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Halloween Candy Poisoning

    Halloween Candy Poisoning

    The tykes are returning home with their loot of candy. Parents will comb through all the candy looking for tampering, and tuck a few treats away for themselves. Many parents since the 50’s have repeatedly each year created the myth that people are poisoning candy and each year no real evidence is found. Is it a myth? Many professionals will tell you it is the case, more kids get killed by car accidents each Halloween then the consumption of any tainted candy. The myth keeps at bay perhaps the potential sickos out there from attempting the said myth. Since parents are at high alert, why give credence to the myth.

    poison bottleAmazingly, despite the widespread fear of Halloween poisonings, no evidence of a genuine Halloween poisoning can be located. A professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware, Dr. Joel Best, has tried to debunk this myth repeatedly. After scanning major newspapers between 1958 and 1993 for stories about Halloween candy tampering, Dr. Best found nearly 100 stories that he followed up with phone calls to police and hospitals. Of those stories, Dr. Best found absolutely none that could be positively attributed to random Halloween violence.-source

    Tony M.