Wow! I just want to thank everyone who posted on this thread. I was starting to get depressed over what to dress up as this year. It seems that every idea I come up with is either already being done by one of my friends in a "sexy" version or is also available as mass-produced and common.
After reading *every* post on this thread I'm excited about Halloween again.
Part of it is because I've been reminded of the difference between "sexy" and "slutty". Sexy is a state of mind that indicates having power, while slutty is a state of being that indicates performing an action. I'm totally blown away by the moms who are making sure that their daughters understand this. I have a lot more faith in the women of the future these girls will become and the choices they'll make.
The other part is because I've been reminded that the women that choose to wear revealing costumes do so because they feel confident to do so and it makes them feel good about themselves (and all women could do with a little more confidence, right?). I won't be making any snap judgements based on the costumes people choose this year, or really any year going forward.
Thank you again to everyone for sharing your thoughts and opinions on both sides of the issue. Even if it's only in my own little world, you have made a difference.