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Suggestive costumes for toddlers raise eyebrows

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When it comes to Halloween costumes, sex sells. But guess what we found inside Walmart: a naughty leopard costume for toddlers.

"No, no, no, it is too suggestive," was one parent's reaction. "It's not good," Mary Nesmith said.

We spotted several on the shelves. There were right near the cute baby spider and the bumble bee. Oh, and there's also a "devil diva" too.

"With Miley Cyrus out here and everything going on, I'm not surprised," said Kailey Moore.

The leopard outfit comes with the dress, ruffles and a headband with ears. It sells for about $20.

It's similar to some other outfits, but it's that word "naughty" that has some folks spooked.

"I wouldn't buy something like that for my kid, no," John Delbaugh said.

Psychologist Dr. Jeremy Gaies says this one sends the wrong message, even if the kids don't quite understand the meaning behind "naughty."

"It is sexualizing children, even if the costumes themselves are not particularly risqué, this whole message of children wearing costumes that look like adults in sexual situations, it's not good for kids," he said.

So when it comes to these kinds of costumes, naughty is best left to the adults.


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