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10 Halloween Hoaxes


If your childhood was anything like mine, you were raised hearing Halloween tales of razor blades in apples, poisoned candy and Zombie Koalas? huh? Since I have never quite recovered from my moms insistence on carefully inspecting all candy on the brightly lit kitchen table before I could eat one single Laffy Taffy, I’ve made it my personal mission to expose all the scary Halloween stories as hoaxes. What Halloween stories made your spine tingle as a child? Chances are it’s one of these 10 and chances are it never happened.


  • Razor Blades Hidden in Apples 1 of 10
    Razor Blades Hidden in Apples
    Possibly concocted by candy-enthusiasts looking to end the "apple as Halloween treat trend" the razor blade in apple story is completely fiction.
    Image via Hey Mothers Let's Be Sisters .
  • Blue Star Tattoo 2 of 10
    Blue Star Tattoo
    In the days before Facebook shares, I remember this paper flyer floating around my hometown, alas there were never tattoos laced with LSD.
    Image spotted at Fact Fixx.
  • Zombie Koala 3 of 10
    Zombie Koala
    This scary looking image of a wet koala with nasty-looking fangs went viral on Facebook earlier this month, raising speculation that irradiated eucalyptus had spawned a horde of undead koalas. No, just some good Photoshop skills.
    Image via Huffington Post.
  • Poisoned Candy 4 of 10
    Poisoned Candy
    This one is for you mom. Halloween candy has never been poisoned, except for that dad that tried to poison his own son. Nice.
    Image via List Verse.
  • Sacrificing Cats 5 of 10
    Sacrificing Cats
    Don't worry there is no record of black cat mutilation on Halloween.
    Image via Strange History.
  • The Devil’s Day 6 of 10
    The Devil's Day
    Halloween originated as a positive Celtic holiday to celebrate the harvest. It later earned it's devilish reputation from Christian fundamentalists.
    Image via The Nest.
  • Kidney Heist 7 of 10
    Kidney Heist
    Supposedly you can get drugged and your kidney can be snatched. You will then wake up in a bathtub of ice. Good news, no kidney snatching here.
    Image via List Verse.
  • When Child Molesters Attack 8 of 10
    When Child Molesters Attack
    You can feel a little more at ease knowing there has never been a spike in child molestation cases on Halloween. Some states even require sex offenders to put a sign on their door like this.
    Image via Reason.
  • Initiation Day 9 of 10
    Initiation Day
    Supposedly Halloween is the top initiation day for gangs, however, no evidence has shown that it is a major day for such events.
    Image via Tumblr.
  • Raffles Place Ghost 10 of 10
    Raffles Place Ghost
    After frightening many, many people it was revealed this was all part of an ad campaign for a recruiting firm warning against the dangers of working late in office buildings..
    Check out the ghost sighting at Youtube.

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful. She can also be found on Babble’s the New Home Ec.

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