Is tampered Halloween candy a myth?
OKLAHOMA – Have you ever heard about a red apple containing a razor blade inside given to a small child trick or treating?
Or maybe the story about a delicious piece of candy that had been poisoned on the night of Hallows eve?
Did your parents ever ask to sort through your candy after a long night of trick or treating to check for any suspicious candy?
Have you wondered if these are actually factual or just myths?
Has anyone ever really died after consuming a delicious piece of candy?
Although there have been reports in the past of razor blades and other foreign objects embedded in Halloween candy in the past, no one has actually died from consuming Halloween candy.
“…plump red apple that Junior gets from a kindly old woman down the block … may have a razor blade hidden inside (New York Times, 1970).
When you really sit down and think about the dangers of this, it would be fairly obvious to the eye that there is a razor blade in any sort of candy or apple given out to a child.
The fears of consuming tampered Halloween candy started back in the 1970s.
According to University of Delaware sociologist, Joel Best, who has been investigating poisonous candy allegations for years, there has not been a confirmed case of someone murdering a child by giving them Halloween candy.
The only actual report of a child being poisoned or hurt after eating Halloween candy is back in the 1970s. A man with the name of O’Bryan, laced a child’s Pixy Stix with cyanide. Investigators later found out that it was not something the boy had gotten from a stranger instead, it was the boy’s father who had poisoned him.
So is it really necessary to fear razor blades in your child’s Halloween candy? No.
Indulge in all the Halloween candy you want knowing that all the urban legends of Halloween candy is based off of one case that wasn’t due to trick or treating. Of course, always be cautious. Don’t let your child eat opened candy.
But, no need to worry about your child’s Butterfinger being poisoned or containing a razor blade inside.
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