The 5 Worst Pop-Culture-Inspired Halloween Costumes of 2014 and 5 We'd Like to See Instead
Mass-marketed Halloween costumes have taken a decidedly strange turn this year. Sexy versions of characters from kids' movies and TV shows are mixed in with little-kid interpretations of figures from grown-up shows, creating a strange brew of both oversexualized and inappropriately aged-down images.
Sure, a big part of Halloween is trying on new identities to freak people out. But it's doubtful many kids watch The Walking Dead -- so why would there be a kids' costume from that show? And how do you explain to your kid that a leotard and thigh-high tights have anything to do with her beloved Olaf from Frozen? As a parent, you just have to laugh -- and consider helping your kids make their own costumes inspired by characters that promote positive (or at least age-appropriate) messages instead.
The 5 Worst Pop-Culture-Inspired Halloween Costumes
Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead
Why it's so scary: Yikes! An ax-wielding character from a very mature television show being marketed to kids is just frightening.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Corset and Mask
Why it's so scary: The turtles are back in a big way this year in the wake of this summer's feature film. The idea of a female TMNT is cool, but does she have to be in her underwear?
Winter Soldier Muscle Child Costume from Captain America
Why it's so scary: Boys need to know: You don't have to have an eight-pack to be a superhero.
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Sexy Olaf from Frozen
Why it's so scary: She's gonna freeze her patooty off out there in Norway. Seriously, girls need role models who dress for the weather.
Raving Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
Why it's so scary: Sure, we know that My Little Pony also attracts an older audience. But for young fans, this sexy costume sends all kinds of weird messages.
The 5 Pop-Culture Costumes We'd Like to See Instead
Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory
Why we love it: Mayim Bialik's character from the hit sitcom is brainy, kind, and loyal.
How to pull it off: Wear a pair of tortoise-shell glasses, barrettes, and a V-neck cardigan over a button-down print shirt. Accessorize with a briefcase or oversize purse.
Neil deGrasse Tyson from Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Why we love it: The charismatic and brilliant host of Cosmos inspires kids to think about their place in the world -- and he makes science super cool.
How to pull it off: Cut a dozen stars and moons of different sizes out of construction paper and pin them all on a black vest. Add some glitter for a fun, celestial effect. Maybe a big fuzzy mustache, too?
LEGO female scientist
Why we love it: When LEGO introduced a limited-edition set of female scientists this past summer, it sold out in days -- proving how desperately parents and kids want female role models in science, tech, and toys.
How to pull it off: Wear a white top and white pants, clip a homemade nametag to the front pocket, and don a pair of specs. Extra credit goes to kids who make a cardboard LEGO head.
Jamie Hyneman or Adam Savage from MythBusters
Why we love it: These super-savvy and witty TV personalities resonate with kids of all ages. Their fearless experimenting makes testing hypotheses not only fun and entertaining but incredibly educational, too.
How to pull it off: For Jamie Hyneman, rock a black beret over a bald cap, an elaborately curled mustache, and wire-rimmed glasses. For Adam Savage, wear black clothes, a goatee set, and dark, black-framed glasses.
Kacy Catanzaro from American Ninja Warrior
Why we love it: "Mighty Kacy" proves that girls are every bit as tough as boys.
How to pull it off: Wear multi-colored knee-high socks, gym shorts, and a tank top. Voilà!