Mike Huckabee News
Nov 02 2013
Retailers are hoping that Halloween weekend will scare up some business….Thursday night was Halloween, but Americans have turned it into such an over-the-top celebration, parties will roll on through the weekend, and some haunted houses will still be open for business well into November. Retailers now think of Halloween as a stimulus program, and I don’t mean just from all the sugar. But it’ll take a pretty big lightning bolt to reanimate our zombie-like economy. The National Retail Federation surveyed Americans in September and found that a quarter planned to spend less this Halloween. But retailers are optimistic that as Halloween grew closer, people would get swept up in the celebration and forget their tight budgets. We’ll soon find out if that was true. Or if they couldn’t afford any treats after finding that nasty trick in their new health insurance bills.
If you’re a parent, there’s a good chance you spent Halloween night inspecting all the candy your kids brought home, and separating it out into two piles: safe to eat, and too suspect. Of course, “suspect” might mean you suspect it’s too tasty for the kids, so you plan to eat it yourself. If it will set your mind at ease, chances are the only damage any of that candy will do is to your waistline. Every year, we hear scare stories about the epidemic of sickos handing out tainted candy. But University of Delaware criminology professor Joel Best researched the subject going back over a quarter century and says it’s a myth. He couldn’t find one single instance of a stranger giving tainted candy to children at Halloween.
The tale apparently got started with a Dear Abby column back in 1983. But in all the time since, there’s been only one verified case of a child being poisoned with Halloween candy. That was in Houston, where a sick father poisoned his own son for the insurance. And he won’t be doing it again because he was executed 29 years ago.