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Getting into the Halloween spirit? Top five things to remember when buying kids costumes

18 October 2017

As Halloween approaches, Lincolnshire Trading Standards is offering advice to parents when choosing their children’s fancy dress costumes.

Alexandra Connell, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said:

CE mark on clothing

“Many parents aren’t aware that fancy dress costumes are classed as toys, which means that they can be tested to a lower flammability standard than other types of children’s clothing such as nightwear.
“As such, to keep your kids as safe as possible, we’ve put together five top things to look for when buying costumes this year.”

Lincolnshire Trading Standards’ top tips:

  1. Check there is a name and address of the manufacturer on the costume packaging.
  2. Make sure there is a ‘CE’ mark on the label. This means the costumes comply with the Toy Safety Regulations.
  3. Check that the ‘CE’ mark is genuine i.e. the middle stem of the E should be slightly shorter than the outside of the E.
  4. Check for product recalls on
  5. Buy from a reputable retailer, so you know who to speak to if something goes wrong with the costume.

If costumes purchased do not include the ‘CE’ mark, parents are being urged to contact Trading Standards to report them.

Deputy community fire safety manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, James Baker, added:

“Our advice is simple - please keep your children away from candles, lanterns or tea-lights.

“If you are planning on decorating your home ready for Halloween, please use LED tea- lights, particularly inside your pumpkins and lanterns.

“We don’t want to stop people enjoying Halloween, but we do want them to celebrate safely. There is nothing more terrifying than having a fire at home or seeing your clothes catch fire, which in some cases can have a lasting impact on day-to-day life.”

Children’s fancy dress costumes discovered without the’ CE’ mark should be reported to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

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