In a too oft-repeated joke, Lindsay Lohan's character in "Mean Girls" observes, "Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it."

No one's denying that Halloween costume options for women tend towards the minimalist fabric approach. However, one particular getup -- a Halloween costume of Ursula the Sea Witch -- is causing controversy not for being too sexy per se, but for not coming in a range of sizes.

Boing Boing picked up on this "Sassy Ursula" costume for sale on the website Disguise. The costume has all of those standard Ursula trademarks -- wild silver wig, jester-like black skirt to mime tentacles.

So what's the problem? It only comes in sizes 4-14. (Ursula, of course, is a physically sizeable character from Disney's "The Little Mermaid.")

A blogger who goes by Tavie noted the irony of this in her note to the website:

Disney DOES partner with a company called Disguise Costumes to offer those ubiquitous, often inappropriate "sexy" versions of characters, and they do offer an Ursula costume - but Ursula can't be fat and sexy at the same time, so if you're an actual plus-size woman, better look elsewhere. The "Sassy Ursula" offered in their "Fabulous Flirts" collection comes in sizes S, M & L - with L equal to a US 12-14. (The company does have a small range of actual plus size "Disney Princess" costumes - you can be Fat Cinderella or Fat Belle if you want to, but you can't be Ursula. Better luck next time, fatties.)

It's outrageously exclusionary - it basically tells fat women that we're too fat to play a fat character; it also tells fat women that in order to be sexy, a character must be made skinny.

The comments section of Boing Boing then erupted into a debate about the costume. "If you don't fit in a standard prepackaged costume, which means these days on the smallish size, you're screwed," one person wrote. Another defended it: "I sincerely doubt that the owner of the South-East Asian sweatshop producing these costumes is carefully calibrating what messages his products are to send about body image and sexiness. I'm not even sure anyone there even has a clear idea of Ursula. They're just producing those sizes (and designs) the production of which are justified by demand forecasts (established at looking at past demand)."

Others, however, were just mad at the costume's quality itself: "If you hadn't told me it was supposed to be Ursula," one person writes, "I'd think it was a barmaid costume or something."

For what it's worth, Disguise does offer plus-size versions of costumes for Cinderella, Belle and Prince Charming.

Check out the offending costume below, and follow the comment thread more over at Boing Boing.

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See the most questionable Halloween costumes ever! (Some NSFW)

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    On second thought, maybe they <em>should</em> cut funding to PBS.

  • "Ring Toss" Costume

    The hat that says "Winner gets a free ride" is pretty much the worst.

  • The Nip Slip

    Is it still a "slip" if you do it on purpose?

  • Condom Dispenser

    At least he's promoting safe sex.

  • Female Inflatable Doll

    Yeah... This could get awkward.

  • Walking Sex

    Now you can make people uncomfortable all night long.

  • "Anna Rexia" Costume

    Because eating disorders are meant to be portrayed as sexy and hilarious, right?

  • Just A Penis

    Word to the wise: make sure you take your penis costume for a trial run at the local library before hitting the sidewalk.

  • Giant Boob

    At least he knows what he is.

  • Google Boobs

    Feeling lucky?

  • Middle Finger

    Facial expression not included.

  • "Anita Sedative" Costume

    When you're wearing a sexy costume to a Halloween party, it's probably a good idea to stay away from sedatives and not bring your own restraints.

  • "Happy Morning" Costume

    It's not surprising that this one's on clearance for $7.99.

  • Pussy Magnet

    We sort of feel like this guy wasn't looking for cats.

  • Holy Sh*t

    Don't worry, there are more dirty puns where that came from.

  • Free Mammograms

    As long as there's no copay.

  • Mangina

    If you wear this, it's the closest you'll come to seeing one that night.

  • Naked Grandmother

    Why is the blacked-out tooth part of it?

  • "The Shocker" Costume

    Make sure you include the hand gestures so you get the point across that you're a complete douche.

  • Tampax

    Ladies?

  • Heartbreak Clown Thong

    Dressing up as a heartbroken clown has never been ... sexier?

  • Sexy American Indian

    Pocahantas didn't even dress this sexy.

  • "Dept. Of Erections" Costume

    For a con, he looks pretty pleased with himself.

  • "Beastiality" Costume

    No more beer for this guy.

  • Poop

    Looking like sh*t has never been so cute.

  • Banana Flasher

    Of all the costumes that scream "I have a penis!" this has got to be the most frightening.

  • "Droopers" Costume

    Would you take a shot with this guy?

  • "Sperm Man" Costume

    We don't even want to know what his superpowers are.

  • The 69

    For those mischief-makers who enjoy holding plastic props to their bodies all night long.

  • A Knight To Remember

    EEEEWWWWWW.

  • ???

    Just in case you wanted to dress up as "WTF" this Halloween.

  • The "Biggest Show On Earth"

    Nothing says class like wearing a circus tent on your crotch. (Thanks for the tip, Karen!)

  • "Country Lovin"

    The commercial version is so much more disturbing than the homemade version.

  • Used Pad Man

    Steady blood flow, meet steady alcohol flow.

  • Trash Can Baby

    He has low self-esteem.

  • Birthing Woman

    Now your roommates know why you've been practicing your birth face in the mirror for so long.

  • Franzia

    Wine in a box continues its tradition of being the least romantic thing ever.

  • Hung Like A Horse

    Real subtle.

  • Vibrator

    Dild'oh!

  • Toilet Time

    These guys must really, really love each other.

  • Penis Man

    In case anyone was wondering why Spencer's Gifts was sold out of mock penises this year.

  • Sexy Etch-A-Sketch

    We feel like this is going to end in some shaking accidents later in the night.

  • The Human Centipede

    Halloween couldn't be complete this year without a good old-fashioned Human Centipede costume.

  • Vagina Dentata

    A feminist twist on the ubiquitous vagina-head costume worn by frat boys everywhere.

  • Unkempt Lifeguard?

    WHY?

  • "Zombie Fetus" Costume

    When you decide to pull off an extremely creepy costume, it's best to let your attitude match it. Yeah, it's a dead baby but she's cool with it.

  • Beer Dispensing Boobs

    Let's see the St. Pauly Girl do this.

  • "Rub Me" Genie

    More like Alad-<em>don't</em>.

  • Hitler?!

    We've seen homemade Hitler costumes before (which are also ridiculous) but this commercial version just blows us away.

  • Snake Charmer

    Sometimes, knocking over every beer in front of you is a necessary sacrifice for the perfect sexual innuendo costume.

  • Furries??

    We're not quite sure what these are...but we have a feeling they're NSFW.

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