Slutty Halloween

October 3, 2007 at 9:23 am 31 comments

There is a vast Halloween conspiracy taking place in the costume world: that is, if you are an adult female, you must dress like a slut for Halloween. Case in point, the Party City catalog offerings. This year you are offered a sampling of costumes to choose from, including:

  • Corrupt Cop
  • Mile High Captain
  • Eskimo Kisses
  • Santa Sweetie
  • Playboy Sexy Scholar
  • Vamptessa
  • Luscious Leopard

Photo illustrations aren’t even necessary to depict what the costume industry is going for here. They even manage to sexify Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Wilma Flintstone. The ESPN Sports Guy wisely observed this phenomenon when saying, “[Halloween’s your] best chance to see a co-worker or fellow student dressed like a hooker.”

For those looking to cover a little more skin in the chilly October weather, the stodgy options available are Mother Superior or Snow White. The “industry” even offers its sluttacious costumes in Plus Size, as to not deny any adult woman her right to dress like Mile High Captain.


Looking through the catalog, you’d think you were looking to select some female entertainment for a bachelor party, not choosing an ensemble for what should be an evening hearkening back to the simple pleasures of trick-or-treating and self-inducing a candy bar coma.

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  • 1. Sportsattitude  |  October 3, 2007 at 10:44 am

    All of this eye candy AND candy bar talk is very, very distracting indeed as I try to keep my “eye on the ball” with the baseball playoffs starting today. However, we clearly have left the safe basepaths of “Flirty Halloween” and ventured into very foul territory with “Slutty Halloween.” The outfits are so cartoonish now they likely fail to achieve the desired effect (fill in your own blanks) whether you are the wearer or the viewer, bringing shame to all. We most certainly should aim for more of a “Charlie Brown Halloween” whenever possible and appropriate, especially for the kids. Let’s bring back “Flirty Halloween” for the adults and operate in reasonable parallel going forward.

  • 2. Lowdogg  |  October 3, 2007 at 10:45 am

    I’m impressed that you quote The Sports Guy. I enjoy his stuff.

  • 3. JL  |  October 3, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Along with the many other worthwhile causes IRF backs, this call for the return of “Flirty Halloween” shall remain a priority for October.

    Lowdogg, I get my Sports Guy quotes second hand from my husband who reads him daily. I think my favorite column was The Vengeance Scale. Notable entries:

    1.1 — Zack and Slater pouring punch on each other (from “Saved By the Bell”) … the Sammy Hagar-David Lee Roth feud.

    1.7 — The newspaper kid on the bicycle screaming “I want my two dollars!” (from “Better Off Dead”) …

    8.0 — Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” video.

    (Note: The most underrated example of vengeance on this list. After Britney cheated on him, not only did he dump her, he put out a best-selling album fueled by a song about their breakup in which he basically destroys her with the lyrics. Just an unbelievable piece of work. It’s devastating. I can’t even imagine what she did when she first heard it. And if that wasn’t enough, he made a well-received video about the song, starring a Britney look-alike. And if THAT wasn’t enough, he immediately started going out with Cameron Diaz. By the time he was done, Britney’s career was in the tank — she was chain-smoking and hanging out with backup dancers and white trash guys from her hometown. Now that, my friends, is vengeance. Bravo, Justin. Bravo.)

  • 4. lemare  |  October 3, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    I like it when Sports Guy talks about watching 90210 with Sports Girl.

  • 5. lemare  |  October 3, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    OK, I just enlarged the costumes. So disturbing. SOOO disturbing. Red Riding Hood particularly.

  • 6. liz stanley  |  October 3, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    i’ve been looking for just this resource. think that mile captain will fit with my 7 month pregnant belly? i’m gonna take a chance

  • 7. Kerry  |  October 3, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    One look at that referee/umpire costume and it’s no wonder guys are so obsessed with sports!

  • 8. pammyshep  |  October 4, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    It’s good to know that the “wholesome” costumes (Miss Dorothy and Miss Riding Hood) are not only slutty, but they’re also cheap.

  • 9. Sportsattitude  |  October 4, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    The now-infamous Party City Catalog arrived in the mail today, and I have taken the opportunity to study it in detail. Much more skin showing on the models displaying the Adult Female costumes versus the Adult Male ones…and hardly any of the Male outfits could possibly be considered anywhere near “Slutty” (that is, if Males can be “Slutty”). I can confirm pammyshep’s observation is valid the Miss Dorothy and Miss Riding Hood outfits are “wholesomely Slutty”…and quite a great bargain at that. 30% off. Probably due to the lack of material used.

  • 10. Jdon  |  October 4, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    I never thought the day would come when adolescents everywhere would secretly hoard their Mother’s Party City catalog much like the Victoria’s Secret quarterly special.

  • 11. JL  |  October 4, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    Sportsattitude, did you notice how Party City’s using the girls’ costumes as the gateway into the outright skanky womens’ costumes? What kind of parent would let their 10 year-old go door to door as Major Flirt, Miss Behaved, French Maid, Red Hot or Devilicious?

    Maybe the anarchists…

  • 12. Sportsattitude  |  October 5, 2007 at 8:30 am

    Agreed. And the “plus size” offering took up the “back of the bus,” buried at the bottom of a page with much less fanfare and way fewer offerings…as if there was a “scarlet letter” on those individuals – likely 7/10’s of the population. How many people would actually FIT into the “regular size” garments anyway? (and what criteria would determine the “fit” as well…still breathing…ok, that’s a sale)

  • 13. lemare  |  October 5, 2007 at 10:07 am

    If you don’t sell the BIG slutty halloween costumes, the big girls will try and fit into the LITTLE slutty halloween costumes. Then, nobody wins.

    Same arguement I made to a guy in high school that said Spandex shouldn’t be made in sizes larger than Medium.

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  • 15. LOTGK  |  October 10, 2007 at 12:17 am

    Not to be a link whore, but I just posted my sexy Adult Halloween costumes post. And the women in the ad above, I met them and here are their pictures at the Chicago Halloween show from March.

    If you are interested.

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  • 17. tjthompson  |  October 15, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Isn’t it disgusting?
    Moral depravity has found its season look this fall.

  • 18. pammyshep  |  October 16, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve got the best one yet… for those of you who inspire to be the incarcerated version of your favorite star/singer/heiress: Princess in Prison costumes! You can purchase your outfit in basic black and white stripes OR B/W and pink; B/W and orange; solid orange. So many choices!

  • 19. JL  |  October 16, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Oh, Pammy, what a find. Who knew someone out there made a “Pizza Slut” costume?

  • 20. Sportsattitude  |  October 17, 2007 at 8:42 am

    Digging a little deeper into the “mystery” of the “Pizza Slut” outfit, did you notice they pretty much have the exact “Pizza Hut” corporate logo and font style on the apron? Might this become the company uniform going forward? They don’t appear to have one for the males designed and available yet…or perhaps they sold out already?

  • 21. lemare  |  October 17, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    OK, I finally just got around to checking out the pizza and the prison princess. so disturbing…

    is anyone going to try to be a slutty steve bartman this year? A REALLY tight green turtleneck and seductively big headphones?

  • 22. Sportsattitude  |  October 18, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    I never thought I would see the words “slutty” and “steve bartman” in the same sentence. The horror.

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  • 27. L  |  September 24, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Just go with it.

  • 28. lemare  |  October 22, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    This year old post is getting an extraordinary amount of hits. Either people are googling resources to get skanky costumes for halloween, or there may, just may, be more people out there who think that the women who dresh trashy on halloween are just that… and it’s the OTHER 364 days a year that they are in “costume”

  • 29. Sportsattitude  |  October 23, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    “Flirty Halloween” costumes may be sold out and desperate folks may be willing to “sell out”…might be scrambling to make “other” more provocative arrangements. Or, perhaps it is just folks in Chicago trying to find websites to get the Slutty Steve Bartman costume that was proposed last year?

  • 30. lemare  |  October 24, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Oh my goodness, I totally FORGOT about slutty steve bartman! I better go find a super tight green turtle-neck STAT.

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