Almond Joy turns into Halloween horror after needle is found inside

Check your Halloween candy is the message from Beltrami County, after a sewing needle was found in an Almond Joy.
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If your kids still have plenty of Halloween candy left, here's a reason to check it before they eat.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office issued an alert on Wednesday after a silver sewing needle was found inside a fun-size Almond Joy bar given to a trick-or-treater.

The child's parent called the police after finding the candy bar to have had "obvious package tampering," with the wrapper having been torn open before being handed out.

The family had been trick-or-treating at Walmart in Bemidji and the Arrowwood Circle neighborhood of Bemidji on Halloween, the police report.

Halloween candy tampering – it happens

There have been a handful of reports across the country about Halloween candy tampering, with this report from Coldwater, Michigan, revealing that someone put a nail in a Snickers and thumb tacks in Milk Duds.

In Edison, New Jersey, a parent reported finding a sewing needle inserted in a Tootsie Roll, News 12 reports.

Minnesota has a place in tainted Halloween candy history because of a man called James Joseph Smith of Minneapolis, who in 2000 allegedly stuck needles into Snickers bars, one of which injured a teenage boy. MentalFloss reports he was charged with adulterating a substance with intent to cause death, harm or illness.

Snopes argues that Smith is an exception, and that those who put objects into candy are probably embracing the "pranking" nature of Halloween, without really fully considering the dangers and consequences of their actions.

While there's no understating the potential danger of the Beltrami County incident, there's a chance the victim may never have eaten the needle considering it was inserted into an Almond Joy bar.

Now each to their own, but the coconut and almond chocolate bar is not a Halloween favorite, with Vox.com placing it 24 out of 27 in its Halloween candy rankings.

It calls it: "The perfect candy for someone who can’t commit to the full coconut experience of Mounds."

As one commenter responding to Beltrami County's warning put it: "Seems strange to open the whole wrapper to put a needle in? And in an Almond Joy? Most of those end up in the trash."

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