CHARLESTON, S.C. (WNCN) – A South Carolina mom is getting some national attention over what she believes is a controversial kids’ Halloween costume.
Elisabeth Hunter, a mom who’s from Charlotte, but now lives in Charleston, South Carolina has been working with other moms to get a costume off store shelves, WCNC reported.
Hunter says an “open heart surgeon” kids’ costume sold at multiple stores and Amazon is offensive, especially to those with kids affected by congenital heart defects.
“There’s just enough horror being a child that has to have open heart surgery. There’s no need to add to that,” Hunter told WCNC.
Hunter, a mother of a 3-and-a-half-year-old born with a congenital heart defect and who’s already had three open heart surgeries, calls the costume “disgusting.”
“It was vile and it was such a misguided representation of the medical professionals that tirelessly work to save our children,” she told WCNC.
Hunter and a group of moms turned to social media to get the costume removed from store shelves. They also emailed and called the companies selling the costume, WCNC reported.
Hunter told WCNC that most of the companies agreed to remove the costumes from their websites including Walmart, Party City, and Jet.com.
WCNC reported that California Costume Creations, the company that manufactures the costume, has also suspended production of the costume.
Amazon however, has not pulled the costume from its website, WCNC reported.
Hunter told WCNC she is not trying to take the scary out of Halloween.
WCNC contributed to this article.