It’s that time again. For those of you having kids younger than teens, it’s time for you to do the Halloween shuffle, where you take your little ones and follow them around the neighborhood in their costumes. It’s always been a fun time for me and my wife, watching our kids in their cute (or scary) costumes, going house to house, saying “trick or treat!”
Here in AZ, in my neighborhood, it’s a time for countless block parties, as the weather is almost always perfect. Everyone is out, families walking around the neighborhood, talking, joking. It’s a grand, fun time.
However, as a safety conscious parent, I feel it’s my duty to check all the candy the kids get before we let them eat anything. Below are some guidelines to use when deciding which candy the kids can keep.
As you can see in the photo above, spotting the yummy defective or potentially bad candy takes the eye of an expert. Any wrapper not in perfect condition is subject to confiscation. Look for things like:
- Wrinkled wrappers
- Folded corners
- Slightly separated but not open edges
- Corners not perfectly squared
- Edges of wrapper pushed in
- Wrappers folded in a manner which prevents seeing the letters properly
I often find the above anomalies in Butterfingers, Hershey’s chocolate, Reeses peanut butter cups, and Kit Kats, though the type of candy you find defective may vary, depending on your taste area.
Upon finding any potentially bad candy, you should immediately confiscate it and examine it. If, after eating checking the entire piece, you find nothing wrong with it, enjoy the comfort of knowing you were wrong and it was safe to eat, after all. Your children will thank you.