Growing up, my parents always checked my bag of candy before allowing my brother and me to devour our treats. In 2016, police are still echoing that same practice for parents across central Ohio.
“It’s very concerning for us,” Reynoldsburg Police Officer Nikki Riley said. “[It] pretty much goes against everything we teach the other 364 days a year to not take candy from strangers.”
Consider this, just last year a 14-year-old girl from Reynoldsburg took a bite into a Snickers bar and found a razor blade in the middle. Thank God she was not injured but this is still scary to even imagine happening to one of your children.
This Halloween, consider these tips:
- Limit trick-or-treating to houses you’re familiar with
- Don’t accept homemade treats
- Look for tears, holes and pin holes on each piece of candy
- Squeeze or feel the texture of wrapped candy, checking for abnormalities
- When you return from trick-or-treating, put all candy on a table in a well-lit room for a thorough inspection
Police urge parents to not be scared to go trick-or-treating but to use caution and inspect candy for any openings or tampering.