During my childhood I looked forward to dressing up like my favorite movie character and walking around my neighborhood in search of delicious treats. Halloween in the past, though spooky, was a holiday of pure intentions. Trick or treating and apple bobbing offered fun for the whole family. In the past few years however, something has begun to happen, and not necessarily in a positive way.
Oct. 31: the day is here. Teenage girls everywhere begin to emerge from the depths of their Justin Bieber-plastered bedrooms. They are dressed up like sexual versions of their future profession. We have naughty nurses, doctors, teachers and somehow slutty cats.
The whole idea of Halloween has changed completely from age 5 to 16. If these 5-year-old Trick-or-Treaters could see how they would be spending their Halloween 10 years in the future, they would be ashamed.
Not only does the clothing attire change, but the style of Halloween changes. The celebration of Halloween goes from having the urge to acquire candy and Trick-or-Treat, to now where Halloween is where teens have the urge to party and be reckless. I’m not saying this is a bad thing though. Things change it’s just how the world is.
But wouldn’t it be better if instead of parting on Halloween, 16 year olds went out dressed up like dinosaurs and pumpkins and Trick-or-Treated? Maybe not. But the idea that costumes have to be slutty and Halloween has to be about partying makes me sad.