Article by Luke Darby, GQ
Modern Halloween has brought a bunch of new traditions, like binge-watching horror movies or asking people to not wear blackface. But one tradition endures: scaring parents into thinking their neighbors will drug their kids.
You probably grew up hearing about razor-stuffed candy apples or something equally improbable, never mind the fact that Halloween after Halloween went by without that ever happening to anyone you knew. Then at some point it turned from razors to poison, and then just straight-up drugs. But today, those urban legends are trying to sound a little more ripped-from-the-headlines. Specifically, you should be super scared of this new-fangled marijuana that you can eat:
Be afraid, folks. If you find suspicious-looking candy, make sure to handle it with gloves and then throw the gloves away, because who even knows if you can wash off pot chocolate?
Officials in Oregon and Pennsylvania are putting out the same warnings. Basically, the argument is that some parts of the U.S. have legal weed and that’s dangerous for the places that don’t. Also, you should never trust your neighbors.
It goes without saying that there’s no evidence that anyone has tried to dose trick-or-treaters with edibles. It would also be painfully obvious if that was happening, since kids would be getting individual gummies or already-broken squares of chocolate bars for that to be feasible. And that’s not to even mention that this ignores a very basic aspect of edibles: No one’s gonna just give them away. They’re expensive to buy and time-consuming to make, and, to paint with a broad brush, you get them because you want to eat them.