For decades, parents have worried about the possibility of their children eating a piece of Halloween candy laced with drugs or filled with needles. In 1983, Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ann Landers even wrote a piece about it, warning readers that, "In recent years, there have been reports of people with twisted minds putting razor blades and poison in taffy apples and Halloween candy."
That said, some skeptics write the idea off as an urban legend. While there have certainly been false reports and exaggerated stories of tainted candy, there have been a number of shocking and even deadly stories of poisoned Halloween candy dating back to the 1950s.
These are some of the real stories that led contributed the collective fear that kids might bring home more than candy when they go out trick-or-treating.