Get into the Halloween spirit — without the harmful chemicals. Help your kids stay spooky but safe with these simple steps.
- Beware of heavy metals like nickel, cobalt and chromium.
- Apply carefully: avoid the sensitive eye area and mouth.
- Do a forearm test to check for allergies – even with “hypoallergenic” products.
- Check for color additives and buy FDA-approved colors only.
- DIY with common ingredients like lotion, cornstarch and natural food colors (try beet or spinach).
- Buy dark chocolate over milk chocolate, white chocolate or yogurt-covered treats.
- Avoid artificial colors or flavors.
- Try candy filled with fruit (nuts make healthy choices but may trigger allergies).
- Offer small serving sizes to trick-or-treaters
- Enjoy in moderation!
- Try to avoid disposable, store-bought costumes. They’re frequently made with flame-retardant chemicals and vinyl plastic.
- Skip metal costume jewelry. It may contain unsafe levels of cadmium or lead.
- Pick a wig or hat, rather than spray-on hair dye.
- Don’t use masks – they can release chemicals and obscure children’s vision.
- DIY with natural fabrics such as cotton or wool.
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