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View Poll Results: What age for Scary/Gory Costumes
14+ They grow up too fast as it is. 1 1.43%
10+ All their friends are doing it by now 5 7.14%
6+ The kids are tired of being 'cute' 15 21.43%
Any - Scary is what Halloween is all about! 45 64.29%
Other - Scary is never appropriate or no Halloween for our family 4 5.71%
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:31 PM   #16
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I am having this debate again with my soon to be 10 year old son (Jan birthday). He wants to dress as a zombie complete with fake blood. As he is not allowed to watch zombie movies (but does play Plants vs. Zombie video game) until he is older, I have put my foot down that when he is in middle school (5th grade next year) he can go 'scary'. I think at this age halloween is about being anything you want to be and not just about the scare factor. I wanted to get opinons from other parents about this so here is the poll. BTW - he is dressing as a special forces military dude complete with weapons this year


ETA - Next year when he is in middle school and 10 years old - I think is the appropriate age to do blood and gore IMHO. Just curious what others thought.

Also, for those who think fake blood and gore is appropraite at any age, at what age to do you let them read/watch movies about such things? Why do they want to dress the part if they don't know the part? IE, the scream mask - have they watched the movie the character references? I don't think that movie would be appropriate until high school as it is rated R, IMHO.

Thanks for replying - gives me lots to think about.
Dressing up and watching movies are two separate activities. Letting your child dress as a zombie doesn't mean you also let them see R rated movies.

I'd say no to the fake weapon as a costume accessory long before I'd have any issues with a zombie costume.

Let him be what he wants to be as this year may be his last year to trick or treat. Lots of middle schoolers are "too cool" to trick or treat.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:32 PM   #17
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OP Here,

Thanks for all the responses! I spoke with some moms while waiting to pick up my kids and they said their older kids trick or treat with costumes until at least age 12, one had a 13 year old daughter who is playing to go, so my oldest has many years left to dress scary
I love NCIS and the Abby costume - awesome!
Really no one sees the difference between being a gory zombie (fantasy dead guy) and an elite soilder which is a noble life goal? Our country owes it's freedom to such people! And yeah, they carry guns. I see no difference between this and dressing as a fireman or policeman (who carry guns, too). He wants to join the Army so he can blow stuff up and do survival skills, lol. BTW - my son is still 9 and needs to set the example to his younger brother.
Thanks again for the responses!
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:36 PM   #18
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Growing up, we never were allowed to be anything that resembled violence. It all had to be in good taste. I think I will do the same for our children. They can be ninjas, pirates, etc as long as it isn't over the top.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:38 PM   #19
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My son went as a zombie skateboarder in 4th grade (complete with fake blood on his face) and my daughter went as a vampire in 3rd grade (no blood, but I would have let her if she wanted). I don't allow sexually suggestive costumes, but scary is part of what makes Halloween fun to us. I've always had creepy decorations in the yard and those scary window coverings in the front windows, so to tell the kids that they could look at it but not wear it would be completely hypocritical.
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Whatever age they want. My daughter was a zombie prom queen in second grade.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:39 PM   #21
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Growing up, we never were allowed to be anything that resembled violence. It all had to be in good taste. I think I will do the same for our children. They can be ninjas, pirates, etc as long as it isn't over the top.
Right, because those were the good, non-violent guys!
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:41 PM   #22
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OP Here,

Thanks for all the responses! I spoke with some moms while waiting to pick up my kids and they said their older kids trick or treat with costumes until at least age 12, one had a 13 year old daughter who is playing to go, so my oldest has many years left to dress scary
I love NCIS and the Abby costume - awesome!
Really no one sees the difference between being a gory zombie (fantasy dead guy) and an elite soilder which is a noble life goal? Our country owes it's freedom to such people! And yeah, they carry guns. I see no difference between this and dressing as a fireman or policeman (who carry guns, too). He wants to join the Army so he can blow stuff up and do survival skills, lol. BTW - my son is still 9 and needs to set the example to his younger brother.
Thanks again for the responses!
Whether that's a noble life goal is certainly a matter of opinion, first.

However, second, yes, there's a difference. One is fake - there aren't actual zombies. The other is carrying a replica of an actual deadly weapon that the non-fake character may use to shoot actual people. In my book, that one is so not ok.
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OP Here,

Thanks for all the responses! I spoke with some moms while waiting to pick up my kids and they said their older kids trick or treat with costumes until at least age 12, one had a 13 year old daughter who is playing to go, so my oldest has many years left to dress scary
I love NCIS and the Abby costume - awesome!
Really no one sees the difference between being a gory zombie (fantasy dead guy) and an elite soilder which is a noble life goal? Our country owes it's freedom to such people! And yeah, they carry guns. I see no difference between this and dressing as a fireman or policeman (who carry guns, too). He wants to join the Army so he can blow stuff up and do survival skills, lol. BTW - my son is still 9 and needs to set the example to his younger brother.
Thanks again for the responses!
Yeah sorry but I don't expect my kids to dress up only as characters or real life people with "noble life goals". I don't really see the comparison or the need to compare them or what ones purpose in life or real life occupation is as relevant to my decision to let them dress up as that.
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I'm going to say scary is fine after kindergarten (one more year of the cuteness). However, weapons are NOT allowed at our school for halloween - no knives, swords, guns, etc.
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OP Here,

Thanks for all the responses! I spoke with some moms while waiting to pick up my kids and they said their older kids trick or treat with costumes until at least age 12, one had a 13 year old daughter who is playing to go, so my oldest has many years left to dress scary
I love NCIS and the Abby costume - awesome!
Really no one sees the difference between being a gory zombie (fantasy dead guy) and an elite soilder which is a noble life goal? Our country owes it's freedom to such people! And yeah, they carry guns. I see no difference between this and dressing as a fireman or policeman (who carry guns, too). He wants to join the Army so he can blow stuff up and do survival skills, lol. BTW - my son is still 9 and needs to set the example to his younger brother.
Thanks again for the responses!
Zombies are always fake. Weapons not so much. I'd rather my child dress as a fantasy creature than a killer. A spec ops soldier with weapons is not the same as dressing as a policeman or a fireman.
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Zombies are always fake. Weapons not so much. I'd rather my child dress as a fantasy creature than a killer. A spec ops soldier with weapons is not the same as dressing as a policeman or a fireman.
This too. Fire fighter especially has nothing to do with that, but also police officer and soldier are not close to the same, imo.
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Zombies are always fake. Weapons not so much. I'd rather my child dress as a fantasy creature than a killer. A spec ops soldier with weapons is not the same as dressing as a policeman or a fireman.
LOL, and zombies don't kill - how else they get the brains? I am sure our heroic men and women in uniform appreciate your viewpoint. Over and out.
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LOL, and zombies don't kill - how else they get the brains? I am sure our heroic men and women in uniform appreciate your viewpoint. Over and out.
They're FAKE, they don't actually kill anything because they're not real. Guns are real and actually kill people.
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My kids are all adults now but it never occurred to me that there had to be a certain age to dress scary. Halloween was a lot less politically correct then.

OP, if those are your boys in your signature, they are so cute! They probably don't want to be Harry Potter anymore I guess? I'd let them go ahead and dress how they want. It isn't like they are real little. I think 8-10 is a good age to let them start having more responsibility and letting them do things they previously were not allowed to do.
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I voted any age. To me, "scary" isn't as concerning as "sexy".

That said, I'm not a mommy. OP- do what you and your spouse think is the right choice!
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