Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) October 23, 2009 -- On October 31st, many parents will send their children out into the streets to beg for candy from strangers. ConstructionDeal.com completed a survey of their members to learn more about parents' greatest fears on Halloween. Over 2,400 responded with what worries them the most when their children are out Trick or Treating.
The number one concern by parents was the fear that the Halloween candy would be poisoned. This myth has been circulating through neighborhoods every year since the 1950's. However, there has never been a single case of anyone having received poisoned candy from a stranger. One man did poison his own son's candy back in 1974 but never candy from a neighbor's house.
Another major concern that parents have is the fear that the Halloween candy will contain razor blades or infected needles. This one is not as much of a myth -- it has happened in the past, but only once by a stranger and no one was ever hurt. The other times it has been reported to have happened ended up always by friends or family members pulling a prank.
Parents have also worried that children will be molested or kidnapped when they go to a stranger's house. Like the poisoned candy myth, there have never been any cases reported of child molestation or abduction during a night of Trick or Treating.
In the survey, a surprising number of parents feared their children would be harmed by bloodthirsty vampires, eaten alive by werewolves, or had their flesh torn away by mindless zombies. Interestingly, studies have shown there are numerous cases like these reported every year. Halloween is a night were magic is more powerful and the evil creatures walk the Earth in search of delicate little morsels known as children. Parents have every right to worry about the undead.
ConstructionDeal.com recommends that parents go out with kids for Trick or Treating whenever possible. Give the kids flashlights and reflective tape to help them be seen by the real danger of cars and trucks traveling at night. Parents should inspect the candy and throw away anything that is suspicious because there is no reason to take any chances. Kids should not wear costumes that restrict their vision, no matter how cool it is. And costumes should not be too long or cumbersome where they might trip and fall.