The search for retro tracksuits and slip-on white vans is increasing as fans of The Squid Game hunt for Halloween costumes inspired by the wildly popular Netflix series, but such looks won’t be welcomed everywhere.

Principals of three New York elementary schools outside Syracuse have violently suppressed “squid-playing” conversations and games after students imitated violent episodes during recess. They now tell parents that Halloween ensembles paying tribute to the show will not be allowed on school grounds “due to the potentially aggressive message associated with the costume.”

Emails were sent to the parents of approximately 1,500 students who attend Mott Road, Fayetteville and Anders Road Elementary Schools, which are part of the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.

“We noticed that some of the students during recess were playing the version [“Squid Game”] which is intended for an adult audience aged 16 and over, ”reads an email from the director of Mott Road Elementary, according to WSTM. “Due to concerns about the potentially aggressive nature of play, it is not suitable for recess play or school discussion.”

Netflix called the reaction to the nine-episode South Korean thriller “overwhelming.” An estimated 142 million households worldwide joined Squid Game in the first four weeks, making the series “the company’s biggest television show ever,” according to an October 19 letter to Netflix shareholders.

“The breadth of popularity of Squid Game is truly astounding,” the note reads.

But experts warn that the hugely popular show, in which debt-ridden participants compete in deadly versions of children’s games for cash prizes, could attract audiences too young to deal with its alarming violence. The members of the show play twisted versions of regular school games – like balls, tug-of-war and red lights, green lights – but the losers die.

“The level of violence is appalling – more than on most shows,” David Anderson, director of school and community programs at the New York Institute for the Child’s Mind, said in a blog post last week. “This is a killing festival that assumes that out of over 400 participants, only one will survive.”

Anderson advised children to watch The Squid Game only as a teenager. The Netflix series has a TV-MA rating, which means it is intended for an adult audience.

Fayetteville-Manlius School District officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Washington Post. Superintendent Craig Tice said in a statement to the WSTM that staff recently noticed that the students were mimicking the “squid game.”

“Because of this event,” Tice said, “our principals wanted to make sure our families knew it was inappropriate for any student to wear a Halloween costume from this show to school.”

He added that educators want families to know that some young students are discussing and imitating aspects of the squid game so that parents “have the opportunity to talk to their children … and reinforce the school message that games are related to aggressive behavior, not suitable for a break. “

New York City schools aren’t the first to report students mimicking a popular show. Florida’s Bay County school officials also warned parents that elementary school students were mimicking the “squid game.”

Florida County officials said that even if parents do not allow their children to watch The Squid Game, they can still watch clips on gaming and video sharing sites, adding: the name of the “game.”

Squid Game Halloween costumes are some of the most popular on Instagram this year. In addition to the tracksuits that contestants wear at games, people are looking for white numbered shirts like the ones assigned to players, as well as red jumpsuits and black masks that security guards wear to shows.