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Finding appropriate Halloween costumes for kids tricky

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It's that time of year, and the last-minute hunt for Halloween costumes is in full swing. But while searching for that perfect costume, some parents are concerned to find that costumes for children and tweens are becoming a little -- or a lot -- inappropriate.

It's a subject that's on the minds of many parents right now, who say the trick these days is convincing your daughter not to look like a treat. Parents are on the verge of losing their heads because their little princess thinks she's all grown up and wants to dress naught instead of nice.

Julie Grimes is an aunt with four nieces who wonders why costumes have to be so revealing.

"I think it's highly inappropriate. Little girls these days are being enticed to look older and more mature than what they actually are, and children should dress their age and not grow up too fast," Julie said.

Ann Isaacson says little girls were born to test the limits of patience.

"When you are little, you want to be older. When you're older you want to be younger," Ann said.

Eighteen-year-old Maya Hamilton is dressing up as a sexy boxer.

"I'm not fully naked or anything, you know, I'm covered," she said.

Maya says she's an adult now, but tweens should dress for their age.

"Fifteen and lower, I don't think they should dress like this," she said.

Maya's aunt Domini says those bad little bunnies and butterflies can wait.

"I would tell them to wait, you have a long time to dress and have fun and do those things, so enjoy being a kid and enjoy wearing the cute outfits because childhood goes by very fast," she said.

Fortunately, at Spirit Halloween we found a collection of costumes that were both naughty and nice. And when in doubt, leggings can cover up a lot of skin. Ann Isaacson says some of the tween outfits just need more fabric.

"They are a little bit too risqué, a little too risqué for that age group," she said.

If you're not in a rush, parents can find plenty of classy costumes. So your child can choose Snow White instead of that little black dress that could send the wrong message.

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