Virtually everyone that has gone trick or treating for candy on Halloween has been told the same thing by their parents: “Do NOT eat any candy until we have checked it first.” What a concept to tell a kid; Step one, go out and beg door to door for candy. Step two, don’t eat the candy you just begged for until I check it. As a kid, this message was so drilled into me that I couldn’t even imagine eating a treat before I got home. I mean there could have been anything in that candy, razor blades, poison, needles, etc.
As an adult, and a parent, I fully realize that these types of things never happen (I have never been able to find a documented case of Halloween candy that was tampered with injuring anyone). However, the philosophy behind it (keep kids safe) is still solid and something we should follow. Some basic Halloween safety tips for Halloween candy.
Basic tips for parents to drill into their kids.
1. Keep the tradition alive, drill into your kids that they cannot eat a thing until it has been looked at by their parents.
2. Only trick or treat in places you are familiar with. It is better to take Halloween candy from a neighbor then from a complete stranger.
3. Don’t take homemade candy or sweets. Kids may be tempted to just eat that cookie the person is offering, teach them not to.
Basic tips for checking Halloween candy
1. Actually check the candy. Don’t just shuffle the pile around, pick up and look at the candy itself to see if it is damaged or has small holes in it.
2. Throw out anything ripped or opened.
3. Throw out any homemade treats or personally wrapped treats (if your kid didn’t listen to number three above).
Checking Halloween candy is a very simple task. The hardest part is sitting down and instilling the concept in your child that they should not eat the delicious treats piled in their bag until you have looked at them. Once you have overcome that hurdle the Halloween candy checking process is simple and quick. While documented cases of malicious intent involving Halloween candy are hard to find this does not change the fact that your child’s safety is paramount and the Halloween tradition of candy checking by parents is a tradition that should and will live on.