Dangerous tricks mar Halloween treats

Children and parents finding harmful objects in candy

Parents found a thumb tack pressed into their child's Halloween candy. The candy was collected from the Eastwood Road and Woodbine Avenue area.  Courtesy Toronto Police

The days after Halloween are often spent indulging in the collected treats, but this year parents may need to spend time checking that the treats are safe to eat.

In a Nov. 3 press release, Toronto Police reported a three-year-old girl found a needle inserted into a chocolate bar as she was about to eat it.

It was the second incident reported to police this week.

On Nov. 2, parents were checking their child’s Halloween candy when they found a thumb tack pressed into a chocolate bar in a loot bag, police said.

The candy containing the harmful objects were collected in two different areas of the city.

The needle was found in candy collected from near Keele Street and Lawrence Avenue West in the west end, while the thumb tack was found in candy collected in the east Toronto area of Eastwood Road and Woodbine Avenue.

No injuries were reported in either incident. Both incidents are currently under investigation.

Toronto isn’t the only city facing these incidents.

Incidents have been reported in Winnipeg and on Vancouver Island. Two incidents of razors being found in Niagara have also been reported this week.

Needles and razors have also been found across the border in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Minnesota among others. 

Police are urging and advising parents everywhere to check all Halloween candy and treats thoroughly before giving them to their children.

About this article

By: Sidra Sheikh
Copy editor: Bogdan Stanciu
Posted: Nov 5 2015 1:58 am
Filed under: News