The dangers of Trick or Treating

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The dangers of Trick or Treating

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Natalie Shockley, Fall Editor

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Halloween is when most people dress up in costumes and get candy. There are many entertaining things to do, but is this eerie holiday as safe as it seems?

On the Halloween of 2017 there were many incidents with Trick or Treating. WNEM News reported in their article called “Police investigation:Needles found in Halloween candy” that on November 1st a girl named Sydney went for a bite from a Tootsie Roll, but didn’t expect to find two needles in her delicious treat. Some kids just dig in and eat it before checking first. A male 6th grader states, “I sometimes check, but mostly eat”.

The sad thing is that the real monsters of Halloween don’t just use Tootsie Rolls to do their dirty work. The article called “Crystal meth found in trick or treat bag on Wisconsin Indian reservation” by Fox 11 News stated that two parents were looking through their child’s candy and found a clear baggy. Their seemed to be Pop Rocks inside. That is until they looked harder. Those Pop Rocks were actually crystal meth given to their child. The Police are still not sure if the exchange was a mistake or if it was on purpose. Parent and 7th and 8th grade teacher, Mrs. Liastro “checks if her child’s candy” has drugs or if it’s been tampered with, but also checks for the candy “she wants to eat”.

Some children’s costumes blur their vision so they can’t see what’s in front of them. That’s what led to 13 year old Thomas’ accident. Local12 News reported in the article “13-year-old hit by car Halloween night on the road to recovery” stated Tommy and his friend were walking down street when a car struck him be mistake. Car crashes have become more frequent throughout the years. Their children are four times more likely to get hit by a car during Halloween. WMS 8th grader, Ashley Vincent, said that she “always checks both ways before crossing the road”, but not everyone is that way.

No matter your age group, Halloween is getting more and more dangerous per year. We need to take proper safety procedures to remain unscathed.

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