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It seems a shame to spoil such a potentially fun night like Halloween with warnings about potential harm, and in truth, there's very little need to.
Halloween is a time when we let our guard and our hair down a little bit, and do things - like dress outrageously - that would never happen throughout the rest of the year, unless you are, perhaps, an actor or rodeo clown.
But the spectre of evil householders, little better than fairy tale witches and warlocks, passing out strychnine-laced chocolate or apples with razor blades has become almost as ubiquitous on this night as the one house on the block that stays stubbornly dark, even though you know the owners are home.
Fortunately, the hyped-up danger is just that - hype - and about as genuine as the cat tail and whiskers your bank teller is sporting for the day.
Although the urban legend has been going strong since at least the 70s, there has never been a verified case of any giving out poisoned candy to trick-or-treaters.
You may have heard vaguely about an eight-year old boy who died after eating Halloween candy. Yes, it's true, but sadly that, like a great proportion of child-murders, was committed by his father who was only using the urban legend to cover up a pre-meditated crime.
As to foreign objects in treats? Yes, it happens, but very, very, very rarely, and in my research, I was able to find no one who died or even got badly injured as a result.
So go out, have fun, cut loose. And above all be creative! Let your imagination out of the cubical for the day!