Have you noticed that with each passing year, Halloween has become less about kids wearing scary costumes to go trick-or-treating and more about women dressing up as French maids, prostitutes, and Playboy bunnies?
Although this concept was first brought to my attention when I took my daughter to see Lindsay Lohan in the hit film "Mean Girls" a number of years ago, the sexual imagery since has become more and more lurid.
"Guys want to be funny or horrific so they stand out at the party," said Steve Silverstein, president and CEO of retailer Spirit Halloween. "...Girls want to be beautiful, and when they grow up they want to be sexy."
To that end, costume manufacturer Disguise, a unit of Jakks Pacific [JAKK 17.88 0.42 (+2.41%) ], has designed a number of costumes for adults that take familiar children's characters and make them a little...um...sassier.
Sesame Street's Big Bird, Elmo, and Cookie Monster, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-even popular Hasbro [HAS 44.99 0.44 (+0.99%) ] board games such as Scrabble, Candyland and Monopoly-have been intrepreted by Disguise in a way that not only captures the essence of those iconic brands, but also fulfills a woman's desire to wear a very attractive costume. [...]
The Sesame Street costumes, for example, use a feathery fabric that mimics the fuzziness of the puppets in the classic children's TV show. There are also other details in the costume that reinforce the image. For example, the Big Bird outfit includes thigh-high hose that resemble the character's legs, and a headband with Big Bird's face. But the length of the skirt, and the bows on the stockings, all convey a flirty feeling.
Isn't that special?
Now children can see their favorite Sesame Street and Disney characters with plunging necklines and semi-exposed G-strings.
I guess Madison Avenue won't be happy until innocence ends at birth.
Photo of BuySeasons Sesame Street Elmo Sexy Female Costume via Drugstore.com.