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Old 10-14-2009, 05:23 PM
 
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Default Trick-or-treating: Poison candy is an urban myth

Oh I’m sure it happened somewhere, long ago. Maybe even a handful of times in this nation of 250 mil+. But for the most part there is no danger whatsoever of receiving poison candy trick-or-treats. Especially if you accompany your kids in your own local neighborhood.

It is a shame that this urban myth has nearly destroyed a great tradition. Trick-or-treating was a BLAST many years ago. Now it is just another great tradition nearly gone by the wayside due to over-protective, scaredy cat parents who will believe any urban myth they hear.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:13 PM
 
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I just went and looked that up. Your right. I really wish that I was able to make homemade treats and pass them out. That would be cool.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:18 PM
 
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Why couldn't you? I would feel comfortable with my son receiving homemade treats in my neighborhood and for those people that come outside the neighborhood, well that's their problem!
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:52 PM
 
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One of my biggest pet peeves, like your neighbors are just waiting to poison your kids...silly. And no, it hasn't happened, not even ONCE, unless you count a father poisoning his own child.

Goodbye Halloween, Hello “Safety” FreeRangeKids (http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/goodbye-halloween-hello-safety/ - broken link)
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:24 PM
 
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Because we don't have kids trick or treat in my area. I have been here in this neighborhood 7 years and there has been not one trick or treater up and down this street.
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:34 PM
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The trick or treating tradition is alive & well by me.

All the kids trick or treat right through high school. We've never had any problems. My kids won't eat the loose unwrapped candy. We once had a lady give out handfuls of potato chips just thrown into the bag..
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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We still get a good number of trick or treaters. Our kids still enjoy going out-as long as they will wear a costume, they can go. Our old neighborhood we used to get over 100 kids, now we get 40 or so.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:30 PM
 
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I don't let my kids eat open candy or homemade goodies. I just don't feel comfortable with that and they get so much candy it isn't a big deal.
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:51 AM
 
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I think some places have trick-or-treating, while other places don't. I am not sure if it is because people fear poison candy, or there just are not many kids.

Sadly, I've known a number of people who won't let their children go trick-or-treating for fear of the poison candy urban myth.
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:53 AM
 
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We do pick over the candy just to double-check what's there, but no, we don't worry about poison and razor blades and all that. When I was little, my mom would cut up each "fun size" candy bar into small pieces before I could eat it. The razor blade myth was in full force then. I went trick or treating one year with some neighbor friends, and a friend of the mom (another neighbor my mom didn't know) gave us large, frosted, homemade cookies. They would have made a mess in our bags, so we just ate them. My mother about lost her mind, despite the neighbor's assurances that she knew this woman very well.
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