Yet more effort to drive every fun thing out of this world by "safety" asshats. You know, every child out after dark trick or treating is going to get run over by a speeding madman. Or kidnapped inside the house of the neighborhood perv and repeatedly raped. Or picked up by a stranger and left in a shallow grave near Swan Creek? Or any of a number of horrible fates mommy can imagine.
Shit, it's no wonder these kids are addicted to cell phones; probably the only unfiltered, unscheduled human contact they're allowed because mommy feels "it's a dangerous world out there".
Poisoned candy? Totally, totally overblown, if not downright fabricated. And the author of the snopes.com article nails it right on the friggin' head when it comes to all this:
It's a sadness that a holiday so thoroughly and greedily enjoyed by kids is being sanitized out of existence in the name of safety. Sadder still is there appears to be little reason for it.