Revisiting Halloweens Past

Because it’s nearly Halloween again I’d like to share a story told here last year at this time.

Get Back Here With My Candy

Those of us who are old enough to remember the 1980’s as more than a VH1 series probably remember that in the early part of the decade there was a huge scare involving Tylenol capsules being laced with cyanide, I was little kid but I remember that several people died and it was quite scary. It also happened around Halloween and so my mother announced that she’s be inspecting all of our candy to make sure it hadn’t been tampered with. This seemed strange to me because:

1- Most of the doors we were knocking on were relatives and
2- None of them were handing out Tylenol capsules

Still, after getting home from trick or treating my mom sat us all down, emptied out our candy bags and went through each piece; checking the packaging, holding it up to the light and doing things that looked really serious to my eight year old self. She pulled a Mini Snickers bar from my candy pile and looked at it carefully before saying

“You know, bad people put razors and pins into candy bars so that kids get hurt”
“Uh huh, and you won’t even know it”
“Yeah…I’m going to take these candy bars just to make sure you’re safe.”

As you probably have guessed, there were no razors or pins and this was a clever ruse she had devised to steal my candy. The difference between you and me is that it took me another 15 years to figure that fact out.



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5 responses to “Revisiting Halloweens Past

  1. You know, I had an ex that did something similar. We went trick or treating in a big group, and he convinced us to put alll of our candy together in a big pile so we could figure out how much we got, separate it into groups, and then make sure everyone got what they wanted.

    Needless to say, that year, NONE OF US got any candy except for him.

    But he weights nearly 300 pounds now, so things are even stevens.

  2. kim

    You didn’t get Tylenol for Halloween? Seriously? What weird freaking neighborhood did you grow up in?

  3. Paul M.

    Hi Will, I remember when I was a kid and had
    a Groucho Marx nose and mustache for halloween
    but some big kids punched me in the phony nose
    and took all of my candy.

  4. kim

    Paul, gimme your address, I’m sending you some freaking candy.

  5. John K

    Two Halloween anecdotes:

    1. One year we were trick or treating and found a house where the guy gave us cash. We searched for it every year after and never found it.

    2. There was a period of 4 or 5 years where my mom would schedule our annual dentist appointment for the week after halloween to give herself an excuse to take all of our candy for herself.

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