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Tricks-Not-Treats: Halloween Predator Panic Laws

I remember coming home from “trick-or-treating” as a child and turning over my bag of candy to my mother for  inspection. After all, one of our neighbors could have slipped rat poison in our Tootsie Rolls or razor blades in our apples. Aside from certain choice pieces missing as a result of mom’s ingestion… er, “inspection” process, my mother never found any razor blades or rat poison in our Halloween Candy. Despite virtually no confirmed cases of Halloween poisonings, the myth has remained a constant in our culture [1]. Full Article on oncefallen.com (2011)

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  1. Joe

    Great Summary of the state of affairs. I love people who actually cite their statements!

    However – a mistake in the very first paragraph!?!? There was actually one documented case of child murder due to Halloween candy poisoning. The culprit – wait for it – the poor boy’s father. Sound familiar?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Clark_O'Bryan

    I think it is high time that our precious children are protected from their evil parents! On Halloween and all other days of the year.

  2. Michael

    Never mind that no kids may have been molested in Halloweens past. “they” will say none are now due to these current enforcement efforts.

    And didn’t CA RSOL sue Tulare county over their Halloween ordinance?

    Anyway this is all very similar to the OC DA’s, Tony Rackauckas, Chicken Little warning to the Lake Forest city council;
    (Paraphrased) You’ll be sorry you repealed the presence restriction ordinance when one kid is molested or groomed by a RSO in one of your city parks.

    It would be interesting to compile stats as to how many kids were molested or groomed in in city parks, by someone who is/was a current RSO, for the 10 years leading up to the ordinance and now yearly since the ordinance fell.

    Every testimony I heard from any police official, in front of the various city councils that were passing these ordinances, said they had no particular problem in that area.

    As the one Irvine city council person said, it was a solution looking for a problem.

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