Sexy Halloween costumes have long been a staple for young women, but the market is so saturated with trampy fare this year that the New York Times, USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle have all done stories on the trend. Turning heads this year is not just the volume of skimpy outfits, but the age range.
"We have a French maid costume for a toddler," said a Halloween Headquarters store manager in Santa Cruz, Calif. She wasn't kidding. You can get French maid costumes for girls ages 14 to four. Yes, four.
But consider for a moment that these outfits designed to sexualize children are being made for one reason. They sell, now more than ever. USA Today reported that Internet searches for "sexy Halloween costume" are up 400 percent over last year.
The desire to attract the attention of the opposite sex is nothing new. What's new is that it's become OK to do that by dressing not like a princess, but like a prostitute. Literally. According to the National Retail Federation, one of this year's best-selling costumes is a "woman of the night," USA Today reported.
Whereas there was a time when fathers would never let their daughters out of the house in anything remotely revealing, mothers are now buying French maid costumes for their toddlers, turning their pre-pubescent angels into little sex objects.
Things have heated up so much, one disgusted mother suggests that today ought to be called "Dress Like a Prostitute Day."