AUSTIN (KXAN) – “I don’t think there’s anything sexy about it,” said the VP of merchandising at costume company Yandy – known for its evocative costumes – Business insider this week.
Despite the company previously making sparkly costumes for ‘Fake News’ 2017 and it is hugely controversial’sexy “Handmaid’s Tale” costume in 2018, the company says a sassy COVID-19 suit is going too far.
As the pandemic continues into the fall, Americans are still looking for ways to safely celebrate Halloween.
Yandy says it has launched more than 500 costumes and experienced sales growth, despite only 22% of 7,644 people telling the National Retail Federation that they plan to attend a Halloween party.
The company says it predicts people will buy sexy costumes for virtual gatherings at home and smaller parties. Obviously, social media posts play a role as a way of showing costumes from a safe distance.
Also in demand? Costumes exclusive to bedroom activities.
“We have costumes that you can wear to parties, but we also have a very large collection of bedroom suits where you can spice up your love life at night,” said Aras Koktas, co-CEO of Yandy. told Business Insider.
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines against door-to-door trick-or-treatment this year.
“Many traditional Halloween activities can be at high risk for the spread of viruses,” the CDC said. “There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you have or have been exposed to COVID-19 to someone with COVID-19, you may not participate in personal Halloween festivities or hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. “
The CDC says the public should avoid the following “ higher risk activities ”:
- Traditional trick-or-treat where treats are given to children going door to door
- Trunk-or-treat, where treats are given from suitcases of cars that are set up in large parking lots
- Overcrowded indoor costume parties
- Covered haunted house where people can be crowded and screaming
- Hay or tractor rides with people outside your household
- Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behavior
- Travel to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area where COVID-19 is distributed in the community