Halloween is getting closer and we are all dug in preparations for the night.But,we must be very careful from where we buy the Halloween costumes and make up, since we don’t want to poison ourselves with toxins within.That is why it is so important to read the labels of manufacturing!
Well,we’re not here to ruin Halloween for you! We just want you to have the safest, healthiest, and happiest Halloween ever!
Chemicals In Costumes And Decorations
Costumes, accessories, and decorations from most major Halloween retailers may contain chemicals and additives that have been linked to many health issues( reproductive problems, developmental delays, and even cancer0.
In one evaluation of nearly 150 Halloween products, one-third contained PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a known endocrine disruptor. Additionally, PVC fabric is frequently treated with chemicals known as phthalates.
Phtalates near children can cause premature puberty, many birth defects, liver problems, and testicular cancer later in life.PVC products also contain dioxins, chemicals that are classified carcinogens and cause reproductive issues and learning delays.
Lead is another toxin that often contaminates cheap foreign goods,including food and children’s toys. It shouldn’t be a surprise that lead reach even to Halloween products.
Lead poisoning is exceptionally hazardous to children. It interferes with calcium and has a severely negative effect on nerve function.Exposure to lead is even linked to cognitive and hearing impairment. Lead exposure threatens fetal development as well.
Pregnant women who have been exposed to lead may experience miscarriage, premature birth, or have undersized babies.
Fabrics that have been treated with flame retardants are another concern with respect to Halloween costume safety. Such fabrics are often contaminated with antimony and other dangerous chemicals.
Exposure to antimony trioxide is linked to sharp increases in peripheral arterial disease(a condition that causes atherosclerotic plaque to form in the arteries).
Some flame retardants in the Halloween costumes are especially dangerous to children, because their chemical structure is similar to developmental neurotoxins( like organophosphate pesticides, which affect brain development).
Makeup, in general, is something to watch out for, as toxic metals contaminate cosmetics. Some face painting kits for children also contain high levels of lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and antimony, all of which are especially toxic to the kidneys and the immune, reproductive and nervous systems.
Glow sticks and glow jewelry seem like a harmless way to stay visible,but the chemicals in those plastic tubes do pose a threat. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and anthracene, two chemicals found in glow sticks, can be highly poisonous.
To be fair to glow sticks, the amount contained is usually too small to cause problems in humans. A more likely scenario is a child or pet getting it in their eyes, mouth, or on their skin.
Then How To Have Hazardous Free Halloween
There are always safe alternatives.Reducing your exposure to toxins in the first place is a better strategy.
When assembling your Halloween costumes,examine the labels before purchasing. Or even better,make your own costumes and accessories yourself with non-toxic materials.
- Wear a wig instead of temporary spray-on hair color
- Avoid plastic teeth as they tend to be softened with phthalates
- Look for makeup kits labeled non-toxic, and make sure they are produced in a country with strict regulations on consumer goods.
- Wash off makeup before bed
- Check labels on costumes and accessories for vinyl and flame retardants
- Limit candy consumption, avoid corn syrup and synthetic food dyes
It’s difficult to resist all the Halloween cakes, cookies, and candy, but you can easily find recipes that can recreate the traditional treats with healthy ingredients like cashews, chia seeds and dark chocolate.
The choice is YOURS!