Halloween Sadism: the evidence
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Since 1985, I have been interviewed by dozens of reporters from television, radio, magazines, and newspapers. They often ask whether I have updated my research. Therefore, I am posting both my original data, supplemented by my efforts to bring the research up to date. I also list all of the cases that have come to my attention in which children’s deaths were initially attributed to Halloween sadism (in each of those cases, follow-up stories offered a different interpretation), and I am including a discussion of the medical literature’s treatment of Halloween sadism.
Halloween , Trick-or-treating , Halloween sadism , Urban legend , Contaminated treats