2006_10_halloweencostume.jpgHalloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it. - From Mean Girls

Unless it's October and you happen to be writing about it in the NY Times. There's the Styles section article about the increasingly provocative Halloween costumes for women today and Monday's Op-Ed piece by Allison Glock. The Styles section article talks to a couple professors, Halloween costume retailers, and sexy Halloween costume enthusiasts for their thoughts, with suggestions about it being a mark of independence, a fun exercise, and part of what everyone's doing. We can understand the appeal - most people don't get many opportunities to go practically naked on a regular day in public, while the possibilities are less limiting here in the city.

Glock's Op-Ed was pretty funny:

I noticed that on the outside of every package was a photo of a woman modeling not only the costume, but teetering heels and bras of the push-up variety. The First Lady costume was not, as one might expect, a red business suit, but a pink crepe mini-dress. At least it had the matching pillbox hat. The angel was dubbed “heaven’s hottie.” Even the witch had a slit up her tattered skirt.

My girls were confused. “Where are the monsters?” they asked. “Where are the superheroes?” I pointed weakly to Wonder Woman and her thigh-high boots. “She’s pretty,” said my 4-year-old. Before adding, “You can see her breasts.”

Clearly, Glock did not get the note about America needing to find the Hottest Mom.

This year's Halloween Parade is on a Tuesday at 7PM (if you want to be in the parade, you must be in costume). Here's a list of a few Halloween costume shops and our post about Halloween costume contests. An awesome costume would be to recreate William Van Alen's Chrysler Building costume, but let's talk about the costumes we care about most: The ones dogs will be wearing during the Great Pupkin.