Party City Saves Money On Models, Just Makes Photos For Plus-Size Items Wider

Party City Saves Money On Models, Just Makes Photos For Plus-Size Items Wider

If you’re a costume store and have both misses’ and plus-sized tights and leggings to sell, there are two things you could do. You could hire models who fit into each respective product line, and take photos of their legs in each item. Or you could take pictures of a misses’ size model wearing the tights, then stretch out the images to create the illusion of a plus-size model. Party City did one of these. [More]

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Retailers Realize Osama Bin Laden Costume Might Be Offensive, Stop Selling It

We have to wonder whether anyone pays attention at all to the Halloween costumes offered at major retailers. The “naughty leopard” incident was weird, but how is it even remotely okay to sell Osama bin Laden costumes to the public? After the Sikh Coalition pointed this out, so far Walmart, Amazon, Sears, and Rite Aid have pulled the outfit from their shelves. [More]

Not cool, say British folks. Not at all.

UK Retailers Realize “Mental Patient” & “Psycho Ward” Also Aren’t Great Halloween Costumes

While we’re dealing with Naughty Leopard costumes for kids that don’t even remotely resemble actual leopards, British retailers have their own hands full with controversial Halloween outfits. Across the pond they’re called “Fancy Dress Costumes” and with names like “Psycho Ward” and “Mental Patient,” retailers selling them are coming under fire from the mental health community. [More]

Walmart Now Offers “Naughty” Costumes For Toddler Girls

Walmart Now Offers “Naughty” Costumes For Toddler Girls

Every Halloween, we’re at the forefront of showing you who the Costume Industry Gods have decided needs to be “sexy” this year. Little girls as sexy pirate wenches? Dogs as sexy Catholic schoolgirls? This year, Walmart helps you to start your toddler daughter off early with the “Naughty Leopard” costume. [More]

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Sesame Street Issues Cease & Desist To Sellers Of Sexy Big Bird Outfits Because That’s Just Wrong

Let’s not get into the whole “why do women (and some men!) always feel the need to sexify Halloween costumes and turn otherwise innocent outfits into slutty ones?” thing. But Sexy Big Bird? That won’t fly with Sesame Street Workshop, and it’s cracking down on all those illicit costume peddlers by issuing a cease and desist to a site selling costumes like “”Exclusive Yellow Dress and Stockings” with a Big Bird headpiece that was licensed to another company. [More]

U.S. Customs & Border Patrol

Seized Pirate Costumes Rendered Decidedly Scarier Due To High Levels Of Lead

Attention, Halloween lovers: While you might want to be perceived as dangerous  this Halloween, there are some costumes that are so dangerous they’re actually harmful to your health. Shipments of pirate costumes coming from China were recently seized by authorities because they contained high levels of lead. The better to sink you with when you walk the plank, perhaps, but not so great for your health. [More]

Target Recalls Frog Masks That Could Suffocate Kids

Target Recalls Frog Masks That Could Suffocate Kids

Some early bird parents who indulged their kids’ wishes to dress up as frogs for Halloween will have to re-do their costume shopping. Target recalled 3,400 products called Children’s Frog Masks due to a potential suffocation hazard. [More]

At Least It Isn't Oozing Blood

At Least It Isn't Oozing Blood

Aaron discovered this item in the Halloween costume department of his local Target. It is supposed to create the illusion of a wound beneath your clothing. On the shelf, it looks like… um. [More]

That Halloween Costume May Embarrass Your Dog

That Halloween Costume May Embarrass Your Dog

Before you go shopping for a vampire costume for your Dachshund, have you stopped to consider whether you may be damaging his self-esteem with the getup? [More]

Target Thinks Your Mom's Homemade Halloween Costumes Suck

Target Thinks Your Mom's Homemade Halloween Costumes Suck

The staff and the readers of The Consumerist share a love of cheap, homemade Halloween costumes. That’s why we’re a little disappointed in Target’s holiday ad offering, which features a creative (if fragile) homemade Iron Man costume made by a proud mom and worn by a dismayed little boy.
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Halloween Costumes You Can Throw Together At Thrift Stores

Halloween Costumes You Can Throw Together At Thrift Stores

My favorite Halloween costume is Toilet Paper Mummy, which is probably the least expensive get-up you can cobble together outside the ghost-bed sheet motif. All you do is wrap yourself up in toilet paper and duct tape yourself together. The TP mummy is always good for laughs at parties, and the costume only gets better as the night goes on, making you look more and more authentic as the paper tatters and drags behind you. [More]

"Sexy" "Sesame Street" And "Costume" Should Not Be In The Same Sentence

"Sexy" "Sesame Street" And "Costume" Should Not Be In The Same Sentence

What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Perhaps a sexy Elmo? Or a sexy Big Bird? Yes, it’s that time of year again when that which should not be eroticized, is, and is turned into a Halloween costume. [More]

Honor Your Favorite Deceased Infomercial Celebrity This Halloween

Honor Your Favorite Deceased Infomercial Celebrity This Halloween

One of the inexpensive Halloween costume ideas suggested by readers was to dress in honor of the deceased and beloved infomercial pitchman Billy Mays. (This costume is especially simple if you already have dark hair and a beard.) Today, Billy Mays III announced a Billy Mays costume contest, sponsored and judged by his friends and colleagues at Sullivan Productions.

Now Available For Halloween: "Sexy" Costumes For Dogs

Now Available For Halloween: "Sexy" Costumes For Dogs

Last year, we highlighted sexy Halloween costumes for inappropriately young girls, but costume makers have decided to take it farther. To sexy costumes for dogs.