Bloody, sadistic, nightmare-inducing Halloween costumes are being made and marketed for kids…and no one seems to scare.
Whereas precautions exist to protect children from violent movies, TV shows, music, and video games, top Halloween costume makers and sellers do the opposite, encouraging children under 12 -- in some cases under 6 -- to dress up as sadistic, deranged murderers from R- Rated cinema including:
Children can “accessorize” their costumes with bloody machetes, long knives, axes, chainsaws, and other torture and murder toys. One “zombie doctor” costume with “PVC rotting chest, pants with rotted knee, surgical mask and cap, and latex gloves” comes in size 4-6.
It isn’t all about gore, either. Kids well under 12 are encouraged to purchase costumes for a wide range of popular movies the Motion Picture Association has already deemed inappropriate for their age, including Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Star Wars III, Thor, Captain America and over half of the Harry Potter movies.
How are parents supposed to steer their kids away from inappropriate movies and images when those same movies and images are being aggressively marketed to them every Halloween?
Joel Schwartzberg, an award-winning parenting essayist, author, and father of three school-age children, has written on this topic for The New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, The Star Ledger, AOL Parent Dish, and iVillage. It’s also the focus of a chapter in his award- winning collection of essays: “The 40-Year Old Version”
A big fan of the horror film genre ever since his mother took him to see The Shining at the all-too-young age of 12, Schwartzberg has also written two horror screenplays, both of which were finalists at the Los Angeles Shriekfest Film Festival.
Why Are Ultra-Violent Halloween Costumes Being Made For and Marketed To Children?
Halloween’s Michael Myers and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s “Leatherface”are two of many R-rated outfits being aggressively marketed to pre-teenagers