There are many conservatives who shun Halloween altogether — and they have valid reasons. Then there are those of us who still like to embrace the good aspects — recalling that its origins were from Christians who dressed up as saints — and not let the bad aspects ruin the fun. It seems to get harder and harder every year, as the gore and smut factors are ramped up. That doesn’t mean we should disengage.
There have been more than a few articles decrying the overly sexual costumes for not just women, but girls, too. Part of the problem may be busy parents who wait until the last minute and go ahead and buy the questionable costumes off nearly empty shelves. (And, of course, some moms and dads believe that little girls dressing up in “sexy” attire is no big deal — or worse, that it’s “cool” and that being “provocative” gets you attention.) But in this day and age of great last-minute ideas, there is no excuse. Even if you aren’t able to find the time this year for the alternative suggestions at the website Take Back Halloween (which promotes dressing up as laudable women of legend and history), don’t buy into the indecency. While we should bring home the message year round, Halloween is a time when we especially shouldn’t be afraid to say, “Nope, you are not leaving the house dressed like that.”