The Dangers of Leftover Halloween Candy and What to Do About Them

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 25-Nov-2017

Halloween is over, the costumes are put away and the ghouls have gone back to their lairs—but the danger still lurks, in the form of leftover Halloween candy. For some families, there’s enough candy lying around to last until next Halloween—but of course, the kids won’t let it sit that long if they have any say about it. What are some of the risks involved with these treats, and how can you keep the kids safe and healthy?

Sugar Overload

Kids don’t know when is enough when it comes to candy. If you leave them in control of it, they’re likely to get sick or hyper from too many sweets. To protect them from themselves, keep the candy out of reach, and give it to them in small quantities here and there—in their school lunches, as dessert after dinner, etc.


We all know sweets can cause tooth decay, especially if the kids don’t brush their teeth before bed. To avoid this risk, make sure the children brush at least twice a day.

Spoiled Treats

Candy usually has a long shelf life, and while it might get old and stale after awhile, it doesn’t usually spoil. However, if any of the neighbors gave fruit or baked goods, these should be thrown out if left longer than a week or so. Always check baked items for mold before giving it to the kids, to keep them from getting sick.

Foreign Objects

Every year, reports come in about parents who found dangerous foreign objects in their children’s treats—needles, nails, razor blades, even drugs. While these incidents are rare overall, they do happen. To keep the kids safe, only trick-or-treat at homes or businesses you know—and always inspect the candy before the children indulge. If you notice any torn wrappers, fruit with the skin compromised, or anything remotely suspicious—err on the side of caution and throw the treat away. For more Halloween-related safety tips, read our post here.

If your child has been injured or harmed by Halloween candy, our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys may be able to help. Call our office to learn more.

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