Halloween is a time to dress up in costumes and consume lots of sugar. However, it's also a time to be on guard and exercise caution. Growing up, many people learn to never take candy from strangers, however, Halloween is the one day of the year that actually encourages it.
When accompanying a child for trick or treating, parents and guardians are urged to examine candy to make sure that it is safe to eat. Below are some non-candy "treats" that have been found their way into Halloween bags in recent years.
1. Crystal Meth
An 8-year-old girl in Hercules, California, came home to find that one of her treats was crystal meth. The girl’s parents discovered the .1 gram plastic bag of crystal methamphetamine in powder form as they were sorting through her candy. "This could have been intentional or it could have been accidental and we won’t know until we speak with the person who did this," Hercules police Sargent Ezra Tafesse said.
Parents in Buffalo, New York found pieces of glass in her children’s Tootsie Pops, the candy known for being the easiest treat to tamper with.
A 4-year-old boy in Ohio was disappointed when he opened his box of Milk Duds to find bullets instead of the chocolate covered treats. Each box of Milk Duds the child received had several bullets from a .22 caliber handgun.
A California postman handed out a bag of snickers from an undeliverable package thinking he was being generous but instead blindly distributed marijuana to children. The man handed out the candies only to later be confronted by police who informed him that the packaged treats actually contained marijuana rather than the popular chocolate candy bar. The mailman was never charged for the distribution because the police believed he was truly unaware of the drugs.