry Darling (leg amputation and M16 with grenade launcher attachment prosthetic required).
Heisenberg Posted on Sunday October 30, 2011, 10:53
What annoys me about a lot of the "sexy" versions of costumes, is that the outfits are for women but its a guy they are sexifying(word?) up. Popeye, Ed Scissorhands, even Chucky FFS. I remember seeing a woman trying to sexify Hulk Hogan, no lie. She wasn't just a hulkamaniac, she actually was Hulk Hogan, needless to say it was crap, and weird. It really gets on my goat.
Bluehawk Posted on Sunday October 30, 2011, 12:08
I'm not stopping them.
Gazme Posted on Sunday October 30, 2011, 13:42
Anyone else ignore the article and just look at the sexy pictures?
I love halloween :)
Hands Randall Posted on Monday October 31, 2011, 10:25
Totally agree. Leave all that crap for the hen do's. Anyway, you know they're American models in the pics. Imagine some of our Brit girls dressed in those get ups and there's your horror...
Marv Posted on Monday October 31, 2011, 11:30
@Gazme.. Ha ha, YES!!
chickabee Posted on Monday October 31, 2011, 13:07
As a girl, I really wanted to go as the Queen of Hearts, not sexy queen of hearts, and trying to find an costume was impossible, I ordered the sexy costume with intension of adjusting it. That's the problem for girls, if you don't want to dress sexy its actually hard to find a costume :-(
HighwayJoe Posted on Monday October 31, 2011, 13:16
I just find it boring. If all you can come up with for Halloween is, "I'm a sexy fill-in-the-blank," then it gets repetitive. 'Cause it's just a chorus of the same message over and over again, "Ooh, we're perverting [say] Bambi, tee hee!" Good for you. Yawn. I'll be hanging with the folk in aluminum foil Tin Man costumes and home-made 'Mighty Boosh' get-ups.
The "sexy" Edward Scissorhands kinda works, though. I mean, it's just a Hot Topic-esque [dunno if UK has Hot Topic, but it's US mall chain store that sells Goth/Metal clothes] Goth get-up with plastic scissors attached. Frankly, if I saw that girl at a party, I'd ask if she's dressed up as Freddy Krueger's daughter or something.
JDFreeman Posted on Monday October 31, 2011, 15:22
All the sexist comments are even more evidence as why making sexy outfits is lame. Sexy outfits are for fetish nights, Normal/interesting/cool outfits should be for Halloween.
Posted by a guy, any guys who post sexist comments have tiny dicks and dont get any.
Noelg25 Posted on Monday October 31, 2011, 15:46
I've said it before and I will say it again:
Hallowe'en has become many womens excuse to dress up as first class (or cheap depending on the "lady") whores. End of.
BillyDolworth Posted on Monday October 31, 2011, 17:56
I agree with Ali. Halloween is not just any old fancy dress party, it has to do with a centuries old tradition of excorcising ghosts and (evil) spirits, hence the link with horror movies. So sexifying the costumes is getting the Halloween-spirit totally wrong IMO.
On another note, and absolutely off topic, the 'sexy Edward Scissorhands'-costume and MurringtonBare's comment got me thinking: how did Edward ever survive going to the loo with those hands???
Spider_Monkey Posted on Saturday January 7, 2012, 14:33
On a (slightly) similar note, a friend of mine was preparing for a fancy dress party where the theme was superheroes and asked for my suggestions. I tried and tried but couldn't think of one female superhero who didn't fight crime in a skimpy, skin-tight or downright slutty costume. In the end she went as SuperTed which was quite brilliant really. But yes, Halloween has so many non skanky options you can tell who's up for fun and who's up for 'fun' (wink wink) ...I mean sex.
marvella Posted on Sunday January 8, 2012, 19:12
These clothes take all of the fun out of it for me! I love a really fun costume that I have worked on myself. I would never entertain the idea of buying one normally, however, this year my hubby insisted on me buying a 'proper' costume to save some stress. I looked for Disney characters, the crow, marvel characters, princesses, pirates and even frank... all of which were kinky (unlike myself I may add) its no fun! embrace the excuse to look scary of silly!
jillian101 Posted on Thursday November 1, 2012, 19:40
And this is why when i wanted to go as Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas this year, i made my own costume with a little help from my friend and her sewing machine because it's really difficult to find a costume that's not slutty when you also don't want to pay through the nose for it...