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Published October 30, 2009, 03:55 PM

Parents struggle with scandalous outfits dominating the shelves

(WDAY TV) - By now, many have finished scouring clothing racks for the perfect Halloween costume, but you may have had some trouble if you were looking for something that would cover you up. That's because more and more quote "sexy" or "scandalous" outfits are dominating the shelves and the age group for this risqué holiday garb is getting lower.

By: Stephanie Goetz, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - By now, many have finished scouring clothing racks for the perfect Halloween costume, but you may have had some trouble if you were looking for something that would cover you up. That's because more and more quote "sexy" or "scandalous" outfits are dominating the shelves and the age group for this risqué holiday garb is getting lower.

It's nearly arrived: the most frightening holiday of the year. True Halloween-ers Gary and Barbi Kittleson spend weeks, endlessly seeking, trying to pin-point that bewitching wardrobe piece. But these two parents are having a tough time finding a disguise for their son and daughter.

“"It’s quite difficult, especially when all the pre-packaged ones are all, mini-skirts."

And they're getting more spooked by outfits like this.

"Sexy lingerie, I mean, that's what they look like!"

"I don't even think you could wear these in high school, could you?

It's not only the adult costumes that are going from the more covered up look like this to something more risqué. Kid’s costumes are also seeing the same trend.

"They shouldn't have to be worried about how hot they look when they're in second grade! That's a little disturbing."

"Sexualizing women in general."

Early Childhood Specialist Shannon Grave says more and more "sexy" Halloween costumes are targeting the younger generation.

"We just keep pushing the envelope and whatever trend we get stuck in, it seems like the envelope just gets pushed further and further."

She says this only fuels the objectification of women and young girls.

"That kind of puts that image in their head, that's where they're self worth comes from. And we think long term about things like eating disorders and rates of depression and low self esteem."

For the Kittelsons, digging and looking for the few covered girls' costumes, finding and buying one is only half the battle.

"This would be OK because you can wear clothes under it, you can stay warm, but trying to get that through to your daughter's head, it doesn't always go over so well."

Putting another, yet accepted step in the way of finding that perfect piece.

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