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Kiss a Girl. Kiss an Elmo. Halloween Is Not for Kids

Move over Katy Perry. Her recent cleavage issue is ancient history. Sesame Street characters are being made “sexy” for Halloween. All in the name of what adults want. CNBC reports:

“Guys want to be funny or horrific so they stand out at the party,” said Steve Silverstein, president and CEO of retailerSpirit Halloween. “…Girls want to be beautiful, and when they grow up they want to be sexy.”

To that end, costume manufacturer Disguise, a unit of Jakks Pacific, has designed a number of costumes for adults that take familiar children’s characters and make them a little…um…sassier.

Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo, and Cookie Monster, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—even popular Hasbro board games such as Scrabble, Candyland and Monopoly—have been intrepreted by Disguise in a way that not only captures the essence of those iconic brands, but also fulfills a woman’s desire to wear a very attractive costume.

The Sesame Street costumes, for example, use a feathery fabric that mimics the fuzziness of the puppets in the classic children’s TV show. There are also other details in the costume that reinforce the image. For example, the Big Bird outfit includes thigh-high hose that resemble the character’s legs, and a headband with Big Bird’s face. But the length of the skirt, and the bows on the stockings, all convey a flirty feeling.

… Several retailers reported the costumes are a big hit with customers. …

“Those are actually the hot theme so far for us this season,” said Karen van Ert, a spokeswoman for


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