Family finds piece of glass inside candy from Halloween parade

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WXIN) -- Halloween is Tuesday, October 31, but ghosts, goblins and superheroes will be out in full starting the weekend before.

Police want to make sure families take extra steps to keep loved ones safe.

And concerns are already turning up in central Indiana.

In early October, a family from the Southport area posted this message and photo to Facebook:

“Anyone in Southport/Homecroft area: just found this piece of glass inside a green tootsie roll that was from the homecoming parade. It was inside the wrapper and pushed in it. Check your kids candy if you have any.”


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The family went on to tell Fox59, “The glass was found in a tootsie roll that had been unwrapped, glass shoved in, and then re-wrapped up again.”

The family filed a police report with the Homecroft Police Department.

Indianapolis Metro Police say this is a safety issue every year.

“Talk to their children, make sure they don’t eat any of the candy until after they return, then go through the candy,” said IMPD Officer Genae Cook.

Police also say most children should be chaperoned by an adult while trick-or-treating.

For older kids who may trick-or-treat without parents, they say parents should instruct kids to only approach homes with lights on, and never go inside of a residence or a car for candy. Also, plan a route ahead of time, including a time to return home.

The National Safety Council shows that 89 percent of kids participate in Halloween and 73 percent go door-to-door trick-or-treating.

So police also warn drivers to keep an extra eye out. With the excitement of costumes and candy, they say kids often don’t pay attention to traffic.

“Children are dressed a lot of times in dark costumes, so they can sneak up and they have a tendency to dart out into traffic,” said Officer Cook.

Other good advice, they say, is to make sure costumes fit so kids don’t trip, and add reflective tape to them.

Also, make sure accessories like knives or swords are made of a flexible material, like cardboard.

Another safety option are apps to track children while they trick-or-treat. Life360 and FamilySignal are free apps that allow parents to track kids with GPS. They also have a ‘panic button’ if kids end up somewhere unsafe.

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Dentists reveal the worst Halloween candy for your teeth

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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