remember that a few years ago a child was badly burned after her Halloween costume caught on fire. I’m shopping for Halloween outfits and accessories and want to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to my children. What should I look out for? Rebecca, Lucan, Co Dublin WHEN you are shopping for costumes and costume accessories at Halloween, check they have the CE mark. Certain products, including toys, sold in the EU, must meet specific safety standards and the CE mark shows these standard have been met. The mark should appear on the product, in the instruction manual, or on the packaging. Children’s costumes are classified as toys, so you should look for the CE mark when buying them. All masks and other similar Halloween props should also have a visible CE mark, and costume accessories such as swords or ‘devil forks’ should be made of soft, flexible material.
If you are buying props for your child’s costume, remember these may not be classified as toys and therefore might not be safe for your child. Novelty Halloween lights, similar to Christmas lights, are also very popular at this time of year. All electrical products sold in the EU must comply with safety standards, so check they have a visible CE mark and have full contact details of the manufacturer and importer.
If buying face paints marketed at children (for example, with a picture of a child on the packaging), the paints should also have a CE mark. Always check that the packaging clearly lists ingredients and instructions for use in English, and has the manufacturer’s and importer’s contact details.