Face-paint, colored hairsprays, candles…disguising kids and setting a spooky mood often involves chemicals.
Some can be irritating for allergy-sensitive kids, others can have long-term, serious effects on health. How to know what to buy, and what to avoid?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit, non-partisan organization that researches health and the environment, says parents should choose carefully.
Chemicals such as lead, which can impair brain development at extremely low doses, as well as nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can cause skin irritation, can be found in the abundance of products available for the holiday.
The EWG is funded through donations, but does include links to websites where parents can purchase eco-friendly products.
Check out the list of what’s safe, and what to avoid here.