October 16 2015
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Not everyone participates in or observes Halloween, but some folks do let their kids dress up in costumes for candy and festivals. And one mom is not too happy with some of the selections this time of year.
Julie Gunlock, a senior fellow at the Independent Women's Forum (IWF), says moms have fewer choices in the costume marketplace for their children.
"There are an astonishing number of very sexy costumes, and not just for teens and tweens … it goes down as far as toddlers," Gunlock laments. "I think a lot of moms are concerned about that."
She suggests the problem is that a lot of these manufacturers are just producing more of what is being bought.
"So, I think it is really incumbent upon parents to not buy these things," the IWF spokesperson submits. "Make your own costume, or search high and low, and hopefully that will create a demand on the other end, which is costumes that are age appropriate."
According to the National Retail Federation, total spending on Halloween 2015 will top $6.9 billion, with the average American celebrating the holiday planning to spend $74 on decorations, candy, costumes, and more.