#AskTamara: Do modern Halloween masks have lead? Does my Halloween gorilla mask have any toxic chemicals?

#AskTamara

Question: Do modern Halloween masks have lead? Does my Halloween gorilla mask have any toxic chemicals?

Answer: While I have not tested many Halloween masks for lead using an XRF (and I can only speak to the presence of toxic chemicals that are detectible using XRF technology) I have long held the position that the industry that makes Halloween masks like this (which are specifically made for use by adults and not for use by children) is not well regulated.

As a result of that consideration, combined with the known types of materials in these masks (mostly synthetics like plastics and rubbers) it is reasonable to be suspicious of this type of mask in the absence of testing.

That said, this particular mask from my personal collection passed the “Lead/Arsenic/Cadmium/Mercury” test!  So if any of my Portland friends would like to borrow it for Halloween, just let me know – because I expect I will be holding on to it for a while!

To learn more about XRF testing, click here.

To see more Halloween-themed things I have tested, click here!

As I test more Halloween masks I will post the results!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading and for sharing!

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama


Here are the test results for the gorilla mask pictured below.
ND = Non-Detect (an effective negative within the testing limitations of the XRF instrument.)

Black “Hair”:

  • Lead (Pb): ND
  • Arsenic (As): ND
  • Cadmium (Cd): ND
  • Mercury (Hg): ND
  • Bromine (Br): 76 +/- 8 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 38 +/- 21 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 76 +/- 39 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 315 +/- 74 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 4,893 +/- 1,403 ppm

Black Rubber of Face:

  • Lead (Pb): ND
  • Arsenic (As): ND
  • Cadmium (Cd): ND
  • Mercury (Hg): ND
  • Bromine (Br): 9 +/- 4 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 86b +/- 24 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 244 +/- 69 ppm

Red Painted Tongue

  • Lead (Pb): ND
  • Arsenic (As): ND
  • Cadmium (Cd): ND
  • Mercury (Hg): ND
  • Bromine (Br): 10 +/- 4 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 84 +/- 24 ppm

White Painted Teeth

  • Lead (Pb): ND
  • Arsenic (As): ND
  • Cadmium (Cd): ND
  • Mercury (Hg): ND
  • Barium (Ba): 94 +/- 44 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 8 +/- 4 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 63 +/- 22 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 120,100 +/- 3,000 ppm


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