BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Parents, how would you feel about your young daughter wearing a wedding gown for Halloween?
A children's bride costume sold at K-Mart and other retailers is sparking controversy. K-Mart has already pulled the product from their stores in Australia after an online petition claimed it promotes arranged marriages or child marriage.
The dress, targeted to girls between 4-6 years old, features a white veil and frilly white dress.
One shopper outside the K-Mart in Somerville told WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe agreed it just isn't appropriate.
"A lot of people put a lot of makeup on their kids, and they put them into model shows," she said. "I'm just not one for that, I think a child should be a child. I think that it's promoting getting married—to me, it's like, in a sexual way."
But another shopper said she didn't mind the costume, and thinks all the fuss is ridiculous.
"I feel like every child grows up to want to be married some day, so I feel like they just want to get a sense of it," she said. "It's just a child thing, like fashion, like dress up."
WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports