Halloween is the perfect time to indulge in your favorite sweet, but for the parents of trick-or-treaters, it also marks a scary day when the contents in a child’s goodie bag can be filled with more than just candy.
For years there have been warnings to proceed cautiously when enjoying candy from strangers and this Halloween was no different. Below are a few cases from 2018 in which children received dangerous candy:
Over the weekend, WFMY reported officers in Dublin, georgia warned parents to make sure their trick-or-treaters aren’t bringing home candy laced with drugs. “Just last week, we seized some drugs, methamphetamine, and it looked just like sweet tarts,” Police Chief Tim Chatman stated.
Officers encouraged parents to thoroughly check their children’s candy or organize a neighborhood event where kids could safely trick-or-treat. “historically there have been events all over the country where people have been hurt, razor blades and apples… we have a lot of mean people out there,” he shared.
Unfortunately, a 5-year-old boy in Ohio was on the receiving end of a cruel trick and was hospitalized once his parents noticed he became sick from eating a few pieces of his Halloween candy. The child suffered a seizure and tested positive for Meth after trick-or-treating, according to CNN.
“They told me that my son had methamphetamine in his urine,” the boy’s mother, Julia Pence told the outlet.
The concerned mom revealed her son “was real high from whatever he ingested,” but his symptoms subsided after receiving medical attention on Sunday. “He was really weird and kind of aggressive, had different mood swings. When we came home he was real tired, he was coming down from it.”
The local authorities have not received any further reports about contaminated Halloween candy.
A mom in Indiana found a metal rod in her little girl’s Halloween candy while examining the treats given to her daughters earlier in the evening. “The first thought that came to my mind was anger. I was mad. Then I just sat and thought, it was better for me to have grabbed that piece of candy then one of my girls,” Kailee Wisnoski told WHAS11 News.
After calming down, Wisnoski turned the candy over to Corydon Police Chief Matthew Kitterman and filed a police report. After some investigation, Kitterman learned the candy manufacturer, Mars, Inc., was not responsible for the sharp object found in the candy. “They have metal detectors before anything leaves the building so they think their metal detectors would’ve noticed this,” he explained.
Going forward, authorities plan to use the wrapper to track the candy back to the customer who purchased it.
The Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety warned parents about a thumbtack found in a tootsie roll following a night of trick-or-treating in the area. After a mother posted a photo of the tampered item on social media, the organization advised those who visited houses in that neighborhood for sweets to throw the candy away.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s St. Louis division sent out an advisory on Wednesday warning parents to be vigilant about candies labeled “Munchy Way, 3 Rastateers, Twixed, Keef Kat and Rasta Reese’s,” after the same items were collected last year.
While the treats may look like popular candy bars, they could be laced with marijuana. “The DEA and law enforcement agencies throughout the country have seen an increase of seizures of drug-laced edibles, including but not limited to chocolates, suckers and gummies,” the agency said in a statement.
Parents are encouraged to look for odd wrapping, unmarked candy and strange smells when checking their children’s goodie bags.