LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Trick-or-treating is only a few days away, and picking out a Halloween costume can be a big choice for a little kid. But some parents are concerned girls costumes are becoming too sexualized.
Halloween can be a scary time of year, but that’s what 6-year-old Vada Moore loves about the holiday. She said if she had to choose between Christmas and Halloween, she would pick Halloween.
Vada Moore comes to Spirit Halloween in Lafayette twice a week and knows every employee by name.
“I like the spooky costumes,” Vada Moore said.
She loves the monsters, costumes and creepy pop-outs. Each year she carefully selects what she’s going to wear on the fun night.
“Usually, she likes scary things, but this year she’s Pikachu,” said Vada’s mom, Kim Moore.
But Kim Moore said each year she notices costumes for little girls becoming more and more sexualized.
“I think some of them are getting a little skimpier,” Kim Moore said.
She said she would like to see more material on the costumes.
“And not so adult-looking, go back to being kid-themed,” she said.
Some of the costume choices for girls are Pretty Pink Kitty, Vampirina and Sugar and Spice Witch.
Jade Wies is 10 years old. She said when she looks through aisles, she sees mostly princess and cartoon options.
“There’s nothing scary and if there is, it’s always in a dress,” Wies said.
That’s why she has a special system for her Halloween costume decision.
“One year, I go from a girl costume, then to a boy costume,” she said.
This year, she’s picking a girl costume. But her options are limited.
“Boys like scary things and girls don’t really as much,” she said.