Forget Tainted Candy: Here Are the Safety Issues You Should Really Be Concerned About This Halloween
As Kim Painter writes for USA Today, your kids trick-or-treating and getting tainted/poisoned candy dropped in their buckets and pillowcases isn't the thing you should be worried about on Halloween. Not to say that exactly what is being handed out to children shouldn't be a natural concern, but there are some more likely risks out there to be aware of.
Drivers under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
"Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for young pedestrians," Painter reports, "with twice as many deaths as on a typical day." It's teens who are most at risk of getting hit and seriously injured or killed by a car on Halloween. This is the age group allowed to be out and about without supervision. In contrast, toddlers and young children tend to be chaperoned closely by their parents, though traffic is still a concern, especially drunken traffic. According to Painter, 20% of pedestrian deaths on Halloween involve alcohol-related wrecks.
More than half of Halloween-related injuries are due to pumpkin carving. On this topic, Painter quotes an ER doctor: "It's very common to see finger and hand injuries." If you have yet to carve your pumpkin, try to use tools specifically meant for carving pumpkins, as opposed to kitchen knives.
Dogs Suffering Chocolate Poisoning
The candy is not likely to be tainted or poisoned - unless you ask the dog. Chocolate is a poison for dogs, and according to Painter can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and possible death.