Some Halloween decorations contain scary warnings

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- Halloween is right around the corner and ABC57 made a frightening discovery about some of the decorations on store shelves. Although they may seem harmless, some can be a health hazard.

It's that time of year. Pumpkins, skeletons, and scary decorations are on store shelves everywhere.

You might assume it is all good clean fun, but labels on some of those items may indicate otherwise.

One says "Wash hands after handling." Another says "Contains chemicals known to cause cancer."

Many of the decorations had Proposition 65 labels that warn against chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive issues.

California law requires warning labels on any product that exposes people to chemicals known to be harmful.

It comes as a surprise to many of the customers we spoke with coming outside a local store selling some of these items.

"It's kind of shocking to hear that there's chemicals that can cause birth defects. Like a collectible you can buy in the store," said Kyle.

"It's unsafe and should be taken off the shelf," said another customer who did not want to give her name.

Customers say they will now think twice before buying something without reading the label first.

"I'm definitely going to be more cautious when I buy stuff because I don't need nothing harmful around my son or my girlfriend," said Kyle.

"A lot of people don't look at the instructions on the items that they buy. So a lot of people don't know," said Danielle.

When we asked store employees why they would sell items with the warnings on them, but they referred us to their corporate office.

We left numerous voice mail messages and sent an email for a comment, but have not received responses to our inquiries.

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