Are Children's Halloween Costumes Really Safe?

Thursday, 8 October 2015

All children love dress up and Halloween is a perfect time for this. There are so many costumes out there, from the traditional witch and vampire to an Avenger. It's lovely to see the children dressed up as their favourite character at parties.

As a family, we've never gone trick or treating or been to parties, but I still used to buy costumes for my son, who used to love to be a vampire.
That has all changed though. This year I refuse to buy a costume for my children. I don't believe it's safe anymore.

In the light of the tragedy of Claudia Winkleman's daughter, who last year was badly burnt when her costume was set alight when it caught a candle, I won't put my children through the same thing.

I have seen costumes in supermarkets that say that it conforms to the standards of children's nightwear, which is good, but how safe are they really?

Now, I am one that doesn't believe everything she hears or sees in the press but this morning I watched a report on Halloween costumes on BBC News and was horrified by what I saw.

BBC News Report: How flammable are children's Halloween costumes?

Children's costumes, which are deemed to be safe, are still igniting within seconds and although some costumes have the same safety tests as children's toys, they can not be quickly discarded like a teddy if they caught fire.

Changes to the safety of Children's Halloween costumes need to be made

Tweet: Changes to the safety of Children's Halloween costumes need to be made

Something must be done. Safety standards must be higher.

Why should we put our children in potential danger? We ourselves would not wear something that would set alight so quickly, so why do we think it's okay to let our children?

A Cornish Mum


  1. What a horrifying thought! It must be totally deviating to see this happen to your child and I honestly can't believe that the safety tests have been so poor. Clothing is clothing not a toy! The law definitely needs to change on this. Great campaign! #picknmix

  2. I agree that childrens shop bought costumes are nowhere near as safe as they should be. I personally have always made my own for the kids, so i know what they are made of. I do have one small issue with the Claudia Winkleman story. As a parent who wanted to keep my children as safe as rhey could be, I never used candles of any sort in the house (or let them have sparklers) when they were young. #Picknmix

  3. I've mostly made the boys ones over the years and I always go trick or treating with them so that I'm there to spot any hazards. Costumes should definitely be safer though! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie xx