“Poison Candy” is Just Another Fake Halloween Horror Story

Delaware researcher says there’s no evidence it’s actually happened.

In the greatest service it has ever performed for the kids of Philadelphia, the Daily News has revealed all those “poison candy” stories your parents toldyou in order to limit your Halloween trick-or-treating have turned out to be damnable lies.

Joel Best, a University of Delaware sociology and criminal-justice professor, found that the candy-coated threat is about as likely as real vampires and witches going door-to-door each Oct. 31.

He has studied newspaper articles going back 25 years, looking for the sensational tale of a child collapsing after eating a handful of poison Skittles.

Even so, the fear and caution remain. Concerned parents can even have their youngsters’ pillow sacks of goodies X-rayed for hidden metals, plastics or glass at Patient First centers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland.

We’re looking forward to Best’s next research project, proving that strangers in vans handing out treats are simply very nice guys who should be completely trusted.


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  • Josh Kruger

    Uh, this sort of glosses over the whole “guy who actually did put needles in Halloween candy” story from November 2000.