Halloween costume sparks controversy

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Halloween is two and a half weeks away, and costumes are flying off the shelves, but one company is stirring quite a bit of controversy over their girls’ and boys’ Power Rangers costumes.

“A lot of the students, the children wear the Power Ranger costumes so I’m sure we’ll see a couple of them this year,” said Laura Archambault.

It’s a hot Halloween item year after year, but this time, one company is getting some heat for its pink Power Ranger costume.

See if you can spot any differences between the girls’ Power Ranger costume and the boys’ Power Ranger costume.

“They got the bands across the legs, the elastic in the back,” said Janet Chapman.

“It’s the same costume and made by the same company,” Archambault said.

Same costume, different price. The girls’ pink Power Ranger costume is about $5 more than the boys’.

To see if there was a difference, the boys’ costume was weighed on a scale at the Albany International Airport. The boys’ costume weighs 0.8 lbs. The girls’ costume weighs 0.6 lbs.

So, nearly five dollars more expensive than the boys’ costume and it weighs less.

“It feels like they would need to put more work into the boys, for putting in the little padding so it doesn’t make sense,” said Lorenzo Sampson. “If they use more material, why would it be less?”

“I would question the manager and ask them why would there be a difference of $4.97,” Archambault said. “I would ask them why and I would ask if we could have a price adjustment to make it even because it’s the same costume.”

The costumes are being sold at Walmart, but they’re made by Disguise Inc. A spokesperson told NEWS10 ABC they would look into it and get back with an answer.

Walmart was contacted, and their spokesperson also says they will have to check back.

While waiting on those calls, some families are already speculating on the answer.

“Well, it seems companies like to charge girls more,” Chapman said.

“They are obviously charging more for girls because they can I suppose,” David Sampson said.

Late Thursday evening, a spokesperson for Disguise, Inc. tells NEWS10 they suggest a price to retailers, but it is up to the retailer’s discretion to drop that price and by how much. The manufacturer’s suggested price for the boy’s Black Power Ranger Dino Charge Classic Muscle Child Halloween Costume is $29.99, and their suggested price for the girl’s Pink Power Ranger Dino Charge Classic Child Halloween Costume is $19.99. The spokesperson says the built-in muscles on the Boys’ Power Ranger Costume are considered enhancements.

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