'Slenderman' Halloween Costumes Spark Understandable Outrage

SlendermanIt's getting to be that time of year again -- the weather is cooling down, the leaves are beginning to turn, and kids are deciding what they want to be for Halloween. Some go cute, as a kitty or princess or superhero, while others go for a scary look, maybe a devil or a witch. But one thing kids shouldn't go as is disturbing.

Parents in a Wisconsin town are understandably upset that the local stores are marketing and selling ghoulish "Slenderman" costumes. Last spring, a 12-year-old girl was allegedly stabbed 19 times by two of her peers at a sleepover, in homage to the fictional character.


One Milwaukee-area mom, Paulette Thompson, said, "It's horrible, I can't imagine how many people would wear that."

Another parent, Chris Sobczak, said, "I think the stores could do a better job choosing their costumes for kids to not promote violence."

Not all the stores are carrying it though. Halloween Express has decided not to carry the Slenderman costume, which retails for around $40. Owner Jon Majdoch explained, "We don't mind scary, but we try not to be sick ... I have two daughters and I try to run my business so that they would be proud. So we try and carry a selection of stuff that is appropriate for families and having fun."

He continued, "We don't want customers to come in and have any sinister feel ... we want to be bright and sunshiny. We want music to be playing and a happy feel."

This really is sinister. Thankfully the victim survived, but according to her doctors, one of her wounds was a mere millimeter away from nicking her heart and causing certain death in the woods where she was stabbed.

The two classmates who stabbed her are also 12, and have been charged with attempted murder, and face up to 65 years in prison for their crime. One of the girls has been found not competent to stand trial, and this week, a Waukesha County judge ordered the other to be evaluated by a doctor.

This just seems like a really bad judgment call by the stores selling these costumes. Scary is one thing, but to dress as Slenderman in the town where a child was almost killed in homage to him is just wrong.

Do you think it's morally wrong for Halloween stores in this town to sell the Slenderman costume?


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