Question: Does My Scary Zombie Halloween Mask Have Unsafe Levels of Lead?
Answer: I can’t speculate about all masks (I would have to test many examples – from all of the different brands – to come up with a more educated science-based opinion), but I will report on my concerns for toxicity based on the XRF test results of one specific mask that I have tested (the exact mask pictured below.)
This is a 2003 Zombie Mask by “The Paper Magic Group” out of Pennsylvania. It is “Made In China” as many of these items are.
Rule of Thumb: In general, I always assume that Halloween gear might likely be toxic in some way or another unless it is specifically sold and marketed for use by young children.
For more Halloween gear that I have tested, click here.
While this particular Zombie mask did NOT test positive for lead, cadmium or mercury, it DID test positive for trace levels of Arsenic (As), and extremely high levels of Antimony (Sb).
Please note that several tests were done on each component of the mask, with correspondingly various XRF test results. Some areas of the mask showed lower levels of Antimony (Sb), but I have chosen to share the results with the higher Antimony levels – to demonstrate how extreme and concerning these levels can be.
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Antimony is a known carcinogen and is a chief component in fire retardants and I don’t believe it belongs on a consumer good that is in prolonged contact with our faces (especially a Halloween mask that children might certainly likely use [on their sweaty faces, breathing deeply as they excitedly walk and run – sometimes for cumulative miles – on what is for many the crazed-fantasy-and-significance-imbued-masked-candy-orgy-ritual that is their most-anticipated/cherished day of the entire year] — despite it’s being ostensibly “marketed to, and sold for use by adults”.)
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Below are the exact XRF test results of the mask pictured.
If a specific element is not listed in a section below it is because the reading for that component of the mask was “ND” (Non-Detect) for that element when tested with an XRF instrument. What this means is that if there is any trace of that element it is below the single digit ppm detection limit of an XRF designed specifically to test for toxicity in consumer goods. This equates to an effective “negative” for that element when discussing potential toxicity in consumer goods.
White Cheek Area of Mask:
- Lead (Pb): ND
- Arsenic (As): ND
- Mercury (Hg): ND
- Cadmium (Cd): ND
- Antimony (Sb): 1,398 +/- 24 ppm
- Bromine (Br): 765 +/- 16 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 332 +/- 22 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 280 +/- 47 ppm
- Bismuth (Bi): 118 +/- 15 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 101,900 +/- 2,000 ppm
Black “Hair” of Mask:
- Arsenic (As): 21 +/- 12 pm
- Antimony (Sb): 17,000 +/- 400 ppm
- Bromine (Br): 45,500 +/- 1,100 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 22 +/- 12 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 68 +/- 38 ppm
- Vanadium (V): 477 +/- 201 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 720 +/- 321 ppm
Black & Red Painted Area of Mouth:
- Barium (Ba): 127 +/- 50 ppm
- Bromine (Br): 69 +/- 7 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 202 +/- 30 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 121 +/- 62 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 63,000 +/- 2,700 ppm
- Barium (Ba): 362 +/- 149 ppm
- Antimony (Sb): 488 +/- 42 ppm
- Bromine (Br): 161 +/- 11 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 307 +/- 34 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 430 +/- 77 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 55,200 +/- 1,300 ppm
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