The tip is this: your children are safer than you think. Halloween poisoning is imaginary.
You heard the stories growing up. The cyanide, the strychnine, the deadly razors, the incautious children who every year are struck down by random maniacs who poison their candy. It makes sense: when random strangers are handing out treats to children, obviously some of them will be homicidal maniacs, right?
As a parent, you’re probably careful not to let your kids fall prey to these threats. Maybe you throw away all candy that isn’t in a name-brand sealed package. Maybe you escort your kids on their trick-or-treat rounds rather than let them wander the night on their own. Maybe you don’t let them trick-or-treat at all, instead allowing them candy only at supervised parties.
If so, I have really good news for you: there is no such thing as Halloween poisoning.
Let’s be entirely clear here: the number of children killed by Halloween poisoning is zero. It has always been zero. This is a crime that has never, ever been committed. Even once. Ever.
There have been kids who’ve been poisoned on or around Halloween, of course. But they’re poisoned in all the usual ways: crazy relatives, freak accidents, weird drug incidents. In fact, just about the only way kids DON’T get poisoned is from Halloween candy that they get from strangers.
So this Halloween, let your little devils (and ghosts, and superheroes, and vampires) off the leash. Let them enjoy a night of freedom and anarchy, of wandering in the dark and trying out a new identity. Let them have a little preview of a life that you’re not in control of, and let them get their own candy.
It’s not going to be poisoned. It never has been, ever. You might as well be afraid of them falling prey to vampires or Bloody Mary.