A growing trend in parents buying Halloween costumes rather than making them at home.

RTÉ News reports on the trend towards buying Halloween costumes for children rather than making them at home. Reporter Mary Calpin talks to Cathal O'Dea of Smyths Toy Store in Dublin who says that increasingly parents are buying costumes for their children.Mary Calpin adds up the costs associated with a costume. The range of costumes and masks in the shop are shown.

Fionnuala Kilfeather of the National Parents Council says parents should refuse to buy expensive costumes for their children. She offers advice on how to stay safe but also enjoy Halloween night.