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Halloween Candy Scare Hoaxes

BENJAMIN RADFORD

On Halloween weekend 2015, scary news reports and warnings on social media claimed that dangerous candy had been found, raising fears among parents and children. A week after Halloween—after the candy had been eaten and the proverbial fairy dust had settled—the comforting truth about the latest candy scare finally came to light: Police determined that the incidents were hoaxes.

For example, a Philly.com news report stated that an eleven-year-old girl and a twelve-year-old boy “who reported finding needles in their trickor-treat candy in Kennett Square have admitted they made up the story. . . . The girl hid needles from her mother’s sewing kit in Twix bars she was given while trickor-treating, prosecutors said. She then lied to her parents, who prosecutors said rightly reported the incident to police. The boy heard about the first case, then put a needle inside a Snickers bar that he showed his older sister, who contacted police” (see http://tinyurl.com/ojjd752).

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