Parents and carers are being advised to let children have fun but avoid real horror with the spooky Hallowe’en costumes they wear this year.
Experts say costumes should only be bought from reputable sources, particularly when buying on-line, and that consumers should check that the product bears a CE mark.
Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “Hallowe’en is a fantastic festival which is great fun for both children and adults. But the message to everyone must be clear: have fun but be safe. Don’t let the evening end in tragedy.”
Trading Standards Manager Peter Aston added: “Careful shopping is only one element of staying safe. Keeping the costumes away from naked flames is the only sure way to prevent a tragic incident.”
If buyers find any children’s costumes that don’t have a CE mark, they can let Trading Standard know online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport or via Citizens Advice on 03454 040506.