It's officially October, which means parents are brainstorming creative Halloween costumes for kids. Halloween is all about pushing the boundaries of creativity and imagination, but should there be a line, when it comes to kid costumes?
While the following costumes may seem cringe-worthy, they are all available at retailers in kid sizes. We reached out to the sellers for comment, but received none.
Here are 8 costumes that will scare you for the wrong reasons this Halloween:
While plenty of quarantine jokes abound, more than four million people have been lost to COVID-19 worldwide since the pandemic began. Making light of a virus that has destroyed many families should be avoided, so it might be best to skip Party City's quarantine zombie costume.
Baby marijuana costume
Marketed as "Pot for Tots" (just...why?), this baby marijuana costume might earn laughs from friends now and have kids asking quite a few questions later in life.
Child's gangster boy costume
A man's first suit...and semi-automatic weapon. The child's gangster boy costume is "for anyone looking to scare people in a menacing way." Given the rate of school shootings, consider us terrified.
Babies and drugs are two topics that should be kept separate unless they're in a PSA, so dressing your child up as a tobacco product in a cigarette costume seems like an odd choice.
Teen diva prisoner girl
The combination of teens, prison, and being "naughty" in the description of this diva prisoner costume geared toward teenage women have us asking a lot of questions.
Sexy cop costume
Being a police officer is an honorable profession for men and women, so why do the girls have to wear a short skirt and knee high boots in the female version of the costume?
For many people, being homeless is a reality, not a cute dress-up idea. Avoid costumes that stereotype poverty or being homeless, like this "Lil Hobo" from Amazon.
While this costume description does not explicitly say Anne Frank, the details are similar to an outfit the famed diarist and Holocaust victim wore. The costume, which features a green beret, blue dress and brown satchel, is marketed as a "World War II Evacuee Girl."