Many people consider the idea of people handing out tainted or tampered with candy to be a bit of an urban legend.
However, at least two cases have emerged this year in which foreign items, namely needles and razor blades, have been found in Halloween candy.
In Reynoldsburg, Ohio a razor blade was found inside of a Snickers bar. According to a local media report:
Reynoldsburg Police have confirmed a disposable razor blade was found inside of a Snickers bar that was collected during trick-or-treating on Thursday.
The candy was collected in the area of Kingsly Drive and Taylor Road.
Reynoldsburg Police Lt. Shane Mauger said a group of kids had finished trick-or-treating and went to a home to divide up the candy.
A 14-year-old girl then bit into a bite-sized Snickers bar and instantly noticed the foreign object.
The teen was not hurt during the ordeal.
In another incident in a Philadelphia, PA suburb, needle like objects were found inside of several Twix candy bars that were collected during Trick or Treating. According to a Fox News report:
The Kennett Square police department originally posted on Facebook warning about a “needle-type item” found inside wrapped candy bars given to four different children on Halloween night. Authorities urged parents to check all candy their children were given. Police photos of the candy showed the foreign objects looked like sewing needles.
The tampered candy was discovered when a parent of one of the children saw a Facebook post from an unknown source who described finding a chocolate bar with a needle in it. When the alarmed parent decided to check his own children’s candy out of an abundance of caution, he found needles in Twix snack-size bars.