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Halloween is an exciting time of year for children. To keep the holiday safe, our Toledo, Ohio personal injury attorneys are encouraging parents to double check costumes and Halloween gear for recalls, which could prevent personal injury.

Choking hazards, lead-based paint, and fire hazards have all been reasons why recent Halloween products have been pulled off the shelves, according to Consumer Reports. Sixteen popular products were tested by Ashland University, in Ashland, Ohio per the request of Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to help preserve the childhood safety of Ohio’s trick-or-treaters. Removing these Halloween recalls from your home could prevent personal injury or wrongful death before Halloween night arrives.

According to, 55,000 candy-filled skull pails with the brand name Albert’s were recalled for containing paint with excessive amounts of lead These pails were sold for $2 each at stores nationwide.

Roughly 63,000 green and black cups in the shape of Frankenstein sold at Dollar General were also recalled for the same reason. The black, plastic “Creepy Cape,” selling for $2 at Family Dollar, was recalled after it was determined the capes were a fire hazard.

Disney also had a Little Mermaid Princess Ariel costume in stores and available for purchase through catalogue that was recalled. The costume has a sequined bodice with a green-netted skirt that was recalled because it could ignite readily.

Target stores had 97,000 Mr. Potato Head pumpkin-decorating kits made by Paper Magic Co. pulled off the shelves when the contents of the kit proved to be choking hazards.

Check kids’ costumes with websites such as or the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to check for recalls. Make sure that costumes are bright in color or have reflective elements so that the child can be seen in the dark. Avoid masks that block peripheral vision or long costumes that could trip a child or get tangled in legs. Check out our website as Halloween draws closer for more tips on how to keep your family safe.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

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