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Saturday, October 3, 2015

10 Modest Alternatives to Popular Halloween Costumes for Teen Girls

modest Holloween costumes

Can someone please explain to me what the heck is happening with Halloween costumes for women?
Darn near every costume for a female has been sexified some how. You wanna be a fireman? Ok,  you can be a sexy fireman in a skin-tight dress and fishnet stockings. How about a zombie? you can be a sexy zombie with cleavage a-plenty.
Even costume based on fairy tale characters and kid's cartoon characters have been sexed up.

Why? Why are female costumes like this?? I  guess it all falls into the old marketing ploy of  "sex sells" and boy is that the truth. If it wasn't, then these costumes still would't be around. 
The companies keep making them because parents keep BUYING them!

This blog post was originally supposed to feature funny men's costumes but as I was doing my search for products to feature I came across some costumes for teen-aged girls that ranged from inappropriate to offensive to just down right disturbing. Adult costumes are being made in teen sizes and placed in juniors section of Halloween shops all over the US. Yes, the costumes women wear for their husbands in the privacy of their bedrooms are being sold to TEENS for Halloween.

 And I know some of you are reading this thinking, "No one is making these girls wear these costumes" or "Why don't the parents just make the costumes themselves?"
Well, not everyone has the time, talent, resources, imagination or the know-how to make a Halloween costume. And guess what? The Halloween companies know this and they're taking advantage of it. 
They know of the scantily clad pop-culture icons teens are emulating these days and they also know that society now sees Halloween as that one special day when the average woman gets to dress like a stripper. 
C'mon parents . Break the cycle. 

Your job as a parent is to protect your baby girl-
not dress her up like a piece of meat and throw her into the lion's den.
No. NO. NO!!

by Andy Marlette

If you're currently on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume for your teen-aged daughter I'm sure you've already come across plenty of provocative trash and you're probably both quite frustrated. 

Here are ten classic Halloween costumes that teen girls love that are available in modest lengths and styles. The first photos on the left were a piece of cake to find.... the modest version on the right - surprise -  not so much.

I highly encourage you to seize the opportunity this season to talk to your daughters about modesty. Remind her of how beautiful she is, tell her how much you love her and that modesty is a virtue that should be practiced even on Halloween.

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modest teen witch costume
Cute Witch - $15.03
Pair the longer dress with leggings and boots for super cute delightfully wicked costume.

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modest Sally costume
Sally From the Nightmare Before Christmas - $34.99
The first costume isn't all that bad - however, for a girl aiming to look like the actual Sally Doll from the movie, the option on the right is the way to go.

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modest Little Red Riding Hood costume
Little Red Riding Hood - $56.99
The costume on the left is another "adult-turned-teen" costume. Sick.
If your daughter wants to be Little Red Rising Hood, the best way to go is to stay out of retail stores and seek out a costume made by a theater costuming company. 

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modest Holloween costumes
Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz - $26.60
In stores, you might only be able to find a sexy Dorothy costume, but luckily this costume is so common, it's very easy to find the original version online.

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modest Halloween costumes
Gypsy/Fortune Teller - $44.99
The costume on the left is another adult costume placed on a teen. At least they had the decency to add a little bit of modesty with tights and boots but I've seen this costume in person and it is extremely short. The alternative on the right is elegant, just as colorful and very unique! 

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modest pirate Halloween costume
Pirate Lass - $47.50 
The costume on the left is... no. Just no.
If your daughter wants to be a pirate, encourage her to dress as a pirate who knows she doesn't need to show her butt to kick butt.

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modest Halloween costumes
Pixie/Fairy - $19.99
A fairy costume is one of the few costume that I feel a short skirt is kind of acceptable. That's how fairies are often depicted - in cute little dresses. However, costuming companies have decided to take things a step further by not only making the costumes short, but overly sexy as well.
Fairy costumes are very common, so you should be able to find a non-sexy fairy costume for your daughter both in stores and online.
For added modesty, wear over colorful printed leggings.

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modest Halloween costumes for teen girls
Snow White - $40.00
I've tried on that same costume on the left... at an ADULT NOVELTY STORE. Need I say more?
You might not be able to find a modest Snow White costume in a retail store but you should be able to find it with ease online with quality ranging from one-time-wear to authentic Disneyland princess.

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modest Halloween costumes
Vampire - $99.00
When I was younger I always wanted to be a vampire for Hallween but the only vampire costumes available was for boys. Now that vampires have become a huge part of pop-culture, vampire costumes for girls are quite common but be forewarned they can be pretty risque.
If you're looking for a glamorous but modest vampire costume avoid using the word "vampire" or you'll get garbage like this:
Try using alternate keywords like Vampiress, gothic Victorian, gothic masquerade 

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modest Halloween costumes
Tiger - $28.99
The costume on the left was one of the most tame tiger costumes I could find (no pun intended).
The costume on the right are actually pajamas that are growing in popularity as street-wear. These one-pieces are fun, practical, effortless and come in many other animal styles.

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  1. Great ideas and suggestions! I especially love the modest tiger costume, I would totally wear that myself! It's way cooler to be funny and stand out than to be vulgar! :)

  2. All the modest costumes look 10X better than the immodest costumes.

  3. I totally agree with you, being a teen myself I would never go out looking like a stripper but so many girls these days do because thats what Halloween has turned into.
    xo Aimee / thenaturalaffect.com

  4. When it comes to costumes, I like the more practical, realistic ones. I mean, there is no such thing as a pirate wearing stillettos and a mini-skirt. It would be so impractical to manage a boat in that!

  5. I hate how provocative the costumes have gotten today. Even for little girls they are pretty ridiculous too. As an adult I would not even want to wear those short costumes, I prefer the longer ones too.

  6. Pretty cool (and scary) outfits there. :)

  7. Thank you for putting this out there! I too am tired of how risque costumes are these days. Leggings are our go-to for lengthening a lot of clothing out there. It's always a battle finding things that are appropriate. Great post!

  8. It starts with the parents setting the standards. Sad to say, parents think little girls are cute in tight short clothes.

  9. I'm getting tired of seeing every single girl bare it all each Halloween. Plus the more modest costumes are almost always more accurate. Thanks for these great alternatives!

  10. These are some great suggestions. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to have you again next week.

  11. The costumes on the left look pretty sane and modest to me.
    Did you know in the 80's in Old Fashion times there were
    playboy bunnies and pin-up girls? If a woman or a girl
    wanted to dress up like today's pop stars then it would
    be questionable because miley Cyrus behaves like a porn star masturbating on stage by humping her crotch on objects. I don't see the problem with the costumes on the left, at the same time it's a wonderful suggestion to know where to get the traditional Rid riding hood, snow white, and wizard of oz costumes.
    Pop star artists are much more revealing than these simple outfits. The question of repressed women according to their attire is such a grey area, one person may tell you "The Amish is very repressed." Another person would say "the playboy bunnies are repressed." So which one is it then?
    Well, it depends on what you've been taught growing up about modesty and sexuality.
    Read the history of playboy bunnies, and the Amish and make an educated comparison.
    You have this notion in your head that women who are dressed like 80's pin-up no matter if it's a holiday or a club; you think only women who show off their body get repressed and taken advantage of. That is not true!
    Many women who work for the government are repressed by emotional blackmail and end up being a slave to their bosses serving propaganda on a shining sliver plater. Repression of women happens in many ways. It's not always the woman in the pin-up 80's costume is lead a stray, look at monica lewinsky; you can blame the whole ideology of women being politicians that lead her into the Bill Clinton trap, but in reality you can see that fashion and politics that those careers have their good times and bad times.
    If you think that fashion is the complete worst thing on earth then you need to understand it's your upbringing and you grew up in a conservative in environment. Today it seems like both fashion and politics is going down the drain, it's mainly because our American culture has a decrease in creativity.


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