A terrifying video released by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in the UK has warned parents of the risk of highly flammable Halloween costumes.

Earlier we shared the story of healthcare professionals are warning people of an unexpected problem when shopping for Halloween costumes this year.

Doctors have reported an increase in head lice at this time of year and surprisingly, it’s not just because it’s back to school season.

Instead, experts say that the biggest cause is in fact Halloween costume shopping, as all those masks and tangled wigs stand a pretty good chance of being infected with lice.

“We have a lot of people going into stores right now, trying on masks, trying on costumes, and trying on wigs,” said Paediatric Nurse Practitioner Cherie Sexton told.

“A lot of people don’t give much thought into the fact that several people could’ve tried it on before them.”

Easily transported from one person to another, Ms Sexton adds that the risk of infestation for people who are unlucky enough to come into contact with something carrying lice can last for up to seven days.

Safety warning UPDATE 31 October 2017

Last year an important warning was issued over the safety of costumes after a young girls zombie bride Halloween costume burst into flames while trick-or-treating.

The ACCC advised parents before you buy costumes this Halloween check that wigs, capes and loose fitting garments will not pose fire hazards.

A reminder has been issued by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service just how easily a costume can ignite.


Another very important reminder is to keep in mind that flameless candles might be a safer option to give your jack-o-lantern a wicked smile this Halloween but make sure little fingers can’t get hold of those nasty button batteries.

Also be aware of kids around naked flames if you have your pumpkin within reach of little people.

Last week a Queensland mother shared how a face paint kit she purchased at Woolworths has “severely burnt” her son’s skin.

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  • Years ago a lot of costumes were made from “cheap” nylon material. It used to be made partly from coal.


  • Oh, that was mean of you! ;-)


  • My husband thought he was hilarious trying on a evil clown mask at big w, until I told him I wonder how many other people have had that on their face before you?! Have to say his face was priceless after he heard me say that.


  • Honestly, I can’t see why people think Halloween is fun!


  • I think you will find most costumes are the same.


  • Scary, absolutely. The materials the dresses are made of, are highly inflammable.


  • Probably best to make your own costume if you are going to participate in Halloween.


  • Yuk! Another reason not to participate in Halloween!


  • Everything is out to get you! Not surprised they’re so flammable. Everythinv is acrylic.


  • This is good advice for people to consider.


  • I purchased this years costume, last year in the sale and online. No problem, no hassle & definitely no headline ????

    • Oops autocorrect… should read headlice:)


  • We don’t do Halloween.


  • Eew. My head feels itchy just reading about it. I feel like it’s time to bring out the tea tree oil.


  • Eww I never even thought of lice or such things. Oh dear.


  • We never did Halloween, leave it to America I say. It has no link to Aussie.


  • Thanks for sharing awareness of this – not something you would necessarily think about in the hype and excitement leading up to Halloween!


  • Good to be mindful of that, headlice is such a pest !
    But there are more dangers to Halloween, be careful everyone !


  • Surprising and not something we have come across. Costumes we have purchased have always come in packaging.


  • I hate to sound all doom and gloom, but I’m not sure I’d be as worried about headlice as I would knocking on a stranger’s door. I understand parents usually accompany children, just the whole concept of Halloween is foreign to me. It’s kind of odd how it’s woven itself into being a tradition in Australia in the last few years, because it’s really not something that (as far as I know) we are taught the history of.

    • Very Well said Heidi and I tend to agree.


  • Ew ew yuck gross no thanks


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