Breaking News
More () »

Lucas County Sheriff Office to screen Halloween candy

No one wants their princess or even minion to get candy that's been contaminated during Halloween.

LUCAS COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - No one wants their princess or even minion to get candy that's been contaminated during Halloween.

That's why the Lucas County Sheriff's Office will host a candy screening Tuesday, October 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Juvenile Justice Center.

Deputies from the sheriff's office will search children's candy through an x-ray machine to check for anything out of the ordinary in the candy. They said it's all about keeping the trick-or-treaters safe.

Even though it's a holiday full of costumes, candy and fun for most, some do have safety concerns. One parent said she went to Uptown Maumee Business Association's trick-or-treat event Monday for safety reasons.

"That's why I came here actually because it started at the police station and there are businesses giving out candy and there are areas roped off," said Julie Larimore, a mom taking her 17-month-old daughter, Sonora a unicorn, trick-or-treating for the first time.

"Safety is a big thing and you want the candy to be safe and the environment to be safe."

She said as they begin to make a Halloween ritual for their family, getting Sonora's candy checked will be a part of the festivities.

"There will be a deputy here watching the screen and they will be able to see based on the density and the metals will show up darker," said Captain Matt Luettke with the Lucas County Sheriff's Office field operations.

Experts say if you don't get your candy checked, parents should look at it themselves.

"Anything that has been opened or tampered with that just doesn't look right then by all means discard it," said Captain Luettke. "And of course, if it has something that has been inserted into it like an object of some sort then we recommend that you hold on to that and call 911 and get somebody over there to investigate because that could be somebody that is actually trying to hurt people."

They also said to discard homemade items unless you know who made them and how. Some parents say their kid's Halloween candy is never really a concern for them, but they still check it themselves to be safe.

"We'll give it kind of a once over, but especially the neighborhoods we go in everybody kind of knows everybody," said Todd Farless who took his daughters Reagen and Peyton to Downtown Maumee on Monday for trick-or-treating. "I don't really suspect anything bad going on."

Captain Luettke said chances are slim that candy has been tampered with, but they want criminals to know they are watching to keep the kids safe.

The Sheriff's Office also advises those heading out to trick-or-treat to travel in groups and with adults. Beware of stranger danger as well as traffic and use caution always.

They also said trick-or-treating groups should bring a flashlight or wear reflective gear to make sure they're visible in the dark.