A longtime Halloween myth about candy in Illinois became a reality this year.

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Needle Found In Illinois Halloween Candy
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Myth About Halloween Candy In Illinois

Of course, I enjoyed all the fun things about Halloween as a kid. I loved it all including candy, costumes, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and so much more. There is one thing that really sticks out in my memory. That is the threat of candy being tampered with each year.

Needle Found In Illinois Halloween Candy
Needle Found In Illinois Halloween Candy
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As a kid, I remember every year around Halloween the stories would start coming out. They would warn parents to check their children's trick-or-treat candy before they ate it. That's because evil people were going to put needles into the sweets. There would be stories about it happening but never anywhere close to confirm if it really happened.

Needle Found In Illinois Halloween Candy
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When I got older, my friends and I began to think of it as an Illinois Halloween myth. We never met anyone to whom it actually happened. We believed it was just an excuse for our parents to cherry-pick their favorite treats out of our hard-earned candy.

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Of course, as an adult, I realized that this kind of stuff can and has really happened. Which is kind of scary. In fact, there was an incident this year in Illinois.

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Needle Found In Illinois Halloween Candy

According to patch.com,

 A needle was found inside a piece of Halloween candy distributed in Park Ridge, according to police.

 

Law enforcement is investigating after a resident reported Tuesday morning that their child bit into a York Peppermint Pattie and found a small sewing needle inside, according to authorities.

 

Illinois' Favorite Halloween Candy Is Probably Your Favorite Too
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Do yourself a favor and do a quick inspection of what's left of your kid's Halloween candy. Make sure it's a thing you do every year just to be safe. You never know nowadays.

Needle Found In Illinois Halloween Candy
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