Halloween candy safety is easier than you think

COLUMBUS (WMCH) — Whether your little monster is going door-to door trick or treating tonight or to a Halloween party, it’s important to make sure their treats are safe for them to eat.

Police are expecting a fun and safe Halloween, but say parents should be on the lookout for what goes inside their child’s basket.

“Start looking for any open rappers anything that might look manipulated in anyway,” said Sgt. Rich Weiner with the Columbus Division of Police.

Columbus Police said they have had situations in the past where Halloween candy was laced with drugs but those situations are few and far between.

When in doubt, just throw it out. If the candy feels, smells or looks weird, or has been open, toss it!

When it comes to homemade candy, it’s not completely off limits, as long as you are aware of where the candy came from and who made it.

“Homemade candy you’re kind of at your own risk if you if you let your children accept those, but a lot of people want to do some personalized giving so just be mindful of where you’re getting the candy from,” Sgt. Weiner said.

Abby Holmes is excited about taking her little ones out trick or treating in Clintonville, and can’t wait to see all the goodies her son will get.

“I’ve never heard of any real person having problems with the candy being tainted or unsafe,” said Holmes. “I think that every once in a while someone will hands out something that is homemade as opposed to prepackage I would check it, but if someone makes something homemade I think they really care a lot and especially around here I’m not that concerned.”

If you suspect something is wrong with the candy in your child’s trick or treat bag, make sure you contact your local police department or the Central Ohio Poison Control 1-800-222-1222.

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