Although there have been reports of razor blades and other foreign objects embedded in Halloween candy (or apples—although anyone giving out an apple on Halloween is already suspect), these dangers are almost always obvious with the most cursory glance.Another danger to society, which various governments — from local to state-lever — have attempted to respond to and to counter, which turns out to be overwrought, exaggerated, and a simple myth…
What about poison, which, being invisible and generally hard to detect, is the more nefarious way to taint candy? You have little reason to be concerned there either. Landers stated, “many reports” of such terrible acts have occurred, however, they are almost entirely the stuff of myth.
For nearly 30 years, University of Delaware sociologist Joel Best has been investigating allegations of strangers poisoning kids’ Halloween candy. As of this writing, he hasn’t identified a single confirmed example of a stranger murdering a child in this fashion.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Where Did the Fear of Poisoned Halloween Candy Come From?
Where Did the Fear of Poisoned Halloween Candy Come From? asks Dan Lewis of Now I Know at the Smithsonian.