How to Check Your Kids’ Halloween Candy

Being scared on Halloween is half the fun, but the fear of tampered candy is not. Protect your kids with a few simple precautions.

You will need

  • A trick-or-treat bag
  • Some candy
  • A good eye for detail

Step 1 Don't let kids eat until back home Ask your kids not to eat any candy they receive until they get home. Let them take along some candy from home, so they won’t be tempted to dig in.

Step 2 Throw out anything not in original wrapper When your kids get home, immediately throw out anything that isn’t in its original sealed wrapper.

Step 3 Inspect remaining treats Inspect the remaining treats. If you see any tears, puncture holes, or loose wrappers, don’t take chances—just throw them away.

Step 4 Throw out homemade treats Inspect fruit carefully.

Step 5 X-ray candy or replace If you’re still worried, you can ask your local hospital or care center if they X-ray candy on Halloween night… or go the much easier route: just toss it and replace it with candy you’ve bought yourself!