Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Halloween is bringing "sexy" back
Let's talk about Halloween costumes.
I think there is something sad about just buying a packaged costume. Don't you love Halloween? Don't you want to indulge in a childhood fantasy ... or just feel transformed for a night with a concept you put some thought and effort into?
A few of us went to Columbia Costumes over the weekend to get ready for Halloween. (If you are ever bored, take a trip up there and just play for a little while. I highly recommend it.) Anyway, there is a big wall FILLED with "sexy costumes."
Come on now.
One was a "sexy pilot" with a stretch mini dress vaguely resembling Eskimo garb and a pair of goggles. You know what I think embodies a "sexy pilot?" Someone who can land a plane without killing all the passengers.
Call me crazy, but I prefer credentials to nice legs. That goes for vice presidents too ... but I digress.
What REALLY bothers me about the wall of carnal costumes is that they were all for women ... meaning they were all for men's visual stimulation. What about a little eye candy for the ladies? Don't we deserve to gape at scantily clad "cops" and "pirates." Isn't that our right as sexually repressed Americans? Be fair "Mr. Halloween costume designer." Have a heart.
Now, lack of bare-chested men aside, the worst part of the afternoon is when I asked a sales associate if he had anything that would work with a Jackie Kennedy costume. His reply was ..... "I don't know who that GUY is."
What? Did he really say that? Yes. Yes he did.
I tried to clarify .... "Wife of John F. Kennedy."
He maintained his confused expression.
"Sugar, he was a president. She was a first lady."
He pointed to a "sexy first lady" concoction that was blatantly ripping off Jackie.