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Advice Column - Halloween Costumes

Date: 
29th October 2019

I’m looking online for Halloween costumes for my kids. But I’m slightly worried as I’ve read stories about some costumes not being fire-safe and some children being hurt because of this. I want the kids to be able to enjoy their trick-or-treating worry-free, so what should I look for when buying their costumes?

Unfortunately you’re right. There have been a number of incidents where children's Halloween costumes were set alight by accident.

But you can do a number of things to help keep your child safe. Citizens Advice recommends that you:

1)     Check the costume comes with safety instructions, a CE marking and the manufacturer’s name. A CE marking means the product complies with European health and safety requirements, and the product has been tested for flammability.

2)     Keep on the lookout for fake products by checking the CE mark. Sometimes the wrong mark is used entirely. If it looks correct, a giveaway may be the middle line of ‘E’, which should be shorter than the other parts.

3)     Make sure you’re buying from a reputable retailer. So, if you’re shopping online, check whether you’re buying from a third-party seller and try and find out as much about them as you can.

4)     Look for things like customer reviews or search for the company online to see what people are saying about them. You can also try contacting the company and asking for safety information.

5)     Lastly, you can check whether the product has ever been recalled for an issue before. Visit productrecall.campaign.gov.uk to check.

Citizens Advice also recommends that you speak with your children about how best to stay safe while having fun in fancy dress. Like making sure they keep away from candles and open flames, and remember to be mindful of any laces, drawstrings or small trailing parts on their costumes.

Remember, if you’re in doubt, you don’t have to buy the product. And you can always contact Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 for further help or to report an issue.