Halloween is just around the corner. If you plan on letting your child go trick-or-treating this year, it is important to keep in mind that you should always check your child’s candy before allowing him or her to eat it. Here are just some of the many things that you should be sure to look out for when you are checking your child’s Halloween candy this October.
1. Get Rid of Candy That Has Been Opened
This one is a given. You don’t want your child to eat any candy that looks like it has been opened or tampered with in any way. Even if a certain piece of candy is only slightly questionable, it is a good idea to dispose of it. You never know what someone may have done to the candy that your child may later put into his or her mouth. Getting rid of candy that looks even remotely suspicious can prevent a future visit to the emergency room.
2. Dispose of Candy That May Look Discolored
When you are checking your child’s candy, you may come across candy wrapped that appear to be discolored. Whether the Reese’s Pieces Cup’s orange wrapping has been turned completely black or it only looks slighter redder than it should, it is a good idea to throw it in the garbage either way. You never know where that candy may have been. Although a cup of juice might have just been spilled over the candy, it is also possible that the candy might have been deliberately soaked in something. No matter what the case, it is probably not worth risking.
3. Throw Away Any Fruit Your Child Gets
It may seem disappointing that you have throw away one of the only healthy things that your child will get after a long night of trick-or-treating. Fruit is infamous for being tampered with on Halloween. You have probably heard horror stories about razors being found in apples. Unfortunately, these stories are not all that far fetched. Every year, people find fruit tampered with in some way or another. The best thing to do is get rid of any fruit that your child may get. Chances are that they won’t be that disappointed!
4. Get Rid of Anything Loose and Unwrapped
Many children end up getting candy, or some other type of food, which has been thrown in his or her Halloween bag loose and unwrapped. There are many instances in which you should be sure to throw such things out. If you know that the candy is meant to be wrapped, it is so important to throw it out. Even if there is no way to wrap a particular type of candy, such as loose candy corn, you will want to be sure to throw it out. Candy which is unwrapped is a lot easier to tamper with than candy which is already wrapped. Peanuts may be a bit safer since they are in a protective shell but it is important to still be cautious.
5. Throw Away Anything Else That Looks Suspicious
If you have a bad feeling about any other piece of candy or food which has been thrown in your child’s bag or bucket, it is important to throw it away. It is likely that there is a reason behind your suspicion. Always keep in mind that it is only candy, so your child is not going to be mad at you forever. When it comes to Halloween candy, it is always better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want one single piece of candy to cost your child his or her life.
The most important thing is for you to be very careful this Halloween. One of the best ways to make sure that your children are getting candy which has not been tampered with is to only allow them to visit people who they know when they go trick-or-treating. Being extremely cautious when checking their candy is also very important. If you have any type of doubt about a piece of candy in their bag or bucket, it is important to get rid of it. This is the best way to help keep your child safe during this Halloween.