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Other Dangers Lurk Around With Halloween Costumes

submitted on October 29, 2009 by Solstice in "Member's Lounge"
We all know about buying fire retardant costumes.

Hopefully everyone has their children's candy scanned.

But there are other dangers that can take the fun out of Halloween, and so here are two articles to look at before getting your kids or yourself dressed up.

(Costume Contact Lenses) http://www.consumeraffairs.com.....redux.html

(Toxic Face Paints) http://www.myfoxillinois.com/d.....6780250229

This might have made a good consumer guest blog had it occurred to me sooner, but its a bit late, and it would take too much to develop more fully at this point.

Anyway, don't let me bring down your Halloween fun, but its good to be aware of this stuff.
 

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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on October 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Hopefully everyone has their children's candy scanned.


    What do you mean by this?
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 29, 2009
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      Not-so-nice people have been known to inject/mix drugs with candy, and/or put small sharp objects into candy to harm children.

      Many if not most police departments offer free candy scanning with specialized equipment to have your child's candy inspected on Halloween. If nothing else, any halfway intelligent parent should inspect their child's horde before they are allowed to indulge in any of it.

      Occasionally, inappropriate materials such as condemns or adult based items are handed out as an obscene joke as well. Although perhaps humorous for adults, such things are not funny when impressionable children are involved.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on October 29, 2009
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      In our area all hospitals also scan Halloween candy for free. But many parents simply throw away what has been collected from strangers and substitute safe candy they've purchased themselves. Having to be this careful makes you wonder why everyone doesn't just celebrate in a controlled environment like private parties.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      At some point children have to face the world, and they can't be sheltered forever. If you take proper precautions, it is not all that more or less unsafe than taking your child to the park.

      Besides, I would imagine everyone here has fond memories of trick-or-treating as a child, and I would not want to rob my children of that future memory.

      However, I can appreciate the sense of security that a controlled environment would provide for the parent, as well as the removing of almost all possibility of harm to the child.
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on October 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    We usually take kids to neighbors we know so this helps I guess. It will become more difficult as they grow up though. I guess I will be in the market for a candy scanner very soon Sad

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