Lufkin shoppers weigh in on Halloween costume decency

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Many East Texans are getting creative with their Halloween costumes this year. However, is there a difference between creative and offensive?

With two days to spare, Cole Popper found his costume.

"There's going to be some big Halloween parties and I have to make a good impact so I just wanted to be a milk shake because it's original," said Popper.

Cathy Clark, store manager of Spirit Halloween, said she's had a lot of customers this year and it's hard to pinpoint the most popular outfit.

"It's kind of come in spurts...Michael Jackson has been a good seller and then career-type costumes," said Clark.

However, some shoppers said there are outfits that cross the line.

"I have a 13-year-old daughter and I believe that the costumes out there now are a little bit too sexy for that age," said Halloween Shopper Melissa Jones.

"I think some people take it too far as to be trashy almost," said shopper Melody Krauskopf.

"As far as the offensiveness of the costume, that depends on the individual that buys it and how they perceive themselves at a party or in the public," said Clark.

Clark said they do their best to keep all their customers happy.

"This is a family store, we try to keep anything that might be offensive in a family nature on the back A-frames, but they're still available for those people that want them," said Clark.

"I think you should think about what you're dressing up as and if anybody could take it offensive," said Krauskopf.

Shopper Daniel Warner said most of the time, it's all in good fun.

"There's a few of the women's costumes that are a little risque, but you know it's Halloween, you got to go big," said Warner.

"I think there obviously is always a line and I mean you shouldn't show too much skin or whatever, but I think you should also be able to go out and have fun," Popper said, and that's exactly what he plans on doing as a milk shake.

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