Halloween bash bans ‘cross-gender’ outfits

  • Fri Oct 28th, 2011 9:47pm
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Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A recent Halloween party hosted by a Mormon church ward angered at least one resident after fliers specified no “cross-gender” costumes.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that meant no girls dressed as Harry Potter or boys as Lady Liberty at the party in Sandy.

Raquel Smith said she was “appalled” when she read the flier taped to her door. She is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The flier urged children to “wear costumes” but noted, “please no masks or cross-gender dressing.”

Smith called it “fear-mongering and hate-driven.”

LDS Bishop Dennis Toone, whose ward hosted the party, said he thought it was church policy but it wasn’t. He said anyone who didn’t like the rule didn’t have to come.