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I remember when I was a kid, there was a year when, for Halloween, a group of my friends and I were basic as hell and dressed up as Batman... like 8 out of 10 of my fellow trick-or-treaters rolled in with the black Batman get-up. It wasn't planned. It just happened. Nowadays, though, with more options of how to dress up and some seriously creative ideas, it seems like some kids are pushing the limits of what's appropriate for the holiday.

Here is a list of costumes that young kids (and their parents) should probably avoid (but that I secretly think are pretty freakin' awesome):

Don Draper from Mad Men

Now, I personally love this costume/show. I mean, at first it seems like this costume is perfectly fine... but if you really think about it, dressing your child up as a chain-smoking alcoholic womanizer who created a false identity for himself is probably not going to end well. Also, this little kid is too small to be drinking whiskey. But he looks sharp, I can't lie! I'm sure he has some solid ad campaigns on deck, too.

Marijuana Costume

OK, even if you're one of Snoop Dogg's (Snoop Lion? Is that over?) kids, this is probably too crazy of an outfit. Look, I understand that the country's stance on marijuana is changing, but still, it isn't a good idea to dress your kid up as weed. I feel like you can hint at it, but not even trying to be clever with it is too wild. Even if it's just an homage to the show [Weeds](series:720039)... that's not an excuse... I don't care how hip your baby is... babies shouldn't be smoking weed!

ANY of These Four Baby Costumes

Since these are babies, the outfits are clearly the parents' fault. You KNOW that even if the babies are smiling in the pictures, they don't really have ANY idea of how crazy they look:

So first, we have the Hooters girl. Probably not a great call dressing your baby up like that. If you're 18+ years old, this outfit is ALREADY trashy, but when you're 0-2 years old... it's just a little bit too weird.

Second, we have a pimp. Teaching your child that it's OK to traffic women is probably a little dicey. Although, if somebody knows where they sell that money suit in adult sizes, please let me know because I would like to purchase one.

Third, Hannibal Lecter. I actually think this is a pretty impressive outfit and not even too inappropriate. However, completely restricting your toddler's movement on Halloween night and blocking their mouth from being able to eat candy is definitely pretty messed up.

Lastly, a homeless person. They say you should dress for success. This is kind of like doing the exact opposite of that. Not a good idea to get your kid thinking it's a good idea to be homeless. Poor parenting decision here. The props are pretty hilarious, but lugging those around from house to house is also a logistical issue.

Slightly Older Pimp With a Clear Katt Williams Influence

This pimp is even more of a problem than the baby pimp. Why, you ask? Well, for starters this kid is old enough to know exactly what is going on. At least the baby pimp can toss the blame to its parents - this guy is waving money around! He's an experienced pimp. He's made serious profit. He has all that money and plus, look at how he's standing! And the facial expression...he's not playing around. He's really a pimp! Complete with the Katt Williams perm and everything. Wow!

Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj

This is wrong on so many levels. The fact that somebody (probably the parents) drew fake tattoos on this child and asked him to flip the bird at the camera for this photo is definitely not good. A+ for attention to detail but C+ if you go by whether this is acceptable... a passing grade, but definitely at least a little bit inappropriate. I'll admit this may have been a little more tasteful had the Nicki Minaj "Anaconda" video not yet been released.

Heisenberg from Breaking Bad

Funny, cute, I'm sure a lot of people did it last year... but, the problem is that as a parent, this costume is just asking for way too many questions from the little one:

"Hey mom, what's meth?", "Why is the meth blue?", "Why is this meth so much better than ANY other type of meth?", "How can I get my hands on some real meth?", "Why do I have to be bald?", "What is cancer?"

The list goes on and on.

Topless Ariel from Little Mermaid

This one is actually really close to being OK. But, the fake breasts (plus the fact that the dad appears completely OK with them) are a little bit concerning.

And I'll leave you with the last costume, which really needs no explanation other than the title...

Baby who isn't black but dresses up as Mr. T

Nah... just, nah.


Which of these costumes would you dress your child in if society's judgment wasn't an issue?


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