MIAMI – When children are young, they often look sweet and innocent in their costumes, but as they get older parents find shopping for costumes can be downright scary.
Mommy blogger Lindsay Ferrier calls it the "Hoochification of Halloween" and has penned a blog just in time for the holiday titled, "Hoochieween Begins at Ten."
In her blog, Ferrier cites terrifying examples of racy costumes marketed to tweens.
"According to the costume manufacturers of America, once a girl child reaches double digits, it is officially time for the Halloween hoochification process to begin," states Ferrier. "Just like that, your daughter's leopard costume options morph from loose-fitting onesie to 80s porn star lounge wear."
If anyone would know a thing or two about costumes it would be the performers who are taking the stage each night for the Cinderella broadway at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
"Don't want you want to be something more awesome?" asks Amyee Garcia, who plays Charlotte.
"And things that are more exciting? I think the sexy thing has been done, everyone knows what that is," adds Paige Faure, who plays Cinderella and is on tour with her 18-month-old baby boy.
Paige goes on to say that she's never felt more beautiful in her Cinderella costume and if you think about it, she's covered nearly from head to toe, with just a bit of her hands, neck and face showing.
In other broadway shows she's had to wear more revealing costumes and yet she's never felt more stunning or radiant in the ball gown.
In this version of Cinderella, the Prince falls in love with Cinderella because she is so kind, not because she's had a makeover. Paige says attributes like kindness are also appealing.
"There should be a tagline on those 10 to 13-year-old costumes that says, 'But also be nice because that is also sexy,'" says Andy, who plays the prince.
So this holiday, remind your kids to think smart, not skimpy. And whatever costume you choose, make sure to have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
There will be trick-o-treating at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Halloween night before the start of Cinderella. Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella is on stage until Nov. 2nd.
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