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discuss amongst yourselves: halloween version

Below you will find my Halloween Costume Shopping post from last year. I receive more hate mail for that post than any other thing I've ever written for Raising Hell. The mail ranges from parents calling me a terrible parent to Christina fans who want to kill me for calling her a slut.

Me, I still think it's funny.

I'll be away from the blog until much later this evening. The place is yours for the duration. Drinks in the fridge.

We went shopping for Halloween costumes today.

Me: Oh look, Natalie, Teletubbie costumes!
Natalie (who is almost 13): Mom!
Me: What about Bob the Builder?
Natalie: Mooooom!
Me: Fairy princess?
Natalie: I don't know you.

We look around a bit more and Natalie decides on wearing a black t-shirt that has a candy corn on it and says "sweet," black and orange striped stockings and a black skirt that used to be mine. I used to be thin. Sigh. She picks up orange hair spray and her outfit is complete.

Me: Now, what about you, DJ?
DJ: I don't know.
Me: Baseball player?
DJ: I've been a baseball player the last three years.
Me: Ninja?
DJ: No.
Me: Yu-Gi-Oh?
DJ: No.
Silence. Long pause while we look around.
DJ: Can I be Christina Aguilera?
Me: Umm....no.
DJ: You were going to let me be Britney Spears like two years ago.
Me: Thankfully you changed your mind.
DJ: Why can't I be Christina?
Me: Because she's a slut.
DJ: What's a slut?
Me: (stammer...stammer)
Natalie: A slut is a dirty girl who sells herself for money.
DJ: Like those girls we saw in the city last year?
Natalie: Yup.
Long silence. More looking.
DJ: Ok. I know what I want to be.
Me: What?
DJ: A hooker!!
Me: A baseball player.
Natalie: A baseball player in a dress?
DJ: Oh! Mike Piazza!

Sigh. Again.


Mike Piazza! Heh heh. Unfortunately no one else is around to get that. Oh well.

That's pretty clever.

And here I was hoping you had made a stand against your kids begging door-to-door. Ah, well - different strokes for different folks.

that's hilarious.
Why would someone object?

Arrgghhh - some folks' whole purpose in life is to object to everything that crosses their path.

It is a very funny story...

You should be deemed the best parent in the world for (1) having open and humorous discourse with your children and (2) in the end preventing them from dressing up either as that horrid woman or as a hooker. I don't see why that post became an issue for some, unless they really need to get drunk and get laid.

LOL! Cripes, some people need to lighten up. I can't believe you got hate mail for that.

And look, one of 'them' has done us the courtesy of raising his head above the slime...

"And here I was hoping you had made a stand against your kids begging door-to-door. Ah, well - different strokes for different folks"

If you don't want kids 'begging' from you keep your light off and let those who wish to enjoy the small part of the day they are allowed to celebrate to enjoy it.

THAT generates hate mail?

Are people insane? No, really. They're insane. They have to be.

Oooooh....I'm a 'them.'

Christina who?

Damn, I have GOT to get out more...