SAN ANGELO, Texas — Every year, law enforcement agencies warn parents about strangers handing out tainted Halloween candy to children that are trick-or-treating.
However, is there anything to be worried about? The simple answer is no.
Let's go back to where this scare originates from.
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In 1974, a Texas man named Ronald O'Bryan, also known as "Candy Man", gave cyanide-laced candy to five children, including his son.
While the other children did not eat the candy, his son did, and died soon after. O'Bryan committed this crime so he could collect his son's life insurance money.
While there have been no cases of children receiving tainted candy in San Angelo, the San Angelo Police Department still urges parents to check their children's candy for signs of tampering.
SAPD also wants to warn parents about the dangers cars can pose this Halloween.
On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Children are urged to look both ways before crossing the street, and drivers are urged to slow down in residential neighborhoods.