Deep down inside it is a parent’s deepest fear that their child receives tainted treats on Halloween. There are many stories about poison laced candy or dangerous items placed in fruit such as needles or razor blades. While it has been shown that these occurrences are rare, it is still important for parents to take precautions when it comes to Halloween candy. Not only will it give peace of mind, but it will make for a more fun-filled holiday.
Instruction to the Trick or Treaters
- Make sure all your munchkins bring home all their candy and treats for you to inspect before they eat it.
- To help prevent them from sampling their goodies, feed them a light meal before starting out. We always order pizza for quick bite.
- If your child is old enough, ask them to try and remember who gave them the different treats in case an issue comes up later. This may be asking too much as the excitement of the night takes over but if they could try and at least recall where they get anything unusual or homemade.
- Look for signs of tampering, such as torn or loose package.
- Throw out treats that are homemade or not commercially wrapped. In my house we throw out fruit as well. I know it is a waste but safety comes first.
- Throw away all unwrapped candy.
- Think twice before allowing the kids to eat candy that is easily unwrapped and rewrapped like hard candies and bubble gum.
- Don’t give younger children candy like gum, hard candy or nuts as they are a potential choking hazard.
- Halloween is no fun if your munchkin gets a tummy ache, so limit candy intake. I only allow my child 2-3 piece a day and she usually tires of eating candy in about a week.
- Think about throwing a Halloween party or attending one of the candy events at the mall. Our mall has a tailgating event where the kids walk around a designated roped area in the parking lot with people registered for the event handing out candy.
- If you do find something suspicious, report it to your local police authority.
Remember the Halloween Candy “Golden Rule”. When in doubt, throw it out! There isn’t anything worth ruining your child’s trick or treat experience, especially bad goodies. With a few prevention measures, you can have a safe and fun Halloween!