Kate Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, set up Party Pieces in 1987, a company which started out small and is now a must-visit for anyone throwing a party, or getting ready for a festive occasion – and part of the Middleton family’s huge fortune.
However, 62 year old Carole and 68 year old Michael have recently received negative backlash for a selection of children’s Halloween costumes on their website believed to be too ‘sexy’ for children.
Among the outfits is a Little Red Ridinghood costume which is being sold online for £13.99 in sizes 4-6 years, 6-8 years ad 8-10 years.
The outfit – deemed ‘inappropriate’– features a short skirt, a corset body and a ruffle top, showing a little skin below the neck.
In the modelling shot, the young girl wears white tights with a pair of red heels.
Another outfit causing concern is the Queen Of Hearts outfit, available in sizes 10-12 years, 12-14 year and 14-16 years for £22.99.
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The outfit includes a short skirt and a corset-style top, with a low cut neckline.
Express.co.uk contacted the NSPCC regarding the images, who stated in their opinion: “These days children are increasingly being exposed to sexual images and settings at a far younger age and in more places than ever before, including on music videos and TV shows, online and even through fancy dress costumes.
“The NSPCC would always encourage parents to carefully consider what’s appropriate for their child and the possible impact of dressing them in an adult way. Retailers should also be asking themselves similar questions before putting these products on sale.”
Other parents agree with the comments, with ChannelMum.com’s survey on parents revealing a massive 98 per cent would not allow their child to wear the costumes.
ChannelMum.com founder Siobhan Freegard explained: “Halloween maybe the second biggest event for retailers after Christmas – but it should be about having harmless fun not encouraging children to wear horrible and even highly inappropriate outfits.”
“Stores have become more responsible on everyday clothing, and dressing up should be no different. There is no excuse for putting profit before children’s welfare.”
OK! Online has contacted Party Pieces for a comment.