Have you noticed that every costume now seems to have the word “sexy” attached to it? It’s no longer a cat, but a sexy cat. If you’re a disciple and participating in Halloween festivities, let’s talk about that.


A couple of years ago, we discussed if Christians should participate in Halloween festivities. Because it’s mostly a matter of opinion, you’re free to do as you please – within specific parameters, of course. But we haven’t tackled the costume issue yet.

So, here goes.

Costumes are supposed to push the limits a little. After all, why would you dress up as a pirate if this weren’t the case? (A pirate is a robber who steals ships’ cargo by violent force. This isn’t something a typical mild-mannered accountant would choose unless s/he was pushing the boundaries just a little.)

However, in the recent past, skimpy outfits have replaced creativity. While boys’ costumes have largely been spared, the outfits for girls leave something to be desired. But this is where the parental rubber meets the, "but all my friends do it” road. You have to step up and step in.

Of course, to do so, you have to take a closer look at the costume that you’ve picked out for yourself for this year’s festivities. If it rivals your daughter’s skimpy outfit, you lack authority. Here’s the problem: kids want to grow up fast. They’ll do anything they can to get there. It’s your job to put on the brakes. Halloween is not a free pass to circumnavigate decency.

If you’re still not convinced that it’s a good idea to stop the plunging necklines and rising hemlines, consider that your sweetie is heading to strangers’ houses to ask for candy. What do you want the men who answer the doors to see?