But, I am surprised.
For years, I have lived in the land of "toddler sizes" at Halloween and have not faced anything more daunting than "Snow White" vs. "Pooh Bear". But, my six-year-old daughter is now big enough for a "girl" size, which apparently means she is maturing much faster than I ever conceived.
First, I'm not talking about mini skirts or even "belly dancer" costumes that really show a belly button. Nor am I talking about those character costumes from Wonder Woman to High School Musical or American Idol. I'm talking about costumes that seems too provocative for young girls; this bothers me especially when there is no need for them to be provocative (and, I'm not even going near the costumes marketed to teens. Check out this excellent article by Creative-Type Dad for more on that subject).
(All the costumes below are or were available at large national chains. I apologize for the dreadful reproduction of one of them).
Let's start with the devil costume. Let's see: red dress, horns, tail and spear, right? Well, somehow that isn't enough:
Or, how about a witch? You know, black dress, pointy hat, broom, and wart on nose?
Fairy? A wand, gossamer wings and pixie dust?
Ok, that is cute, but how many bunnies wear a bow tie? Oh wait, I know which bunnies wear a bow tie: