When did Halloween Costumes get so Weird?

Halloween is a week away and my oldest still does not have a costume.  It’s not for lack of trying, believe me.  Despite all the costume selections out there, I am pretty sure my son has picked the most bizarre and inappropriate ones.  I have said, “NO” to all of them, to his dismay.

His first choice: a gorilla. You are probably thinking, “What’s wrong with that”? To begin with, we live in Florida and while it’s cooled down a bit, the idea of him walking around in a gorilla suit makes me sweat just thinking about it.  In fact, a few years back, we had to head home early from Trick-or-treating because he started feeling dizzy and over-heated in his costume at the time.

His next choice is a clown and I’m not talking about good old Bozo.  Let’s be honest here. All clowns are creepy, even Bozo. How about the wackos in multiple states who thought it was a good idea to dress up like scary terrifying clowns to scare kids and do who knows what else. It is NOT the time to be a clown.  In fact, if I see any walking down my street this Halloween, I am totally running the other way and suggest you do too!

My son’s third choice is a skin suit. Yep, I had no clue what that was either and I actually still don’t really know.  It’s weird and creepy as well.  See below:


Um…okay.  Hope he doesn’t want to eat candy while he’s Trick-or-treating.  What if he has to go to the bathroom?  I guess this is the best of all the choices if I was forced to choose one.  How about a good old ghost?  Perhaps a hotdog?  Not disturbing enough?

What about this costume says, “This will be perfect for my ten year old”?  NOTHING! I really don’t get it! I was actually talking to a friend of mine about it and we were wondering when Halloween costumes turned so eerie and unsettling?

The costume stores are literally terrifying, including the kid’s section. From insane clowns from our worst nightmares to Slenderman, it makes you wonder what message we are sending to our children. If you don’t already know what or who Slenderman is, here you go, according to Wikipedia:

The Slender Man (also known as Slenderman) is a fictional supernatural character that originated as an Internet meme. It is depicted as resembling a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, wearing a black suit.

Stories of the Slender Man commonly feature him stalking, abducting or traumatizing people, particularly children.[Beginning in 2014, a minor moral panic occurred over the Slender Man after readers of his fiction were connected to several violent acts, particularly a near-fatal stabbing of a 12-year old girl in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Freaky right? Why on earth would I promote my child being this Slenderman guy?

When I was a kid, my mom made all of my costumes.  They were wholesome and normal.  One year I was a nurse, another year, a dollar bill…get my point here?  My son’s response when I tell him this: “That was like a million years ago. Did they even have costume stores back then?”  Actually, did they?  I don’t know but that’s not the point.

Our goal was not to scare or scar the people who opened the door and gave us candy. Kids were always cute.  Now they are alarming.  At least my dog is going to be a Princess, like she has been for the past 12 years.

Am I just being an annoying and overprotective mom who won’t let her ten year old choose his own costume?  He sure makes me feel like it but I’m not offering any apologies.  Do you think he would notice if I wrote on the back of his costume, “My mom does not approve!” ?