Young trick-or-treaters have found razor blades in apples and pins in candy bars in their Halloween loot. While only a few minor injuries have been reported (few kids will bite into an apple when they have a huge bag of candy in front of them), there have been several documented instances of kids or young adults inserting pins, needles and even razor blades in apples and candy bars as a poorly conceived prank.
A woman was not fatally bitten by a spider that had taken up residence in her bouffant hairdo. This story originated in the 1950s, when it was common for women to use copious amounts of hair spray and rat their hair to achieve large beehive and bouffant hairstyles. However, there are no documented cases of spiders nesting in someone's hair; rather, this "fatal vanity" story arose as a backlash against women who were more concerned with their appearance than basic hygiene.
There is no evidence supporting the story of the teenage couple who found the bloody hook hanging from the car door. This story has been floating around for more than 50 years, and was even published in "Dear Abby," but there is no proof that it ever happened. Rather, the story serves as a cautionary tale about teenage sexuality. Had the young couple not curtailed their make-out session, the consequences may have been disastrous ... in more ways than one.
A teenage boy accidentally hung himself while participating in a Halloween stunt at a haunted hayride. In fact, such an accident has happened more than once, according to various newspaper reports. In each instance, the young man either misjudged the distance between the noose and the ground, or the noose tightened unexpectedly.
An e-mail was circulated around Halloween 2002 warning people of the dangers of sucking on lollipops and driving, but no records of anyone choking on a lollipop as a result of a deployed air bag exist. This anecdote is one of many formed around disappearing or innocuous murder weapons -- stabbed with an icicle, poisoned by a popsicle -- that are often presented as riddles rather than true stories.
The killers in the movies "The Silence of the Lambs," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Psycho" are all based on the same person: Ed Gein, a Wisconsin man who was arrested in 1957 after police discovered his home was decorated with human body parts, including a suit made from human skin. While none of these movies are true stories, the characters were inspired by this creepy real-life killer.
Several people have come back to life after being pronounced dead and buried. While not an everyday occurrence, this happens more than you'd like to think. Scratches discovered inside exhumed coffins have been a telltale sign of people having been buried alive; more fortunate others who revived before burial went on to live for days, weeks and even years. This fear has led to the invention of special coffins, telephones installed in crypts and even "make sure I'm dead" clauses in wills.
The story of an Ohio haunted house attraction so frightening that no one could make it all the way through has not been confirmed. Different versions of this story place the house in Michigan, Iowa and a half-dozen other states, but never pinpoint the exact location of this house of horrors.
Although little evidence exists to support the existence of cat-sacrificing satanic cults, many shelters will not allow any black cats to be adopted right before Halloween. Such policies range from extra-careful screening of potential cat owners to keeping all of their cats under lock and key in the weeks or days before Halloween. The more likely threat is that people will adopt cats as props for Halloween costumes or haunted houses and then abandon them afterward.
On October 26, 2005, the body of a woman was seen hanging from a tree near a busy street in Frederica, Delaware. However, due to the trend towards increasingly elaborate Halloween displays, passersby assumed the body was a particularly macabre holiday decoration. The body remained in the tree for several hours before the police eventually arrived on the scene and discovered the true nature of the situation. The 42-year-old woman had lived nearby, and her death was ruled a suicide.