One of the biggest Halloween traditions is dressing up in a costume. Children can pick from an array of costumes including: princesses, cowboys, and candy corn. Some adults also dress up for Halloween. However, the options for women’s Halloween costumes tend to be limited to revealing skin-tight ensembles. For example, if you type ¨women’s Halloween costumes¨ into Google, some of the first results are provocative costumes for women.
Yes, the point of a Halloween costume is to dress up as something you aren’t, but not all women want to be dressed in an overly-provocative costume. If you get on any Halloween costume website you can find a variety of ¨sexy¨ costumes for women. This includes costumes such as: sexy nurses, firemen, crayons, peanut butter, and even sexy Harambe.
Every Halloween, women face the challenge of finding a Halloween costume that doesn’t overly sexualize their bodies, whereas men have options such as Spiderman, Chewbacca, and policemen; none of which are classified as ¨sexy¨. Men do have some provocative Halloween costumes, but the amount is nowhere near the amount of sexualized costumes targeted towards women.
¨ I think women should be able to wear whatever they want, but I feel that costumes tend to be a way for men to sexualize women for one night of the year.” says Junior Claire Bean.
Dressing up for Halloween is a tradition all over. In the spirit of Halloween women should have the freedom to wear whatever type of costume they please; however for women who aren’t as comfortable baring too much skin, modest costumes would be greatly appreciated.