A Mother’s Nightmare: Child’s Halloween Costume Catches Fire!

With Halloween slowly inching closer and closer, kids left and right may already be talking nonstop about their potential costumes this year, with their moms scrambling right after them. Going out in costume and getting free candy in the process is what gives Halloween its thrilling allure, especially for children.

It’s not all fun and games when your costume ends up in flames, though.

Last year, TV presenter Claudia Winkleman’s 8-year-old daughter, Matilda, suffered from severe burns after accidentally brushing past a candle in her supermarket-bought Halloween costume and subsequently covering herself in fire.

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman opens up about the incident on BBC Dangerous Dresses

“I was talking to somebody… and then I heard her shout and she was on fire,” Claudia said. “It feels like she was on fire for hours, but the surgeon said that it definitely wasn’t the case and it was probably just seconds… She went up, is the only way I know how to describe it. It was a spark and she screamed out for me.”

“It was like those horrific birthday candles that you blow out and then they come back. It was really fast, it was fast, it wasn’t fire like I’d seen.”

Winkleman added how she wished it was her inside the Halloween costume and not her daughter.

“It was definitely life-changing for me. I can’t remember life before it.”

Taking the tragedy into consideration, Channel Mum chose to test out the flammability resistance of several store-bought Halloween costumes. While all the ensembles passed the brush past test — having the garments brush past candle flames — results showed all costumes catching fire within 6 seconds or less.

Candles and costumes may go hand-in-hand during Halloween, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they go well together. As stated by Wish TV News, costume manufacturers are required to finish their products with a coating making them non-flammable, but there are still risks when it comes to certain fabrics.

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Screen grab from ABC News

Results from an experiment conducted by Good Morning America show inconsistencies among store-bought costumes with regards to flammability, showing that the formula to avoid tragic accidents such as Winkleman’s all boils down to constant diligence when it comes to keeping an eye out for your children during Halloween.

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