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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.

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