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Halloween Candy Safety Tips

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 8:12 am
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In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the holidays season, it’s always important to stop and think about staying safe. Trick-or-treating is one of my favorite childhood pastimes, but I always remember my mom screening my candy loot for safety before she would let me dig in. Even if your kids trick-or-treat in a familiar a neighborhood, it’s a good idea to throw out any candy that could be potentially harmful. So, how do you know what candy is safe for your kids to eat and which is not? Here’s some tips on Halloween candy safety:

  • Do not eat any candy that has loose or open wrappers, such as Tootsie Rolls. For the sake of safety, stick with the fully sealed wrappers. It’s easier to tell if fully sealed wrappers have been tampered with.
  • Do not eat any candy that isn’t in manufacturer wrapping. Aka, don’t eat homemade or re-wrapped candy or treats (unless they are from a trusted friend or neighbor).
  • Throw away any candy with tampered wrappers. Old, faded, punctured, loose, resealed, or torn wrappers could be a sign that the candy was tampered with.
  • Examine all candy from your trick-or-treating excursion before consuming it.
  • Make sure all candy looks and tastes normal. If something seems off, spit it out.
  • It’s best to take your child trick-or-treating at familiar neighbors, friends, and families homes. However, most people who hand out candy on Halloween have good intentions. Unfortunately, there are a few bad apples out there so when in doubt, throw it out!


While having fun this Halloween, remember to keep these candy safety tips in mind. Happy trick-or-treating!



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