Kids' Halloween Costumes Recalled After Dangerous Levels of Lead Discovered (VIDEO)

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pirate costume leadHalloween can be scary for parents because our kids get tons of candy and they want to eat it all. Now! Then the sugar takes over, pushing bedtime further back, and the potential for crankiness and bouncing off the walls rises. But now there's a kids costume recall -- 1,400 of them seized -- because they contained 11 times the legal amount of lead.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Seattle confiscated the shipment from China, thought to be worth $10,000, and did further investigating which revealed the high level of lead contamination in the buttons and trim of the Girls' Pink Punk Pirate costume, like the one seen here. This was one shipment that came into Seattle, but what about other costumes out there? One news program was on the case.

From the video, we see 7News Denver working with a certified lead inspector to go into stores to test lead levels. Aside from that frightening mask, the Halloween costumes were considered safe. There was some lead, but not enough to be overly concerned, according to the inspector.
We already have to worry about the lead in kids jewelry, toys, cups, plates, antiques, even paint in older homes -- and it should be a real concern. Lead builds up in a child's system and can affect the brain, your child's development, and behavior. Lead contamination in a child's blood can cause convulsions and coma. There shouldn't be any lead that has the potential to get into and cause issue to our children's system -- and it certainly shouldn't be on kids' costumes.
To make matters worse, the shipment seized was flagged because the Chinese distributor has violated our laws in the past. I want to know who this distributor is so I can make sure I never purchase items from them. The costumes in question will be destroyed.
As of right now, only this seized shipment is known to have lead, but I'll be watching out for any other details. There isn't any information on similar costumes that already made it into the stores and purchased, so for now we can assume they are safe. Even so, I think I'm going to stick with costumes that are not made in China. I'm also angry this is even a discussion. Lead is bad. Period. Why are some companies using this toxin at all?
Are you concerned about the potential of lead in your child's costume?

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Doreen Prescher Heller

Another reason to make your own costumes.  Although....sometimes you need to get accessories...which are more than likely from China and could be dangerous also.  This world stinks sometimes.  

Megan Fuller

Stop importing EVERYTHING from China!!! Make $#!% in AMERICA!!!  Give Americans jobs and we wont have to worry about stupid stuff like this!!!

nonmember avatar Leigh

The reason cheap jewelry has lead is not because its cheaper to make but because due to the low melting temperature of so-called 'white metal' (this is what every piece of cheap jewelry is made of from Forever 21 to Claires) the only soldering material with a low enough melting point is usually lead solder (US companies make an alternative plumbers solder but I'm not sure how available it is outside the US). That is why cheap jewelry has lead in it. It's the only kind of solder available that can be used to make it. As for the mask lead is often used to make red paints more vibrant and China has far laxer laws than we do.

Jennifer Hanks

Learn to sew and make your kids costumes like I did, then you won't have to worry about lead in the costurmes.



I avoid items made in China whenever possible and all of my kids costumes were handmade this year.

nonmember avatar zizzler

"I can't believe that cheap junk from china is made with toxic materials!" said no one, ever. I'm sure the people who care about toxins already avoid this stuff, and everyone else cares more about saving a buck or some time/effort. And of course there's the 'I had a lead paint crib and turned out just fine' crew. Oh did you? That's debatable, but I won't get into it lmao

Pheebee Jeebees

I used to believe "non-toxic" actually meant "non-toxic" but now im suspicious and paranoid about everything.

Heath... Heather_the_Mom

Good to know!  My DD had her heart set on this pirate costume, but now we obviously will not be getting it.  Hand made gypsy costume, here we come.

tuffy... tuffymama

If it's not lead, it's cadmium. Remember a few years ago? Ugh. Stop buying this shit. Kids will live, and probably be better people, if you tell them NO, you can't have that cheap Chinese crap.

nonmember avatar Cathy

China is really trying to kill us all!

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