TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore
Dave Ross

Is it time to de-sex Halloween?

More Photos

See all photos
Halloween is no longer the innocent door-to-door costume parade a lot of us remember.

In our neighborhood, up until about 8 p.m., we get the grade school princesses and pirates with their pillowcases or their UNICEF cartons. But after 8 p.m., it's all about survivors of car wrecks, losing contestants from Project Runway, and some people who frankly look a little too old to be going door-to-door at that hour, unless they're serving subpoenas.

And the most shocking costumes, of course, are worn by the teenage girls.

There have been a bunch of op-eds lamenting that so many girls have taken Halloween to the wrong side of the magazine rack. Among the critics, Michelle Manchir of the Chicago Tribune.

"It's becoming a parody of itself because you can now be a sexy hot dog or a sexy George Washington," Manchir said.

Anything to scare off the redcoats.

But there is an alternative: A Kickstarter site called Take Back Halloween raised over $10,000 this year to provide free designs for costumes that empower young women.

Costumes include Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Queen of England and France; Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia; Bessie Coleman, the first black female pilot; Maria Makiling, a forest fairy of the Philippines; Empress Theodora, Empress of Byzantium.

Now honestly, doesn't that sound like a lot more fun than going to Freak Night dressed like a pizza?

The costumes are gorgeous, they teach your daughter about the great women of history, and thanks to the layers of heavy fabric, twerking becomes very difficult...for all but the most exceptional athletes.

Find more:
Top Halloween costume ideas for 2013
Civil rights activist explains objection to Pottery Barn Asian-inspired Halloween costumes

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
Top Stories

  • Obama Visits Oso
    President Obama says the whole country is thinking of the Oso mudslide victims

  • Suing The Seahawks
    A Seahawks fan sues for $50 million over limiting playoff ticket sales

  • Imminent Threat
    Scientists working to save Earth from approaching asteroids
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.