We seem to become engulfed in a ghoulish cloud of PVC smoke when Halloween rolls around because so many children's costumes are made with at least one PVC (vinyl) component. Masks themselves are often 100% PVC. Now that's scary!
It really is important to avoid PVC whenever possible, even at Halloween, because it usually contains lead, phthalates, VOC’s and dioxin – and that's just for starters. It’s nothing to mess around with, especially considering that these chemicals are well-established carcinogens and endocrine disruptors that wreak havoc on growing children. We’re talking about developmental damage here, as well as damage to the liver, central nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems.
So do your kids a favor and skip the PVC costumes this Halloween!
5 Ways to Avoid PVC in Halloween Costumes
- Choose a costume and confirm any plastic materials with the manufacturer.
- Choose costumes made of cloth fabric like polyester with no plastic components.
- Avoid costumes with plastic pieces that are soft and flexible, especially masks.
- If you do choose a soft/flexible mask, be sure to confirm that it's made from safer EVA or latex.
- Look for product labels that indicate what the costume is constructed of.
Working hard not to add more stuff to the landfill? An eco-friendly option is to purchase or swap older PVC-free costumes, or get crafty and upcycle the non-toxic materials you already have on hand to make a safe, unique costume for your child.
30 PVC Free Halloween Costumes
We also located a sampling of PVC-free costumes and masks to make life a little easier for you. There are plenty more options out there – just look closely and confirm materials, and you'll be on your way to a healthier Halloween!