Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Eco-Friendly Chemical Free Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes are laden with chemicals! My youngest daughter decided this year that she wants to be Merida from the new Disney movie "Brave". So, of course, I went looking for the perfect costume. I didn't go for the thin "princess dress" type in the plastic bag at the Halloween store, but rather found a beautiful velvety one online. To my dismay after I purchased the costume and necessary accessories, like the red wig and bow and arrow, I received a Prop. 65 warning. In California we have a thing known as Prop 65 which requires the State of California to notify consumers about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase. When I typed in my state and the sale was complete the warning appeared.

It was a nice reminder of why I normally shy away from buying things that have been mass-produced. And I know, I know I have heard it from friends... "It is only one day" and "We wore them as kids, our kids have been wearing them. We just never knew before" etc. etc. I get it. I am just saddened by it, I guess. All of these chemicals just seem so unnecessary to me and they are accumulating in our bodies and the bodies of our little ones and I have been trying so hard to avoid them when at all possible.

My rant is done. In short, yes, I am going to let my daughter be Merida this year for Halloween and my oldest is planning to be a witch, complete with some wierd rubber material broom that she insisted upon...but it has opened my eyes to yet another thing I plan to change in my life. Before next year I will learn to sew!  I can sew a little. Buttons, pillows, curtains. Easy things. But I think a sewing class is in order to learn to make next year's costumes. My three daughters (my third is due in six weeks!) deserve better than a costume that "might contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm." If I want to avoid it, it is time to get creative.

Some great links with lots of resources:

Green Kids: Halloween Costumes
The ecofabulous Guide to Halloween Costumes
Natural and Non-Toxic Halloween Make-up Kits

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