I saw this meme the other day on social media all about how you shouldn’t dress up like this or that because it’s not politically correct. It immediately engaged my eyeroll response. The thing is, I do agree with the concept, as a good general rule. What political correctness used to mean was, don’t be an ass. Good rule. But it has been highjacked by the extremists. Raising hell about a little non-Asian girl dressing up like Mulan for Halloween, because she loved Mulan and wants to be like Mulan, is stupid. If you’re getting bent out of shape over it, well, draw your own conclusions.
There are some kids’ costumes, though, that I do think are inappropriate—because the little girls modeling those costumes are looking all sexed-up on the packages, which suggests to the little girls who want to buy those costumes that looking all sexed-up is the way to go, and they are, as I just mentioned, twice, little girls. It’s skeevy as hell. Sexualizing children takes preeminence over PC-ism. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be considerate of how your costume might unintentionally offend; just don’t take it too far or you risk treading into nincompoop territory.
All this leads me to my point: I think letting your kid, boy or girl, dress up like a werewolf is the best way to go. It’s hard to unintentionally offend somebody dressed as a werewolf (due to your costume) and it’s hard to sex-up a werewolf. (It can be done, but you have to work at it.)