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In all seriousness, the "tainted Halloween candy" myth has three specific sources:

  • 1959: William Shyne handed out candy-coated laxatives to trick-or-treaters, which would have been uncomfortable but not fatal.

  • 1974: Ronald O'Bryan deliberately poisoned five giant-size Pixy Stix and handed them out to the children he was taking trick-or-treating - including his own two children and three neighbor kids - as part of a life insurance scam.

  • 1982: The Chicago Tylenol Murders involved pharmaceutical tampering, but because they took place in late September and early October, they played into adulteration fears at Halloween.

Other than that, there have been no substantiated cases of people handing out poisoned treats to trick-or-treaters. I want to reiterate that: literally the only case of actual Halloween treat adulteration in the last sixty years was a man trying to kill his own children for the insurance money, and the only substantiated case ever of someone unrelated distributing adulterated treats was a nonfatal prank.

Of course you should be careful as parents. Just because it's never happened before doesn't mean it can't happen. But Halloween scares are supposed to be fun - don't let yourself get caught up in falsehoods about how dangerous it is!

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re: drugs, halloween, parenting, PSA 

@noelle The laxative thing IS pretty funny tho

Also I have a theory that parents perpetuate the myth so they have a chance to "check" their kids' haul....and steal some of the best candy for themselves

re: drugs, halloween, parenting, PSA 

@witchfynder_finder @noelle Also when people used to make more of their own Halloween treats, like cookies or candy apples, this allows the candy companies to benefit from higher profits compared to what they'd make selling confectionery ingredients

re: drugs, halloween, parenting, PSA 

@witchfynder_finder @noelle Those are seen through pretty quickly by any child over 5

re: drugs, halloween, parenting, PSA, pedantry 

@noelle 1959 is now 61 years ago.

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@LovesTha look,

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