Top 14 Most Popular Halloween Costumes for Kids
In order, these are the most popular Halloween costumes for children this year:
7. Princess Tiana
8. Star Wars
9. Tinker Bell
14. Iron Man
Good Housekeeping Tests Halloween Costumes Flammability
This year, GHRI has tested 11 children’s costumes for flammability and their resistance to fire. Of course, the above most popular costumes aren’t all one brand, but it really comes down to the material, the test showed.
The GHRI Textiles Lab chose to focus on shimmery (or iridescent) fabrics and glued-on sparkles as these materials had previously failed flammability tests and proved to be the riskiest of materials.
Kids’ Halloween Costumes That Passed the Flammability Tests
1. Barbie My Wedding Day by Disguise Inc. ($44)
2. Fairytale Princess by Rubies ($25)
3. Fairy Witch Velvet Collection by Easter Unlimited Inc. ($45)
4. Renaissance Damsel by Foreign Novelties Inc. ($35)
5. Disney Cinderella Ballerina by Disguise Inc. ($50)
6. Winter Contessa by Disguise Inc. ($35)
7. Davey Jones by Disguise Inc. ($80)
8. Iron Man by Disguise Inc. ($35)
Several of these costumes (not brands, but costumes) were on the most popular list, including Iron Man (number 14), Fairy Witch (number 2), and Davey Jones (a pirate; number 4), meaning that they will most likely be safe if they aren’t made out of flammable materials. (See below for material advice.)
Kids’ Halloween Costumes That Failed the Flammability Tests
Only one costume ‘failed’ the test:
1. Sparkle Pixie from the Velvet Collection by Easter Unlimited Inc. ($40)
But two others did poorly:
1. Disney Princess Cinderella by Disguise Inc. ($50)
2. Elegant Witch by Rubies ($25)
These are number 1 and number 2 respectively on the most popular Halloween costumes list. (Granted, it is just princesses in general, not specifically Cinderalla. But other Disney characters did make the most popular list.)
The Sparkle Pixie by Easter Unlimited totally failed the test (and the legal standards): it burned in less than 3.5 seconds.
The Disney Princess Cinderalla by Disguise Inc. and the Elegant Witch by Rubies have ‘passed’ the tests even though certain materials used in the costumes burned in a very short time: 4.2 seconds for the Cinderella costume and 5.3 for the Elegant Witch.
GHRI Advice for Kids’ (Or Any) Halloween Costumes:
– Certain fabrics are more flammable: cotton, linen, jute and acetate. Stay away from these if possible.
– Costumes made of solid-colored velvet polyester or crushed velvet polyester typically melt instead of bursting into flames in a short span of time.
– Shimmery fabrics and sparkles are often flammable, though some did pass the flammability tests; however, try to avoid them as well as glued-on sequins. Sewn-on sequins, however, are safe.
– Be aware of long sleeves, capes, etc. They pose a tripping hazard as well as a fire hazard simply because they are more likely to come in contact with flames or knock candles over.
– Accessories should be chosen carefully. The sparkles/glitter and sequins rule applies to these as well. Also, the above advice about long sleeves, capes, etc., applies to long scarves and boas. Be aware of these things when choosing your accessories.
– Many create their costumes at home. The above advice about materials is the true for these as well. Avoid the materials that burn fast and choose polyesters and wool. Feathers can be used safely usually as can other fabrics that are smooth or have a slightly raised surface, though plusher fabrics are more flammable, such as regular velvet.
– And above all, remember that a costume’s price is no guarantee of its safety or risk of flammability and that fire and any material don’t mix, which means that all costumes pose some risk if mixed with candles or other fire hazards. Use battery-powered flashlights when out and stay away from jack-o-lanterns especially in a flow-y costume.
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