Here's the last time I looked into this, way, way back in 2011 (my, how the sands of time move more quickly). Offerings included Sexy Clockwork Orange, Sexy RoboCop and - most baffling - Sexy Michael Meyers.
I am not kidding.
Well, flashforward to 2017, and that trend seems to have slowed. A quick perusal of Halloween costumes will tell you that there are still plenty of "flirty" or "Sexy" costumes, but not no much with licensed characters that were never intended to draw the gaze in quite that way. Well, at least they no longer require mini-skirts and prodigious decolletage.
But let's start with my favorite costume I've seen this year.
Barb. From Stranger Things.
The great thing about going as Barb is that it looks pretty comfortable, but everyone will still love you and know exactly who you're supposed to be.
French fries. From: Lunch.
I'm a big fan of dumb food-item costumes. This one is particularly goofy and therefore funny.
A Loofah. From: Jamie's shelf in the shower.
I cannot imagine that this will not lead to widespread chafing. You are on your own, Halloween shoppers.
Ladies' Optimus Prime. from: The Transformers franchise
Ladies' Patriot Costume. From: A gender-flipped imagined history of 18th Century America.
I mean, if you're going to gender-flip and go sexy, why not show up as George Washington? I actually think this looks kind of cool in a super-hero-y kind of way. But, mostly:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident - That all men are created equal"The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. From: Ghostbusters (1984)
And when I meet Thomas Jefferson - I’mma compel him to include women in the sequel
There seems to be some acknowledgement that the brain cannot begin to make The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man fun and flirty, and you do kind of just wind up looking like a sailor, or maybe a Donald Duck enthusiast.
Still, who doesn't like the Stay--Puft Marshmallow Man?
Taco. From: My Lunch/ Dinner/ occasional breakfast/ Taco Time/ Taco Tuesdays
However, if sold as "sombrero shaped tortilla warmer hat" we may have an uncomfortable compromise.
Tina. From: Bob's Burgers
As Tina is one of the great features of American television in our current era, I support this costume, even if it just looks like an English Major cosplay outfit.
Yoshi. From: Various Nintendo stuff
This is a fetish for someone.