October 29, 2013
Take Halloween Back
The sexy pirate wriggled her way between a phalanx of Stormtroopers, linked arms with them and stuck a bare leg out — red carpet style — for a photo.
“Why is she dressed like that?” asked my 9-year-old son, who was waiting in line to take his photo with the Star Wars battalion. “She just looks — disturbing. Pirates don’t dress like that. She’s not even wearing pants.”
Or much else.
It was a moment that won’t last. He’ll come to a different conclusion soon enough.
But at last weekend’s annual Halloween party at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum — the Air and Scare — the sexification of the holiday remained mostly in a galaxy far, far away.
The sexy happy-hour costumes were almost as scarce as that pirate lady’s pants. It was a gathering of geeky costumes — perfect Padawans, an orange pool-noodle bowl of mac n’ cheese, Spock covered in Tribbles, those Stormtroopers. It was also a reminder of how trashy Halloween has become elsewhere.
This year’s hot-selling costumes online are the Sexy Pizza or Sexy Watermelon slice (minus one strategically placed bite). There’s the Sexy Hamburger and Miley Cyrus’s teddy bear onesie.
The models in the Halloween costume catalogue that came in the mail this year showed more flesh than the women of Victoria’s Secret.
I guess that’s inevitable as adults take over a holiday once celebrated primarily by children.
So... what are you going to be for Halloween? Possibly offensive/NSFW if the sight of a giant ladyparts costume is something you don't want to see.
Posted by Cassandra at October 29, 2013 06:42 AM
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For Halloween this year I am going as "Pillamina."
Picked up the costume for a song.
Posted by: spd rdr at October 29, 2013 09:58 AM
Leave it to adults animated solely by persistent adolescence or second childhood to insinuate themselves everywhere. If they are allowed to run the country in that state, why should it surprise they would permeate the culture. Our diversity seems to be ever more shades of gray.
And, can the vapid vulgar exhibitions, the de-bewitching of ladyparts, ever be forgiven?
Posted by: George Pal at October 29, 2013 10:13 AM
I've changed my mind. Now I'm going as a Sexually Dynamic Mustache.
Posted by: spd rdr at October 29, 2013 02:31 PM
For some reason the sound stopped working, but I think it was funnier that way.
I don't think I've ever seen Jon Stewart turn that shade of red before. That chick needs to come on more often.
Posted by: DL Sly at October 29, 2013 02:33 PM
I lost it when she announced the Sexy Male costumes and that guy came out fully dressed.
Posted by: Cass at October 29, 2013 03:26 PM
If it's any consolation, George, that's really not where pizza comes from.
Let the re-bewitching begin....
Posted by: Evil Twin at October 29, 2013 04:58 PM
This year I have to rush from Taijiquan class to treat-dispensing duty, so I'm going to Taiji in costume. Bright red field shorts & tee, black 5 fingers and big black belt, Santa hat, and a black domino. Natural (white) hair, beard, and mustache. I'm answering the door with "Ho Ho Ho!" and then looking confused.
Posted by: htom at October 29, 2013 05:17 PM
Inquiring minds want to know....will it be a handlebar, fu manchu, hitler, dali, pencil or... pornstache?
Posted by: DL Sly at October 29, 2013 05:22 PM
Words of the Day: beardism and mustacheularity.
...can the vapid vulgar exhibitions, the de-bewitching of ladyparts, ever be forgiven?
Honestly, I really don't get the whole ladyparts thing. I don't think I'm a prude, but I don't see the need to be so... out there.
/Back on my old fashioned head.
Posted by: Cass at October 29, 2013 05:29 PM
"...but I don't see the need to be so... out there."
Maybe they just really want stand-up equipment what with the "Write Your Name In The Snow" contests getting ready to start.
Posted by: Evil Twin at October 29, 2013 07:47 PM
Thoughts on the holiday:
- Halloween has a very mixed past; I'm quite happy w/ the 'modern' kids dress up for candy theme
- IIRC, the 'sexy' meme started w/ adult (only) parties on the holiday, and I've always thought it was fun . . . provided individuals didn't let things get out of hand. As we are a mature crowd here, I suspect most of us have attended a party where at least one person attracted so much attention that it became awkward, uncomfortable, or worse. For those of us sufficiently 'libertarian,' even that can be highly entertaining, it must be noted.
- the issue is that we're no longer willing to separate 'adult' stuff from our children. Kids need time to grow up and mature before being figuratively assaulted by the constant sexuality of our current public culture.
Posted by: CAPT Mike at October 29, 2013 08:43 PM
Walrus (Tom Magnum) with a short full beard. All natural, now more salt than cinnamon & sugar.
Given that we're coming up on Momember or Gromember (one of those silly things where males are to grow facial hair, in this case to support prostate cancer research), it was suggested by a female member of The Committee overseeing the competition at Spice's workplace that I shave my facial hair off and regrow it. "Sorry, no," I replied. She stared at me for a moment and turned to Spice. "No, I like him like this," she said, "he's my fuzzyface." The not-shaving-to-grow movement is universal there. Spice has never seen my face naked, and I'm not sure I want to risk that!
Posted by: htom at October 29, 2013 11:37 PM
1) Reserving this amount of sexy for one day, just can't be done. But that's mostly because such a small amount must be very carefully rationed.
2) From Cracked: 26 "Sexy" Halloween Costumes That Should Not Exist.
Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at October 30, 2013 08:58 AM
Loved this line from Yu-Ain's link:
Honestly, guys, you really can't grasp how demeaning a costume like this is for a woman, unless you were to, we don't know, see the equivalent on a guy or something.
Posted by: Cass at October 30, 2013 09:04 AM
...the issue is that we're no longer willing to separate 'adult' stuff from our children. Kids need time to grow up and mature before being figuratively assaulted by the constant sexuality of our current public culture.
I think the other issue is that children imitate adults. That's where they get their sense of what's acceptable and what's right/wrong from.
Boy are we in trouble :p
Posted by: Cass at October 30, 2013 09:05 AM
I guess Libs don't realize that lots of women like to dress like whores! Fantasies of being prostitutes are common and many women talk to their friends about banging strangers for money or just giving it up. Runner up for prostitute fantasy: rape/forced sex. Jon Stewart is simple minded as is our popular culture. Alex
Posted by: Alex at October 30, 2013 10:01 AM
Posted by: spd rdr at October 30, 2013 10:18 AM
I never had a male nurse that looked like that! Hell, I've never had a male nurse. That's discrimination!! I demand a refund.
"Now I'm going as this chart,..."
But, where will you put the candy?
Posted by: DL Sly at October 30, 2013 02:08 PM
I'm going in my sexy unicycle rider costume. Again.
Posted by: Man Riding Unicycle Naked at October 31, 2013 10:30 AM
I'm going as a ginormous lollipop.
Posted by: Suckah!!! at October 31, 2013 10:42 AM
But, where will you put the candy?
That sounds like a question for....
Posted by: Cass at October 31, 2013 10:43 AM
Needed to compose you a very little word to thank you yet again regarding the nice suggestions you’ve contributed here.
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