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Halloween Costume Related Health Hazards

By Janelle Cabuco, http://www.neontommy.com

Some makeup may contain toxic chemicals that can be easily absorbed into the skin (Vancouver Film School / Flickr Creative Commons).

Some makeup may contain toxic chemicals that can be easily absorbed into the skin (Vancouver Film School / Flickr Creative Commons).

Halloween is a time for shrieks of horror, thrills, and laughter. It calls for celebration and superstition, and most importantly, costumes!

Unfortunately, there are some hidden health hazards that come with dressing up for Halloween that most people don’t think about. Some are even scarier than the scariest of Halloween costumes.

According to a 2008 study in Science of the Total Environment, fake teeth and paints used as Halloween props run high risks of lead contamination, a neurotoxin. Many Halloween products such as Halloween themed drinking cups, candy buckets, and fake teeth have been found to have an excess of six percent more lead than the US regulatory limit.

Many other children’s products have been contaminated with lead over the years. In 2007, Toys “R” Us had two recalls in a single month because their children’s products surpassed the legal limit. This is definitely a cause for concern, considering that all of us who buy fake teeth do put them in our mouths. Lead enters the body the fastest when ingested. Read More