As we near the spookiest holiday of the year, many myths arise about the impending dangers of Halloween night and Halloween candy. All over the news, stories are broadcasted of how to protect your children, and who wouldn’t want to be informed and extra cautious? But are these claims about poisoned lollipops or candy bars with razor blades grounded in truth? See the breakdown below for some Halloween debunking from the Mike Rance Team before the big night!
Trick or treat?
Myth: Your children’s candy may be poisoned.
Fact: There have been no documented cases of strangers poisoning Halloween candy. All known cases have turned out to be hoaxes. However, danger can arise from allergies or dietary restrictions. Parents, keep an eye on what your children may be getting in their bags. Always remember that even if a product doesn’t contain nuts, it could have encountered an area in production of cross-contamination with nuts. Any sugar restrictions should be carefully monitored. And lastly, if your neighbors love to hand out delicious homemade baked goods, make sure you ask them what is in them so as to avoid any accidental consumption of an allergen. Other than these risks, the most discomfort a child will feel from Halloween candy is from eating too much at once!
Reality: Allergens aren’t only in the food we eat, but the products we come in contact with. Costume fabrics and face and body makeup may give the wearer an adverse reaction. Always test out face paint or other make up on a small patch of skin before applying in full. Costumes can also cause adverse reactions here in Florida due to almost year-round heat. Make sure plenty of water is accessible for neighborhood trick or treating and that warm or thick costumes are breathable.
Myth: There could be razor blades in your children’s candy.
Fact: No documented cases of children being injured by candy with razor blades inside, either. It is important in the Halloween hype to remember that most people aren’t out to hurt your children. Even child predators are not calculated to be a higher risk factor on Halloween than any other day – some states have curfew laws for sexual predators, requiring a lights off policy and a posted “No Candy” sign. Experts advise Halloween-ers to treat the day like any other day, applying the same key rules of safety (Ex: don’t talk to strangers).
Reality: Even if your neighborhood is crawling with mummies, monsters, and cowboys (and girls), remind your kids that roads are still roads, and cars will be passing by. Sadly, the risk of getting hit by a car is more than double on Halloween, as more people, adults and children alike, are out and about in ways they may not be usually. Educating your kids on the right way to look before crossing and actually cross the street can make a huge difference on Halloween night.
Don’t forget the pet! Your furry children also need some looking out on Halloween. If you don’t plan on taking them out – on a leash, of course – with you in a cute costume to trick or treat, make sure they don’t get out when you open the door to give out candy, and if they do bolt, having your pet micro-chipped might be a good idea. Also, chocolate might be a delectable treat for humans, but for your pet it could mean a trip to the hospital. Keep your Halloween bounty secure and away from reach of your pet!
Have a Happy Halloween, from the Mike Rance Team!