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To think Halloween costumes for small children are..

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meekenough Fri 25-Oct-13 16:19:29

becoming far too grotesque?

I have a four year old and costume shopping is becoming limited increasingly as IMO the costume faces are either too frightening/disturbing/gory for children that age, and that alot of the decorations are going the same way,
I am by no means a prude I like my horror films, but horror film imagery is for adults not kids, I love halloween but when I was a child it was a bin liner cape, witches hat and then watched hocus pocus...., things seem to have changed a lot ...

Or maybe I', gerrin' old and joyless.....


2tiredtoScare Fri 25-Oct-13 16:27:55

Maybe this will counteract it a bit..

2tiredtoScare Fri 25-Oct-13 16:28:10

2tiredtoScare Fri 25-Oct-13 16:29:19

YANBU though, I went to a party shop and some of the outfits for young children had gone way too far

Tallaween Fri 25-Oct-13 16:34:00

We've cobbled together an outfit this year. She's being the Wicked Witch of the East (black scraggly tutu, black polo neck, black & white stripy tights, red sparkly shoes, broom, witches hat, lots of green face paint - I am trtung to decide if I have the wherewithall to make a little house to glue to the hat).

We did look at the costumes in store but they were either too flouncy or too ugly - not that she is difficult to please!

MTBMummy Fri 25-Oct-13 16:42:36

Dunno - we found some nice ones at Tesco for DD, not offensive or scary at all

BrandiBroke Fri 25-Oct-13 16:46:40

I thought exactly this last year when my Facebook feed was full of pictures of little children dressed as really gruesome looking zombies. When I was little I didn't know what a zombie was! YANBU.

WooWooOwl Fri 25-Oct-13 16:48:04

I've never seen any grotesque outfits for small children. Just capes with smiley bats, normal witches dresses and pumpkins that come with stripy tights.

Where do you shop?

2tiredtoScare Fri 25-Oct-13 16:49:07

I saw them in a party shop

phantomnamechanger Fri 25-Oct-13 16:49:08


witches, ghosts, pumpkins or black cats are fine but anything with blood and gore, IMO, is not appropriate. Just bleurgh.

Then again, I hate Halloween with a passion and we have NEVER done it, at all. <Ba Humbug!>

2tiredtoScare Fri 25-Oct-13 16:49:36

It's boo humbug actually

FunnyRunner Fri 25-Oct-13 16:49:38

They have lovely ones in TK Maxx if you have one near you?

absentmindeddooooodles Fri 25-Oct-13 16:50:19

There are a few that l9ok a bit much. I took ds 2.6 to tescos and asda to try and find one. There were a few scary looking scream type ones.

We came back with a pink tutu, cats ears, vampire teeth and pumpkin face paint. .....fair enough ds.

2tiredtoScare Fri 25-Oct-13 16:52:35

At the party shop I saw zombies, scream outfits and bloodied nurse outfits for 4-6 year olds

meekenough Fri 25-Oct-13 16:56:20

yes zombies, bloody stuff, my DP got my DS a v. scary devil mask last year didnt like it at all.

Fakebook Fri 25-Oct-13 16:56:25

Mothercare and M&S always do nice ones. Dd has a witches dress from Mothercare that she's been wearing since 2009. It just stretches to fit her every year.

I have a problem with book character costumes though. Last March I tried to find dd a nice costume for world book day and when I googled little red riding hood or goldilocks all these disgusting big breasted women with hardly any clothes on would come up. I find it unsettling when a child's book character is sexed up like that for adults.

meekenough Fri 25-Oct-13 16:56:54

yep totally 2tiredtoScare, lol that outfit is cute.

MrsCakesPremonition Fri 25-Oct-13 17:03:56

DS is 5yo and had insisted on being a zombie this year. I brought his costume home today and he has adapted so that it now includes nothing but pants, socks and a scary mask. He is having a whale of a time surprising me from behind my laptop.

I think it depends on the child TBH.

RedHelenB Fri 25-Oct-13 17:47:04

Ds was a pumpkin for 3 years ( think it was from Asda) Now he's almost 7 he's chosen a vampire outfit. Pumpkin really cute with hat, vampire not gritesque so YABU!!

2tiredtoScare Fri 25-Oct-13 17:56:38

I dont think the mainstream shops seem to sell things like the outfits in stand alone shops

HotDogSlaughter Fri 25-Oct-13 18:05:09

Yes some stuff is quite yukky, the zombie nurse is a bit wrong but it's up to us to guide them isn't it?

2tiredtoScare Fri 25-Oct-13 18:15:53

Yes well I had to guide myself away from the baby Frankenstein outfit as it was 24 quid

Tillyscoutsmum Fri 25-Oct-13 18:17:22

My DS (nearly 4) chose a really freaky clown costume this year confused There's no blood or gore but it scares the ever living shit out of me shock (I obviously read too much Stephen King as a teen)

MyBaby1day Sat 26-Oct-13 03:08:29

YANBU, I have noticed this too, need to tone it down a bit and make it a bit more cute!.

Birdsgottafly Sat 26-Oct-13 11:13:06

Surely you would expect " more extreme" costumes, in a costume shop, as otherwise at the prices they charge ( or cannot compete with) everyone would stick to Tesco/Asda and the discount shops?

I haven't seen any that could be deemed as unsuitable in any of the Supermarkets.

The little girl dresses with Black Cats etc on makes we wish we had a toddler in the family.

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