Child safety is our top concern at Halloween. We accompany our kids to the houses they go to. We make sure they stay in well-lit areas. We inspect their candy to make sure it hasn't been tampered with.
Safety also needs to be ensured in their costumes. And unfortunately there are plenty of hazards to keep us busy in our efforts to protect our children from harm.
Researchers from HealthyStuff.org tested 106 Halloween costumes, along with deorations and accessories. They found 33 products to contain vinyl or PVC components.
Of the products, 5 percent contained lead at greater than 100 parts per million (ppm).
They found brominated flame retardants in 10 percent of the products.
Bromine irritates skin, mucous membranes, and tissues. It works by directly irritating the skin, mucous membranes, and tissues.
An article from the CDC reported, "Breathing bromine gas could cause you to cough, have trouble breathing, get a headache, have irritation of your mucous membranes (inside your mouth, nose, etc.), be dizzy, or have watery eyes."
Brominated flame retardants have been found to be linked to cancer and endocrine disruption according to an article from the Environmental Working Group.
The flame retardant antimony, which the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) says may be an endocrine disruptor, was found in 32 percent of the products.
Some store-bought costumes were found to contain antimony, bromine, chlorine, lead and phthalates.
Accessories tested included light sticks, tiaras, butterfly sets and Halloween bags.Unwanted chemicals included antimony, bromine, chlorine and tin.
Decorations included LED C3 lights which had high levels of antimony, bromine and chlorine. Some wall art contained high levels of phthalates and chlorine as well as medium levels of cadmium.
Masks and fake teeth may be made from unknown synthetic materials. Phthalates which are hormone disruptors are often found in plastics, something you don't want on your child's face.
Face-painting substances should be researched carefully before you buy them since lead and other toxins can be found in some types of makeup.