Although mostly not a problem, it is important that parents check their children’s Halloween candy. There have been numerous Halloween horror stories, ranging from people putting razor blades in apples to poisoned candy. Some of these incidents proved to be hoaxes or overreactions but despite this it is still vital that parents check their children’s Halloween candy to make sure it is safe for them to enjoy.
First things first: trick-or-treaters should never be left to trick or treat unsupervised. This seems to go without saying for any parent but some people get the idea that because they perceive their neighborhood as safe that no crime can happen or that no one would give out a product that may be harmful to the child.
The next thing to do is to make sure to take a child’s candy bag away immediately and sort it out for items which cause them harm. Taking it away may be easier said than done and stressful. The phrase “taking candy from a baby” is actually very much misused because they’ll likely clinch onto it for dear life but do what you have to and take their candy away and sort it out. Here are some things to look for:
-Throw away anything that is open.
And that goes for anything that’s even partially opened. While it is possible that they haven’t been tampered and in turn something that is closed like normal may have been tampered with, a parent need not take any chances. Throw open products away before kids have a chance to get their hands on them.
-Don’t accept anything that isn’t wrapped.
Fruit without a fully protective outer skin is out of the question. Apples, grapes, peaches, etc… One can never know what people may dip onto them and over them. Additionally, it’s hard to trust items that have been wrapped in anything other than the mass produced fashion of most Halloween candies. Most people are honest and would mean no harm but all it would take is one to cause a major uproar.
-For small children, remove choking hazards
A responsible parent would take away small items which could choke a young child such as gumballs, jaw breakers, jolly ranchers and peanuts. Additionally, toys and erasers given out during Halloween could present a choking hazard.
It’s important to follow these tips because kids obviously don’t know what can harm them and no parent would want to lose their child or have them endure an injury or illness over something very preventable.