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Halloween is all about two things … overloading on candy and savoring the skimpy next-to-nothings that women of negotiable virtue wear to the clubs at night.

It’s as American as apple pie … and sexually-transmitted diseases. Oh … and the skimpy attire is starting earlier than ever.

“Girls that are barely out of kindergarten are sporting fishnet stockings and red velvet devil horns, while boys who just graduated from Thomas the Train are going for gore, gore, and more gore,” psychologist Andrea Bonior wrote prior to last Halloween. “The popularity of provocative children’s costumes is at an all-time high, and as long as money’s being made, it will keep getting worse.”

Dr. Bonior adds that “research shows that the increasing sexualization of young girls can have very detrimental effects on their emotional well-being and feelings of self-worth later on. And increasingly realistic simulations of violence have been linked with aggression in boys, as well.”

She encourages parents to “draw the line” and “be firm.”

Wait … “firm?” Heh-heh, heh-heh.

(For some more recent thoughts from Dr. Bonior on the sexualization of Halloween, click here).

Anyway, it goes without saying that our founding editor’s daughter will never leave the house dressed in anything resembling any of these outfits, but thank God for lesser parents, right?

Speaking of which … one of the girls featured in our “Slutty Halloween” gallery (below) is the daughter of a statewide officeholder here in South Carolina. See if you can guess which one …

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