We don’t all know our neighbors, and for the ones we do know, we can’t always trust them. Don’t fall victim to the assumption that we still live in good ole 1950s Suburbia. Have you seen Nightmare on Elm Street? So, with that being said, as Halloween is less than a day away, here are some things for you to look out for in candy. Some things may end up in there by accident or as a prank…or for more nefarious reasons. Just don’t fall victim.
Ever heard the one about the needle, pins, razor blade, bullets, nails, staples, glass found in candy or food either after trick-or-treating or going to a fair? It’s real. And sometimes the items are so snuggly or deceitfully inserted you can’t tell the items have been tampered with. One of the best things you can do is to take the time to endure the painstaking task of inspecting every individual piece. Even opening the candy for the child can help. Cut the pieces as an added step of confidence and safety.
“The Good Stuff” – marijuana
Now, for some of you reading this, it may not seem like that big of a deal, but when your 3 year-old is a less hyper than normal and looks like whatever that baby-demon thing was in the Passion of the Christ, it isn’t a pleasant experience. And some of the candy that IS actually candy can be infused with weed, like gummies. So, stick to letting them eat unopened store-bought candy.
Other, More Harmful Drugs
So, there’s a type of meth called Blue Sky meth. It looks as good as actual jewels or high-end candy. Be careful with this. This goes back to the points of not knowing or trusting your neighbors and going with unopened candies. Whether by accident or nefariously, meth and people don’t mix, especially your childrenIf you’re an adult trick-or-treating, consider the perceived candies that could possibly be mollies, roofies, or worse.
Sometimes spills happen. The dog knocks over the table while the back was turned or a mislabeled bottle being used for reasons opposite of its purpose…Things happen. To err on the side of caution, if the candy looks suspicious, don’t take the risk. Throw it out. And if the kid starts to cry…well, just think of the hospital bill you’ll be paying for (and maybe the funeral) if you succumb to their tears, then proceed accordingly.Here’s a story for ya: “In 1964, a woman handed out inedible candy, such as cyanide-laced Pixie Stix, to children she believed were too old to be trick-or-treating. However, most cases of poisoned candy thereafter were coincidence. One case is a [person] who OD’d on Heroin the night after Halloween. (Source: https://www.cmhumphries.com/blog/10-worst-things-found-in-halloween-candy)
Every-day activities around the house can result in cuts and scrapes, sometimes so bad but unfelt and unnoticed for quite some time. Try to avoid eating already-opened candies or treats. It’s not worth it. And you never know what sorts of blood situations people have.
“Honey, have you seen my wedding ring?!” Jewelry falls off all the time. This isn’t really that bad for you if you find it in the candy, but may your 1 year-old is sitting there as cute as Winnie, the Pooh and eating like Snorlax (Pokemon reference…anyway). Jewelry is small enough to choke on. So, just monitor what’s in the bag.
People are just really sad and cheap this way. They’ll give you candy from 2007 just to be a part of the holiday. Cutting corners helps no one. Check the dates on at least a few varying pieces of candy. Make sure they’re current, or at least only a few days old.
See number 6.
Whether it’s your child or the child inside you (gory!) that’s doing the trick-or-treating, safety is going to be the best thing you can use to ensure a fun Halloween you’ll live to tell about.