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Costume Controversy

Halloween costume names and styles for young girls are raising eyebrows in Texoma.

When it comes to Halloween costumes for little children, we're used to seeing the names of princesses, animals, pirates, and cartoon characters.

This year, many of the names for costumes, girls in particular, are big concerns for parents.  "Naughty Leopard," "Delinquent Devil" and "Cheerless Leader" are just a few.

Halloween shopper Joshua Gallagher said,"I'm actually shocked that there's not more people that are speaking up to it because there should probably be a lot more people saying stuff about that."

The "Naughty Leopard" costume in particular is currently being sold at a Wal Mart in Texoma for female toddlers.

Wal Mart was thought to have removed the "Naughty Leopard" costume from shelves due to several parent complaints, however, Newschannel 6 crews saw the costume at the front of the store.

"I just don't think that's a good idea. I wouldn't want to see my niece in it because it's just not right," said Sadie Gallagher.

"I think that the 'Naughty Toddler' costume should be taken out of the equation. You don't want your little girl or boy growing up to be a bad influence on other little ones," said Matt Reaves. 

Halloween costume names are just a part of the problem, the style of these costumes are another.

"I think it's up to the parents to tell their children what to wear," said Wicked Andy's Scare Shop Co-Owner Chad Lagunas.

The big question is: Is Halloween no longer about being scary?

"I would prefer Halloween to be scarier, or a haunted house type thing.Scarier has always been more fun," said Joshua Gallagher.

"I think especially being in college, the girls always want to dress up. But for a little toddler like the lion costumes, that's pretty cool," said Lindsey Walston.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6

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