Who hasn't heard the story of the little kid who bit into some Halloween candy, only to find the "kind stranger" who'd given it out had hidden a razor blade inside? Product tampering of any kind is a horrible idea, but it becomes especially sinister on the one night of the year where children are actively encouraged to take candy from strangers.
What is interesting, however, is that the "tainted candy" urban legend — like so many urban legends — sprang from a real-life case. The only difference is that the unfortunate kid in this story was murdered by his own father.
'The Man Who Killed Halloween'
Halloween, 1974. Little Timothy O'Bryan was given Pixy Stix candy poisoned with potassium cyanide and died soon afterwards. His father, Ronald Clark O'Bryan, who was clearly not as smart as he was unpleasant, took out a $40,000 life insurance policy on the boy only a few days earlier. O'Bryan, who also poisoned four other children (these kids mercifully survived), was tried and sentenced for his crimes. In the media, O'Bryan became known as "The Candy Man" or "The Man Who Killed Halloween." He was executed by lethal injection March 31, 1984.
At least this terrible man was punished, and the story is now nothing more than an urban legend. Let's keep our urban legends confined to movies as much as possible, shall we?