Sluttoween: Costume or State of Mind?


 “In girl world, Halloween is the one day a year where you can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.”

Tina Fey summed it up perfectly in Mean Girls. So, what’s up with all the slutty Halloween costumes?

Halloween, also awesomely referred to as Sluttoween, has an interesting evolution starting in New York City around 1973. Yet the concept of dressing up and having a risqué night out dates back to the 14th century.  Masquerades have long been a part of society.  The main rule of masquerades was that everyone had to be hidden by a mask until after midnight.  This anonymity of being disguised allowed people of different classes to mix, for people to speak and act freely.

Masquerades have evolved into having an association with those in masks acting on sexual fantasy.  Remember the masquerade scene in Eyes Wide Shut?  The privacy of the mask gives freedom to act publicly on hidden sexual desires.  Masquerades are not very popular in America today, yet clearly, there is a desire to have social permission to act on sexual desires.

It makes sense for Halloween to offer that social permission.  Halloween is one of the biggest party nights of the year.  It is one of the only holidays that is spent with friends instead of family and is non-religious.  The tradition of Halloween began 2 thousand years ago as a Celtic ceremony where people dressed in costumes to ward off the dead.  

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What is interesting is slutty Halloween costumes no longer offer the anonymity of the masquerade mask. Somehow, society has given social permission for girls to not hide any part of their body and instead bare as much as they dare. What is curious is that this phenomenon is just with women, not men. Popular costumes for guys tend to be humorous, not sexy. It is also fascinating that social media does not deter Sluttoween. So in a sense, Halloween has become a night of free porn to all social media viewers.

Celebrities who have embraced Sluttoween have been responsible for pushing the social boundaries on “costumes.”  Paris Hilton may have been one of the initial trendsetters for declaring lingerie a costume, and fans eagerly anticipate what the Kardashian sisters will dress up as each year. Celebrities have always been fashion trendsetters, so it makes sense that the more bare they get the more bare America gets. We are on watch to see what the trends for 2017 will be with the celebs.  Our predictions are that Sluttoween has peaked, and will soon be a thing of the past.

Instead, be on the lookout for humorous/ironic costumes, glamourous Day of the Dead costumes, or powerful (not slutty) heroic icons.

Ready for the real shocker?   A recent poll found that 66% of women were more likely to cheat on their partner on Halloween, and 1 in 3 women consider Halloween to be a “free night.”  As much as I can laugh at some of the new slutty Halloween costumes out this year (Shrink Tank favors the Slutty Goldfish), I can’t laugh off this finding.  Come on people, there is no such thing as a free night.  I hope everyone thinks ahead and realizes relationships can be ruined in a night.  

You can hurt people you care about in a night.  Pregnancy happens in a night.  Herpes happens in a night.

And those are things that stay with you forever.


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