Police: Tainted Hoosick Falls candy was a prank


HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (WRGB) - Turns out, it was just a prank.

Hoosick Falls police reported on Wednesday that a trick-or-treater found a needle in their Halloween candy. Following an investigation, police say the child admitted it was supposed to be a prank on their father, but "that reaction quickly spread out of control."

Hoosick Falls police say there is no danger of tainted candy. There were no other reports of tainted candy in the area.

“I have many mixed emotions,” said Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen. “After seeing three extremely successful Halloween events aimed at families and children, I was very sad to see that this story tarnished our Village and the efforts of those involved with the events. Now, I am relieved to report that this was just a hoax. As a teacher and parent, I’m concerned for the child, and very glad that the child eventually told the truth. I think it is an important life lesson, and I hope that this negative can become a long-term positive regarding the importance of being honest, even when you’re afraid."

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