From Trashy To Trendy: Demanding Respect This Halloween


From Trashy To Trendy: Demanding Respect This Halloween

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.



  1. Jenny-382325 November 4, 2010 Reply

    Excuse me. I meant to type, “Women are worth waiting to see.”

  2. Jenny-382325 November 4, 2010 Reply

    This is a great article, but you’re shooting yourself in the foot by providing a photo of the scandalously clad Hilton. It’s certainly not a modest picture, and might even cause some of our brothers in Christ to stumble. St. Paul warned us against causing others to stumble in 1 Corinthians 8:11-13. Instead of showing inappropriate photos of how Hilton personifies Halloween costumes at their worst, why don’t you show some good, modest costumes next time? Cheers for writing the article. Women are waiting to see, and the men worthy enough of them are the type who are willing to wait.

  3. Lindsey-598427 November 4, 2010 Reply

    Thanks for writing on this! Good points!

  4. John-29879 November 3, 2010 Reply

    Halloween is actually a coruption and makes a mockery of the Feast of All Souls. And we should all know who is responsible for that. Over time this corruption has been disguised as a cute and fun activity for kids as they dress up as ghosts and goblins and go door-to-door trick-or-treating. The youngest ones often go as their favorite super-hero, cartoon character, ballerina, or something else innocuous. It’s a slippery slope. It’s pretty rare these days to see a 12 year-old boy dressed up in a fireman or spiderman costum, or a pre-teen girl not corrupt something benign such as a ballerina or Snow White into something scandalous.

    There are other ways to treat kids and youth while providing them opportunities to express their interests along with their awe and admiration of certain qualities (such as those mentioned by John-539439). Creating such an occasion would certainly offer us an opportunity to use our imagination in a holy way.

    Where do a fireman, Spiderman, a ballerina, or Snow White fit into the Eve of the Feast of All Souls anyway?? They don’t really. However, ghosts and goblins, zombies and witches, Dracula and Frankenstein certainly take something holy such as a feast commemorating and honouring our dearly departed and corrupt it into something distasteful and unholy.

    For all the faithful departed and Holy Souls in Pergatory, eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let Your Perpetual Light shine upon them. Amen.

  5. John-539439 November 1, 2010 Reply

    I don’t celebrate it either and I don’t go to the “adult” Halloween parties although I do get invited every year (they can’t take a hint I guess). I have no interest in dressing up so that I can go see how other people dress “down”.
    I think it can be fun for the little kids to dress as Spiderman or Tinkerbell and go door to door for candy but I like even more how my parish this year invited kids to dress up as their favorite Saint instead. They also had a Halloween “Party” in the Church basement with fun and safe activities for the little kids. 🙂

  6. Stephanie-609661 October 30, 2010 Reply

    One of the reasons that I don’t celebrate Halloween. I don’t have to worry about finding an appropriate costume! O.o

  7. George-525924 October 28, 2010 Reply

    This makes a lot of sense to me.

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