I’ve wanted to comment on this for some time, but didn’t want to take the time to download the pictures. Now, with Halloween approaching, it seems to temptingly fitting.
A few months ago — this summer, I think — my family and I were in the kids’ wear section of a local, big-name-chain department store when I came up on a sight I could hardly believe. There before me was a bewildering array of skull-themed shirts for boys — kids my sons’ ages (5-12, at the moment). I mean, it was morbid. The selection seemed to come from a variety of manufacturers, though it was dominated in this case, I believe, by that particular store’s own name brand.
Again, it was months ago: not anywhere near Halloween (not that I would condone it otherwise). And, to me, it was just shocking. I pulled out my iPhone and began taking pictures as a means of alleviating the shock. I don’t think I got a picture of all of them, but here’s what I took:
I’ve since noticed the “skull theme” in children’s clothes much more frequently — again, well before Halloween came knocking.
What is this morbid, death obsession? The connection between death and rock ‘n’ roll on some of the shirts is pretty clear, too. What’s up with that? Stores follow the money: Who out there is buying “death/skull” clothes for their children? Is it because the adults think it is cool or because the kids are demanding it? If anyone who has purchased one of these morbid clothing items for his or her child, please feel free to comment and enlighten the rest of us.
Creepy. Just creepy. Philippians 4:8, where art thou?
[UPDATE: For those interested, Tomorrow’s World publishes a free booklet on childrearing that is very popular: Successful Parenting: God’s Way, by Dr. Jeffrey Fall. Follow the link to read the booklet online, download it as a PDF or eBook, or to request your own free copy mailed to you. — WGS]