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Old 10-24-2010, 04:01 PM
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Did you get your Halloween candy X-rayed?

When I trick or treated back in the early 80s, after collecting all our candy we would take it to the local hospital to get it X-rayed to check if there were any sharp objects in the candy. Obviously today the very idea sound ridiculous, but I clearly remember it. Problem is none of my friends or coworkers had a similar experience. Do you?
While we're on old Haloween memories, do you also remember running into houses having signs that said they had no candy because they'd donated for some cause? I can't remember whether they sent money to UNICEF, a school carnival, or a church event.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:07 PM
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I never did and I don't think any of my friends did, but I do remember when 'they' used to say that we should.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:13 PM
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No, we never did. I remember hearing about people doing it, but I don't even know anyone who did.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:14 PM
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...houses having signs that said they had no candy because they'd donated for some cause? I can't remember whether they sent money to UNICEF, a school carnival, or a church event.
That's obnoxious as hell. If you don't want to give out treats for the children in our community, just keep your porch/door/path lights off that night. It's got nothing to do with "some cause."
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:16 PM
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I was a kid in the 80s -neither I or anyone I knew ever had candy X-rayed. My parents checked over the candy, and anything with open or torn wrappers got tossed. Suspiciously, some of the good stuff would also get confiscated...

Wouldn't it be expensive for a hospital to X-ray a bunch of candy? I'd imagine a setup like the airport would make more sense, where you put the bag on a conveyor belt and it goes through a scanner.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:28 PM
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Wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy all new candy straight from a store, than to get it X-rayed?
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:28 PM
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We didn't have any hospitals within a reasonable distance so no. However, I bet the kids whose parents made them do that got made fun of behind their back a lot if I remember youth culture correctly. I think I would be tempted to make fun of any parents that did that even today even though I love my little snowflakes more than anything.

The 80's were a dangerous time and you had to choose your battles carefully or you would run out of energy and die. We focused mostly on Satan worshipers who sacrificed animals in the woods and were looking for the ultimate child sacrifice. Nuclear war was about to break out at any time so studying for tests was of questionable utility. Made for TV movies told us that millions of perfectly sane and sober people just woke up homeless one day and never knew what hit them (as opposed to today where that probably can happen). One hit of certain drugs made people insane for life, and millions of kids were randomly abducted annually right in front of their parents by strangers. It was a hellish war-zone I tell you.

Sadly, we didn't have Snopes back then either to tell people that little kids weren't being poisoned by Halloween candy in droves at that time but yet it was a firmly established threat from...somewhere back then. I am just glad people don't fall for that type of fear-mongering propaganda from the mass media anymore.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:40 PM
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Nope, no X-rays. We were just told to throw away any candy that wasn't wrapped properly.

I don't remember signs saying they gave to charity, but I did get Jack Chick Tracks in my candy bag.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:57 PM
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What an idiotic waste of hospital resources.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:32 PM
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IIRC, our local hospital offered that service but we never took advantage of it. In fact, when I was about 7 or 8, my mother and all the other Lion's Club mothers got so freaked out by all the poisoned candy and razor-bladed fruit running rampant in our community that they organized the first annual Lion's Club Lame Halloween party for us kids, with games and free (small) bags of candy and a costume contest.

My sister and I were pissed. Fortunately it only lasted a couple of years before the hysteria passed and we were able to convince our mothers that trick-or-treating wasn't going to kill us. Plus it yielded a much better candy haul.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:37 PM
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It was a hellish war-zone I tell you.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:41 PM
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I don't recall anything about X-rayed candy, but I was past trick-or-treating age by the 80's. I do remember warnings in school about poisoned candy and razor blades in apples, but it sounded like bullshit to me even as a kid. How were people supposed to be able to get these razor blades into the apples without breaking the skin, or poisoning the candy without disturbing the packaging?

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Old 10-24-2010, 07:15 PM
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Nope, no X-rayed candy and never found anything questionable. I do seem to recall one community hospital offered to X-ray candy, but I didn't hear about it again after that year. I imagine no one showed up.
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I am just glad people don't fall for that type of fear-mongering propaganda from the mass media anymore.
Heh. You're funny. Now it's vaccines, GMO/Fs, Mexicans and Socialism. Lecherous gay men seem to be on the way out.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:26 PM
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How were people supposed to be able to get these razor blades into the apples without breaking the skin, or poisoning the candy without disturbing the packaging?
The thing is all of the trick-or-treat apples could have been loaded with razors and it wouldn't have mattered; no one ate them. You have a bag full of candy, why would you bother with an apple?
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:09 PM
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I was a child in the 60's; X-raying candy was not invented yet.

We did get our share of yucky popcorn balls, and apples.
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:25 PM
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The thing is all of the trick-or-treat apples could have been loaded with razors and it wouldn't have mattered; no one ate them. You have a bag full of candy, why would you bother with an apple?
This. I do remember x-raying being supposedly available (this was say, 1980?) but it was highly unlikely that I was going to eat any damn apple I was given when trick-or-treating, regardless. And we t-n-t'd in The Hood -- I remember getting a lot of McDonald's coupons... can you still get those?
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:39 PM
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Wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy all new candy straight from a store, than to get it X-rayed?
It was more like a public service the hospital would provide for free.

I heard of it, but never experienced it.
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:34 AM
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This. I do remember x-raying being supposedly available (this was say, 1980?) but it was highly unlikely that I was going to eat any damn apple I was given when trick-or-treating, regardless. And we t-n-t'd in The Hood -- I remember getting a lot of McDonald's coupons... can you still get those?
At least as kids, most of us liked McDonald's. I'd rather go hungry than eat there now though.

There was the one house who gave out two pencils and a nickel. A nickel. This was in the early 80s. Oh Mrs. K, if you only knew the shit we kids talked about you that year.
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:09 AM
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I remember hearing announcements on the local TV news that one of the city hospitals was offering this service, but it was just after I was too old for trick-or-treating so I don't know the details.

My mother would go through our bags and throw out any apples or unwrapped candy, unless we knew specifically who we got it from. Basically if we stopped at a house we knew and got a homemade cookie or something, we would take it over to Mom and tell her, and she'd put it in a separate bag.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:30 AM
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I went on the rounds as a kid in the 60s, and my mother always inspected all of our candy. I can't remember whether or not any hospitals offered Xray services for candy.

When I was a teen, I made popcorn balls, and we put them in paper sacks to hand out to the kids that we knew. My mother typed our name and address and noted that we'd give out candy instead of the popcorn ball if the parents wanted to exchange it. We never had any exchanges, just requests for the recipe. We gave out store candy to kids that we didn't know.

For my own kid, my husband and I usually chaperoned her route, or she went with some of her cousins, and one of their parents would chaperone the route. And we always inspected the candy, but never got it Xrayed. I never saw any suspicious candy, either.
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:40 AM
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We wouldn't get out candy x-rayed, but my mother would check my candy before I was allowed to have any.

Oddly enough, all the gum and Bit O'Honeys would disappear after she had checked it.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:11 AM
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Seems like a waste to me, why not use a metal detector? Much quicker and cheaper. I don't think there has ever been an actual case of poisoned candy or razor blades given out for Halloween.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:46 AM
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At least as kids, most of us liked McDonald's. I'd rather go hungry than eat there now though.

There was the one house who gave out two pencils and a nickel. A nickel. This was in the early 80s. Oh Mrs. K, if you only knew the shit we kids talked about you that year.
My mother gave out raisins when I was elementary school. I hated the day after Halloween with a passion.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:03 AM
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Nope, no X-rayed candy and never found anything questionable. I do seem to recall one community hospital offered to X-ray candy, but I didn't hear about it again after that year. I imagine no one showed up.
Heh. You're funny. Now it's vaccines, GMO/Fs, Mexicans and Socialism. Lecherous gay men seem to be on the way out.
It's also child predators. A couple years ago when I was living in Maryland, there was a state or county law that anybody who's on the registered sex offender list is prohibited from distributing candy to trick-or-treaters. They weren't even allowed to have lights on if they were visible from the street, and they had to have a sign in the window that identifies them as being on the sex offender list.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:18 AM
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It's also child predators. A couple years ago when I was living in Maryland, there was a state or county law that anybody who's on the registered sex offender list is prohibited from distributing candy to trick-or-treaters. They weren't even allowed to have lights on if they were visible from the street, and they had to have a sign in the window that identifies them as being on the sex offender list.
Quite a few still have to do that: in some jurisdictions, they have a mandatory meeting for all the registered sex offenders that happens to coincide with trick-or-treat hours.

To answer the OP: The hospital in my town did offer to x-ray candy, but by the time that became the rage, I was too old for trick-or-treat. But I do remember one older lady in my neighborhood that always made the best candied apples, and she was the only person I was allowed to take and eat the apple right away. Anything else homemade either had to be inspected or my grandma had to know who gave it to me before I could have it.

And Act II popcorn balls are nowhere near as good as homemade. Just sayin.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:23 AM
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I never xrayed my candy and I'm just fine.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:33 AM
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It's also child predators. A couple years ago when I was living in Maryland, there was a state or county law that anybody who's on the registered sex offender list is prohibited from distributing candy to trick-or-treaters. They weren't even allowed to have lights on if they were visible from the street, and they had to have a sign in the window that identifies them as being on the sex offender list.
Yeah, in my town they have to post a sign, keep their lights off, and stay home (unless they can prove they have to be at work). Last Halloween at work I spent most of the evening fielding calls from outraged busybodies reporting that "So-and-so the sex offender isn't at home!" There were two extra officers on duty just to drive around and check for compliance. 'Cause, you know, 10 seconds exposure to a registered sex offender in full view of your parent or guardian for the sake of a fun-size Snickers bar is just the kind of traumatic horror that can destroy a child's life.

I'm so glad I don't have to work this Halloween.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:39 AM
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...The 80's were a dangerous time and you had to choose your battles carefully or you would run out of energy and die. We focused mostly on Satan worshipers who sacrificed animals in the woods and were looking for the ultimate child sacrifice. Nuclear war was about to break out at any time so studying for tests was of questionable utility. Made for TV movies told us that millions of perfectly sane and sober people just woke up homeless one day and never knew what hit them (as opposed to today where that probably can happen). One hit of certain drugs made people insane for life, and millions of kids were randomly abducted annually right in front of their parents by strangers. It was a hellish war-zone I tell you.... I am just glad people don't fall for that type of fear-mongering propaganda from the mass media anymore.
I enjoyed your post.

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Old 10-25-2010, 09:59 AM
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No. I was a kid in the late 80s/early 90s and never even heard of that. Like a lot of other kids, my mom checked over everything and threw out any candy that looked suspicious at all.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:52 AM
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Wouldn't it be expensive for a hospital to X-ray a bunch of candy? I'd imagine a setup like the airport would make more sense, where you put the bag on a conveyor belt and it goes through a scanner.
You know, I never thought about it before, but you're right. Hospital x-rays are, AFAIK, unlike airport x-rays. It's a lengthy and expensive process, and the pictures come back on film. It takes a while.

I can just picture a bunch of kids sitting in the waiting room in Radiology. Now that's a fun Halloween!
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:29 AM
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Wow, you guys had candy left over to X-ray? My sister, friends and I gorged so much we were ready to hurl by the time we got home. Usually the only things left were the hard candy and laffy taffy (I hated that stuff).

Still, I do remember watching the news with my mom about having candy X-rayed - she just told me not to eat anything that wasn't pre-packaged or that looked like it had something pointy in it. Simple enough.
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:08 PM
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Wow, you guys had candy left over to X-ray? My sister, friends and I gorged so much we were ready to hurl by the time we got home. Usually the only things left were the hard candy and laffy taffy (I hated that stuff).

Still, I do remember watching the news with my mom about having candy X-rayed - she just told me not to eat anything that wasn't pre-packaged or that looked like it had something pointy in it. Simple enough.
I'm a product of the 90's, and I don't know anyone who wasn't under strict parental orders not to eat anything before we got home.

Stuff like popcorn balls were okay if they came from people we knew. When I was really young, everything got a brief inspection to make sure it wasn't moldy or full of needles or anything, but once I was old enough to go out with friends and not my parents (late elementary school, probably), I was trusted to not shove suspicious-looking candy from strangers down my throat.

I have never even heard of x-raying a kid's Halloween loot.
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:29 PM
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Hell no. Heck, my parents didn't even check my candy. Of course, my parents don't get into the Halloween spirit and I always went trick or treating with friends. Which was great because then you could trade. I always brought home candy for my parents (that I didn't like )
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:00 PM
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Nope, no X-rays. We were just told to throw away any candy that wasn't wrapped properly.

I don't remember signs saying they gave to charity, but I did get Jack Chick Tracks in my candy bag.
What's funny is that That Other Guy Named Jack still is pushing his first of several Halloween tracts, The Trick.

In pages 3 through 8 {by tract review convention, the cover counts as page 1} we see the slander against witches (who are all Satanists, BTW ) that they deliberately insert dangerous objects and substances into the snacks.

Later in the tract we see the results of another goal: Surviving children are spirtually compromised, lose their relative innocence, and become "rebellious" -- especially about going to church and Sunday School.

(It couldn't possibly be that their behavior has changed because of the shock of losing at least one of their friends, could it?)

This is one of the very first tracts in which JTC seems to have gone completely loco. If the witch-Satanists can influence the children by casting spells on treats, why not just stick to that strategy?

And with some parents being careful enough to insist that their kids limit their begging to people that they know, (Bwawww haww haww hawww...) it would only be a matter of time before the police were going around to a handful of houses, asking questions. With the slightest suspicion aroused, they'd send the drug-sniffing hounds over soon enough.

- - -

In case you are wondering why Brenda seems to be crying, even as she secretly smirks, she no doubt is doing just that.

Chick was influenced by Dr. Rebecca Brown, who claimed that there is special training to cry at will.

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"Remember what happened to Bobby last year." -- "Bobby" seems to be the most used male given name in all of Chick tracts. Charles/Charlie is pretty frequent as well.

- Jack
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:36 PM
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Cause, you know, 10 seconds exposure to a registered sex offender in full view of your parent or guardian for the sake of a fun-size Snickers bar is just the kind of traumatic horror that can destroy a child's life.
Amazingly enough, many registered sex offenders are not pedophiles and probably would never touch a typical trick or treater age kid.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:25 PM
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In Chicago in the early 70s the hospitals offered free x-rays of candy. I never got it done as no one was really gonna drive to the hospital to do it.

I don't think until the Tylenol tampering case of the early 80s, did people REALLY think about product tampering in a big way.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:31 PM
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Seems like a waste to me, why not use a metal detector? Much quicker and cheaper.
But what if the Nefarious Evildoer puts broken glass in the Halloween treats?
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:14 PM
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Our local fire department got hold of one those conveyor belt thingies one or two years to check candy. I would have been 7ish, so 83 or 84. It was just that one or two years that they did the x-ray, though they kept having the haunted house/community Halloween party for a long time.
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:14 PM
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I remember hearing about something like this in Albuquerque in the early '80's but I don't know if they still do it. Nowadays worried parents take their kids trick or treating at the shopping malls.

We didn't do it in my family when I was a kid--we were just told not to eat anything that was unwrapped (of course I did and I got sick, but that was probably a coincidence.)

When I lived in Lexington there was a story in the paper about some parents finding pills in their childrens' candy bags. Maybe it was a dealer giving free samples (because the first hit is ALWAYS free) but later I wondered if a kid hadn't raided his parents' medicine cabinet on Halloween and handed the pills to his friends. Either way, it seems to have been a one time occurence.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:04 PM
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I remember hearing about something like this in Albuquerque in the early '80's but I don't know if they still do it. Nowadays worried parents take their kids trick or treating at the shopping malls.
I trick or treated at a shopping mall one year. We did it because it was raining outside, not because of any fear of needles in the candy. It was unbelievably lame, so we ended up doing the regular trick-or-treating anyway.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:43 PM
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Not only did my parents never check our candy for poison or razor blades, she laughed about the stories. Of course, she was the only person in town still giving out home made treats. She tried giving candy to the kids we didn't know personally, but they got all hurt they weren't getting doughnuts too.

Nobody threw away one my mom's doughnuts. Any parent who even thought about it was too late by the time their kid turned away from the door. Doughnuts don't even go in the bags. They get eaten immediately. Besides, my mom always sent a doughnut out for the parents too.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:14 AM
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And Act II popcorn balls are nowhere near as good as homemade. Just sayin.
Homemade popcorn balls are usually a great deal fresher, for one thing, and don't have a lot of the additives of commercial popcorn balls.

Homemade popcorn balls would probably be a great Thanksgiving dessert, too.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:22 AM
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I don't recall anything about X-rayed candy, but I was past trick-or-treating age by the 80's. I do remember warnings in school about poisoned candy and razor blades in apples, but it sounded like bullshit to me even as a kid. How were people supposed to be able to get these razor blades into the apples without breaking the skin, or poisoning the candy without disturbing the packaging?
They would fasten razor blades to the branches of the tree, and the apples would grow around them. It takes a certain amount of planning.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:43 AM
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I don't think until the Tylenol tampering case of the early 80s, did people REALLY think about product tampering in a big way.
That's what I was going to say. Halloween changed forever that year.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:44 AM
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I'm barely old enough to remember when neighbors baked treats to hand out. Cookies, brownies, and even homemade candy like peanut brittle. By the time I started trick or treating nearly everyone gave out store bought, wrapped candy. But, a few neighbors had a plate of cookies for kids and families they knew personally. The sweet lady down the street that sometimes baby sat me wasn't a threat. I always looked forward to her cookies.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:53 PM
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I was a kid in the 80s and early 90s. Never did we have x-rayed candy. I don't think my mother even checked my haul. Of course, when I got home I'd immediately dump the whole thing out on the living room floor so I could hog the good stuff, so maybe she was just discreetly supervising that process and would have grabbed anything suspicious.

Like all those chocolate bars I wouldn't eat.

Now that I think about it, my dislike for chocolate probably made Hallowe'en the best holiday of the year for my mother.
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