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Trick-or-treat tampering mostly myth; doesn't hurt to be cautious

Parents should be cautious of the candy their child eats for Halloween. (Source:Luke Jones/Flickr Creative Commons) Parents should be cautious of the candy their child eats for Halloween. (Source:Luke Jones/Flickr Creative Commons)
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(RNN) - Horror stories of dangerous items passed off as Halloween candy have become the stuff of urban legend, and it can be difficult to determine what is fact and what is fiction. But it doesn't hurt to be cautious when going out trick-or-treating.  

Every year there are warnings about harmful items being put in kids' candy bags. There have been news reports of people's claims, including one of razor blades in candy, cannabis-laced gummy bears and candy-coated laxatives.

Other stories of objects found in candy include shards of glass, nails, needles, pins and staples.

In September, a Facebook post warning parents about fun-packaged ecstasy pills was circulating the web.

Some ecstasy pills are brightly-colored with deceiving symbols such as a Superman logo, dominoes and the word Nintendo written across them. These pills may look appealing, but they are deadly, the post alleges.

Many of these warnings are no more than rumor, but be wary of anything that doesn't come in factory packaging or looks like it has been opened.

For more information on candy inspections and what to be aware of this Halloween, check with police, fire departments or hospitals in your area.

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