Let’s face it — costumes and candy are the reasons we love to celebrate Halloween. You’ll see plenty of superheroes and princesses out trick-or-treating in the neighborhoods. Of course, it would be fairly dull if everyone wore the same costumes, and creativity in costume design can be a very good thing. Unfortunately, the line between cool and catastrophic can sometimes seem vague. We have found five costumes for sale that have fallen on the bad side of the line. Rest assured, however, we’ve also identified an alternative for each:
Kids man-eating shark: Understand, we have no trouble with aquatic costumes. But even though Halloween can have
a dark and sinister feel to it at times, the costume on our left is a bit over the top. We can accept sharks as dangerous predators without having to watch them stuff their faces with fellow trick-or-treaters. So, if your child voices interest in a costume from under the sea, consider opting for the one on the right, which you can purchase by following this link.
Alternative: Kids normal shark
Blue Inflatable Costume: We get the appeal of a solid color. You can wear it beneath anything else that makes up your
costume. You can even create your own custom superhero while your face is hidden beneath. The trouble is, this blue inflatable costume makes you look like a strange blob. You can achieve the exact same look without looking like Violet from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory by visiting this link and purchasing the blue spandex skin suit you see to the right.
Alternative: Blue spandex suit
Whoopie Cushion: This one is definitely for the humor factor. And of course there’s nothing wrong with going for
laughs with your costume. To figure out our problem with this particular costume, ask yourself what does one do with a whoopee cushion? And then when you have the answer, ask if you really want that done to you as you’re walking down the cul-de-sac with your kids. Nobody wants to be sat on by a neighborhood of sugar-overdosed kids, so you may want to consider our alternative – the sumo wrestler getup that you can purchase by following this link. You can still go with a large costume that will generate you plenty of laughs, but will also make you seem just intimidating enough that you won’t have the breath knocked out of you (unless you try to take extra candy from the wrong house).
Broccoli Stick: If you’ve read the name, you probably already understand the problem with this costume. It’s not that
dressing up as an item of food is inherently bad, but broccoli? Halloween is all about rotting your teeth with Milk Duds and candy corn, so broccoli is about as out of place as a Patriots fan at a Colts game. This costume is such a bad fit for the holiday that it can’t even qualify as funny. If you want to go out looking edible and fun, you can’t go wrong with dressing up as an M&M. Their commercials are doing well right now, so you won’t look crazy at all. And while following this link will allow you to purchase the blue costume, you can opt for multiple colors as you please.
Kids Robert E. Lee: First of all, your child may not even know who Robert E. Lee was (a bit of a sad reflection on the
history being taught in our schools, but we digress). And if they do, they’re probably going to wonder why they are representing the side that lost the war. The model in this picture doesn’t even look happy to wear this costume. If your child truly wants to be a walking display for American history, go with someone a bit more universally loved like George Washington. Our alternative is the first president of our country, and you can purchase his costume at this link.
Alternative: Kids George Washington
Halloween can be a great time to let those creative juices flow. Just make sure that you don’t get completely carried away and wind up causing someone in your family to be the laughingstock of the neighborhood.
If you have stories of your own Costumes Gone Wrong that you would like to share, please do so in the comment section. Pictures are highly appreciated, too.