Hare you will fined some of the Biggest Halloween Candy Myths
Razor blades in apples
This is probably the most famous “dangerous Halloween candy” story of them all. Most parents warn their kids not to touch fresh fruit they get trick-o-treating. Halloween razor blade stories began to replace poisoned candy stories in the mid-1960s.
Jack Santino, author of “Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life,” wrote that in 1968 the New Jersey legislature passed a law mandating prison terms for people who boobytrapped apples. That year people found 13 apples with razor blades in them.
But Santino said the cases where more details are available indicate that about 75 percent were hoaxes, where the parents or the kids put the razors in themselves.
And another study tracked 80 cases of sharp objects in food since 1959 and almost all were hoaxes. Only 10 caused even a minor injury and the worst was a few stitches.
Needles in snickers
(Judy Sloan Reich, s-s / April 13, 2004)
Needles in candy
In 2000 James Joseph Smith of Minneapolis allegedly put needles in Snickers bars and gave them out to kids on Halloween. A 14-year-old boy was pricked when he bit into the candy, but no one needed medical care.
Smith was charged with one count of adulterating a substance with intent to cause death, harm or illness.
Drugs in candy
candy: cocaine poisoning
(TFW / October 19, 2004)
A three-year-old in New Britain, Conn., was diagnosed with cocaine poisoning after Halloween1994.
The finger was pointed at his Halloween candy, but no drugs were found on the leftover piece of candy.
Drugs in candy
(TFW/Iris Schneider / October 30, 2006)
On Nov. 2, 1970, Kevin Toston, 5, lapsed into a coma and died of a herion overdose. Analysis of some of his Halloween candy showed it had been sprinkled with heroin.
Detroit police concluded the boy had gotten into his uncle’s herion stash, and his family sprinkled the heroin on Kevin’s candy afterward to protect the uncle.
(TWP / October 25, 2007)
Poison on candy
In October 1988 the New York Times reported that traces strychnine were found in a box of Sunkist Fun Fruits Dinosaurs purchased in a New Jersey grocery store.
The Food and Drug Administration tested the substance and found out it was cornstarch. But the manufacturer had already destroyed 9,400 cases of the snacks because it said its image was hurt.
Snickers with drugs
(handout / October 17, 2004)
Handing out drugs
In 2000 some kids in Hercules, Calif., came home from trick-o-treating with packets of marijuana done up to look like mini Snickers bars. The police traced the fake candy to a single house.
They found the homeowner didn’t know the Snickers were actually mini marijuana packs. He was a postal worker who took the candy home when it ended up in the dead letter office.