Kids want to dig into their Halloween candy as soon as they get home from trick-or-treating.  But, please take the time to inspect the candy before they eat it.  Also throw away any homemade treats, unless you know the person that made it and you trust them.  Examine the candy in a room with bright lights.  Look for anything that doesn’t seem right, such as:

  • Lumps or bulges under the wrappers
  • Punctures or pinholes in wrappers or boxes
  • Ripped wrappers
  • Loose wrappers
  • Discolored or stained wrappers or boxes
  • Foreign objects poking from the candy
  • Candy that isn’t in the original box or wrapper
  • Mismatched candy in packages containing multiple pieces. Look for candies that are a different size or color from all the others.
  • Candy brands or manufacturers that you’ve never heard of.
  • Candy that has a strange or unpleasant smell.
  • Candy that has passed its expiration date.

Although it is rare, a child may receive a tainted or drug laced candy.  So please protect your little ghouls and check their candy.  Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services staff wishes you a safe and happy Halloween.