Tell trick-or-treaters not to eat anything they receive until they get home.
Warn the youngsters that you or another trusted adult must check their candy before they can eat it. Emphasize the importance of this without frightening the children and ruining their enjoyment of trick-or-treating.
Caution youngsters not drink any beverages offered to them while trick-or-treating.
If you think children will be extremely tempted to eat their candy before they get home, send them out with a snack in case they get hungry. If you have to, offer them candy from the bowl you will be giving out. Make sure they can tell the difference between your candy and the rest of their candy (perhaps put it in a Zip-Lock baggie!)
Examine candy and treats in a room with bright lights as soon as the trick-or-treaters arrive home. Look for anything that doesn't seem right, including the following:
Lumps or bulges under the wrappers
Punctures or pinholes in wrappers or boxes
Ripped LOOSE wrappers
Discolored or stained wrappers or boxes WATCH
Foreign objects poking from the candy
Candy that isn't in the original box or wrapper
Treats that are in unsealed boxes or partly unwrapped wrappers
Mismatched candy in packages containing multiple pieces. Look for candies that are a different size or color from all the others.
Candy brands or manufacturers that you've never heard of.
Candy that has a strange or unpleasant smell.
Candy that has passed its expiration date.
Throw away any candy that may have been tampered with or that doesn't look right for any reason.
Throw away candy in twist wrappers, because it can be tampered with and then re-wrapped. Examples are chocolate logs, hard candies, and bubble gum.
Check fruit by washing and slicing it into small pieces. Cutting the fruit allows you to efficiently look for any concealed hazards such as needles, razor blades or glass shards.
Look for punctures or pinpricks before you wash and slice fruit.
Discard fruit given by strangers.
Throw away all homemade treats given by strangers. Examples include popcorn balls, caramel apples, or baked goods like cookies or brownies.
Take the remaining Halloween treats for x-ray tests at local medical facilities. Some hospitals and doctors' offices offer this free service on Halloween night or the next day, GREAT TIP.
CALL police if you find tainted Halloween candy or treats.
Author:Carlie Goulet Emily Duarte Phone: 480-999-2338 Dated: October 8th 2013 Views: 499 About Carlie Goulet: What We Stand For
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