4 Halloween myths that simply aren't true

There’s a lot of spooky and even ridiculous things that people believe about Halloween. While the jury is still out on whether Pennywise actually walks around in our storm drains, there are a few things that USA Today says simply aren’t true. 

Myth number 1: People are poisoning your candy. Despite claims of poison, razor blades and LSD being planted in candy over the years, there has only been one proven case of candy poisoning and that was back in 1974. 

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: (L to R) Amy Robach and Lester Holt appear on the 2009 Halloween Episode of NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Center on October 31, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
Katie Couric as Donald Trump and Donald Trump during Halloween at the 'Today' Show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Katie Couric as Donald Trump, Al Roker as Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer as Paris Hilton and Ann Curry as Tina Turner (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Matt Lauer (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Matt Lauer and Katie Couric during NBC 'Today' Show Hosts Celebrate Halloween 2005 at NBC Studios Rockefeller Plaa in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Derek Storm/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: NBC Weekend Today Show Anchors (L-R) Campbell Brown and Lester Holt pose in their Halloween costumes on the set of the 'Today' show on October 28, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by William D. Bird/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: NBC Today show host Meredith Vieira dresses in costume to celebrate Halloween on the Today show in Rockefeller Center on October 31, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: NBC Today show host Ann Curry dresses in costume to celebrate Halloween on the Today show in Rockefeller Center on October 31, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: (L-R) NBC Today show hosts Matt Lauer and Al Roker dress in costume to celebrate Halloween on the Today show in Rockefeller Center on October 31, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: NBC's 'Today' show hosts Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira dress in costume to celebrate NBC 'Today' Show Halloween Monster Bash in Rockefeller Center on October 31, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: Correspondent Jill Rappaport (L) and host Al Roker appear on NBC's 'Today' annual Halloween show at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: Co-host Natalie Morales and her son Luke appear on NBC's 'Today' annual Halloween show at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: Co-host Meredith Viera appears on NBC's 'Today' annual Halloween show at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: Al Roker, Meredith Vieira, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford celebrate Halloween on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 30: Meredith Vieira appears on the 2009 Halloween Episode of NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Center on October 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Hoda Kotb appear on the 2009 Halloween Episode of NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Center on October 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Kathie Lee Gifford as C3PO and Natalie Morales as Queen Amidala appear on the Star Wars themed 2009 Halloween Episode of NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Center on October 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/WireImage)
TODAY -- Airdate 10/30/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb as Yoda, Ann Curry as Darth Vader -- NBC News' 'Today' co-hosts celebrate Halloween by dressing up in lavish 'Star Wars' costumes and indulging in 'Jedi Jeopardy' on the plaza (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Airdate 10/30/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Al Roker as Han Solo -- NBC News' 'Today' co-hosts celebrate Halloween by dressing up in lavish 'Star Wars' costumes and indulging in 'Jedi Jeopardy' on the plaza (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: 'Today' show host Meredith Vieira appears on NBC's 'Today' Halloween episode at Rockefeller Plaza on October 29, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: 'Today' show co-hosts Al Roker and Natalie Morales appear on NBC's 'Today' Halloween episode at Rockefeller Plaza on October 29, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: 'Today' show co-anchors Al Roker and Natalie Morales and MSNBC anchor Tamron Hill appear on NBC's 'Today' Halloween episode at Rockefeller Plaza on October 29, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb as Vivian Vance/Ethel Mertz, Kathie Lee Gifford as Lucille Ball/Lucille Ball, Sara Haines as Desi Arnaz/Ricky Ricardo appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WEEKEND TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) WEEKEND TODAY co-hosts Tamron Hall, Lester Holt celebrate Halloween on the Plaza as Katy Perry and JERSEY SHORE's Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Amy Robach attends NBC's Weekend 'Today' 2011 Halloween show at Rockefeller Plaza on October 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Melissa Francis, Jenna Wolfe, Lester Holt, Amy Robach and Janice Huff attend NBC's Weekend 'Today' 2011 Halloween show at Rockefeller Plaza on October 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/FilmMagic)
WEEKEND TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Francis, Jenna Wolfe, Lester Holt, Amy Robach and Janice Huff appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: 'Today' host Ann Curry and former host Meredith Vieira on the set of NBC's 'Today' 2011 Halloween Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: 'Today' Savannah Guthrie on the set of NBC's 'Today' 2011 Halloween Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: 'Today' hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotbe on the set of NBC's 'Today' 2011 Halloween Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: (L-R) 'Today' hosts Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotbe, Natalie Morales, Ann Curry, former host Meredith Vieira, and Al Roker on the set of NBC's 'Today' 2011 Halloween Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: 'Today' hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry on the set of NBC's 'Today' 2011 Halloween Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie as Prince Charles, Al Roker as Prince Harry, Meredith Vieira as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Lauer as Prince William and Ann Curry as Kate Middleton appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb as Princess Eugenie, Kathie Lee Gifford as Princess Beatrice, Savannah Guthrie as Prince Charles, Al Roker as Prince Harry, Meredith Vieira as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Lauer as Prince William, Ann Curry as Kate Middleton and Natalie Morales as Pippa Middleton appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Co-Anchor Hoda Kotb, National Correspondent Natalie Morales and Co-Anchor Meredith Vieira celebrate Halloween with a 'Munster Bash' on NBC News' Today on October 31, 2007 -- Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC NewsWire
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Matt Lauer attends NBC's 'Today' Halloween 2013 in Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Carmen Electra (L) and Willie Geist attend NBC's 'Today' Halloween 2013 in Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Al Roker attends NBC's 'Today' Halloween 2013 in Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb attend NBC's 'Today' Halloween 2013>> in Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie attend NBC's 'Today' Halloween 2013 in Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: NBC anchors Meredith Vieira, Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Bush Hager attend NBC's 'Today' Halloween Boo-Nanza at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: NBC Anchor Tamron Hall attends NBC's 'Today' Halloween Boo-Nanza at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer appear on the 'Today' show on Thursday, October 31, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Entertainment newscaster Alicia Quarles attends NBC's 'Today' Halloween Boo-Nanza at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Natalie Morales attends NBC's 'Today' Halloween Boo-Nanza at TODAY Plaza on October 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie attend NBC's 'Today' Halloween at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Tamron Hall as Uma Thurman and Willie Geist as John Travolta attend NBC's 'Today' Halloween at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Hoda Kotbe as Kathie Lee Gifford, Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford as Regis Philbin attend NBC's 'Today' Halloween at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Jenna Bush Hager attends NBC's 'Today' Halloween at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Dylan Dreyer as Spice Girl, Tamron Hall as Pretty Woman and Al Roker as Steve Urkel attend NBC's 'Today' Halloween at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: (L) Kathie Lee Gifford dressed as her former co-host Regis Philbin, and Hoda Kotb, dressed as Kathie Lee Gifford from the morning talk show, 'Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee,' during NBC's 'Today' Halloween at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
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Myth number 2: Black cats are in danger of being killed or sacrificed. The ASPCA says, "while it is true that animals too often become the victims of holiday pranks and cruelty, there is no reason to believe that witches are involved.” 

Myth number 3: Halloween is all about pumpkins. Halloween historian, Nicholas Rogers, says jack-o-lanterns were initially carved from turnips, with a candle put inside to represent a soul trapped in purgatory. 

Finally, myth number 4: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a Halloween story. It's not. Washington Irving’s novel never mentioned Halloween at all. The holiday wasn’t even widely celebrated at the time. Although it is fair to say a headless horseman is terrifying no matter what the season. 

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CHEWY CANDIES

The reason candy, in general, is harmful to teeth is that bacteria in the mouth burn the sugar, creating acid as a byproduct, explains Matthew Messina, DDS, spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA). The acid then dissolves tooth enamel, which is what causes cavities. Chewy candies, including gummy candies and taffy, are among the worst offenders because they linger and stick around in your mouth, giving them additional time to cause tooth decay. Not to mention some are sticky and strong enough to pull out a filling, bridge, or braces. Opt for one of these healthy Halloween candies instead.

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CARAMELS

Caramels are another sticky offender because they stick to teeth—not to mention expensive dental appliances like orthodontics. Like other sweets, caramels are best enjoyed after a meal and brushing and flossing immediately after eating limits the amount of time the stickiness sticks around in your mouth. Check out the best and worst candy as ranked by a nutritionist.  

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SOUR AND CITRUS-FLAVORED CANDIES

Sour candies have grown in popularity over the years; and they are bad for teeth on two fronts. They contain both sugar and acid, according to Dr. Messina. Like other candies, limit how many sour candies and lemony sweets you or your child enjoys in order to prevent long-term damage any day of the year. When you brush, make sure to avoid these common teeth-brushing mistakes.

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HARD CANDIES

Hard candies may be a Halloween favorite, but suckers and lollipops actually do more harm than you might realize. Because they are meant to be enjoyed slowly, hard candies and their cousins on a stick linger longer, making it difficult for your saliva to do its job and causing acid to build up in the mouth. Making sure that you properly care for your teeth as soon as the candy is gone can help prevent cavities. Ready for a fright? See exactly how many calories are in your favorite Halloween candy.

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