Warning: Toxic Chemicals in Halloween Costumes!

A study released today by HealthStuff.org found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and even “trick or treat” bags.  Dangerous chemicals like phthalates, flame retardants, vinyl (PVC) plastic, organotins, and even lead.  

There is really no excuse for having such high quantities in children’s costumes, accessories or decorations as these chemicals can have profound health effects including asthma, learning disabilities, hormone disruption, reproductive problems, birth defects, liver toxicity and cancer. 

At a time when parents and kids are celebrating, worry over being exposed to toxins should be the farthest thing from our minds.

Tell the retailers of these products “enough is enough”!  Take action today at Safer Chemicals, Health Families. 

Study Details: The study tested 44 costumes, 40 accessories and 21 decorations (make up and face paint were not tested). The following retailers and products 

CVS Retailed

Kroger Retailed

Party City Retailed

Target Retailed

Walgreens Retailed

Walmart Retailed

  • Toddler Batman Muscle Costume:  In the yellow belt, we measured 29% regulated phthalates (290,000 ppm) and 340 ppm tin. In the inside of the mask, we measured 120 ppm lead and in the blue fabric, bromine 860 ppm.
  • Disney Wall Art: 16% regulated phthalaltes (160,000 ppm)
  • Glam Heels: PVC straps with organotin compounds (1,000 ppm tin)

 If you believe you or someone you love has been exposed to toxic environmental chemicals, we may be able to help. To schedule an appointment call us at 503-287-4970.