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Do Halloween Costumes Have to Be Slutty?


Sexy Tinker Belle Costume

It’s just like Cady said in Mean Girls, “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”

As cliche’ as it may be, this statement perfectly describes Halloween at college. Not only is October 31st an opportunity for girls to dress in next to nothing for a night, it’s pretty much a night when slutty costumes are required dress code. After all, nobody wants to be that girl who dresses ugly on Halloween when all her friends are sexy nurses and naughty school girls.

Furthermore, Halloween is no longer about costume originality for college girls. Not only are most costumes you see on campus slutty, but they’re usually the exact same costumes re-used year after year.

At any typical Halloween party, you can expect to see at least one of the following costumes: sexy referee, cowgirl, sexy fairy, cheerleader, and of course sexy fireman, police officer, construction worker, army soldier, etc.

Last year’s favorite, sexy pirate, could be located at least 3 times at any given party! And don’t even get me started on Marie Antoinette – expect to spot this costume over and over again.

Why so much of the same? Because originality isn’t easy! It seems like truly original costumes require lots of time and money, while the cheapest and easiest costumes to get are often the most played-out and slutty. Most girls don’t have the time or money to put together an amazing costume on their own. After all, Halloween does usually fall right after midterm exams!

So how can the average college chick find the middle ground at Halloween – somewhere in between slutty/cliche’ and original/ugly? The answer isn’t clear cut, but here are a few ideas:

  • Make a costume. I know this is time-consuming and sometimes expensive but it beats having the same Leg Avenue costume as every other girl you know. Check vintage stores and borrow stuff from your girlfriends.
  • Go as a celebrity. Some of my favorite ideas for this year: Victoria Beckham, old Britney Spears, today’s Britney Spears, Shakira, Nicole Richie, etc. Incorporate some humor and you’ll have at least a somewhat original costume.
  • Make fun of the slutty costumes – what about dressing up as a “slutty Halloween cliche”, incorporating all the “sexy” outfits into one.
  • Be true to yourself. If you really truly want to dress slutty, do it up. If it’s not really your thing, don’t feel pressured to do it. You really don’t have to dress like a slut on Halloween! For original costume ideas check out sites like Costumezee or just try your nearest vintage shop for tons of ideas.

What are you gonna be for Halloween this year? Do you think it’s fun to dress sexy or are you against it? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your opinions on this.

* Top photo by natatwo on Flickr.

Posted on on October 22, 2007 / Filed Under: Trends / Tags: ,

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25 Responses to “Do Halloween Costumes Have to Be Slutty?”

  1. 1
    October 22nd, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    THANK YOU! I could’ve have said it better. After having been a Pussycat Doll, Victoria’s Secret Angel (yes, my friends and I literally wore a bra, panties, and wings but at least it was original and didn’t come in a Leg Avenue bag! LOL), and a White House Intern, I’m tired of dressing like a slut. I think it’s about time people got creative with costumes. The whole slutty this and slutty that is really getting old!

  2. 2
    October 22nd, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Speaking of which, I might dress up as the Morton Salt girl (yellow raincoat, yellow umbrella, and yellow rainboots). :)

  3. 3
    October 23rd, 2007 at 2:17 am

    I admit, I like dressing a bit less modestly on Halloween. I wouldn’t say I overdo it, though, and I don’t recommend that anyone wear something so revealing that it’s unflattering (which is so often the case). And I agree — definitely mix it up a bit. You can better get away with some extra sexy if you show that it’s part of a creative costume instead of the entire goal of the costume.

  4. 4
    October 23rd, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    I agree completely. Thank you for writing this! I hate that girls take Halloween as an opportunity to walk around in their underwear!

  5. 5
    October 23rd, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    LT – Seriously, there is no originality in costumes anymore because all the slutty ones are all the same. Glad you agree with me that we need to branch out! And btw I love love love your Morton Salt girl idea. Sounds adorable! Send me pics if possible!

    Meg – You raise a good point about girls who go so revealing that it’s unflattering. Most of those costumes don’t leave much to the imagination, and I honestly feel for the girls who either don’t know what their costume is doing to them or who don’t think they have any other options!

  6. 6
    October 23rd, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    I did a post on this too!:)
    I think its fun to dress “sexy” sometimes, but for example, i’m spending my first halloween away from my boyfriend of 2 years, and i definitely don’t want to draw any unwanted attention from guys. So, i’m definitely going the classier/creative route to avoid this awkward scenario. :)


  7. 7
    October 24th, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Cristin – Glad you agree!

    Lauren – Just another case of us thinking alike, haha :) I’m with you – it’s fun sometimes to dress sexier than your normally would, but yeah, sometimes all the extra attention from guys makes it way less fun. Oh and also, I love your post about Cher from Clueless as a costume! That was on my list of potential costume ideas this year – shes so fabulous!

  8. 8
    October 24th, 2007 at 11:18 am

    It’s good to see some people who realize slutty doesn’t necessarily equal sexy. You can be sexy by dressing with syle, uniquness, and creativity. Great topic collegefashion!

  9. 9
    November 23rd, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Omg! I went to this one Halloween party and me and my friend totally had super cute costumes. I was an angel and she was a geisha. We were so hott but, when we got to the party every girl was wearing skimpy costumes, I mean it cute to look hott. but they totally shown their palms and might as well went in the nude…

  10. 10
    August 25th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Honestly, when did slutty become the definition of sexy?

  11. 11
    August 29th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    I think the only “Sexy” costume I had for a halloween thing would be my kimono Neko costume…though the tail kinda bugged me since the dress part of the kimono dress had that long tail cloth thing in the back… lol this year of 2008 I decided I was going to go on a random splurge and I will be dressing as a Jedi Padawan from Starwars, I’m not going to be any character in particular seeing as I just made my own costume from scratch (excluding undershirt, pants and boots…and the belt) lol just to be even more Random I actually went to Wal-Mart and purchased one of those fake lightsaber things, but other than that I think it will be fun… did I go off topic?…

  12. 12
    October 21st, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve been saying this stuff for years dammit!

  13. 13
    October 24th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    i agree with everyone on this, however it is so hard to try and think of a costume now where you dont have to bare your boobs or too much of your legs.
    even the thought of going as the childrens character the paper bag princess could be too risque/

    does anyone have any ideas as to a modest, cute costume?!

  14. 14
    October 30th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    How does this differ from what women wear at clubs any other night?

  15. 15
    November 2nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Halloween… the perfect day to dress like a slut and not get judged.

    At least she could have worn a bikini top… a bra? really?

  16. 16
    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I shall be dressing as The Doctor from Doctor who.
    Not sure if I’m gonna be dressing as a male or female though…
    Any hints on what do do with my boobs if I dress as a male?

  17. 17
    October 3rd, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    @ Mystic. Why not get the future sonic screwdriver, go as the future doctor who happens to be a woman? :)

  18. 18
    October 18th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    ik! its soooo annoying. Im 13 AND every time i look up teen costumes they are all freakishly short with fishnets and low-cut and sometimes it says leggings not included!!!!!!!!! SO ANNOYING

  19. 19
    October 19th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I’m going as DJ Lance from Yo Gabba Gabba this year. A lycra onesie, but totally a man’s costume. Sexy without actually showing any skin =D

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