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(NYPost)   First put away the bed sheets, cheap face paint and dollar store costumes, the new craze is totally over-the-top expensive Halloween costumes to dress your special little goblin in   (nypost.com) divider line 145
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2013-10-31 09:27:13 AM
Alright marketers you made me hate Christmas, now I am starting to develop a dislike of Halloween.  Don't touch Thanksgiving.
 
2013-10-31 09:28:13 AM
My boss got her son an expensive but totally badass Optimus Prime costume. I don't see what the problem is if you can afford it.
 
2013-10-31 09:59:35 AM

EvilEgg: Alright marketers you made me hate Christmas, now I am starting to develop a dislike of Halloween.  Don't touch Thanksgiving.


Too late - they're inching in on it with earlier and earlier sales which just leads to disruption for families.
 
2013-10-31 10:30:27 AM

naughtyrev: EvilEgg: Alright marketers you made me hate Christmas, now I am starting to develop a dislike of Halloween.  Don't touch Thanksgiving.

Too late - they're inching in on it with earlier and earlier sales which just leads to disruption for families.


Don't even have time for dinner this year, gotta hit Walmart at 6 PM so I can save 5 bucks on a Wii U.
 
2013-10-31 10:39:25 AM
If they spent $370 on the costumes in TFA, they really do have more money than sense.
 
2013-10-31 10:40:29 AM

naughtyrev: EvilEgg: Alright marketers you made me hate Christmas, now I am starting to develop a dislike of Halloween.  Don't touch Thanksgiving.

Too late - they're inching in on it with earlier and earlier sales which just leads to disruption for families.


We have cristmas lights being put up now. No full yards yet though.
 
2013-10-31 10:40:34 AM
I go cheap and dress my kids in old used toilets.  Instead of saying:  "Trick or treat?" they say:  "Fill me full of crap".
 
2013-10-31 10:40:56 AM

RedPhoenix122: naughtyrev: EvilEgg: Alright marketers you made me hate Christmas, now I am starting to develop a dislike of Halloween.  Don't touch Thanksgiving.

Too late - they're inching in on it with earlier and earlier sales which just leads to disruption for families.

Don't even have time for dinner this year, gotta hit Walmart at 6 PM so I can save 5 bucks on a Wii U.


I knew this day was coming. 3 years ago I poured small cement slab in the parking lot outside of the local Best Buy. Last year I drilled some holes and sunk a few bolts into it. 8 months ago I put up a tent and a recording I made of my family talking to each other. In a week I'll take my laptop and sit in it. That way I'm first in line when they open their doors.

It's all about commitment for me.
 
2013-10-31 10:41:04 AM
media.familyhow.com
 
2013-10-31 10:41:42 AM
This is just New Yorkers being New Yorkers. They live in their own little world. Just let them have their expensive costumes and their tiny sodas
 
2013-10-31 10:42:20 AM
Excuse me while I throw up.
 
2013-10-31 10:43:18 AM
I saw the designer purse costume and all I could think of was...

image.spreadshirt.com
 
2013-10-31 10:43:50 AM
I would spend upwards of hundreds on costumes, but they would not be for just Halloween.

/I am a furry.
 
2013-10-31 10:44:48 AM
i.imgur.com

Is this the "be at the gym in 26 minutes" guy?
 
2013-10-31 10:45:13 AM
I believe the proper term is "precious little crotchgoblin".
 
2013-10-31 10:45:26 AM
Is it just me, or is the guy in the family picture the infamous "need to be at the gym in 26 minutes" douchenozzle?
 
2013-10-31 10:45:31 AM
Come on fark, fire up some class warfare and entertain me.
 
2013-10-31 10:46:08 AM
Children used as a vector for conspicuous consumption and social posturing? Never! That 1500$ Peg Perego stroller would be just as good with name badge removed! But it never is!
 
2013-10-31 10:46:14 AM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: [i.imgur.com image 229x394]

Is this the "be at the gym in 26 minutes" guy?


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2013-10-31 10:46:44 AM
images.halloweencostumes.com
 
2013-10-31 10:48:51 AM

EyerishRogue: This is just New Yorkers being New Yorkers. They live in their own little world. Just let them have their expensive costumes and their tiny sodas


Positional goods.  They are locked into an arms race.

/This will get out of control, and we will be lucky to live through it.
 
2013-10-31 10:48:53 AM
Your precious little snowflake is still an attention whore.
 
2013-10-31 10:49:28 AM
I'm kind of meh on this and I'm a little skeptical of the article. It looks like most of the people who are buying these costumes are the type that can afford this sort of silly luxury. I also note that one woman paid $300 for six costumes, which is expensive but you have to figure that this is also New York. A costume that runs $30 in my local Target probably sells for $40-50 in New York.  It also looks like one or two of the costumes have pieces that could be used in everyday wear, such as the 80s Girl outfit. Other than that, some of the other kids will probably wear those costumes for play outside of Halloween.

I still think it's overindulgent and stupid, but if they can afford it then more power to them. The money is going into someone's pocket, whether it's a minimum wage clerk at Claire's or some seller on Etsy. It's better than the trend of previous years of just staying home and watching movies because you think that everyone out there is going to turn into a slathering cannibal set on boiling your child alive.
 
Ant
2013-10-31 10:49:35 AM

LlamaGirl: My boss got her son an expensive but totally badass Optimus Prime costume. I don't see what the problem is if you can afford it.


My son had that Mario costume when he was 5 years old. I don't remember it being very expensive.
 
2013-10-31 10:50:25 AM
might as well market shiat to the people who actually have the money to spend.
 
2013-10-31 10:50:48 AM
I'm gonna be a rock.
 
2013-10-31 10:50:58 AM
My son and I are dressed up as Deadpool and Mini Deadpool... not sure if that is silly or bad parenting.

For us the costumes were something fun to do together and totally worth the money.  So I blew over a hundred dollars... we can use them again at comic con :)
 
2013-10-31 10:53:41 AM

paygun: Come on fark, fire up some class warfare and entertain me.


See below

EyerishRogue: This is just New Yorkers being New Yorkers. They live in their own little world. Just let them have their expensive costumes and their tiny sodas


They played themselves.
I really need to find a away to separate this rich morons from their money. Maybe super expensive Halloween costumes for dogs?!
 
Ant
2013-10-31 10:54:11 AM

EvilEgg: Alright marketers you made me hate Christmas, now I am starting to develop a dislike of Halloween.  Don't touch Thanksgiving.


Those farking Black Thursday Thanksgiving sales disgust me. Yeah, sure, you can argue that the only people working there are the ones who want to be there, but that's how crap like this gets its foot in the door. Pretty soon it'll be expected of retail workers to work on Thanksgiving.
 
2013-10-31 10:54:45 AM

abhorrent1: If they spent $370 on the costumes in TFA, they really do have more money than sense.


this!

i was expecting near-movie-quality superheroes and monsters...stuff like that...not a dress i can pick up at walmart for $10 + a wig and some fake jewelry...or a frigging box with a designer logo

i would rather pay $30 or so for a complete costume at party city!
 
2013-10-31 10:55:17 AM

Gerald Tarrant: My son and I are dressed up as Deadpool and Mini Deadpool... not sure if that is silly or bad parenting.


it's geeky parenting, nttiawwt
 
2013-10-31 10:56:40 AM
$30 is my limit.  If they want a "better" one the kids can pitch in their own money.
 
2013-10-31 10:57:10 AM
FTFA: "We use Halloween as an opportunity for Sophia to express herself creatively and saw the design on Pinterest,"

Copying something on pinterest isn't creative, it's just copying something.  Especially since the "really creative idea" is a box with some fabric and a belt clasp.  I'm sure it's very well made, but that's still all it is.

Most of those costumes looked slightly better than par at best.  These people need to go somewhere with decent designers that know how to sew.
 
Ant
2013-10-31 10:57:40 AM

Gerald Tarrant: My son and I are dressed up as Deadpool and Mini Deadpool... not sure if that is silly or bad parenting.

For us the costumes were something fun to do together and totally worth the money.  So I blew over a hundred dollars... we can use them again at comic con :)


I think that's pretty cool. No snark here.
 
2013-10-31 10:57:56 AM
Right now the first floor of my building is over run with minoins!! Yellow everywhere. I will have to get pictures on my next run out.

Damn wish I could sell costumes for 300 bucks a pop, nothing like mining the miners.
 
2013-10-31 10:58:52 AM
 
2013-10-31 10:59:07 AM
Here's the costume my son and I made this year.  All in all it was probably less than $50 (including the paint)

i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-31 10:59:13 AM
My kids are Mario and Luigi this year. I'm going to be a dead person with a knife through my head. Total cost was about $70.
 
2013-10-31 10:59:32 AM
Because nothing say's "I'm a good kidnapping target" like a $400 Halloween outfit...

/We spent $8 this year, because she's too young to make her own...
 
2013-10-31 10:59:58 AM

EyerishRogue: This is just New Yorkers being New Yorkers. They live in their own little world. Just let them have their expensive costumes and their tiny sodas


Yeah, keep your damn hands off my Manhattan Specials!

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/tiny soda
 
kth
2013-10-31 11:00:38 AM
Our rule is no more than $20 total for the two of us. Enforced creativity.


but then, we don't have kids who will be mocked for shiatty halloween costumes.

This year we're going as the Poe Toaster to a party. $5 hat for Mr. kth, white scarf from my closet, $15 in materials to make a mask for me with roses. Cognac doesn't count, as we will get use out of it beyond the party.

We don't have trick-or-treaters in the country.
 
2013-10-31 11:00:46 AM

TNel: $30 is my limit.  If they want a "better" one the kids can pitch in their own money.


Now I have the sad because I realized I paid $90 for about $15 worth of candy and on costumes that will be ripped and not usable again.
 
2013-10-31 11:00:52 AM
"A fool and his money" and all that.
 
2013-10-31 11:02:50 AM

abhorrent1: If they spent $370 on the costumes in TFA, they really do have more money than sense.


One of the moms just bought each kid 5 $20-30 costumes so they would wear a new one each day of the weak (which is why those super hero ones look to be worth about 30 bucks as that is exactly what the sell for at Costco), which is a bit insane, but I have occasionally bought on-sale costumes for my kid to play dress up.

Gerald Tarrant: My son and I are dressed up as Deadpool and Mini Deadpool... not sure if that is silly or bad parenting.


Before my kid was old enough to express a preference I did batman/bat-mite. This year he came up (completely on his own out of the blue) with the idea that he would be the cat in the hat and that my wife and I would have to be thing 1 and thing 2.
 
2013-10-31 11:02:55 AM
I spent probably $40 on my daughters costume this year,  she wanted to be one of the dancing ladies from the Haunted Mansion. We found an appropriately styled dress from a thrift shop for $15.00.  Altered it to fit her and be a trip hazard.  But then we had to dye it.  It used a lot more dye than I expected, several runs to the store were required.
 
2013-10-31 11:03:26 AM

Gerald Tarrant: My son and I are dressed up as Deadpool and Mini Deadpool... not sure if that is silly or bad parenting.

For us the costumes were something fun to do together and totally worth the money.  So I blew over a hundred dollars... we can use them again at comic con :)


Love your handle, perfect for Halloween. Make sure you don't sacrifice your loved ones.
 
2013-10-31 11:03:48 AM
$370? for costumes that look cheap as hell.

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Wife made these... grand total about $20 each in materials.
 
2013-10-31 11:03:49 AM
It's not every day you see a 5-year-old dressed as a Chanel handbag

What a very special way to tell your precious snowflake that you are nothing but some over priced commodity to me
 
2013-10-31 11:03:57 AM
Dressing up as anything other than yourself is rude, most likely racist, and culturally insensitive. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

If you are not a witch, don't dress like a witch. Think it through people.
 
2013-10-31 11:05:58 AM

busy chillin': Dressing up as anything other than yourself is rude, most likely racist, and culturally insensitive. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

If you are not a witch, don't dress like a witch. Think it through people.


Are you dressed as a troll?
 
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