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Irritated at the costume industry. [Oct. 25th, 2007|03:32 pm]
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4 stores, several nights. (Now, I know, if you want a costume, best is to do it yourself. My youngest daughter couldn't really brainstorm up something. Rachael, on the other hand, envisioned, and aquired all the bits for her pokemon trainer costume on her own. I was impressed)

So.. apparently, if you're a young girl, you get to be one of these costumes....

Witch
Princess
Fairy
Cheerleader
Nurse
*maybe* a cat or a batgirl/supergirl

Boys the same age?

Ninja
Pirate
Storm Trooper
Darth Vader
Boba Fett
Harry Potter
Mr. Incredible
The Flash/Superman/Batman/The Thing/Robin/Hulk/Captain America..etc.
Frodo
Gandalf
Viking
Spaceman
Cowboy
Spongebob
and probably 15 other categories and characters.

I've never been so blatantly slapped in the face by our society. I really felt for my little girl, who just wanted a nice costume. Fortunately, supergirl fit the bill, and she was happy, but otherwise, the only other option that wasn't a stereotype was a box of movie popcorn costume found at wally world. I was beyond miffed, having gone to 4 other stores in search of a decent costume.

I don't know how you women do it.
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[User Picture]From: kindofstrange
2007-10-25 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thankfully I had an awesome mom and grandma. I got to be Cindy Lauper / She-Bop, A t-rex, catwoman (the scary michelle pheifer version), a werewolf and a myriad of other costumes. The ones on the shelves were always super boring to me as they tended to be all of the things I *didn't* want to be.
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[User Picture]From: ztrooper
2007-10-25 08:45 pm (UTC)
Well, scary, we can do, but the school is prohibiting scary costumes due to the kindergarteners this year. Dani is very tomboy, and I'm sure, if she'd have thought about it ahead of time, we would have had an opportunity to do something really spiffy.. granted, she's 7, and just hadn't thought about what she wanted to be a whole lot. Rachael, at 10, had her costume planned and thought out completed over 2 weeks back. 8)

I totally agree, the best costumes are the ones you make yourself, but when you're down to the wire (her school parade/party is tomorrow, and you've been trying to find *anything* that meets the school rules, your options become limited)
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[User Picture]From: kindofstrange
2007-10-25 08:51 pm (UTC)
You should make a mad scientist costume! That one is relatively easy and keeps away from the scary element if done right.

You could event give her hand-outs about triops to give to her classmates in the name of science! ;)
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[User Picture]From: ztrooper
2007-10-25 08:54 pm (UTC)
Well, actually, we would have everything except a lab coat in her size.. i've got beakers and erlynmeyer flasks, and test tubes and such... She's got her mind made up on Supergirl for this year, but given she could cannibalize a good chunk of my stuff.. perhaps next year... Thanks! That's a good idea!
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[User Picture]From: kindofstrange
2007-10-25 08:57 pm (UTC)
I am a big fan of costuming for the heck of it. You should have a Random Acts of Science day (I'm starting them up here as well) where you all dress up as mad scientists and do something cool.

We're working with owl pellets first, but there are lots of options.

Don't mind me, I'm a bit of a pusher for fun events. Heee.
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[User Picture]From: ztrooper
2007-10-25 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm all for wearing the right thing for the right occasion, much to the chagrin of several groups of my friends.

Oh... there's plenty of science in this house.. my father was a science teacher... within eyesight of my computer are a telescope, aquarium, microscope, cartesian diver, specimen slides and cover plates, chemical testing gear, and hand boilers... 8) (I just tend to favor the hard sciences over the bioligical types)
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[User Picture]From: kindofstrange
2007-10-25 09:03 pm (UTC)
Awesome!

That sounds like a great house to be a kid (or adult for that matter) in!
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[User Picture]From: skyglider
2007-10-25 09:21 pm (UTC)
Use one of your old white dress shirts for a lab coat.
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[User Picture]From: sparkythegeek
2007-10-25 08:46 pm (UTC)
Argh, don't get me started on sexism things like that.
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From: darksigma
2007-10-25 08:47 pm (UTC)
I don't know how you women do it.

We don't. :/ I've been forced to buy small sizes of men's garments for several years now in order to get the right colors and something decent. And I'm talking about everyday clothing, not costumes.

The stores should get the point that not everyone's going to wear pink glittery gauze, especially in -20°C weather.
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[User Picture]From: cplady
2007-10-25 10:09 pm (UTC)
That's what I do/did too. If I didn't have something already in mind (I generally do), then I'd shop the boys stuff as well as the girls. Fortunately when *I* was growing up, there were a ton of cartoon characters easily purchased at KMart.

Fortunately, except for a clown costume, Ian always wore hand made stuff. As he got older, he came up with the strange stuff.
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[User Picture]From: writers_wrath
2007-10-25 08:51 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, as you get older, the pre-made costumes for women don't actually improve. You just add "slutty" to the front of the costume label and voila. :P
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[User Picture]From: ztrooper
2007-10-25 08:52 pm (UTC)
I noticed that.

there is apparently some requirement that if you're female, you can only use the same amount of fabric as a child costume, so they just get more and more revealing...
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[User Picture]From: sparkythegeek
2007-10-25 08:55 pm (UTC)
Hilarious icon :)
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[User Picture]From: kindofstrange
2007-10-25 08:57 pm (UTC)
I concur!

Partially because I like the word concur, but mostly because the icon is indeed hilarious.
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[User Picture]From: sparkythegeek
2007-10-25 09:44 pm (UTC)
Your icon is pretty awesome too ;)
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[User Picture]From: tears_embrace
2007-10-25 09:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I get more and more unimpressed every year.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2007-10-25 09:03 pm (UTC)
I dunno, slim pickings for both here. The worst though is the costumes are getting sluttier and sluttier. Not downright sleazy (yet) but the bigger girl costumes have fake corsets, shorter skirts, cut in a way meant to entice. (I saw pictures, it was a long thread elsewhere.) I don't see that as a problem for boys.

Boys round here, all they seem to have is pirate or superhero. Or grim reaper.
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[User Picture]From: kindofstrange
2007-10-25 09:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've seen some outright sleaze, sadly. Have you seen the thongs and g-strings for pre-teen girls? Or even just the jeans with 'flirt' across the butt in sizes obviously meant for pre-teens. *twitch*

Ugh. Any visit to the mall or toy store these days tends to include me going off on a rant.
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[User Picture]From: meig
2007-10-25 09:17 pm (UTC)
It never ceases to amaze me how fucked up this country is when it comes to sexuality. It's apparently perfectly ok for pre-teen/teen girls to wear clothing that pretty much leave nothing to the imagination, but try to breastfeed your baby discreetly and it's suddenly a free for all.

I just don't get it.
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[User Picture]From: ztrooper
2007-10-25 09:21 pm (UTC)
What do you expect from a country founded by the Puritans? People that were so uptight, even the British said, 'Oh, you want to leave? Sure! He's a ship for you... get the f*ck ouT!"
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[User Picture]From: celticmom1967
2007-10-25 09:10 pm (UTC)
We are making ours this year and even Alex, 12, is going to get into the spirit for our church's "Truck or Treat" event and Boo at the Zoo on Sunday. He is going to be Jayne from Firefly (we are using a big Nerf rifle and putting VERA on the side with his Jayne hat and BDU pants, if I can find some at the thrift store). Isobeal and Seamus are going to be house elves from Harry Potter.

I agree buying store made costumes is a PITA. The one year I did it for Alex, he got to be the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz. Other than that we have tended to make his costumes with things we had around the house or he used his Ren garb.
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[User Picture]From: celticmom1967
2007-10-25 09:12 pm (UTC)
I wanted to add that we try to stay with literary characters or unique TV characters that our friends will recognize, not some much for the folks in houses we visit for Trick or Treat.
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[User Picture]From: mystee
2007-10-25 09:11 pm (UTC)
I was lucky mom made my costumes. However when I got old enough to purchase one I bought a playing card. The next year I bought an Elivra costume which was a little too low cut for my mom, she made me trick or treat with a mask on. I'm typically a vampire since I have special made teeth and you can practiclly throw anything together and accesorize. But this year I'm going a completely different route... I hope it works out.
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[User Picture]From: skyglider
2007-10-25 09:22 pm (UTC)
My mom helped make my costumes (rabbit, a scarecrow, and a bunch of other fun ones), and when I could sew, I made my own. Cleopatra and a genie were two I made - didn't turn out too badly either. :) Much better than the storebought stuff.
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[User Picture]From: krag_carbine
2007-10-25 09:28 pm (UTC)
This is the price you pay when you decide to shop this late in the season for a costume. Back in early september when costumes first appeared at Target and Wallys, I saw an equal number for both sexes.

Though the oddest was a Beer Keg costume for a kid whos 5-8.
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[User Picture]From: haruhi_chan
2007-10-25 09:33 pm (UTC)
This is one of the perks of being a costumer. I noticed that in stores around Halloween, the only costumes for women are very revealing. I mean really, what does the industry think of women? And I remember last Halloween, the local mall had trick or treating and seeing underage girls wearing those skanky costumes walking around with their butts hanging out made me quite horrified.
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[User Picture]From: ztrooper
2007-10-25 10:03 pm (UTC)
*nod* totally with you on that.. the objectification of young girls these days is appalling. There are no Bratz or similar toys/videos in my house for a similar reason.
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[User Picture]From: kindofstrange
2007-10-25 10:10 pm (UTC)
There are no Bratz or similar toys/videos in my house

YAY!

Those are the motivation for many of my toy-store rants. The Baby Bratz are particularly appalling.
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[User Picture]From: bghsmith
2007-10-25 10:37 pm (UTC)

Nothing to add...

But I'm truly irritated by the Sleazy adult costumes too. Bonus, if you wear anything larger then 12/14, you are plain old SOL on women's costumes period.

Oddly enough, I'm going as a Naughty Minx this year in a costume I made myself.

...I thought it was funny.
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[User Picture]From: x_creepy_doll_x
2007-10-25 11:01 pm (UTC)
Dude, you can always put the girl in a "boy's" outfit. Cross dressing is the bomb!

I have a girlfriend who is going as Jack Sparrow...mustache, beard, and boobs. Take that, society!
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[User Picture]From: ztrooper
2007-10-25 11:25 pm (UTC)
She didn't want one of the boy costumes, I checked with her. I'm not that rigid...
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[User Picture]From: x_creepy_doll_x
2007-10-26 03:23 am (UTC)
I can't wait to get photos of Laura A. in her pirate outfit.

I would totally do it if I had the money for a costume. Damn the god damn electric bill anyway!
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[User Picture]From: dylia
2007-10-26 12:14 am (UTC)
Maddie went as a soldier last year.
It was pretty cute!
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[User Picture]From: hakeber
2007-10-26 01:37 am (UTC)
So far, mine has been a dragon every year.
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[User Picture]From: silverfur
2007-10-26 05:37 am (UTC)
Meh, at least you guys have Halloween to play in costumes.

Althought, in Finland, costumes tends to happen during May Day, but nowhere near to the level of your parties. But the weather tends to be nicer, no sub-zero C frosting...

Cosplay is gaining ground here, though, and those costumes can be awesome. (Tried it once so far myself, I think I have shown my Rude from FF7 costume?)

Considering doing Hitman/Agent 47 costume next, but I'd need someone to do the barcode on the back of my head.

But one of the big problems with Finnish cosplayers is the average age is so damn young, makes me a real freak... Maybe 3 percent of them are over 30, and even over 18 is only around 23% from what I have heard.

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[User Picture]From: rhondalicious
2007-10-26 08:31 pm (UTC)
I just default to pirate. Arr.
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