This is not a stamping post. So if you were hoping for a stamping post please feel free to skip this post (encouraged to, actually). This is just my little Halloween, get-it-off-my-chest rant.
Usually, we make costumes for the girls but I have had an impossible schedule lately so I had to buy one for oldest DD.
So last night I take the kids (5, 5 and 9 years old) to JoAnns - they had nothing so I took them next door to a party supply store advertising costumes.
To get to the costumes, you had to walk through this gauntlet of horror - honestly. Tons of disgusting, bloody, rotting horror. One of the twins actually almost started to cry.
Then I finally get to the costumes and they have a section for girls (keep in mind - we are talking ages 5 to maybe 10 here). What in the world?? Half the costumes were completely "sex pot -ish". I mean, Dorothy from Wizard of Oz costume looked like a bar maid. Bare stomachs, cleavage, short-short skirts, fishnet stockings.
We finally ended up with a pirate costume that was not too bad. And then had to wait in line amongst the gore to pay for it. Geeze - what a horrible experience.
Am I just a prude? Is anyone else horrified at what is happening? Why can't Halloween just be a nice little time where people interact with their neighbors - without the gore, horror and sex. Its for kids for goodness sake!!
Upon reflection, I should have just turned around and walked out. But I was so focused on knocking just one item off my impossibly long "to do" list that I did not do the right thing. I'm a little mad at myself that I gave then $30 of my (non-refundable) dollars.
You know - my oldest DD's elementary school had a "Haunted House" fundraiser last week (we did not attend). Meanwhile - I was told when she was in Kindergarten that I could not read "Are you Grumpy Santa" to her class because that book is "too religious". So its OK to have Freddy Krueger in school but Santa is banned???
Sorry for the rant - but I'm frankly horrified. I've always enjoyed the cute aspects of Halloween and Fall is my favorite season. But I just can't wrap my brain around this. I don't know what I'm going to do next year - but it won't be this.
Whew...........if you made it this far, thanks for listening!
Back to out regular stamping schedule.... I actually do have something cute to show you but I need to get pictures first........