Halloween candy being tampered with a bit of an urban legend

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WALLINGFORD--Halloween is not all about candy, but it's the driving force to some potential unintended consequences.

North Main Street in Wallingford has gotten a reputation in recent years for being a destination for decorations and plenty of candy, which led officers to block off the street this year for trick-or-treaters.

It's such a popular area that one of the homeowners told FOX 61 he spent more than $500 on candy last year, and still ran out!

But while officers have found ways to deal with traffic safety issues, from blocking off popular roads to handing out glow-in-the-dark bracelets and posting officers on corners, safety about candy is also a concern for parents and police.

"If it looks like it's been opened, if there's any holes in anything, discard it," said Officer David Hartman, of the New Haven Police Department. "If you know where (the damaged candy) came from, let us know."

However, despite the precautions warning, Hartman says over the years stories of candy being tampered with have become more urban legend than anything else.

Other safety concerns include people wearing masks. Police are telling homeowners to ensure they feel comfortable before opening their doors to strangers.

"If you see groups of teenagers that are wearing masks come to your door you're not under any obligation to open that door," said Hartman.

He also spoke about the dangers for businesses, saying they should never allow anyone wearing a mask, even as part of their costume, to come inside.

"We don't want to see what is a fun holiday turned into an avenue for robbery," Hartman said.