The myth of the candy poisoner
Police are still pushing this discredited scare, but it seems fewer people are falling for it.
Although the Halloween scare stories continue, journalists are starting to recognize the lack of evidence to support this mythical menace.
This basically never happens.
Publishing Registered Sex Offenders' Home Addresses Before Halloween Is Gratuitous, Unethical, and Reckless
A petition urges Patch and other news outlets to reconsider the practice.
How about a "virtual Halloween costume contest" instead?
Public health authorities are cracking down on a holiday activity where the age group least at risk of COVID-19 walks around outside wearing masks.
There was absolutely no reason to run this.
We found a lot of things to worry about over the past 10 years.
Federal Judge Orders Georgia Sheriff To Stop Ritualistically Humiliating Registered Sex Offenders on Halloween
Citing the First Amendment, the judge tells the sheriff he may not force certain homes to display signs warning trick-or-treaters to stay away.
Such actions remind kids that government authority is stupid, arbitrary, and worth fighting at every opportunity.
University Police issued a warning even after admitting that the student did nothing wrong.
Georgia Sheriff Says Registered Sex Offenders Aren't a Danger to Trick-or-Treaters, Will Humiliate Them Anyway
The sheriff's over-the-top "no trick or treat" signs might make him feel better, but they're actually harming more people than they're helping.
Braylen Carwell says he didn't eat anything, and previous candy poisonings turned out to be hoaxes.
The specter of mercantilism rises from the dead!
Friday A/V Club: A flimmaker fights a moral panic.
Another Halloween, another unfounded freak-out over sex offenders.
There is zero evidence that sex offenders prey on trick or treaters.
"Pushing for new laws aimed at keeping kids 'safe' from 'sex offenders' on Halloween is nonsense."
And anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday A/V Club: Celebrate Halloween with Gerald Heard, Boris Karloff, and some killer bees.
But won't tell us where to go to get them!
Bad policy and paranoid parenting are making kids too safe to succeed.
Cosmopolitan isn't very cosmopolitan when it comes to costumes.
Too bad that it's sold out (and not real).
He still implies that strangers with candy are trying to get kids high.
The Drug Free America Foundation claims an imaginary prank "highlights the very real dangers legal marijuana has on children."
Warnings of pot in trick-or-treat bags still have no basis in reality.
Trick or treating isn't as scary as the cops think.
College campuses must stop humoring the idea that offensive costumes should be banned.
Cannabis candy in trick-or-treat bags is "a very real scenario," they warn. It's not.
Thinking of dressing up? Think again, cultural aggressor.
Dress as a member of your own race, terrorist.
Halloween is over. Time for the annual Unraveling of the Tampered-Candy Pranks.