Poisoned Halloween Candy: The Truth Behind the Legends

Anne Marble
8 min readOct 19, 2021

If you grew up trick-or-treating, you heard tales about strangers giving out tainted candy. But nobody could believe that a father might poison his son and blame a mysterious stranger.

Trick-or-Treating in the 1970s

In the 1970s, I lived in the suburbs, so my friends and I would go trick-or-treating in our neighborhood every October 31. We dressed up as ghosts, princesses, clowns, and the like or as pop culture characters.

Anne Marble

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