Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards was quoted in an Associated Press article about the trend of young children wearing gory Halloween costumes.
“Today's parents are reveling in that nostalgia, and their children are likely to feel empowered when older kids and adults are shocked or impressed by the edginess of their costumes,” Edwards said in the article. “Part of the thrill of Halloween for little kids is that you put on a costume and you become the thing. If you dress up as a fairy princess or a pilot, you are a fairy princess or a pilot for a couple of hours. But that's when you get to the question, If you dress up as a really horrible thing, what is the kids' perception of that?"
The article has been published in news outlets including Yahoo.com, The (Chicago) Daily Herald, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Detroit News. Click here to read the story.