There have been dark shadows looming throughout the history of Halloween, but these Halloween safety tips can help keep your boils and ghouls safe during trick or treat.
On Halloween night, October 31, 1974, 8-year-old Timothy O’Bryan died from eating poisoned Halloween candy after trick or treating through his neighborhood. Panic broke out over tainted candy that continues to this day with annual Halloween safety tips including a thorough inspection of your child’s trick or treat haul to make sure there are no razor blades or needles.
Timothy’s father Ryan Clark O’Bryan was later convicted for the murder of his son. He had laced Timothy’s Pixy Stix with potassium cyanide in hopes of collecting the life insurance money.
Strangers, it turned out, don’t usually try to poison random trick or treaters. But The Candy Man, or The Man Who Killed Halloween, as O’Bryan became known, gave birth to one of Halloween’s most persistent urban legends.
Another incident the year before, on Halloween 1973, the Halloween Killer Gerald Turner forever stained All Hallow’s Eve celebrations in Wisconsin when he abducted 9-year-old Lisa Ann French while she was trick or treating in Fond du Lac. Her body was found four days later.
Since then, many communities throughout the state have maintained trick or treat times that fall only during daylight hours.
These two disturbing cases might make for a macabre game of Halloween trivia, but they have also cast dark shadow over children’s creepy fun. Here are some tips to keep your ghoulish trick or treaters safe this Halloween.