What are you going to be for Halloween this year? I know, I know we’re still more than a month out but I’ve got the annual Turboween coming up! It may possibly be my most favorite Turbo workout of the year. This year the theme is “Superheroes” and while my house is replete with capes they all kind of smell like pee or have peanut butter stuck to them. Or both. So I’m on the hunt for the perfect Superhero-ine costume* (that will still let me crescent kick and smash heads into my knee.) In addition, the Gym Buddies and I are running in this year’s Monster Dash and of course we are dressing up for that too which means we need costumes we can run 10 miles in without chafing.
Beginning my search today, I immediately ran up against the first problem of female costumes: The Slut Factor. The Slut-o-ween phenomenon – the one night of the year when all good girls (and nurses and maids and cops and even feminine hygiene products) go bad – has been well documented. And yet I was still surprised by this year’s crop of ever more ridiculous costumes. So here are my Top Ten Halloween Costumes That Should Not Exist:
1. Elmo: This little cutie lives on Sesame Street, is voiced by a man, and whose sole talent consists of playing Jingle Bells over and over on a PlaySkool piano. What part of that screams sex pot?
2. Ditto for Big Bird here. I actually saw this one in the flesh (feathers?) at Target and it is twice as horrifying in real life. And why is this woman so insanely happy when Big Bird is apparently eating her head?
3. While we’re cannabalizing children’s shows, how about this Peanuts costume that skipped right over Uncanny Valley to fall straight into Creepy Caldera. But hey, at least they didn’t try and sex her up.
4. Ask yourself: What is the least sexy animal out there? A cold fish. Although I am left wondering why the model has no googley eyes on her anywhere.
5. Mrs. Potato head takes care of that dilemma by placing the eyes right where they should be: on a woman’s breasts. Totally removes the age-old male quandary of where to look when addressing females. Win!
6. This one, creatively titled “Club skirt and top” loses on two counts: First, you can’t call it a skirt if you can see crotch and second, the only girls who would be interested in wearing this would be girls who go to clubs and reason would say they wouldn’t need to shell out 39.99$ when they already own this in 3 different colors. Also as lame: “lingerie model.”
7. Back to children’s items that have no business being sexy: the blue crayon! (Also available in pink!) What I wouldn’t give to have been a fly on the wall for that meeting. “Well team, you know what really gets me turned on? A nice stick of colored wax… yeah.” Probably the same kid who sniffed the dry erase markers during recess.
8. This costume wouldn’t be entirely ridiculous if it weren’t for one fatal flaw: it doesn’t come with roller skates. So basically if you wear this, you’re just a chick in seasonally inappropriate beach wear. Also, don’t real “Sexy Roller Derby Girl”s have much better costumes than this? Juliette Lewis would muscle this girl into a locker and leave her there. I’ve seen Whip It.
9. Optimus Prime is a) A dude b) A robot and c) Transforms into a plane (or a car or something – haven’t seen that movie). The only thing this costume transforms is her shin guards… into metal knee highs. Two adolescent male fantasies colliding rarely turns out well.
10. The most ridiculous Halloween costume of 2010 has tobe this “Girl in Skintight Dress” costume. Come on, you’re not even trying now! Aren’t you at least supposed to put on some mouse ears or something? Slap Franklin D. Roosevelt’s visage over your navel and call yourself a dime? At least put on an ankle monitoring bracelet and go as Lindsey Lohan!
This is nothing super nor heroic in any permutation of hooker (is it crazy that I’m pretty sure someone’s going to challenge that assertion?) so what’s a cape-tastic babe to do? Any suggestions for me? Have you ever ran a race in costume? What’s the most ridiculous Halloween costume you’ve seen?
*I am a total Grinch when it comes to Halloween. I hate being scared and I hate gore. So that rules out 90% of adult All Hallow’s Eve activities. That leaves me dressing myself up and dressing little kids up. And I love it!