By: Caroline Aldridge
As Halloween was quickly approaching this year, I began my search for the perfect Halloween costume. (I don’t know why I was searching; I had to work that night anyway..) I work every night of the week, so I had to take the thirteen year old boy I nanny with me. I found myself feeling incredibly awkward as we walked through two or three Halloween stores. One, because of course a thirteen year old boy is thinking very inappropriate thoughts as he gazes at these costumes. And two, because I myself was looking at half-naked women.
Walking through the Halloween stores, I realized that as soon as you get to the teenage section, there is a gradual increase in the riskiness of each costume. As soon as I got to the women’s section, they automatically turned in to tight, cleavage showing women. I had regretted bringing the child I am responsible for with me.
Isn’t it sad how I felt bad taking a teenager into a Halloween store? Imagine all of the parents that have to restrict their children from looking at certain sections of a Halloween store. I’ve even heard mothers complaining about their inability to find a costume to wear to a children’s Halloween party. Every year these costumes seem to get more and more risqué. In a couple of years, I’m sure that we will just be painting just enough to cover up our “private areas”.