Not-So-Mad Scientist Will Test Your Halloween Candy

Crime lab will determine if candy is trick or treat

By Matt Bartosik
|  Thursday, Oct 29, 2009  |  Updated 7:27 AM CDT
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CSI: Special Candy Unit

Yo, where's that candy corn?

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For decades, parents have inspected their young Trick-or-Treaters' loot for the urban-mythical insertion of pins, needles and razor blades. Now, DuPage moms and dads can take their vigilance to the next level.

They can take the suspicious candy to the DuPage County Sheriff's Crime Lab.

Yes, the crime lab. The scientists who normally investigate homicides and sexual assaults will be after another culprit this weekend: evil (dark?) chocolate bars.

"Since we're in a position to be on watch, we felt that it was a good idea to do that," John Collins, crime laboratory director, told the Chicago Tribune. "We're just basically exploiting the technologies that we have here to try to support parents."

Collins will run the operation himself and explains that the candy-testing project will be very scientific, including microscopes and crime-scene technology.

There's a hitch though. Safe or not, any candy that is dropped off for testing will not be returned.

That's one heck of a trick for a Halloween treat.

Matt Bartosik, a "between blogs" blogger, can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try.

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