If you haven’t already, it’s almost time to get your Halloween costumes for 2021 ready. It could be a chance to stretch your imagination or step into a new skin… but too often, for women, it just involves showing some skin.
“Google ‘Women’s Halloween Costumes’ and it’s an assault of a specific kind of sexy – skin-tight, corseted and short. Costumes designed and marketed to men and boys are based on actual characters, and designed to be well, scary,” says Francesca Cambridge Mallen, founder of Let Clothes Be Clothes, a grassroots campaign to challenge gender coding in clothing.
“We would ask retailers to think more about the messages these ranges send, and whether they offer real choice to consumers. Until they do, I’ll be sticking with the old white sheet with cut-out eye holes this October.”
From unnecessary “sexy” adaptations of male movie roles to reinforced gender roles for kids, these are some of the worst offenders for Halloween 2021.
Women’s bones aren’t pink
How cute, a family set of Halloween pyjamas so that you can all channel your inner Funnybones. Except, wait a minute… why have Asda rendered the women’s bones in a candy pink? Anatomically inexplicable.
Who you gonna call? Ideally, not Hotpants Ghostbuster
Supernatural comedy classic Ghostbusters is one of the most beloved films of the 1980s, still a firm Halloween favourite for all the family. As another sequel hits the cinemas, now is surely a fantastic time to don your boilersuit and strap on your proton pack.