For many parents, a trip to the costume store can turn into a Halloween nightmare. There is the cost of costumes (average price is about $29) as well as the age-appropriateness of what the store is selling for children.
In her blog post Just Say No to Slutoween that appeared on the Huffington Post, Jenny Witte wrote to encourage parents to seek out costumes that aren't sexually suggestive. Witte wrote about how when she was younger, she was a cat for Halloween—and not a "slutty cat."
In case you missed it, a "naughty leopard" costume was reportedly pulled from the shelves of Walmart. Was it really naughty or was it just the use of that term in the costume's name that made people object?
Plymouth-Canton Patch asked on its Facebook page what readers thought about Halloween costumes for kids.
"Kids just don't get to be kids anymore... Very sad," wrote Lori Stull- Plate.
Chrissy Hoover Detary commented, "I agree, I think some are too skimpy for girls... I have two young girls and one of them, 9-years-old, wanted to be a pirate for Halloween and we went to three stores to find a costume and all of them in her size had short tutu type skirts... she said 'I don't want to wear that.' And I didn't want her to either. We went to Salvation Army and purchased pieces to make up a costume. The costume we bought turned out cuter and cheaper!"
"Companies can make what they want- it is the responsibility of the parents to be parents and say NO! The problem today is that parents want to be friends with their children and not parents! That also needs to stop," wrote Kristie Rust.
"I also think that it is inappropriate for companies to make bikinis for young girls - but they all do because there are plenty of people that buy them," wrote Rosemary Sennett Ellinger
"Girls clothing is getting more and more inappropriate. Saw a Pre-teen girl at Cedar Point yesterday with a sweatshirt that said: Your boyfriend loves checking me out. And the yoga pants outside of yoga class is a bit much," Paul Moody wrote.
TELL US: What do you think about kids’ Halloween costumes—are they too risque or scary? Leave a comment to let us know.