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Caution: Halloween May Be Hazardous to Your Child’s Health

Before you magically transform your child into that lion, tiger, or bear of his dreams, consider the following caution from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics:

“Ghosts and goblins are not the only scary things at Halloween. As children across the country paint their faces into all sorts of characters, they may be unknowingly spreading harmful substances on their delicate skin.”

According to independent research undertaken by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of non-profit organizations addressing women’s, environmental, health, consumer, faith and worker’s safety issues, many products used to create fun costume effects—face paints, hair colors, etc.—contain metals and toxic substances that are potentially dangerous, especially when applied to the delicate skin of young children. For details including a link to the report, “Pretty Scary,” check this story.

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