8 Most Bad Taste Halloween Costume For Kids
October 07, 2017 8:00 AM ‐ Halloween
Worried parents, including the Duchess of Cambridge's parents, have slammed retailers for selling sickening Halloween costumes for young children.
High street shops and websites are marketing outfits at children that include Jack the Ripper, the possessed girl from horror movie 'The Exorcist', and a "dead pet".
The "inappropriate" costumes include a roadkill bodysuit which is sold by Party Pieces, the company owned by Michael and Carole Middleton.
A study conducted by parenting site ChannelMum.com found that nearly half of parents believe costumes aimed at kids are now "too frightening".
One in seven are worried that Halloween is becoming more sinister every year and a third say costumes no longer have a traditional Halloween theme but are selected simply to scare.
Among the nastiest Halloween trends this year are retailers pushing costumes for 18-rated movies aimed at junior aged children.
Outfits include Jason from the horror movie 'Friday the 13th' aimed at eight-year-olds, and Regan from 70s demonic possession chiller 'The Exorcist', again an 18-certificate.
Also on sale are an outfit for kids as young as eight to dress as real-life Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper.
8. Miss Teen Hot Stuff
7. Killer Creepy Clown
6. Creepy Schoolgirl
5. Possessed Girl
4. Jack The Ripper
3. Dead Pet Roadkill
2. The Slender Man
Around Halloween time last year, the police warned pranksters to avoid joining the Killer Clown craze, yet we still see sinister clown outfits being targeted at children as young as five a year on.
Worryingly, the survey of 1,434 mums by OnePoll found almost half feel many costumes are "too sexualised for young children", with revealing outfits offered for girls aged just four.
As a result, over two thirds of parents now back age-appropriate ratings on costumes.
A further three quarters want retailers to take more responsibility for the outfits they sell, with 68% cent claiming stores only care about profit.
One in 11 parents even admitted their child had had a negative experience wearing a Halloween costume - with 13% targeted with sexual or inappropriate comments.
And half of children have been so terrified by another child’s costume that they have left Halloween celebrations.
ChannelMum.com founder Siobhan Freegard said, "Halloween maybe the second biggest event for retailers after Christmas - but it should be about having harmless fun not encouraging children to wear horrible and even highly inappropriate outfits."
"Stores have become more responsible on everyday clothing, and dressing up should be no different. There is no excuse for putting profit before children’s welfare."
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