Halloween is only a few days away, so it’s no surprise that celebrity heiress Paris Hilton was recently photographed shopping for her costume of choice….while wearing a costume.
So what costume did this tabloid-magnet wear? According to photos, Hilton browsed costumes at LA’s “Trashy Lingerie” shop wearing a sailor costume that would barely fit a toddler.
With short shorts adorned with gold buttons and a deep sweetheart tube top in a nautical theme, Hilton embodies everything wrong with the adult version of Halloween. Less about caramel apples and neighborhood trick-or-treating, many adults have embraced this autumn holiday as an opportunity to hike up their hemlines, slip on their fishnets and embody a less than modest outfit for a night.
Halloween is based on several traditions and rituals, including the Catholic celebration of All Souls Day on Nov. 1, but the barely-there costumes that many adults wear are far from the holiday’s roots. While many men adorn less than tasteful costumes, women are often the worst culprits.
The most innocent of costumes can easily be transformed into more risqué versions – Dorothy, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella all look quite different on Oct. 31. The vast majority of costumes available at retail stores play into this cultural trend. Even at family-friendly stores like Target, suggestive costumes hang on the racks, making it difficult to fashion a fun yet respectable outfit.
So how do we, as Catholic women specifically, navigate through this cultural mess? It’s simple – rise above the temptation to dress immodestly and honor yourself and God through the wardrobe choice you make. In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he writes:
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.”
You don’t need to wear a floor length skirt and turtleneck this Halloween in order to have a reputable costume. You can still have fun, be creative and show your flair for style by adding leggings to a store-bought costume or adding an extra layer over your top. These small modifications show that you respect yourself and your body. It shows that you deserve a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t from those around you, especially on a day when so many let this notion fall to the wayside.
Ladies, we all know that short skirts and revealing tops garner attention from the opposite sex, and as singles, it’s difficult to pass up the chance to turn heads with a skimpy costume. But the men we want to end up with won’t be impressed by a scandalous wardrobe choice. So respect yourself enough this Halloween weekend to add an extra inch to your skirt or a cardigan to your tank top.
You may be surprised by whose head you turn.