Tricks and Treats


Ella DeSpain, Writer

Just days ago, Amarillo Police Department discovered meth in the shape of candy. Illegal activity occurs regularly in Amarillo; drug busts happen daily and human trafficking runs rampant along the Canyon E-way. Because of events like these, all parents need to stay alert and cautious during this coming Halloweekend.

In the Texas panhandle, human trafficking continuously occurs. Halloween provides a great opportunity for kidnappers, with 179 million Americans taking to the streets in the dark every year. Drug-laced candies often aid in these kidnappings, which children readily accept, especially on Halloween. The third largest criminal activity worldwide and especially prominent in North Texas, human trafficking should stay at the front of everyone’s minds this season. Children trick or treat in the dark, and teenagers often go unaccompanied by adults. This in addition to an increased willingness to eat candy from strangers makes it easy for kidnappers to choose targets and grab them without arising much suspicion. To combat this, parents should inform their kids of the dangers of trick or treating and give more thought to where and with whom their children will trick or treat on Halloween night.

With 600 thousand pounds of sweets purchased each year, Halloween stands at the number one holiday for candy consumption. People of all ages eat candy given to them without thinking much about it. With the discovery of meth candies in town, candy should not be consumed if one has any doubts about it. If people remain alert and aware of what to look for, they can avoid getting into unsafe situations. Past crime trends during Halloween have included inserting razor blades, drugs, or laxatives in sweets before passing them out to trick-or-treaters. Candy given out with damaged wrappers should arouse suspicion, as well as homemade treats from strangers. Candy found on the ground or from an unknown source may contain dangerous substances and should not be eaten. The consequences of eating a seemingly harmless piece of candy can result in injury or even death.

On average, people report 17% more crimes on Halloween than any other night of the year. Teenage pranks and ding-dong ditching neighborhood kids cause enough trouble, but far worse things happen Halloween night. By staying alert and taking some necessary precautions, our community can make this October 3 fun and danger-free